THEATER OF BLOOD
Edward Lionheart is a seasoned veteran of the stage. His devotion to the works of Shakespeare is legendary. Much like the ornate and elaborate productions he presents, Lionheart puts his all into every role he has ever played and creates a realism and depth not seen since The Bard himself put these words to paper. In what was sure to be his crowning glory, Lionheart put together a production of the collected works of Shakespeare that should have garnered him the coveted "Critics Circle Choice Award". Unfortunately, all he received was tremendous embarrassment at the hands rather, words of this band of critics. Scathing would be too nice a term applied to the venom they spewed regarding his acting and interpretation of these collected works. To further add to his mortification, they selected a young and unpolished actor to receive the prize as opposed to giving it to he who had worked so hard to attain it. His career destroyed, his heart broken and his greatest desire permanently out of reach, Lionheart sets out to repay these critics in the way that only his now broken and twisted mind can devise! Using Shakespeare as his guide, Lionheart gruesomely dispatches each one of his critics in a way that would make the dark side of The Bard very proud indeed! With plays such as Cymbeline, Titus Andronicus, Romeo and Juliet, Othello and the Merchant of Venice as his backdrops, Edward Lionheart puts on performances that no one will ever forget! Least of all the members of the Critics Circle! Theater of Blood is one of my favorite, if not my favorite Vincent Price film ever and its digital presence is a welcome addition to the realm of DVD!
The audio is presented in the mono platform it was recorded in 28 years ago. The dialogue was all easily understandable. The video was not as good as I expected but it pleased me all the same. The colors seem a little washed out and faded. And there are a great many scratches and flecks in the print. While it is listed as anamorphically enhanced, it is not. It is however a nicely rendered widescreen presentation with an aspect ratio of 1.66:1. Other than those noted, there were no other transfer errors to speak of.
The sole extra is the film's trailer.
Theater of blood is an incredible tour de force that goes to show the greatness of Vincent Price's acting prowess. In every movement of the film he just gets better and better! I found myself waiting in tremendous anticipation of the next "kill" and the next one after that, and was ready for another "go 'round" once the film finished! This film has everything, horror, comedy and Vincent Price! Do yourself a favor and pick this one up! Easily one of my all-time favorite films! And for $9.99 it could be one of yours as well!