Carnival of Souls Blu-ray
Criterion | 1962 | 78 min | Unrated | Jul 12, 2016
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)
Carnival of Souls (The Criterion Collection)(1962) Blu-ray
Mary Henry survives a drag race in a rural Kansas town, then takes a job as a church organist in Salt Lake City. En route, she becomes haunted by a bizarre apparition that compels her to an abandoned lakeside pavilion.
Director: Herk Harvey
Writers: John Clifford, Herk Harvey
Starring: Candace Hilligoss, Sidney Berger, Frances Feist, Art Ellison, Stan Levitt, Tom McGinnis
Carnival of Souls
A young woman in a small Kansas town survives a drag race accident, then agrees to take a job as a church organist in Salt Lake City. En route, she becomes haunted by a bizarre apparition that compels her toward an abandoned lakeside pavilion. Made by industrial filmmakers on a modest budget, the eerily effective B-movie classic Carnival of Souls was intended to have "the look of a Bergman and the feel of a Cocteau"—and, with its strikingly used locations and spooky organ score, it succeeds. Herk Harvey's macabre masterpiece gained a cult following on late-night television and continues to inspire filmmakers today.
- New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- Selected-scene audio commentary featuring director Herk Harvey and screenwriter John Clifford
- New interview with comedian and writer Dana Gould
- New video essay by film critic David Cairns
- The Movie That Wouldn't Die!, a documentary on the 1989 reunion of the film's cast and crew
- The Carnival Tour, a 2000 update on the film's locations
- Excerpts from movies made by the Centron Corporation, an industrial film company based in Lawrence, Kansas, that once employed Harvey and Clifford
- Deleted scenes
- Outtakes, accompanied by Gene Moore's organ score
- History of the Saltair Resort in Salt Lake City, where key scenes in the film were shot
- PLUS: An essay by writer and programmer Kier-La Janisse
STREET DATE: JULY 12.