The William Castle Film Collection (DVD)

William Castle

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5-Disc Film Collection.

 

Iconic horror director William Castle created a simple, but winning formula for his films: a little comedy, a lot of scares, a preposterous gimmick, and a clear sense that fright films should be fun. This even meant Castle would, like Hitchcock, appear in his trailers and even the movies themselves. Though his career spanned 35 years and included everything from westerns to crime thrillers, he'll always be remembered for his horror films from the late 50s to the mid-60s. And now Sony presents all eight of his Columbia features - three making their DVD debut, the rest newly-remastered - in one "spook-tacular" collection. And as a bonus, it includes the award-winning feature-length documentary, Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story.

 

Films include13 Frightened Girls, 13 Ghosts, Homicidal, Strait-Jacket, The Old Dark House, Mr. Sardonicus, The Tingler, Zotz!

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Product Details

  • Starring: Vincent Price, Joyce Taylor, Hugh Marlowe, Jo Morrow, Martin Milner, Rosemary DeCamp, Eugenie Leontovich, Diane Baker, Leif Erickson, Robert Morley, Janette Scott, Oscar Homolka, Ronald Lewis, Audrey Dalton, Darryl Hickman, Julia Meade, Jim Backus, Cecil Kellaway
  • Format: Color, DVD, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85.1
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Label: Sony Home Pictures Entertainment
  • Run Time: 692 minutes
  • Catalogue #: 1487699

Special Features

  • 13 Frightened Girls: Original Theatrical Trailer, Original "British" Trailer Introduction, Original Candy Web Trailer and Original Candy Web Theatrical Opening, Closing Message from William Castle and Four International Alternate Openings
  • 13 Ghosts: Original Theatrical Trailer and The Magic of Illusion-O
  • Homicidal: Psychette: William Castle and Homicidal, Homicidal Youngstown, Ohio Premiere, Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Strait-Jacket: Battle-Axe: The Making of Strait-Jacket, Joan Crawford, Wardrobe Tests, Axe Test, Strait-Jacket TV Spots, How To Plan a Movie Murder- Vintage Featurette, Original Theatrical Trailer
  • The Old Dark House: Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Mr. Sardonicus: Taking the Punishment Poll, Ghost Story: Pilot (The New House) and Original Theatrical Trailer
  • The Tingler: Scream For Your Lives: William Castle and The Tingler, Alternate Drive-In Sequence, Original "Scream" Sequence, Circle of Fear: Graveyard Shift and Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Zotz!: Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Bonus Disk: Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story and Commentary with Producer/Director Jeffrey Schwarz and Terry Castle

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