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The story of an actor underrated by his critics, is not awarded the prestigious “Critics Choice Award” which he believes he should be his. Jumping from a balcony into the Thames in front of these critics, his suicide attempt fails and after being dragged from the Thames he is taken in by some homeless people to live in an old abandoned theatre. From here Vincent Price, as Edward Lionheart plots and takes revenge on each of the critics responsible for him not winning this most prestigious of awards.

His final season of plays were all written by Shakespeare and so the deaths he chooses are based on these plays. The various methods amongst others, involve drowning in wine, having the heart cut out and a rather pointy spearing.

Camper than Graham Norton in drag and more tongue in cheek than Naked Gun movie it might look like a horror movie, but it’s from a totally different angle than normal for the wonderful Vincent Price.

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Video
For some reason this is presented in 4:3 or 1.33:1, but letterboxed. After cropping the black bars away, it seems to be in approximately 1.66:1. The print is quite reasonable with few artefacts present and the picture is reasonably sharp. While colours on the whole are reproduced well, blacks are too black and often loose their definition. When compared to the trailer, it is easy to see that great care was taken when restoring the main feature. The trailer is covered with artefacts and is a fairly noisy print.

Diana Rigg plays Lionheart's distressed daughter

Audio
MGM have taken the original mono mix and changed it ever so slightly and turned it into a Dolby Digital 2.0 mono mix. Being a seventies horror movie, there are quite a lot of musical shocks and screams in time with the various demises of the critics. The soundtrack is quite clear and has survived well over time and while it could have benefited from at least a stereo remix, it is not essential to the movie. During some of the more high pitched pieces of music, I found it grating a little but this is forgivable for a movie from this time and genre. Interestingly enough, the soundtrack on the trailer is full of noise, so it is easy to hear that the man feature has had work put into the soundtrack as well as the picture. Removing the background hiss helps a vast amount and makes what would have been an un-watchable film, watchable.

Extras
Obviously this is an old film and so MGM have not produced anything special in the way of extras. The original theatrical trailer is included, however apart from the menus and chapter selections there is nothing else.

Camper than Graham Norton at an Elton John party

Overall
The first half of the movie is reasonable gory, with blood spouting from all over the screen. However the second half is more psychological with a man killing his own wife by accident, and another critic eating his much beloved dogs. I originally considered this film because I thought it would be another Hammer Horror type affair, how mistaken I was! A somewhat interesting movie which Price fans should quite enjoy was made leagues better by his fantastically camp renditions from Richard the Third and King Lear.


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