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House of Wax [Blu-ray] [Import]

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  • Format: Blu-ray, Multiple Formats, NTSC, 3D, Widescreen, Import
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Release Date: Oct. 1 2013
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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House of Wax brought Vincent Price into the horror genre, where he fit as snugly as a scalpel in a mad scientist's hand. A remake of the 1933 film Mystery of the Wax Museum, this entertaining Gothic shocker casts Price as a sculptor of wax figures; his unwilling victims--er, "models"--lend their bodies to his lifelike depictions of Marie Antoinette and Joan of Arc. The film was one of the top 10 moneymakers of its year, thanks in part to the 3-D gimmick, which explains why so many things are aimed at the camera (why else would the paddleball man be there?). Footnote to history: director Andre De Toth was blind in one eye, and thus could not see in three dimensions. --Robert Horton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joseph Lee #1 REVIEWER#1 HALL OF FAME on Aug. 18 2015
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase

“House of Wax” 3D arrives on blu-ray with MPEG-4 MVC 1080p 1.37:1 encode. First of all, high praise must be given to Warner Brothers for its wonderful restoration, using a 4K scan of the original dual-projection film elements by the highly regarded Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging (MPI) team. With lots of depth and dimensionality, objects in the far distance penetrate deep into the screen, making large open rooms feel incredibly spacious and expansive. Actors walk from foreground to background and vice versa with stunning realism, and separation between various items is flawless, creating the sort of layered effect that also feels natural. The few gimmick shots, like the famous paddleball sequence, protrude and jump from the screen almost as if the ball bounces in the middle of the room or threatens to hits someone in the audience. Colours are rich and blacks are deep. The picture would look soft at times, but this has more to do with the filmmaking process of the period than a fault in the encode. One point I appreciate from watching an old movie with detailed restoration is not how razor sharp the picture is, but rather than how accurate it was when compared to the original film. This is a very enjoyable 3D experience. (4.5/5)


“House of Wax” was one of the first films to introduce stereophonic sound which required two 35mm fully-coated magnetic prints containing audio for separate Left-Center-Right channels, which the studio dubbed as “WarnerPhonic”. Arriving on blu-ray for the first time, this DTS-HD stereo soundtrack accurately reflects and faithfully reproduces the original design to great effect.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ed Mich on June 22 2004
Format: DVD
I mananged to see a version of "House of Wax" on Turner Classic Movies and I thought that it was a great horror movie. Not being a big fan of horror films, I can't compare to other ones of that time, but this one was great. It stars horror movie legend Vincent Price and a young Charles Bronson who is credited as Charles Buchinsky. Having been to wax museums in the past, I can relate to the fact that after seeing the was figures for so long, you could begin to believe that all of the people around you who are not moving are actually made of wax, something that was briefly mentioned in the movie. A big problem with the movie was that it was made in 3D during its first release. This could create a problem for the present viewings because some things are pointless. They made things for the movie just so people can see the 3D effect. For example, a three minute sequence of women dancing, throwing their legs in the air. When it was made, it was cool seeing the legs come out of the screen, but while I was watching it, it was pretty much pointless.
The movie begins with Vincent Price as Professor Henry Jarrod. He takes pride in his wax figures which he often refers to as his friends. They speak to him, and he understands them well, and how they want to be made. In a way to make more money, an investor burns up the museum and flees the sight leaving Jarrod for dead. A couple of years later, people begin to disappear, kidnapped in the night. This happens at the same time that Jarrod, who is now in a wheelchair, wants to reopen his museum, with new figures that resemble some of the people that disappeared. He claims that he uses pictures of the missing people in the paper as a muse for the figures, but a women named Sue knows better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Z. D. Houghton on July 18 2004
Format: DVD
Has anyone ever portrayed the Nice Man Gone Crazy as well as Vincent Price? Of course not, and in House of Wax, Price is in top form as a loving sculptor who emerges from a fire with a different, errr, method for creating his wax sculptures. I don't know about you, but just the thought of being alone in a wax museum after dark gives me the creeps. Add a dose of homicidal mania, and there's your recipe for terror.
Most people will find this movie creepy even today; those who love camp will enjoy the prolonged ping-pong paddle scene catered to the orginal 3-D audience.
All in all, one of Vincent Price's best films, proving once again that nobody goes horribly insane quite like Vincent Price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 7 2014
Format: Blu-ray
HOUSE OF WAX [1953] [3D Blu-ray + Blu-ray] [US Import] The Silver Screen’s First Major Studio 3D Movie on 3D Blu-Ray For The First Time!

Warner Bros. proudly presents the most successful 3D movie of the 1950s – now, for the first time in 3D Blu-ray! Screen legend Vincent price stars as Henry Jarrod, an intense master sculptor who thinks of his wax creations as his “children.” Terribly disfigured in a fire started by his greedy business partner Matthew Burke [Roy Roberts], Henry Jarrod schemes to rebuild the museum as a macabre chamber of horrors, filled with lurid figures that eerily resemble those of murder victims, stolen from the local morgue. This horror classic comes complete with bonus features – including how director André de Toth was able to produce this brilliant 3D masterpiece, with just one eye and no depth of perception. Presented in both 3D and 2D versions.

Cast: Vincent Price, Frank Lovejoy, Phyllis Kirk, Carolyn Jones, Paul Picerni, Roy Roberts, Angela Clarke, Paul Cavanagh, Dabbs Greer, Charles Bronson, Reggie Rymal, Oliver Blake, Joanne Brown, Leo Curley, Frank Ferguson, Darwin Greenfield, Mary Lou Holloway, Jack Kenney, Mike Lally and Philo McCullough

Director: André de Toth

Producer: Bryan Foy

Screenplay: Crane Wilbur

Composer: David Buttolph

Cinematography: Bert Glennon, J. Peverell Marley and Lothrop B. Worth

Resolution: 1080p [Stereoscopic 3-D]

Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1

Audio: English: 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio, French: 1.0 Dolby Digital Mono, German: 1.0 Dolby Digital Mono, Italian: 1.0 Dolby Digital Mono and Spanish: 1.
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