House of Wax [3D] [Blu-ray] [Blu-ray/Blu-ray 3D] [1953]

  • SKU: 1611486
  • Release Date: 10/01/2013
  • Rating: NR
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Overall Customer Rating:
99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (150 out of 152)

Special Features


  • House of Wax: unlike anything you've ever seen before!
  • Commentary by David Del Valle and Constantine Nasr
  • Newsreel
  • Theatrical trailer
  • 1933 Warner Bros. feature Mystery of the Wax Museum

Synopsis


House of Wax
This simplified (but lavish) remake of the 1933 melodrama The Mystery of the Wax Museum was the most financially successful 3-D production of the 1950s. In his first full-fledged "horror" role, Vincent Price plays Prof. Henry Jarrod, the owner of a wax museum, whose partner, Matthew Burke (Roy Roberts), intends to burn the place down for the insurance money. When Jarrod tries to prevent Burke from torching the museum, he himself is trapped in the conflagration. Years pass: though now confined to a wheelchair, Jarrod manages to open up a new museum in New York, boasting the most incredibly lifelike wax statues ever seen. At the same time, a masked prowler has been stalking the city, murdering people and then stealing their bodies from the mortuary. One of the victims is Jarrod's old nemesis Burke; another is Cathy Gray (Carolyn Jones), the roommate of art student Sue Allen (Phyllis Kirk). On a visit to the wax museum, Sue can't help but notice that the wax likeness of Joan of Arc is a dead ringer for her deceased friend Cathy -- while the courtly Jarrod declares joyously that Sue is the living image of Marie Antoinette. Guess where this is going to wind up? Frank Lovejoy and Paul Picerni co-star as the nominal heroes, while Charles Bronson -- still billed as Charles Buchinsky -- is a menacing presence as Jarrod's deaf-mute chief sculptor (appropriately named "Igor"). No opportunity to show off the 3-D process is wasted during House of Wax; the most memorable stereoscopic moments are provided by garrulous "paddle-ball man" Reggie Rymal. Ironically, Andre de Toth, the film's director, had only one good eye, and had to constantly ask his cast and crew if the various 3-D effects had come off properly. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Vincent Price
    Vincent Price - Prof. Henry Jarrod
  • Frank Lovejoy
    Frank Lovejoy - Lt. Tom Brennan
  • Phyllis Kirk
    Phyllis Kirk - Sue Allen
  • Carolyn Jones
    Carolyn Jones - Cathy Gray
  • Paul Picerni
    Paul Picerni - Scott Andrews



Overall customer rating

4.6
99%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect

    Posted
    Filmguy450
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    I always find it rather odd that when movie lovers, pop culture media consumers, and the like discuss remakes, it is with a negative slant 95% of the time. "The Departed"? Remake. "The Wizard Of Oz"? Remake and adaptation. "The Thing" and Cronenberg's "The Fly"? Both remakes. "Ocean's 11" and the musical "Little Shop Of Horrors"? You guessed it, remakes! These all have one major thing in common- they are all considered to be superior to their original sources, and are cited as classics of their genre and time period. Another one of those remakes that never gets mentioned, even when the conversation is slated towards the positive? "House Of Wax"! Yes, the seminal 1950's horror classic, starring the always brilliant Vincent Price, in my personal favorite role of his, is not just a remake, but one whose plot hews closely to the 1933 "Mysteries Of The Wax Museum", to the point of recycling some of the exact dialogue. But everything is more sophisticated and engaging this go round. Price steals the show, but his co-stars are just as capable. That you feel for him and his villainous turn is a testament to the excellent screenplay and taut direction from Andre de Toth. The cinematography, courtesy of three folks (yeah, 3 of 'em)- Bert Glennon, Peverell Marley, & Robert Burks- is stellar. The colors are fantastic, with the reds and purples popping off the screen nicely. The deep, dark blacks of the shadows and the misty fog creates atmosphere that is second to none. It is however the masterful art direction and first rate effects that truly make this stand so much taller than other horror films of the time. Donald P. Desmond and Red Turner's set and art designs are so visually rich and lively that "House Of Wax" invites you to reach out and touch the displays (betcha you didn't know I could make a 3D joke in this 2D text review!!!!). Gordon Bau's impressive make-up effects not only still look great today, 60+ years later, but the gooey, flesh crawling, squeamishness they provide make the tension and horror all the more dreadful. I can't praise this enough- it understands characterization, horror, and was made by folks with talent to spare. One of the best!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A classic 3-D movie with Vincent price!

