Tuesday, July 12, 2016

New on Blu-ray: CARNIVAL OF SOULS (1962) - Criterion Collection


Product Description: A young woman in a small Kansas town survives a drag race accident, then agrees to take a job as a church organist in Salt Lake City. En route, she becomes haunted by a bizarre apparition that compels her toward an abandoned lakeside pavilion. Made by industrial filmmakers on a modest budget, the eerily effective B-movie classic Carnival of Souls was intended to have “the look of a Bergman and the feel of a Cocteau”—and, with its strikingly used locations and spooky organ score, it succeeds. Herk Harvey’s macabre masterpiece gained a cult following on late-night television and continues to inspire filmmakers today.

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Candace Hilligoss in Carnival of Souls

Film Details

  • Starring: Candace Hilligoss, Frances Feist, Sidney Berger, Stan Levitt

  • Director: Herk Harvey

  • Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

  • Running Time: 78 min

  • Studio: Criterion

  • Rating: Not Rated

DVD / Blu-Ray Details

Carnival of Souls (1962) Criterion Blu-ray Cover

  • Available Editions (click links to order):
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1

  • Release Date: July 12, 2016

  • Language: English

  • Carnival of Souls Movie Image

  • Audio Formats:
    • Blu-Ray: LPCM Mono
    • DVD: Mono
  • Subtitles: English SDH

  • Special Features:
    • Selected-scene audio commentary featuring director Herk Harvey and screenwriter John Clifford
    • New interview with comedian and writer Dana Gould
    • New video essay by film critic David Cairns
    • The Movie That Wouldn’t Die!, a documentary on the 1989 reunion of the film’s cast and crew
    • The Carnival Tour, a 2000 update on the film’s locations
    • Excerpts from movies made by the Centron Corporation, an industrial film company based in Lawrence, Kansas, that once employed Harvey and Clifford
    • Deleted scenes
    • Outtakes, accompanied by Gene Moore’s organ score
    • History of the Saltair Resort in Salt Lake City, where key scenes in the film were shot
    • Trailer
    • PLUS: An essay by writer and programmer Kier-La Janisse

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