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The Castle of the Living Dead

aka Il castello dei morti vivi; Le château des morts vivants; Castle of the Living Dead

Poster of The Castle of the Living Dead

...despite being set in a typical Gothic mansion, Castle of the Living Dead is sunny and airy, unlike its contemporaries. The fact that the film’s unlikely savant is a dwarf gives it a fairylike quality that is especially evident in the scenes set in Bomarzo, easily the most memorable ones: the game of hide-and-seek between Pic and the gigantic Hans underlines [Warren] Kiefer’s taste for the grotesque and his playful approach to the genre.

Roberto Curti, Italian Gothic Horror Films, 1957-1969 (McFarland, 2015)

...by yoking together such disparate influences as Ligeia, Psycho, House of Wax, The Seventh Seal and The Most Dangerous Game, [Warren Kiefer] had created one of the most engaging and imaginative of all Italian horror pictures.

Jonathan Rigby, Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema (Signum, 2016)

Castle of the Living Dead could very well be called Castle of Wax, for it’s really a variation on the old House of Wax/Mystery of the Wax Museum story. But while its main theme may be the same, the movie’s sensibilities are something else entirely, given its European flavor and macabre humor. ...Despite its recycled theme, this Castle stands as one of the better Continental horror films of the 1960s.

Mark Clark and Bryan Senn, Sixties Shockers: A Critical Filmography of Horror Cinema, 1960-1969 (McFarland, 2011)

Selected disc options for The Castle of the Living Dead

Extras
Severin box art
Severin BD-ALL/US 2021
Odeon box art
Odeon DVD-0 PAL/UK/OOP 2012
Artus box art
Artus DVD-2 PAL/FR 2011
Audio Commentary by Kat Ellinger has extra
Audio Commentary by Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson has extra
The Evil Castle - With Film Historian Alain Petit (In French, 46:25) has extra
Horror !!! - Vintage Documentary with Boris Karloff, Christopher Lee, Vincent Price, Roger Corman and Roy Ashton (1964, 16:29) has extra
The Castle of the Mystery Man - Film Historian Roberto Curti on Director/Writer Warren Kiefer (13:26) has extra
“Cinescope: Christopher Lee” - Vintage TV Interview with Actor Christopher Lee (1976, 54:38) has extra
David Del Valle Interviews Christopher Lee (2021/1985, 27:16) has extra
From the Castle to the Academy - Interview with Producer Paul Maslansky (51:58) has extra
The Man Behind the Mask: Christopher Lee Remembers Boris Karloff (1991, 35:05) has extra
Monsters & Vampires: The Film Books of Alan Frank - Interview with Author Alan Frank (18:11) has extra
Interview Outtakes with Actor Christopher Lee (2001, 19:16) has extra
Q&A with Actor Christopher Lee at University College Dublin (2011, 18:19) has extra
Vintage Interview with Actor Christopher Lee (1975, 16:23) has extra
“O Sole Mio / It’s Now or Never” Music Video - With Actor Christopher Lee and Singer Gary Curtis; With Optional Commentary by Gary Curtis (3:52) has extra
“She’ll Fall For Me” Music Video - With Actor Christopher Lee and Singer Gary Curtis; With Optional Commentary by Gary Curtis (4:31) has extra
Stills Gallery (1:10) has extra
Theatrical Trailer has extra has extra

Notes

Ultimate Edition

Combine the best digital presentation with a selection of choice extras for the ultimate edition.

  • Horror !!! (1964, 16:29)
  • The Castle of the Mystery Man (13:26)
  • “Cinescope: Christopher Lee” (1976, 54:38)
  • David Del Valle Interviews Christopher Lee (2021/1985, 27:16)
  • From the Castle to the Academy (51:58)
  • The Man Behind the Mask: Christopher Lee Remembers Boris Karloff (1991, 35:05)
  • Monsters & Vampires: The Film Books of Alan Frank (18:11)
  • Interview Outtakes with Actor Christopher Lee (2001, 19:16)
  • Q&A with Actor Christopher Lee at University College Dublin (2011, 18:19)
  • Vintage Interview with Actor Christopher Lee (1975, 16:23)
Presentation Severin BD 2021
  • Video
    • File 1
      • Codec: MPEG-4 MVC
      • Resolution: 1080p23.976
      • Overall bit rate: 35.00 Mbps
      • Aspect ratio: 1.67:1
      • Length:1:30:08.277
      • File size: 24.34 GiB
  • Audio
    • File 1
      • Language: English DTS-HD MA 2.0 Mono
      • Sampling rate: 48 kHz
      • Bit rate: 1789 kbps
      • Bit depth: 24-bit
  • Subtitles
    • English SDH
Extras Audio Commentary by Kat Ellinger Severin BD
Audio Commentary by Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson Severin BD
Horror !!! - Vintage Documentary with Boris Karloff, Christopher Lee, Vincent Price, Roger Corman and Roy Ashton (1964, 16:29, 1080p) Severin BD
The Castle of the Mystery Man - Film Historian Roberto Curti on Director/Writer Warren Kiefer (13:26, 1080p) Severin BD
“Cinescope: Christopher Lee” - Vintage TV Interview with Actor Christopher Lee (1976, 54:38, 480p) Severin BD
David Del Valle Interviews Christopher Lee (2021/1985, 27:16, 1080p) Severin BD
From the Castle to the Academy - Interview with Producer Paul Maslansky (51:58, 1080p) Severin BD
The Man Behind the Mask: Christopher Lee Remembers Boris Karloff (1991, 35:05, 1080p) Severin BD
Monsters & Vampires: The Film Books of Alan Frank - Interview with Author Alan Frank (18:11, 1080p) Severin BD
Interview Outtakes with Actor Christopher Lee (2001, 19:16, 1080p) Severin BD
Q&A with Actor Christopher Lee at University College Dublin (2011, 18:19, 1080p) Severin BD
Vintage Interview with Actor Christopher Lee (1975, 16:23, 480p) Severin BD
“O Sole Mio / It’s Now or Never” Music Video - With Actor Christopher Lee and Singer Gary Curtis; With Optional Commentary by Gary Curtis (3:52, 1080p) Severin BD
“She’ll Fall For Me” Music Video - With Actor Christopher Lee and Singer Gary Curtis; With Optional Commentary by Gary Curtis (4:31, 1080p) Severin BD
Stills Gallery (1:10) Artus DVD
Theatrical Trailer (1:19) Artus DVD