Carnival of Souls

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Overview

Fans of this legendary cult classic will be more than satisfied with The Criterion Collection's two-disc DVD release of Carnival of Souls. The first disc contains the original (shorter) theatrical release of the chilling B-movie cheapie, close to an hour of eerie outtakes, a charming 1989 public television documentary on the film's history, and much more. The second disc houses the slightly longer director's cut that was seen in theaters in 1989, an hour of additional outtakes, and many other extras that fanatics...
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Overview

Fans of this legendary cult classic will be more than satisfied with The Criterion Collection's two-disc DVD release of Carnival of Souls. The first disc contains the original (shorter) theatrical release of the chilling B-movie cheapie, close to an hour of eerie outtakes, a charming 1989 public television documentary on the film's history, and much more. The second disc houses the slightly longer director's cut that was seen in theaters in 1989, an hour of additional outtakes, and many other extras that fanatics will happily devour and casual viewers will ignore. While Carnival of Souls remains an exceptionally well-made chiller (think of a feature-length episode of the Twilight Zone shot like a shoestring 8 1/2), this DVD shows that the story behind the film is just as interesting. Carnival of Souls was the only feature that producer/director Herk Harvey and writer John Clifford were ever able to squeeze in between their steady flow of industrial films. These two saw little of the films' profits and their fellow Kansans hated their quirky art house horror flick. The movie was very influential for George Romero, a fellow industrial filmmaker who struck gold with the terrifying Night of the Living Dead. Romero was able to leave industrial films for a long career in features, but Harvey and Clifford stayed in Kansas. Even leading lady Candace Hilligoss and the movie's other actors went on to other things. Decades later Carnival of Souls is rediscovered and the talent behind it is feted around the world. Watching these filmmakers and actors finally get the praise and attention they always deserved is gratifying and moving. Another fine DVD package from The Criterion Collection.
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Special Features

New digital transfer of original theatrical version; "The Movie That Wouldn't Die! The Story of Carnival of Souls": documentary on the 1989 reunion of the cast and crew; More than 45 minutes of rare outtakes accompanied by Gene Moore's organ score; Theatrical trailer; Illustrated history of the Saltair resort in Salt Lake City; "The Carnival Tour": video update on the film's locations; English subtitles; Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition; Selected audio commentary by screenwriter John Clifford and late director Herk Harvey; One hour of excerpts from films made by the Centron Corporation; An essay of the history of Centron from Ken Smith's Mental Hygiene; Printed interviews with Harvey, Clifford, and star Candace Hilligoss, illustrated with vintage photos and memorabilia
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/16/2000
  • UPC: 715515010221
  • Original Release: 1962
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White / Mono / Dolby 5.1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Time: 2:41:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 22,077

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapters
1. Drag Race [:09]
2. Never Coming Back [5:46]
3. Drive By Night [5:01]
4. Stirring The Soul [3:41]
5. The Pavilion [5:10]
6. Lost Night [2:34]
7. Morning Coffee [6:57]
8. Isolation [4:47]
9. "no Place In The World" [4:57]
10. Return to the pavilion [3:52]
11. Awakening The Soul [5:42]
12. Roadhouse/left Alone [4:39]
13. Departure [7:14]
14. Eastbound Bus [5:48]
15. Final Destination [4:13]
Side #2 --
0. Chapters
1. Drag Race [:09]
2. Never Coming Back [6:10]
3. Drive By Night [5:59]
4. Stirring The Soul [4:16]
5. The Pavilion [6:11]
6. Lost Night [2:34]
7. Morning Coffee [6:57]
8. Isolation [4:47]
9. "no Place In The World" [5:12]
10. Return To The Pavilion [3:52]
11. Awakening The Soul [5:42]
12. Roadhouse [4:40]
13. Departure [7:14]
14. Eastbound Bus [6:11]
15. Final Destination [4:34]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play original theatrical version
   The Movie That Wouldn't Die!
   Outtakes
   Theatrical trailer
   Location: Saltair
      Saltair: A History of Isolation
      Saltair photo gallery
   The Carnival Tour
   Color bars
Side #2 --
   Play extended director's cut
   Commentary
   The Centron Corporation
      essay by Ken Smith
      Star 34
      Centron Commercial
      Signals: Read 'em Or Weep
      To Touch A Child
      Jamaica, Haiti And The Lesser Antilles
      Korea: Overview
   Illustrated Interviews
      Herk Harvey
      John Clifford
      Candace Hilligoss
   Color Bars
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    haunting classic of the horror genre

    As if Rod Serling and George Romero collaborated on a low-budget horror film back in the early 60s,this thing weaves such a nightmarish spell to never be forgotten.Surprisingly,director Herk Harvey never made another movie.Harvey and the rest of his crew made industrial films and COS is their sole fictional film.Wow!What an amazing story!If you get the criterion collection edition you'll get the story of how it came to be,why it vanished then rose from the dead so many years later.A classic.

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