House of Usher

House of Usher

Director: Roger Corman Cast: Vincent Price, Mark Damon, Myrna Fahey

DVD (Wide Screen)


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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/05/2001
UPC: 0027616862877
Original Release: 1960
Rating: NR
Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:20:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary with Roger Corman; Original theatrical trailer; English mono; French mono; French & Spanish language subtitles

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Title/Credits/Intro [6:08]
2. Hyper-Sensitive [7:55]
3. Shaky Foundation [2:32]
4. Final Warning [3:30]
5. Come With Me [2:57]
6. Strange Old House [5:44]
7. Full of Life [4:49]
8. Deep Dark Secret [4:34]
9. Plague of Evil [6:12]
10. Time to Go [4:27]
11. No Peace [4:23]
12. Buried Alive [4:16]
13. Secret Place [6:21]
14. Why [3:47]
15. Maze of Madness [9:28]
16. End Credits [2:03]

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Fall Of The House Of Usher Steelbook 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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It is hard after all these years to explain just how significant these films were in the heartland. When they were new, those of us in the large patch in the middle of America raised on drive-in movies were surprised by the quality of these films. The Corman/Price Poe movies provided a welcome switch from movies built around pulchritudinous stewardesses, over-heated summer school teachers, and hormonally-crazed student nurses. The Poe series was smart, well costumed, often humorous, occasionally freaky, and generally unique in its day. Corman is a grand storyteller whose artistic vision remains true even in the face of his deep cynicism about the quality of his product and the intelligence of his viewing audience. Price was, of course, a magnificent and sophisticated actor who brought elegance and sympathy to every role he ever played. This first movie in the Corman/Poe series is the strongest and most faithful to the original source material. You will not find the best review for these movies here, though I wholeheartedly endorse them, the best praise these films will receive is from yourself when you find that they make for excellent repeated viewing.