The Raven (Corman)

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  1. dwatts

    dwatts New Member

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    Dipped back into my Corman collection tonight to view "The Raven". Fun little film, though perhaps a little light (certainly light on a gothic atmosphere). Played for laughs, but we do get meaty roles for Price, Karloff and Lorre.

    Oh, and Jack Nicholson is hilarious in an early role (laughing at him, I should note.

    Of course, this one has aged a little less well than some of the others due to the SFX. They do look rather silly by today's standards. Also note I have the R2 MGM Midnite Movie, and it's quite poor. A low-contrast print with some, what look like, VHS inserts. Only a trailer as an extra. I don't know what the R1 is like.

    I know the Midnite Movies get plaudits, but while I appreciate the catalog, the transfers continue to underwhlem me.

    Oh well, anyone else appreciate some Raven? Surely the opening sequence alone, with a Raven against the (what apepars to be) credit sequence from Pit and the Pendulum, and Price narrating, reading the original poem - is worth the price of entry? What do you think?
     
  2. old-boo-radley

    old-boo-radley They stay the same age...

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    I watched this flick the other night along with Comedy of Terrors. I had bought the set mostly for Comedy of Terrors as the idea of the wizard stuff didn't really appeal to me, but it turned out that I enjoyed The Raven a lot more. Interestingly, the ad campaign didn't let the movie goers know that it was a comedy at all. The best thing about the film was that either Price/Lorre or Karloff always seemed to be on screen.
     
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    I also just watched it a couple months back on the DVD double feature with Comedy of Terrors. The Raven was one Price movie I had not yet seen in it's entirety. I'd seen half of it on TV before, and thought it was okay...but after watching the entire movie I really enjoyed it. Lorre and Karloff rounded off a stellar cast!

    I remember the DVD transfer to be pretty good. Not stellar or anything, but I don't remember it being lackluster or distracting from actually enjoying the movie. The only MGM Midnight Movies DVD transfer in which I was disappointed with was An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe from 1972, which was a short TV movie that came from a video source.
     
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    A great teaming of three horror icons having a good laugh.Lots of fun.
     
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    Is the R2 anamorphic? Glad to hear the transfer of the R1 is good - any extras?
     
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    mutleyhyde Fuck it.

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    One of my all time favorites - really the perfect vehicle for Price. The image sadly can probably not be much improved upon.
     
  7. old-boo-radley

    old-boo-radley They stay the same age...

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    I read a review online in which the reviewer says he saw a more pristine version on TV one night, but it could be hogwash.
     
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    mutleyhyde Fuck it.

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    That would be pretty sweet if true. I'd double dip on it if a higher quality version came out.
     
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    It's been a couple of years since I’ve seen it but I would have to say the Raven is the Corman/Price film that I enjoyed the least. I found it a bit tedious, not funny and definitely without any chills. Maybe I’ll give it another shot one of these days but I really wasn’t impressed after my first viewing.
     

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