New for 2021, STUDIOCANAL unveils the extended cut of Roger Corman’s iconic
THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH,
stunningly restored in 4K
by Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation and The Academy with funding from theHobson/Lucas Family Foundation. Starring horror stalwartVincent Price (HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL, HOUSE OF WAX, EDWARD SCISSOR HANDS) in one of the finest
performances of his career, alongside a knock-out supporting cast includingJane Asher (ALFIE, DEATH AT A FUNERAL),Hazel Court (THE PREMATURE BURIAL, THE RAVEN),David Weston (BECKET, THE RED BARON) and Nigel Green (JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS, ZULU) and
based on the classic gothic fiction taleThe Mask of the Red Death: A Fantasy byEdgar Allan Poe. THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH is
considered one of Roger Corman’s ( THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, THE RAVEN) most distinctive works and
an all-time horror classic.
Unseen by audiences until it premiered at the 63rd BFI London Film Festival
in 2019 to great applaud, the meticulous 4K restoration brings back to life
the striking and bold cinematography from Nicolas Roeg.
The amazing use of colours in MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH was thought to
influence his love of bold colours in his subsequent directing work (DON’T LOOK NOW being a prime example). The new version of the film reinstates a number of censored scenes which were cut from
the original 1964 release.
The new DVD/ Blu-Ray includes both the restored extended cut and the theatrical cut, a 20-page booklet
a new essay from The Academy’s film preservationist Tessa Idlewine
and 4 art cards from the restoration. There is also a host
of exciting special features including a brand new interview with Keith M. Johnston, a lecturer in
Film and Television Studies at the University of East Anglia University
which explores the fascinating topics of colour and censorship;
abrand new commentary with film critic and author Kim Newman and
filmmaker Sean Hogan
; and a not-to-be-missed
conversation between Roger Corman and film critic Kim Newman
which was filmed in 2013 as part of the BFI’s Gothic Season.
An absolute must-see for any horror or classic cinema fan, THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH will be
available to own on Blu-Ray, DVD & Digital on 25 January.
A stunning new 4K restoration from The Film Foundation and The Academy of
Roger Corman’s 1964 classic THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH. This is
the first ever fully uncut, extended version of the film to be available.
Vincent Price stars as evil Prince Prospero who sells his soul to the devil
and then enjoys the latter’s patronage by living the most decadent and
lavish lifestyle he can manage. He derides even more pleasure from the
perverse satisfaction he takes in seeing his impoverished subjects fall
victim to a painful and devastating plague that is sweeping the land.
- New: Colour and Censorship in The Masque of the
Red Death: Interview with Professor Keith Johnston
- New: Audio Commentary with Kim Newman
and Sean Hogan
- Roger Corman: In Conversation with Kim Newman at the BFI
- Behind the scenes stills gallery
- Booklet written film preservationist at The Academy Tessa Idlewine
- Art cards
About Roger Corman:
Roger Corman is an American director, producer and actor with an array of
impressive credits to his name who continues to influence the filmmakers of
today. He was a master maker of cult horror films, THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH being one of a cycle made in the
1960’s based on short stories by the brilliant writer and poet Edgar Allan
Poe and considered his greatest achievement by many. Other notable titles
from this period include THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS,LAST WOMAN ON EARTH, PREMATURE BURIAL,TOWER OF LONDON, THE RAVEN, THE TERROR, THE HAUNTED PLACE and THE TRIP but to name a few.
Corman mentored a number of today’s most revered film directors during
their early careers including Francis Ford Coppola, Ron Howard, Martin
Scorsese and James Cameron and helped launch the careers of actors such as
Jack Nicholson, Dennis Hopper and Sylvester Stallone. As an actor Corman
has appeared in small roles in a number of films includingTHE GODFATHER PART II, SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, PHILADELPHIA and APOLLO 13.