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    ShopperNJ
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    This is the 1st 3D movie that I ever saw, over 40 years ago, and the first one that I put through my projector to see 3D in my home. I am very happy, both with the projector and this movie. The movie itself is not a great movie, and that's by today standards, but if you enjoy this type of genre, it is a good watch. And seeing that it has Vincent Price, and Charles Bronson are in it, and is a classic, how could you go wrong. The transfer looked very good to me, even considering it's age, and that it was made relatively early in the 3D days. (Not to mention the director only had one eye). It looked better than I've ever seen, crisp and clear with wonderful color! The one thing that I did notice was that in some scene's, it's as thought the person focusing wasn't sure where to focus, so he focused in the middle, leaving both people slightly out of focus. And being in 3D, your forced to focus where they want you to, and in this case it's nowhere. That aside, it was filmed in 3D which gives it a more natural look than conversion, and 99% of the time it looks great! There's fantastic detail up and down the streets in night scenes, in the Cabaret, and the museum. There is also a Doc about the movie that was very interesting. So if you're a fan of this kind of film, and have 3-D, I think you'll enjoy this! And I only paid $10 for it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    More 3D than I had expected.

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    TabletGuynVA
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    I rarely buy a Blu-ray dvd, preferring one I can watch on both types of players. Exceptions are those in 3D. Having never seen the original 3D as released in theaters, I was expecting much less effect in this film.. really expected it only here-and- there to draw audiences, and was very happy to see it from beginning to end. Actually, even the menu popped up in 3D when the disc was inserted. The special features, including the 1933 "Mystery of the Wax Museum," are in 2D. It's great having this earlier version included, though I had just purchased it a couple of weeks prior, but at least that one I can watch with a non-Blu-ray player. I'm really glad that the 1953 film is also offered in 2D because my spouse is not able to use the special glasses to full advantage due to an eye-problem, so we are still able to watch it together. I had been wanting this 3D version since it was released, and have not been disappointed in my purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    one of the classic 3D flicks

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    GrizzledGeezer
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    "House of Wax" is a sort-of remake of "Mystery of the Wax Museum", one of the last two-strip Technicolor films, directed by the great Michael Curtiz. Unfortunately, it falls back on the hackneyed plot of a female reporter involved in a mystery. "House" is vastly superior, especially as it was made before Vincent Price developed his habit of eating the scenery. (Here he's merely burned by it.) The fog-shrouded street scenes are immensely evocative in 3D (amusingly ironic as Andre deToth, the director, was blind in one eye!), and reason enough to see the film. (The sound appears to be mono, the original stereo soundtrack apparently lost.) Recommended to Price fans (who was, in his early career, a first-rate actor -- see "Dragonwyck"). and an absolute must-have for anyone who collects 3D films.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A mixed slab of wax

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    Aperson
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    I was excited to watch this as one of the early 3D films in cinema, and to have it on Blu Ray sounded wonderful! I love Vincent Price, although I never had a chance to see this film before. It's somewhat disappointing overall, but still interesting for fans of 3D or Vincent Price. There's an extensive intermission segment that shamelessly works the 3D effect. More so than the use of a yo-yo in Friday the 13th 3D. The character involved doesn't even have a genuine role in the film. That and some very sexist content and tones in the movie kind of left the movie watching experience and story feeling a bit empty. I expected a lot more from this one and probably wouldn't purchase it if I were to do it over. 3 Stars for Vincent Price and its status as an early 3D horror.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent 3D classic

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    Steve
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    This is an excellent classic Vincent Price movie. The 3D Blu-ray restoration was well done for a 50+ year old movie. Looked awesome on my 65” Sony Z9D 4K TV. Best Buy had the best price. If you like this movie and want the 3D version I would highly recommend ordering a copy. Would also get The Creature from the Black Lagoon 3D Blu-ray as well. They are in my top ten movies for 3d quality.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fun and campy classic in 3D!!!

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    TJ77
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    Ever since we got our 3D T.V., we have been re-experiencing some classic movies in our home in a whole new way. Some classics, such as this one, along with "Dial M for Murder 3D" are so much fun to watch! It makes for a great night in. Even the 3D converted "Wizard of Oz" is so incredible to see! We plan to order ""Kiss Me Kate 3D" when it is released next week! I don't understand why the in-home 3D format hasn't caught on more than it has.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    3D the way i remember as a youth in the 50`s

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    mikelikesoldies
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    this 2nd version of the house of wax is not only a spooky horror flick it is loaded with special 3d effects and great, if not over the top acting by the master of the genre Vincent price. it also has extras and even a full length version of the first house of wax with king Kong's fay Wray. a must see or own for your collection check out the ping pong guy out side the museum. of course your TV and related equipment must be 3d capable to watch the 3d version.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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