If you are a fan of the 1970s Horror Anthology films TALES FROM THE CRYPT or THE VAULT OF HORROR, then I'm sure you heard Scream Factory's announcement earlier this year that they would be bringing both to Blu-ray in the coming months. I'm much more a fan of the 1980s television show, TALES FROM THE CRYPT, than of the original film; however, I still enjoy both of the 70s versions of CRYPT and VAULT quite a bit. That being said, I've only ever seen the movies on the old MGM Double Feature DVD from years ago, which honestly looked pretty shoddy and featured a truncated version of VAULT, so I have been very curious at how these films would look on Blu-ray.
As you may know, the date for the TALES/VAULT release has been shuffled a little bit because Scream was hunting down the proper elements for VAULT. Well, they found them, and on December 2, 2014, they will be opening the crypt doors and unleashing both titles on the world in the most comprehensive package that I imagine possible.
You can pre-order the set from Amazon right now at a great price.
The release has been bumped from a 1-disc affair to a 2-disc set that will feature the following:
- Tales from the Crypt and Vault of Horror (Uncut widescreen presentations)
- Vault of Horror - theatrical PG cut
- Rare open-matte version of the BFI master for Vault of Horror
- Original trailer and an alternate opening scene for Vault of Horror
That's quite a bit more than I expected, and I'm looking forward to revisiting the films in their proper versions. I'm also interested to see what open-matte version looks like...
If you are unfamiliar with the films, their plots (and more) are included in the Official Press Release after the break.
Now, if only Scream could manage to wrangle the rights for DEMON KNIGHT, BORDELLO OF BLOOD, and RITUAL...
Tales from the Crypt
Vault of Horror
Two Classic British Horror Films Make Their Blu-ray Debut
December 2nd, 2014 from Scream Factory
Scream Factory invites you to embrace the chills this December with two classic British horror films! On December 2nd, 2014, Scream Factory will release Tales from the Crypt and Vault of Horror on Blu-ray for the first time! Featuring the rare, uncut version of Vault of Horror, the two disc set includes three different cuts of the cult classic. The first disc will include Tales from the Crypt and Vault of Horror’s uncut widescreen presentation. The second disc will include Vault of Horror’s theatrical PG cut and a rare open-matte version of the BFI master. The release also includes an original trailer and an alternate opening scene for Vault of Horror.
Tales From The Crypt
When five unwary travelers with dark hearts stumble into a series of catacombs, they find themselves in a cavern with no way out. But the horror’s only just begun as a mysterious figure appears to reveal to each person the shocking events that will lead to their well-deserved, untimely – and unavoidable – demise. Starring Joan Collins (Empire Of The Ants), Peter Cushing (Horror Of Dracula), Patrick Magee (A Clockwork Orange) and Sir Ralph Richardson (Rollerball), and directed by Freddie Francis (The Creeping Flesh), Tales From The Crypt is the original, gets-right-under-your-skin creepfest!
Vault Of Horror
Available uncut for the first time on home video! Five unsuspecting hotel guests step into an elevator, which leads them into an underground vault. Trapped with no way out, each guest shares a gruesome tale of an encounter with death. But as the stories unfold, the men begin to suspect that their presence in the vault is no coincidence, and that the only way out…is death. Starring Tom Baker (Doctor Who), Denholm Elliott (Raiders Of The Lost Ark), Curt Jurgens (The Mephisto Waltz) and Michael Craig (Mysterious Island), this ferociously entertaining film is a worthy sequel to Tales From The Crypt!
METROMEDIA PRODUCERS CORPORATION Presents an AMICUS PRODUCTION “TALES FROM THE CRYPT”
Starring JOAN COLLINS PETER CUSHING ROY DOTRICE RICHARD GREENE IAN HENDRY
PATRICK MAGEE BARBARA MURRAY NIGEL PATRICK ROBIN PHILLIPS and SIR RALPH RICHARDSON
Screenplay by MILTON SUBOTSKY Produced by MAX J. ROSENBERG and MILTON SUBOTSKY
Executive Producer CHARLES FRIES Directed by FREDDIE FRANCIS
METROMEDIA PRODUCERS CORPORATION Presents an AMICUS PRODUCTION “VAULT OF HORROR”
Starring DAWN ADDAMS TOM BAKER MICHAEL CRAIG DENHOLM ELLIOTT GLYNIS JOHNS
EDWARD JUDD CURT JURGENS ANNA MASSEY DANIEL MASSEY TERRY-THOMAS
Written by MILTON SUBOTSKY Produced by MAX J. ROSENBERG and MILTON SUBOTSKY
Executive Producer CHARLES FRIES Directed by ROY WARD BAKER
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