Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Criterion Releases House on October 26!

There are a handful of DVD releasing companies that do absolutely tremendous work, and perhaps at the top of that list is Criterion. They’ve been around since the days of laserdisc, claiming responsibility for definitive editions of everything from Citizen Kane to Robinson Crusoe on Mars. While they tend to lean more heavily toward art house fare, there are an increasingly large number of cult titles in the Criterion Collection catalog. Anytime they announce a genre title it qualifies as somewhat of an event, and among their recent batch there’s one title I’m particularly interested in called House. It’s a Japanese horror hybrid from 1977 (i.e. the same year as Star Wars), that to my knowledge has never been released stateside. I’ve never seen it but know it strictly by reputation for being an oddity. On the official site it’s described as an episode of Scooby-Doo as directed by Mario Bava! If that’s not enough to peak curiosity I don’t know what is. They have it slated for release on DVD and BLU-RAY on October 26, just in time for Halloween. I for one can’t wait! If you want to check out some other great Criterion horror in the meantime take a look at Picnic At Hanging Rock, Carnival of Souls, Eyes Without A Face, The Blob(!), Equniox, and Jigoku. Great stuff!

2 comments:

Johnson said...

I got all psyched up for nothing. I thought when I saw this that Criterion was doing a release of the REAL House with William Katt!

Jim Blanton said...

Yes it would indeed be a cause for celebration if the William Katt House were being released by Criterion!!

You know speaking of Katt, he's another one of those late 70's/early 80's actors who really deserved better. He's already a Criterion veteran courtesy of their Carrie laserdisc, so why not House?!?

I don't know if Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend would warrant Criterion treatment also, but it did have Patrick McGoohan as the villain so that's something worth noting : )