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Tales of Terror / Twice Told Tales (Midnite Movies Double Feature)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Basil Rathbone, Sebastian Cabot
  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: MGM Canada
  • Release Date: Jan. 31 2006
  • Run Time: 209 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000787YRM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,035 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

Product Description

Tales of Terror
This triple treat of terror is a three-episode treat dripping with murder, necrophilia, dementia, live burials, zombies and the terrifying performances of some of horror’s greatest spooks – Vincent Price, Peter Lorre and Basil Rathbone – resulting in nothing less than "juicy entertainment" and "spine-chilling cinema" (Cue)!

Twice Told Tales
It’s spine-tingling terror…in triplicate! "Virtuoso of horror" (Los Angeles Times) Vincent Price dials up the depravity in this spellbinding trilogy of Nathaniel Hawthorne's "all-chiller" (LA Herald-Examiner) classics! Featuring "a demented genius! Poisonous plants! Oozing blood! [And] a corpse in a wedding gown" (The Film Daily), Twice Told Tales spins three diabolical nightmares of madness, mayhem and murder most foul!

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For the price was expecting this Midnight Movies Double Feature (double-sided DVD) to be of middling quality but was surprised to find that the movies clearly have been digitally enhanced (at least digitally cleaned up). Tales of Terror is in glorious widescreen (you still get black bars at the top and bottom) with the colour certainly being enhanced. I remember these Roger Corman/Edgar Allan Poe stories, always being rich in colour and they have clearly strived to bring that rich colour back into the DVD. There is some grain in the picture but not very much. However, there must have been a bit of a problem with the digital enhancement at some point because the Black Cat episode, for whatever reason, periodically shifts from enhancement to the original, dull colour, grainy format. When that happens you really get a chance to compare (and appreciate) the work that must have been done to the original transfer. Fortunately this isn't that big of a problem as it only happened a couple of times and for a short interval and usually when a scene was changing so its not like it happened in middle of a scene.

Twice Told tales is in the letterbox format but, in my opinion, is even more digitally enhanced with almost no film grain at all. It also has great saturated colour (I'd forgot how bright red the blood was in these old movies). Story wise, my opinion is that Tales of Terror is far more interesting and entertaining because it has the Roger Corman/Edgar Allen Poe touch, while Twice Told Tales was based on Hawthorne stories (never read any Hawthorne so don't know how close they were to the original stories, but read lots of Poe).
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
A HORROR Fan delight Sept. 8 2008
By Bennet Pomerantz - Published on
Format: DVD
In the 1960's, Roger Corman directed and produced many of Edgar Allan Poe's novels and short stories to the silver screen. The cast were usually Vincent Price, Peter Lorre and Basil Rathbone with a few appearances by Boris Karloff (The Raven is one of those and is worth every penny if you find it).

This double feature of Poe Tales are suited for these masters of fright and their wonderful acting talents.

Those fans of modern day splatter horror may not get these semi bloodless thriller. However these tales of mayhem may grow on you

Without a doubt, worth every penny to keep in any horror collection

Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Anthology of creepy stories -perfect for Halloween! Oct. 10 2009
By Z Hayes - Published on
Format: DVD
Every October, I go on a horror movie binge, revisiting some old favorites, and discovering new classic horror titles to get me in the mood for Halloween. This double feature is actually an anthology of stories that are creepy, at times campy, but all of which are high on atmosphere and gothic suspense. In "Twice Told Tales", the three stories featured are by no means good adaptations of the original sources,but are still worth viewing if only to watch the incomparable Vincent Price. The stories here are very loosely adapted from the works of Nathaniel Hawthorne.

The first story "Dr Heidegger's Experiment" is perhaps the best of the three - it centers around two old friends who suddenly find the source of life and youth dripping from the ceiling of a crypt. Before long, the two friends restore their youth and also bring a long-dead corpse back to life but discover that some things are best left as is. "Rappacini's Daughter" is the weakest of the three - Vincent Price stars as Dr Rappacini, whose possessiveness of his daughter goes to literally toxic lengths with predictably tragic consequences. The plot here was rather plodding and lacked credibility as the story felt rushed through.

