Theatre of Blood

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Douglas Hickox directs the great Vincent Price in the horror film Theater of Blood, which comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.66:1. English, French, and Spanish soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible, and the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer. This is a solid release from MGM/UA that should please ...
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Douglas Hickox directs the great Vincent Price in the horror film Theater of Blood, which comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.66:1. English, French, and Spanish soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible, and the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer. This is a solid release from MGM/UA that should please genre enthusiast and Price fans.
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Special Features

Original theatrical trailer; English: mono; French: mono; Spahish: mono; French & Spanish language subtitles
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Robert Firsching
Vincent Price obviously had a great time making this wickedly funny horror-comedy, and his exuberance carried over to the rest of the cast. Price is Edward Lionheart, a deluded Shakespearean actor who believes that the local critics' circle robbed him of an acting award he deserved. Presumed dead after a suicide attempt, Price dons a variety of disguises -- from a masseuse to a gay hairdresser -- in order to make sure the critics meet gruesome deaths based on those in Shakespearean plays. One critic is decapitated in his bed (Cymbeline), another has a pound of flesh removed (The Merchant of Venice), a third is tricked into killing his wife (Othello), and in the most elaborate set-up, the effeminate Robert Morley is forced to eat his beloved poodles baked in pies a la Titus Andronicus. Price attacks his role with gusto, switching roles and disguises in the tour-de-force of his career, while Douglas Hickox (Zulu Dawn) directs with more flair than is usually seen in British horror. This cult favorite is a real treat, and -- especially for actors -- a deliciously vicarious revenge.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/28/2001
  • UPC: 027616865663
  • Original Release: 1973
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Vistavision (1.66:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Mono
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Time: 1:44:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Vincent Price Edward Lionheart
Diana Rigg Edwina Lionheart
Ian Hendry Peregrine Devlin
Harry Andrews Trevor Dickman
Coral Browne Chlose Moon
Brigid Erin Bates Agnes
Stanley Bates 7th Meths Drinker
Jack Maguire 2nd Meths Drinker
Bunny Reed 1st Policeman
Robert Coote Oliver Larding
Renée Ashershon Mrs. Maxwell
Tony Calvin Police Photographer
Diana Dors Mrs. Psaltery
Eric Francis "Meths Drinker"
John Gilpin 4th Meths Drinker
Jack Hawkins Solomon Psaltery
Joan Hickson Mrs. Sprout
Michael Hordern George Maxwell
Tutte Lemkow 1st Meths Drinker
Arthur Lowe Horace Sprout
Robert Morley Meredith Merridew
Declan Mulholland 8th Meths Drinker
Milo O'Shea Inspector Boot
Dennis Price Hector Snipe
Madeline Smith Rosemary
Eric Sykes Sgt. Dogge
Peter Thornton 2nd Policeman
Technical Credits
Douglas Hickox Director
Michael Baldwin Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Baldwin Costumes/Costume Designer
Gustave Berne Producer
Malcolm Cooke Editor
Anthony Greville-Bell Screenwriter
Simon Kaye Sound/Sound Designer
John Kohn Producer
Tutte Lemkow Choreography
Michael J. Lewis Score Composer
Stanley Mann Producer
Ann Mollo Set Decoration/Design
Dominic Pulford Asst. Director
Michael Seymour Production Designer
John Stears Special Effects
Wolfgang Suschitzky Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Logo/Main Title [2:41]
2. Dreams and Horoscopes [10:05]
3. Critic's Choice [7:30]
4. Posthumus Attack [5:28]
5. The Doctor Is In [8:06]
6. Living Theatre [9:42]
7. Driven Mad [7:46]
8. Wine Of Our Discontent [4:54]
9. Creative Duel [3:26]
10. The Othello Effect [8:44]
11. Butch's Beauty Tips [5:08]
12. Poodle Pie [6:14]
13. Foiled Trap [8:34]
14. And The Award Goes To... [3:28]
15. The Final Curtain [7:38]
16. End Credits [2:43]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages
         english
         français
         español
      Subtitles
         français
         español
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bloody good show of half-Price bard

