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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Celebrates the Film's 60 Years with Newly Restored and Remastered Version October 1
Includes New Featurette, 2D version, and Original 1933 Film

Burbank, Calif., June 3, 2013 On October 1, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will celebrate the 60th anniversary of House of Wax with a stunning new restored and remastered High-definition 3D Blu-ray. In 1953, the film was the first color 3D feature released by a major studio. The huge hit also marked Vincent Prices first major starring horror role and changed the course of his career. Thanks to advanced technology and the expert work of Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging (MPI), audiences will now be able to enjoy the classic mystery shocker as it was originally seen in theatres. The Blu-ray ($39.99 SRP) will include a new featurette, House of Wax: Unlike Anything Youve Seen Before and Mystery of The Wax Museum, the original 1933 film on which House of Wax is based. A 2D version of House of Wax will also be included.

Originally designed to lure audiences away from their TV sets, 3D utilized a left-eye/right-eye dual projection process and polarized glasses, the basis for what is seen today. MPIs work on House of Wax includes a 4K scan, and a full restoration of the two eyes, as well as perfect 3D image alignment.

House of Wax was a major box-office success when it was released in 1953. If adjusted to todays gross, it would have brought in more than $401 million, placing it among the top 100 highest grossing films ever.* It no doubt paved the way for a 3D boom over the next several years during which 50 3D features and some two dozen shorts and cartoons were released.

The film was directed by André deToth, an unlikely choice to direct a 3D film as he was blind in one eye and unable to properly see the effects he created. Besides Price, House of Wax additionally features Frank Lovejoy, Phyllis Kirk, Carolyn Jones, Paul Picerni and a young actor named Charles Buchinsky, who would later become known to audiences worldwide as Charles Bronson. Screenplay is by Crane Wilbur. Brian Foy produced.

The Warner library has the largest number of classic 3D titles (15) of any studio, and now that the technology has been perfected, the studio looks forward to re-introducing them to home audiences. The long-awaited, much requested release of House of Wax is the second classic 3D film the studio has released on Blu-ray, following last years release of Dial M for Murder.


Professor Henry Jarrod is the owner and figure sculptor in a wax museum whose specialty is historic figures. When he and his business partner, Matthew Burke quarrel over the choice of exhibits displayed, Burke suggests it would be more profitable to burn down the museum in order to obtain the insurance money. As they fight, the museum burns and Jarrod is left for dead. Its not until much later at a new museum that the fate of Jarrod and the mystery of how the lifelike waxed figures are created becomes gruesomely evident.

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"House of Wax: Unlike Anything You've Seen Before! ALL NEW!
"Round-the-Clock Premiere: Coast Hails House of Wax"
"Mystery of the Wax Museum" [1933 WB Feature]
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Can't wait. Hopefully we can see it in theaters too!

Too bad Mystery of the Wax Museum can't get an upgrade.

While HoW made Price the new horror star, let's not forget his starring role in 1940, The Invisible Man Returns.
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House of Wax was also rereleased in the 1980's with a remixed Dolby Stereo surround track during the second coming of 3d when mostly horror and sci-fi films had 3D (the red and blue kind). The remake starring Paris Hilton, while not in 2d, sucks. I have that copy and it is more serious scaryness and gore. 3d movies have been around since Bwana Devil in 1952, which was a minor hit. Back in the 1950's, House of Wax was to the Greatest Generation what Avatar was to Baby Boomers Generation X and Millenials..a huge 3d hit. Maybe WB should reissue House of Wax in IMAX 3D as well....
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