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When I learned Eureka Films as part of their MASTERS OF CINEMA series had released a limited edition Blu-ray (2000 copies) devoted to Bela Lugosi’s 3 Edgar Allen Poe films at Universal I already had those titles in a Universal dvd edition I thought did them justice.

Then I learned that with this set (hidden–and I mean hidden–) is a bonus cut of the film as director Robert Flory wanted it to be seen. From DVD BEAVER: NOTE: Thank to Javier and George for helping discover the re-sequenced version “Easter egg” of Murders in the Rue Morgue in this package. So, the Eureka disc contains TWO versions of Murders in the Rue Morgue – even though this is not advertised.

In 2004, film critic Tim Lucas published an article in his bi-monthly film magazine Video Watchdogtitled “Re-arranging the RUE MORGUE”, which speculated on a possible alternate version of the film, re-arranged to potentially be closer to director Robert Florey’s original intentions.

Gary L. Prange, a classic horror aficionado, would later expand upon the Lucas version, and the further revisions were proposed in a letter published in Video Watchdog#114 This unofficial version would become more widely known when other fans created bootleg DVDs to be sold or freely distributed at film and horror conventions.

Specific details of the scene order suggested by Lucas and Prange can be found in the booklet packaged with this release.

Presented here is an arrangement of the film which follows the scene order suggested by Lucas and Prange, with one small adjustment made. In Lucas and Prange’s original arrangement, Dupin’s first on-screen visit to the morgue takes place BEFORE the carnival sequence. Later on in the film, Dupin will tell his friend Paul that he visited the morgue AFTER the carnival.

This version of the film therefore has Dupin visit the morgue following the carnival sequence. ”

This is a special limited edition of 2000 copies.

I found a copy on Amazon, ordered it, waited and on the day I was told it was going to arrive it didn’t.

Damn.

Well, AMAZON gave me a refund but I’d rather have the film.

The blu-ray arrived today.

Wow!

This recut changes the picture completely.

It already is great. Now it is taken to a whole new level.

–Reg Hartt https://greenbriarpictureshows.blogspot.com/2016/02/universal-dips-toes-in-poe.html

 

Murders in the Rue Morgue/The Black Cat/The Raven : Three Edgar Allan Poe Adaptations Starring Bela Lugosi

Recent Eureka/Masters of Cinema releases

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film9/blu-ray_review_124/three_edgar_allan_poe_adaptations_starring_bela_lugosi_blu-ray.htm

 

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