Monsters and Madmen

Monsters and Madmen

 
Monsters and Madmen (Criterion DVD)

DVD Box Set

4 Discs

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Box Set Info

  • Spine #364

Launching us from a grave past to a space-age future, these two thrilling double features, from producers Richard and Alex Gordon, spin classic tales of hair-raising homicidal mania and intrepid, death-defying exploration. Featuring Boris Karloff in two of his most horrifying roles (The Haunted Strangler and Corridors of Blood), and two classic sci-fi treats from the atomic age.

Collector’s Set Includes

The Atomic Submarine box cover

The Atomic Submarine

Spencer G. Bennet 1959

When a nuclear-powered submarine, the Tiger Shark, sets out to investigate a series of mysterious disappearances near the Arctic Circle, its fearless crew finds itself besieged by electrical storms, an Unidentified Floating Saucer, and lots of hairy tentacles.


First Man into Space box cover

First Man into Space

Robert Day 1959

In this interstellar cautionary tale, brash U.S. Navy test pilot Dan Prescott, hungry for fame, rockets himself beyond Earth’s atmosphere, only to become encrusted with cosmic dust and return a blood-drinking monster.


The Haunted Strangler box cover

The Haunted Strangler

Robert Day 1958

Nineteenth-century English author James Rankin (Boris Karloff) believes that the wrong man was hanged twenty years earlier for a series of murders, but his investigations lead him to a horrible and, for him, gruesomely inescapable secret.


Corridors of Blood box cover

Corridors of Blood

Robert Day 1959

In 1840s London, Dr. Thomas Bolton (Boris Karloff) dares to dream the unthinkable: to operate on patients without causing pain. Unfortunately, the road to general anesthesia is blocked by a ruthless killer (Christopher Lee), as well as Bolton’s devastating addiction to his own chemical experiments.

Disc Features

FOUR-DISC SPECIAL EDITION SET:

DISC ONE AND TWO:

  • The Haunted Strangler
  • Corridors of Blood
  • New, restored high-definition digital transfers
  • Audio commentaries by Richard Gordon and Weaver on both films, with additional comments from Alex Gordon on The Haunted Strangler
  • New video interviews with Day and costars Francis Matthews and Yvonne Romain (Corridors of Blood) and Day, screenwriter Jan Read, and costars Jean Kent and Vera Day (Strangler)
  • Censor cuts
  • Original theatrical trailers and radio spots
  • Stills galleries featuring production and publicity photographs
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring Fangoria’s 1984 interview with producer John Croydon about Karloff, and a new essay by Maitland McDonagh

DISC THREE AND FOUR:

  • The Atomic Submarine
  • First Man into Space
  • New. restored high-definition digital transfers
  • Audio commentaries by producer Alex Gordon and writer Tom Weaver (The Atomic Submarine) and producer Richard Gordon and Weaver (First Man into Space)
  • New video interviews with actor Brett Halsey (Submarine) and director Robert Day and costar Marla Landi (Space)
  • Original theatrical trailers and radio spots
  • Stills galleries featuring production and publicity photographs
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring new essays by Bruce Eder and Michael Lennick

    New covers by Darwyn Cooke