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Name: TWILIGHT TIME
Number: TWILIGHT259-BR

THE MAD MAGICIAN 3D / 2D (1954) (BLU-RAY)
Starring:  Mary Murphy, Eva Gabor, John Emery, Lenita Lane, Donald Randolph, Jay Novello, Patrick O'Neal, Vincent Price
Directed By:  John Brahm
Composed By:  Emil Newman, Arthur Lange

“A shocker thriller, with Vincent Price in one of his signature psychotic roles…cheesy fun with a delightfully villainous Vincent.”
– Dennis Schwartz, Ozu’s World Movie Reviews

“This vigorous little shocker has another psychotic role for Price as a magic-trick inventor who goes over the edge when fellow magicians rip off his act and his wife runs off with a younger rival.”
– Time Out London

Columbia Pictures’ last entry in the 1950s 3D craze, The Mad Magician (1954) stars Vincent Price in a trademark role as a round-the-bend illusionist bent on revenge. Delightfully tongue-in-cheek, the film also offers some genuinely frightfest-style moments, courtesy of director John Brahm (The Lodger, Hangover Square), one of Hollywood’s foremost stylists of the macabre.

PLUS: Two 3D/2D 1953 Comedy Shorts Starring The Three Stooges, Pardon My Backfire and Spooks!

LANGUAGE: English
VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 1.85:1
AUDIO: English 1.0 DTS-HD MA
SUBTITLES: English SDH
1954 / B&W
72 MINUTES
NOT RATED

Special Features: Isolated Music Track / Audio Commentary by Film Historians David Del Valle and Steven Peros / Master of Fright!: Conjuring The Mad Magician / Original Theatrical Trailer

Limited Edition of 3,000 Units

  
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Posted by Bob Furmanek on January 10, 2017 4:20 PM
The first review: https://www.hometheaterforum.com/community/threads/the-mad-magician-the-htf-3d-addict-review.350837/

It's worth nothing that SPOOKS was originally released to theaters in Sepia tone (as was MAN IN THE DARK) and was specifically intended to follow Columbia's first Technicolor, 3-D, stereophonic feature FORT TI, directed by William Castle.

The second part of a 3-D feature was always shorter (part one usually ran 45 to 50 minutes with part two running 30 to 40) so theaters with just two projectors could run the shorts, cartoons and trailers after the feature.

FORT TI has a scene with bats in a cave near the conclusion so that sets up the gag with the Shemp-bat. The Stooges also mention Fort Ticonderoga as they are getting dressed in the first scene of the film.

Bob Furmanek
www.3dfilmarchive.com

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