The Raven (1963) Kino Studio Classics 8/31/2021
Directed By: Roger Corman
Starring: Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, Jack Nicholson, Hazel Court
Disclaimer: Kino Studio Classics has provided me with a copy of this film free of charge for the purposes of review. All opinions contained within are my own honest reflections.
Picture: Kino Studio Classics impresses with this transfer. I have seen this movie many times both on DVD and HD from the previous release and its safe to say this movie looks great. There is a nice uptick in brightness and you really get a nice sense of clarity as well. Colors are big and bold and details like costume textures, sets and locales really stand out nicely. The colors also tend to have a nice warmth to them and isn't overly processed. Some artifacts are present but frankly not much and not enough to distract one from the overall nice looking product.
Sound: The Raven has a very nice and I would even say big bold sounding DTS 2.0 track.
Extras: I am going to be comparing this re-release with the Vincent Price Vol II re-release. I will be breaking down what is included and not included and whats brand-new to this release.
I don't normally do this but I wanted to be a helpful guide for those wanting to know what's the difference content wise.
PLEASE NOTE: Its not to say one release is better than the other-in fact I think both the box set and stand-alone releases are well worth owning. The Kino Studio release is certainly a more affordable way to own this movie on HD.
David Del Valle provided a brand-new commentary for this release which is the most exciting part of this new release. For those of you not in the know, David Del Valle has been a historian for decades, having interviewed and formed close relationships with many many famous genre players included the primary cast of The Raven, including Price and Hazel Court and Roger Corman. Valle has written books and been in the trenches for forty-plus years. I say all this because you really couldn't find a better person to wax-poe-tically about this film. Valle is as always incredibly well researched and shares personal firsthand knowledge gained from years of research and frankly from actually talking to the principal players. David also doesn't shy away from some criticism towards Corman, but, never in a bitter or mean way. At the end of the day he has a wit and charm that honestly is unmatched in any other historian. Well worth 'raven' about.
Also New to this set is a Trailers from Hell w/Mick Garris
Ported over from the Scream Factory Release and Included in the Kino Studio Release includes: Richard Matheson Storyteller: The Raven, Corman's Comedy of Poe
Things NOT ported over from the Scream release includes: Promo Record, Still Gallery and Introduction and Parting Words from Vincent Price. Its worth noting that these segments were unable to be ported over to the re-issue of Vincent Price Vol 1 no doubt due to being unable to re-license them.