Finally,in "The House of the Seven Gables", Gerald Pycheon (Price) returns to his cursed ancestral home much to the chagrin of his estranged sister and the horror of his wife, who feels a pull to the place. This story would have played out a lot better if it were not confined to the ridiculous length of abt 35 minutes [imagine an entire novel being shortened into a short story] and everything plays out so quickly and abruptly that the story ends up being more of a farce than true horror.

The "Tales of Terror" DVD features adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe's stories, all of which are produced and directed by the talented Roger Corman. The first story "Morella" is about Lenora, a young girl (played by Debra Paget) who returns after many years to her ancestral home, only to find her estranged and almost deranged father (Price) stumbling about the house in a stupor, and horrors of horrors, still keeping the remains of his dead wife, Morella in one of the bedrooms. Not long after, Lenora is 'visited' by the vengeful spirit of Morella and all hell literally breaks loose. This first story is the shortest of the trio. The next story "The Black Cat" is actually a combination of Poe's "The Black Cat" and "The Cask of Amontillado" which brings together the dark and comic talents of both Price and Peter Lorre, and is quite entertaining (look out for the head tossing scene). Price especially plays his role to comic perfection. In the final story, "The Case of M. Valdemar," Basil Rathbone plays a mesmerist (hypnotist) who decides to experiment with the unknown, i.e. putting a man (Price) into a state of hypnosis at the point of death, with horrifying results.

All in all, I'd recommend this to fans of Vincent Price and classic horror with a high dose of Gothic suspense and atmosphere.
22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Vincent Price Flicks Aug. 9 2006
By Robert C. Lappo - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
As a huge fan of Vincent Price films, I've found this a valuable addition to my collection. I never saw either of these films in the theatre or on T.V. and while not at the top of the line like Dr. Phibes or The Fly, there's still some good creepy and entertaining moments.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Love it! Oct. 23 2008
By M. Stern - Published on
Format: DVD
As another reviewer mentioned, one of the Tales of Terror is actually a combination of "The Black Cat" and "The Cask of Amontillado". I read both stories in my English classes, and then show the video and have the students write a compare/contrast paper. It's a lot of fun right around Halloween, and helps us get into the mood for the holiday. We all especially love the end, when Peter Lorre's head is being tossed back and forth between his wife and Fortunato. Great stuff!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Midnite Movies Classic! Feb. 18 2009
By Critic's Corner - Published on
Format: DVD
MGM put together some spooky sparks with a two in one DVD, Tales of Terror and Twice Told Tales. The DVD itself though is fairly barebones, no special features nothing, nada!

Tales of Terror, based on Edgar Allen Poe stories is particularly funny, giving Vincent Price a comedy to play with, Peter Lorre being especially creepy and deadly with the bricks, and deadpan acting by Basil Rathbone (my favorite actor in the Sherlock Holmes tales).

Twice Told Tales, directed by Sidney Salkow, has the scream queen in her heyday, Beverly Garland, along with Sebasian Cabot in a tale of love, sort of -- the raising of your dead wife may cause some nagging problems for your best friend, you know....

Both films using the gimmick of telling three anthologies so you essentially get six movies on one DVD. Priceless stuff.

Maybe not Vincent Price's finest, as in The Fly or House on Haunted Hill, but his wide range as an actor make these films especially creepy and entertaining.

Other Corman films:

Roger Corman Collection (Bloody Mama / A Bucket of Blood / The Trip / Premature Burial / The Young Racers / The Wild Angels / Gas-s-s / X)

Another Sidney Salkow film (he also did Westerns in the fifties):

The Last Man on Earth - In COLOR! Also Includes the Original Black-and-White Version which has been Beautifully Restored and Enhanced!