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William Castle At Columbia Volume Two

William Castle At Columbia Volume Two

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In my last post, I reviewed the truly awesome Indicator release of the William Castle At Columbia Volume One box set. Now I am turning my attention to commenting on the follow-up release, William Castle At Columbia Volume Two, which is every bit as awesome as the first one.

In keeping with the style of its predecessor, this box set once again brings to every William Castle fan an absolute treasure trove of movie nostalgia and extra goodies. Again, we have four more classic William Castle movies, and they are;

Zotz! (1962)
13 Frightened Girls (1963)
The Old Dark House (1963)
Straight-Jacket (1964)

Each movie comes with its own beautiful glossy booklet packed with all sorts of information on the making of each film, interspersed with some great photos. If you love William Castle films, then honestly, you will be in your absolute element here. And as for all those awesome extra features on the discs themselves, they are as follows:

High Definition remasters of all four films

· Original mono audio

· 3 x Region Free and 1 x Region B

· Alternative presentations of The Old Dark House the black and white 1963 US theatrical presentation (87 mins); the cut-down A-certificate 1966 UK presentation (77 mins); and the complete uncut colour presentation (87 mins)

· Zotz! audio commentary by Diabolique Magazine’s editor-in-chief Kat Ellinger

· 13 Frightened Girls audio commentary by Daughters of Darkness Samm Deighan

· The Old Dark House audio commentary by celebrated horror and fantasy authors Kim Newman and Stephen Jones

· Strait-Jacket audio commentary film historians Lee Gambin and Emma Westwood

· Stephen Laws Introduces Zotz! (2018): an appreciation by the acclaimed horror author

· Kim Newman on Ray Russell (2018): an appreciation of novelist and writer of Zotz! by the critic and author of Nightmare Movies

· 13 Frightened Girls: William Castle s original ‘The Candy Web’ opening / closing ‘Danger Card’ messages

· 13 Frightened Girls: four alternativee opening sequences created for international release versions

· Jonathan Rigby on The Old Dark House and Strait-Jacket (2018): new appreciations by the author of American Gothic: Six Decades of Classic Horror Cinema

· The Old Dark House in Eastmancolor (2018): Paul Frith, Senior Research Associate, School of Art, Media and American Studies at UEA discusses the film’s cinematography

· Joan Had Me Fired! (2018): an interview with actor Anne Helm

· On the Road with Joan Crawford (2018): an interview with publicist Richard Kahn

· Battle-Axe: The Making of ‘Strait-Jacket’ (2007, 15 mins)

· Joan Crawford Wardrobe Tests (1964, 4 mins)

· Joan Crawford – Axe Test (1964, 1 min)

· How to Plan a Movie Murder (1964, 5 mins): star Joan Crawford, director William Castle and author Robert Bloch discuss making Strait-Jacket in this vintage piece

· Super 8 version of Strait-Jacket

· Isolated music & effects track on all four films

· Original theatrical trailers

· Strait-Jacket trailer commentary with David DeCoteau

· 13 Frightened Girls original UK trailer introduction

· Alternative 13 Frightened Girls ‘The Candy Web’ trailer

· Promotional and on-set photography, poster art and archive materials

· New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing

· Limited Edition box set exclusive booklets for each film with new essays by Joe Jordan, Racheal Nisbet, James Oliver and John Oliver, archival interview materials, contemporary reviews and film credits

· World and UK premieres on Blu-ray

· Limited Edition box set of 6,000 numbered units

· All extras subject to change.

So if you have the first volume in the series, then you must get this second volume to complete your Indicator William Castle collection. I can’t utter enough superlatives about both of these excellent box sets, which are, without doubt, two of the best movie box sets I have ever seen in my life. Just like the first volume, I guarantee you will want to revisit this set again and again.

So what are you waiting for? Go out and treat yourself today.

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Alan Toner

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