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dwatts
08-28-2003, 11:41 PM
Just got through seeing this for the first time - and it certainly won't be the last! This one comes as a "bonus" on the new House of Wax release, but since it was the "original" of the Price classic, I figured I would take a look at it first.

Fay Wray, two-color Technicolor, and some of those gothic sets from the movies of 30's universal that I love so much. It's been a long time since I saw the Price version, but this one is worth the price of the disc alone.

Sure, the transfer is not stellar. Lots of skips, pops and a couple of the scenes look a bit mangled, but forgive me for saying so, but I've kind of gotten used to seeing them this way, it didn't bother me one bit.

The two-color proces works amazingly well, I'm surprised it was not used more. Considering this was 1933, it does an admirable job of portraying flesh tones. Above all else though, the performances were just amazing, with the unmasking at the end of the story done very effectively, it is hard to imagine it being bettered in any remakes.

Wonderful stuff - recommended to everyone (like you needed to be told that!)

Jimbo
08-29-2003, 01:04 AM
I have been meaning to watch this.With your recomendation i think i will watch it tonight!!

RyanPC
08-29-2003, 03:10 AM
Since House of Wax is on my wish list, I should be seeing this for the first time soon. :D

dwatts
10-05-2003, 01:36 PM
Well, just saw (finally) House of Wax. Sadly, this one is not as good. Price does a great job, but the unmasking is not as effective, and quite honestly they just don't add anything to it. When I saw House of Wax I could not help likening it to a lot of remakes today - it's just a bit pointless. Watch Mysteries, it's more effective, and you get House of Wax as a bonus :)

Rock
10-06-2003, 08:02 PM
It was just on TCM this morning at a time (1:30 am Pacific) when virtually nobody (who has to work for a living, that is) can see it and appreciate it, us insomniacs notwithstanding...why do the g-damn networks do this?

A true classic, prob considered quite shocking in its day...Lionel Atwill is absolutely terrifying in makeup and Glenda Farrell's comedic performance has to be seen more than once to catch all of her great lines. You kids will be bored silly, though...

Ravenheart
04-10-2004, 11:13 PM
I saw this for the first time when I picked up the House of Wax DVD a few months ago.Its not too bad but I preferred Vincent Price's version better.

dwatts
04-13-2004, 11:11 AM
Heathen! :D

Ash28M
04-14-2004, 11:59 AM
I just read that this DVD isn't in Widescreen what's up with that?

dwatts
04-14-2004, 01:05 PM
Apparently, when originally released it was 4:3 (well, 1.37:1). It got matted in the early 70's, but then, that's not the OAR.

The 30's movie is obviously 4:3.

Ash28M
04-14-2004, 01:14 PM
Thanks Dwatts, makes sense.

bschulte
06-09-2005, 12:44 AM
Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933) (http://www.brettschulte.net/BrettsDVDs/DVDs/Horror/MysteryOfTheWaxMuseum.html)

WOW. This movie surprised me for several reasons. First, I came in expecting this 1933 film to be in black & white. Instead, it was filmed in early two-strip technicolor. Second, I expected a pretty reserved early horror film and instead got a pretty cool Pre-Code talkie. I especially liked Glenda Farrell as the stereotypical wisecracking dame (reporter Florence Dempsey) so common in the 30's. In fact, she did such a good job she reminded me a lot of my favorite actress Ginger Rogers in 42nd Street, who was so good in that movie and others before her more famous musicals with Fred Astaire. Lionel Atwill puts in a good to great performance as Ivan Igor, a sculptor who moved on to wax figures because he felt he could recreate life so much more beautifully through that medium rather than cold, gray stone. Unfortunately for Mr. Igor, an unscrupulous partner in his wax museum decides to burn it down (and Mr. Igor with it). Igor moves to America after surviving this terrible act, and he says he hires others to create his wax figurines. However, not everything is as it seems at the Wax Museum. Fay Wray plays the beautiful damsel in distress, drawn near the Wax Museum because her boyfriend works there. Florence is determined to get to the bottom of the Mystery of the Wax Museum before it is too late. This movie is definitely a "buy" for anyone who likes classic horror. And to make matters even sweeter, it comes packaged on a double disc with the remake House of Wax, starring Vincent Price. I give Mystery of the Wax Museum a very solid 8/10, and I encourage you to see this film if you haven't before. I was VERY pleasantly surprised.

I haven't yet been able to watch House of Wax, (on the other side of the DVD) but I've heard plenty of good things about it.

RyanPC
06-09-2005, 12:55 AM
Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933) (http://www.brettschulte.net/BrettsDVDs/DVDs/Horror/MysteryOfTheWaxMuseum.html)

WOW. This movie surprised me for several reasons. First, I came in expecting this 1933 film to be in black & white. Instead, it was filmed in early two-strip technicolor. Second, I expected a pretty reserved early horror film and instead got a pretty cool Pre-Code talkie. I especially liked Glenda Farrell as the stereotypical wisecracking dame (reporter Florence Dempsey) so common in the 30's. In fact, she did such a good job she reminded me a lot of my favorite actress Ginger Rogers in 42nd Street, who was so good in that movie and others before her more famous musicals with Fred Astaire. Lionel Atwill puts in a good to great performance as Ivan Igor, a sculptor who moved on to wax figures because he felt he could recreate life so much more beautifully through that medium rather than cold, gray stone. Unfortunately for Mr. Igor, an unscrupulous partner in his wax museum decides to burn it down (and Mr. Igor with it). Igor moves to America after surviving this terrible act, and he says he hires others to create his wax figurines. However, not everything is as it seems at the Wax Museum. Fay Wray plays the beautiful damsel in distress, drawn near the Wax Museum because her boyfriend works there. Florence is determined to get to the bottom of the Mystery of the Wax Museum before it is too late. This movie is definitely a "buy" for anyone who likes classic horror. And to make matters even sweeter, it comes packaged on a double disc with the remake House of Wax, starring Vincent Price. I give Mystery of the Wax Museum a very solid 8/10, and I encourage you to see this film if you haven't before. I was VERY pleasantly surprised.

I haven't yet been able to watch House of Wax, (on the other side of the DVD) but I've heard plenty of good things about it.


I really liked this one as well. I don't like it as much as House of Wax, however... no one can compare to Vincent Price.

dwatts
06-09-2005, 01:16 PM
:D

Glad to hear you enjoyed it, bschulte. Perhaps, like me, you'll end up enjoying it more than House of Wax, coz yeah - sometimes having Price just isn't enough ;)

Ash28M
06-09-2005, 01:29 PM
I agree I found myself enjoying it more then the Vincent Price version as well.