The first in a series of highly popular (and profitable) movies based on the stories of Edgar Allan Poe, Roger Corman's The Fall of the House of Usher (aka The House of Usher) is considered by many to be one of the director's finest moments. Made on the ultra cheap, the movie has a lush gothic look that gives it the illusion of being a moderately budgeted production. MGM's disc is a part of their Midnight Movies line, but unlike other discs in the series, Usher includes a director's commentary track. Corman's insights into the making of the movie are great, as he talks about his ideas for the planning and filming of the Poe movies, his cinematic ideas, and some rather brief observations about working with stars Vincent Price, Mark Damon, and Myrna Fahey. Corman also gives credit where credit is due -- he attributes much of the success of the series to his hard-working film crew. Usher is presented in its original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and has been enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs. The print is problematic at times, though it is more likely due to the print source than to the transfer. Colors are stable and bright, though there is grain at times and the sides of the picture tend to be blurry and stretched looking (a common problem with transferring many Cinemascope-lensed films to the digital medium). The English mono soundtrack does have limitations, but that is to be expected considering the age and the movie's budgetary limitations. The disc also has a French mono soundtrack and optional English and Spanish subtitles. All in all, a fun disc that is hard to resist.