Good Double Feature Films.
LUCIEN LESSARD | Canada. | 05/01/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I never saw Vincent Price Film, Expect for His Supporting Role in Dead Heat(1988). I did like House On Haunted Hill, I enjoy More Than The Bat. Good Film with Some Scares, The Film is a Bit Chessy at Times but Well directed By William Castle, He Produced 1968 Shocker-Rosemary`s Baby.The Bat was Remade Three Times Before Vincent Price, Star or We can say in a Supporting Role. This Version was Made in 1959. The Lead was Agnes Moorehead(The Hit T.V. series-bewitched) as Novelist write about Suspenseful Horror Book. The Bat is More Suspense Film Than A Horror Film, Also a Mystery One, Who Is The Bat?. The House On Haunted Hill is More Of An Film With Surprises.Technical Information is a Mistake Is Not Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is Actually Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono.The House On Haunted Hill Real Widescreen Aspect Ratio is 1.85:1 not 1.66:1. Maybe for The Bat but Not The House On Haunted Hill.Roan Group did a Good Job with the Double Feature Films. The Only Thing is Missing the Usual Traliers on Every DVD Films. For The Bat and House On Haunted Hill. No Production Notes Also. Actually The Picture is More Clearer With The Bat Than The House On Haunted Hill.Warner DVD Video Relase-The House On Haunted Hill in Pan&Scan And Original Widescreen Format 1.85:1, Original Theatrical Tralier and Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono. The Picture is Much Clearer and We Actually See The String On The Skeleton, When Vincent Character is Scarying His Double Crossing Wife To Death.Still For Vincent Price Fans, Will Enjoy Double Feature of These Classics Films."
Two Vincent Price Chillers For The Price Of One!
David Von Pein | Mooresville, Indiana; USA | 05/25/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD produced by "The Roan Group" features two of my favorite Vincent Price horror/suspense films: "The Bat" and "House On Haunted Hill", both of which were released in movie theaters the same year (1959).
"The Bat" is a creaky old-dark-house kind of tale, and stars Price along with the great Agnes Moorehead. Although not exactly nail-bitingly intense, it still emits a great deal of entertainment (including several unintentionally funny moments -- or at least I *think* they're unintentional). But, no matter. This movie is still very fun all the way around. And Miss Moorehead is always a treat on screen.
"House On Haunted Hill" is a William Castle-directed feature, which automatically means a fun outing at the movies! Castle's "gimmick" in movie theaters for this film was called "Emergo", which entailed a "flying skeleton" jumping out at the audience at just the proper moment in the film. Must have been pretty cool for kids back in '59!
Each film on this disc is shown in Widescreen format, with the original Mono soundtrack. And the picture quality looks A-OK. Very pleasing indeed (especially considering the fact neither film has been enhanced for 16x9 televisions). Aspect Ratio for each of these black-and-white films on this DVD is 1.66:1. The audio for each movie is 1.0 Dolby Digital (Mono).
The DVD is double-sided (therefore no disc art), with one movie residing on each side. There are no extra bonus features at all. But each movie does include several chapter breaks. There's a Chapter List included on a paper insert inside the DVD's Keep Case.
These two late-'50s flicks are essential viewing for any serious (or even casual) Vincent Price buff."