    Stylish horror specialist Vincent Price unleashes his Dr. Phibes formula on the Bard of Avon in this campy but intriguing thriller. Although strictly low budget, this movie crams a Shakespeare festival's worth of Britain's top character actors into supporting roles. Through it all, Price plays a sly take on himself, a successful actor considered far too low-brow for top-flight honors from class-conscious critics. As Edwin Lionheart, Price gets to hurl himself to his death _ or not _ before a group of these stuffy wordsmiths. Time passes, and takes more of a toll than might be expected on the great man's persecutors. The critics beginning dying in dramatic ways, torn from the bloody pages of Shakespeare's plays. As the murders unspool, Price gets a chance to wink his way through some of the bard's most unsettling set pieces. He's excellent as a man who aspires to greatness and thinks he's achieved it. The aforementioned fine supporting cast have less to do, but do it well as the individual critics are bumped off in a series of vignettes. Robert Morley is a particular hoot, and look for Price's wife Coral Browne. What plot continuity there is comes from Ian Hendry as the most reasonable of the critics, as well as Milo O'Shea as the policeman more-or-less on the case. In another version, Hendry's Peregrine Devlin might be the hero, but he's definitely second-fiddle to Lionheart here. As Lionheart's daughter Edwina, Diana Rigg brings her Shakespearean training to bear, suavely complementing Price despite going through some drastic costume changes. Good is not the right word for how Rigg looks in 1970s wigs, white vinyl go-go boots, heavily padded bras or braless and shapeless, but sex is not the issue here. This is a bloodfest, with Price taking the audience's pulse. There's a bit of "legitimate" theatre sprinkled over the spatter, but this is a popcorn movie. Price fans will eat it up, although the gore might put a few viewers off their feed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Polished gore

    Vincent Price tweaks his image in this fun bit of high culture/camp, mixing his `Abominable Dr. Phibes' with the Bard of Avon. Price is Edwin Lionheart, a Shakesperean actor convinced of his own greatness even if the critics are not. When they deny him a coveted award, he commits a highly theatrical suicide _ or not. The critics start dying in ways ripped from the pages of Shakespeare. It's a very upper-crust splatter fest. As Lionheart exacts his revenge, he plays Shakespearean scenes with just the right winking level of hamminess. Robert Morley and Coral Browne, Price's wife, are among the notable victims, while Milo O'Shea has a sharp turn as a dull copper. Ian Hendry is Price's foil as the most reasonable of the critically endangered species of critics. The two have a spectacular and hilarious duel in a gymnasium, complete with trampolines. As Lionheart's daughter, Diana Rigg gets particular help from wardrobe. Even when Edwina Lionheart is low-key, her costumes as as flamboyant as her father's acting: tight tops that make it obvious that Diana Rigg is too small to need a bra, and short skirts that show off her long legs. Her costumes get even more over the top as Rigg dons male drag, looking at once convincing and silly. Just as strikingly, Rigg draws on her Shakespearean background to play scenes straight, and her graceful readings make a nice counterpoint to Lionheart. While adults may feel good about swallowing a dollop of culture with their chills, this movie is too intense for younger children. And it really, really helps if you like Vincent Price, because you'll see plenty of him, dead or not.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Delightfully Dark

    Theater of Blood is made great by Vincent Price's portrayal of Edward Lionheart, a Shakespearean actor who believes he was cheated out of a prestigious stage actors award by the critics who decided the winner. He soon commits suicide but his body is never found and thats when the killing begins. Lionheart begins to kill off the critics one by one with the help of a mysterious man. His daughter, played by the wonderful Diana Rigg, is also seen as a suspect by the police as they try to hunt Lionheart down. All in all this movie is one of Vincent Price's best and desrves to be recognized as a slasher classic.

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