Fans of Vincent Price and classic campy 70s horror will be absolutely delighted to hear that MGM Home Entertainment is preparing both The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) and Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972) for DVD release this coming February.
A doctor, scientist, organist, and biblical scholar, Dr. Anton Phibes… thought to be dead… seeks revenge on the nine doctors he considers responsible for his wife’s death in the first film. Each murder is a delicious Grand Guignol set piece that gets more imaginative as the movie goes on. In the sequel, Dr. Phibes rises yet again to seek the Scrolls of Life in order to resurrect his dead wife. Here are the specifics about each film:
The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)
Directed by Robert Fuest, and starring Vincent Price, Maurice Kaufmann, Peter Jeffrey, Derek Godfrey, Virginia North, Terry-Thomas, Sean Bury, Susan Travers, and David Hutcheson.
The disc will come with an anamorphic widescreen transfer (!!!), letterboxed at 1.85:1. Audio will be Dolby Digital Mono in English, Spanish, and French. Subtitles are available in Spanish and French. A trailer is the only extra.
Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972)
Directed by Robert Fuest, and starring Vincent Price, Peter Jeffrey, John Cater, Peter Cushing, Robert Quarry, Valli Kemp, Hugh Griffith, and John Thaw.
This disc, too, will come with an anamorphic widescreen transfer, letterboxed at 2.35:1. Audio will be Dolby Digital Mono in English, Spanish, and French. Subtitles are available in Spanish and French. A trailer is included.
Both discs are scheduled for release on February 20th, and will carry the get-yours-now-price of $14.95!
Now I know what to tell my wife to get me for Valentine’s Day. How romantic…