WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Fall Of The House Of Usher, The/Pit And The Pendulum

Reviewed In Issue 09 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Vincent Price, Mark Damon, Myrna Fahey & Harry Ellerbe

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 2.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Image Entertainment
(Catalog Number): ID25960R
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $49.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 79
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1960
(LD Release Date): 03/01/94
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Roger Corman
(Screenplay/Written By): Richard Matheson
(Story): NA
(Music): Les Baxter
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Daniel Haller
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(Editor): Anthony Carras
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(Executive Producers): James H. Nicholson
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Roger Corman

DVD Picture Information
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(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Mono Sound
(Theatrical Sound): Optical Mono
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The Fall Of The House Of Usher and Pit And The Pendulum, are two classic Roger Corman adaptations of works by Edgar Allen Poe which star Vincent Price in two of his most acclaimed performances. The stylized cinematography is wonderfully atmospheric along with the haunting music score. These two Poe classics were the first big-budget CinemaScopeŽ projects to be produced by American International Pictures. Both features are packaged in a beautiful gatefold jacket whose innerspread contains a number of production stills.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 2.35:1 aspect ratio of both transfers is true to the original theatrical compositions. The color rendition is very pleasing with vivid colors, slightly oversaturated fleshtones, solid blacks and good shadow detail. The Pit And The Pendulum is a brighter, more detailed transfer. Both films are rendered with striking color hues that wash the screen during dream sequences and effectively enhance the thick atmosphere of the brooding settings. Both transfers reveal some slight artifacts which do not seriously mar the otherwise engaging image quality that is sure to please.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is compressed and mono. and does not impart the dynamics to effectively underscore the drama.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
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Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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