As part of their March release line-up, Criterion Collection has announced a special edition of the original 1962 black and white version of Herk Harvey’s Carnival Of Souls.
The release will come as a 2-disc box set featuring over 2.5 hours of supplements. The first disc will include the 83-minute film itself, presented in a new digital transfer of the original theatrical version. It will also feature “The Movie That Wouldn’t Die!” a documentary on the 1989 reunion of the cast and crew. The first disc will also include more than 45 minutes of rare outtakes accompanied by Gene Moore’s organ score, the film’s theatrical trailer, an illustrated history of the Saltair resort of Salt Lake City, and a video update called “The Carnival Tour”, an update on the film’s locations.
The second disc of the box set includes the extended director’s cut of the film with an audio commentary by screenwriter John Clifford ad late director Herk Harvey. The disc will also boast one hour of excerpts from films made by the Centron Corporation, a film company that employed Harvey and Clifford for over 30 years. An essay on the history of Centron from Mental Hygiene, Ken Smith’s book on industrial and educational filmmaking, and Tom Weaver’s printed interviews with Harvey, Clifford and star Candace Hilligoss, illustrated with vintage photos and memorabilia round up this stunning release that will carry a suggested retail price of $39.95