14 July 2024
Boris Karloff man in the wheelchair in Die, Monster, Die!

Boris Karloff’s Die Monster Die! Getting BFI Blu-ray Release

BFI are set to give  cinema’s grandmaster of terror, Boris Karloff, Die Monster Die! a Blu-ray release next month in July.

Die Monster Die! is vintage Karloff. He dominates proceedings as a scientist tormented by otherworldly powers beyond his control, in this visually splendid adaptation of H P Lovecraft’s weird tale The Colour Out of Space. Abundant with mutants, meteors and pulsating plant life, along with every kind of gothic and sci-fi shock,

American scientist Stephen Reinhart (Nick Adams) arrives in the eerie English village of Arkham to visit his fiancée, Susan Witley (Suzan Farmer). Though welcomed by Susan’s mysteriously ill mother (Freda Jackson), he is spurned by Susan’s father, Nahum (Boris Karloff), who makes it clear that Stephen is an unwelcome intruder amid the ornate halls of the Witley estate. For Nahum is hiding a dangerous secret, with horrifying consequences for Arkham’s residents.

Take a look at the original Trailer…

Special features

  • UK Artwork for Die, Monster, Die!Presented in High Definition
  • Newly recorded audio commentary by film historians Vic Pratt and William Fowler
  • A Karloff Konversation (2024, 19 mins): Boris Karloff’s biographer, Stephen Jacobs, discusses the film
  • Scenes From ‘Let Me Die a Monster’ (2024, 14 mins): sequences from Ken Hollings and David McGillivray’s as-yet-unmade film-fantasy built around Die, Monster, Die! star Nick Adams, performed in a read-through staged and shot exclusively for this release
  • Nick Adams and Die, Monster, Die! (2024, 7 mins): Hollings and McGillivray recall the career of Nick Adams and how they became fascinated with his film work
  • Sell, Monster, Sell! (2024, 12 mins): film unit publicist Tony Tweedale recalls his work on Die, Monster, Die!
  • The Peaches (1964, 16 mins): a family greenhouse yields strange fruit in this stylish Swinging Sixties short film
  • Image gallery: an extensive array of promotional stills from Die, Monster, Die!
  • Theatrical trailer with optional audio commentary
  • ***First pressing only*** Illustrated booklet with a new writing on the film by Stephen Jacobs, an essay on HP Lovecraft by Xavier Aldana Reyes and writing about ‘Let Me Die a Monster’ by Ken Hollings and David McGillivray; notes on the special features and film credits

12/ UK / 1965 / colour / 79 minutes / English language with optional descriptive subtitles / original aspect ratio 2.35:1 BD50: 1080p, 23.98fps, LPCM 2.0 mono audio (48kHz/24-bit)

Die Monster Die! will be released by the BFI on Blu-ray from 22nd July.

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