Features | Written by STARBURST 28/07/2020

[ENDED]WIN a copy of Three Edgar Allan Poe Adaptations Starring Bela Lugosi on Blu-ray!

We’ve got three Blu-ray copies of Three Edgar Allan Poe Adaptations Starring Bela Lugosi to give away in our competition.

Eureka Entertainment to release MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE / THE BLACK CAT / THE RAVEN: THREE EDGAR ALLAN POE ADAPTATIONS STARRING BELA LUGOSI, on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK. Presented in a 2-Disc Limited Edition Blu-ray set (2000 copies only) as part of The Masters of Cinema Series, available now.

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To be in with a chance to win a copy, just send your answer to the question below to comp@starburstmagazine.com with the header ‘BELALUGOSI’ to arrive before 11:59pm on Sunday, August 10th, 2020

 

Which seminal post-punk band released their first single 'Bela Lugosi's Dead' in 1979?

 

A) BAUHAUS

 

B) BLACK LACE

 

C) BUCKS FIZZ

   

This trio of classic 1930s horror films—Murders in the Rue MorgueThe Black Cat, and The Raven—is also distinguished by a trio of factors regarding their production. Most notably, each film is based on a work by master of the macabre Edgar Allan Poe. Part of the legendary wave of horror films made by Universal Pictures in the 30s, all three feature dynamic performances from Dracula's Bela Lugosi, with two of them also enlivened by the appearance of Frankenstein's Boris Karloff. And finally, all three benefit from being rare examples of Pre-Code studio horror, their sometimes startling depictions of sadism and shock a result of being crafted during that brief period in Hollywood before the enforcement of the Motion Picture Production Code's rigid guidelines for moral content.

Director Robert Florey, who gave the Marx Brothers their cinema start with The Cocoanuts in 1929, worked with Metropolis cinematographer Karl Freund to give a German Expressionism look to Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932), with Lugosi as a mad scientist running a twisted carnival sideshow in 19th-century Paris, and murdering women to find a mate for his talking ape main attraction. Lugosi and Karloff teamed forces for the first time in The Black Cat, a nightmarish psychodrama that became Universal's biggest hit of 1934, with Detour director Edgar G. Ulmer bringing a feverish flair to the tale of a satanic, necrophiliac architect (Karloff) locked in battle with an old friend (Lugosi) in search of his family. Prolific B-movie director Lew Landers made 1935's The Raven so grotesque that all American horror films were banned in the U.K. for two years in its wake. Specifically referencing Poe within its story, Lugosi is a plastic surgeon obsessed with the writer, who tortures fleeing murderer Karloff through monstrous medical means.

Significant and still unsettling early works of American studio horror filmmaking, these three Pre-Code chillers demonstrate the enduring power of Poe's work, and the equally continuous appeal of classic Universal horror's two most iconic stars.

SPECIAL TWO-DISC BLU-RAY EDITION

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations for all three films, with The Raven presented from a 2K scan of the original film elements
  • Uncompressed LPCM monaural audio tracks
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Murders in the Rue Morgue – Audio commentary by Gregory William Mank
  • The Black Cat – Audio commentary by Gregory William Mank
  • The Black Cat – Audio commentary by Amy Simmons
  • The Raven – Audio commentary by Gary D. Rhodes
  • The Raven – Audio commentary by Samm Deighan
  • Cats In Horror – a video essay by writer and film historian Lee Gambin
  • American Gothic – a video essay by critic Kat Ellinger
  • “The Black Cat” episode of radio series Mystery In The Air, starring Peter Lorre
  • “The Tell-Tale Heart” episode of radio series Inner Sanctum Mysteries, starring Boris Karloff
  • Bela Lugosi reads “The Tell-Tale Heart”
  • Vintage footage
  • New Interview With Critic And Author Kim Newman
  • PLUS: A 48-PAGE  collector’s booklet featuring new writing by film critic and writer Jon Towlson; a new essay by film critic and writer Alexandra Heller-Nicholas; and rare archival imagery and ephemera

Available to order from:

Eureka Store  https://eurekavideo.co.uk/movie/murders-in-the-rue-morgue-the-black-cat-the-raven/

Amazon https://amzn.to/3dLwND8

  
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