As Sure as His Name's Boris Karloff, It's a "Thriller" on DVD
While it's been swirling around the rumor mills for the past six months, a press release on Friday made it official: Image Entertainment will be releasing the complete series of Boris Karloff's seminal horror/mystery anthology Thriller on DVD on August 31, 2010. The show ran for 60 episodes over two seasons from 1960 to 1962. Boris Karloff hosted each episode and acted in a few of the stories as well. One episode, "Pigeons from Hell," made our list of great episodes of television horror. The full press release (courtesy of Tom Weaver posting at the Classic Horror Film Board) is below:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 14, 2010
As sure as my name is Boris Karloff, this is going to be a THRILLER!
ON AUGUST 31, IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
BRINGS A TELEVISION CLASSIC TO DVD
"THRILLER: The Complete Series"
14-DVD Deluxe Box Set
Features all 67 episodes, remastered and uncut with over 50 hours of exclusive bonus features!
Chatsworth, CA - For two seasons and over sixty episodes, horror icon Boris Karloff invited television audiences to enjoy captivating tales of suspense, murder, and relentless terror as host of the 1960s anthology series "Thriller." Featuring stories from such master storytellers as Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Bloch, Cornell Woolrich and starring a galaxy of classic television stars from the 1960s and 1970s, "Thriller" was dubbed by Stephen King as "the best horror series ever put on TV."
Now, Image Entertainment proudly announces a tribute to a television legend with the August 31st release of "Thriller: The Complete Series" 14-DVD Deluxe Box Set. All 67 unforgettable episodes have been remastered, and are presented uncut for the first time since their original broadcasts! And for this very special release, over 50 hours of bonus features have been exclusively and specially created, with over 24 hours of audio commentaries, over 31 hours of isolated music & effects tracks for select episodes from composers Jerry Goldsmith and Morton Stevens, rare episode promos, extensive promotional and production still galleries and more! SRP is $149.98, and pre-book is August 3rd.
"Thriller" still stands today as one of the most chilling television shows ever produced. In addition to the sterling pedigree of stories chosen for the series, "Thriller" boasts an impressive cast of then and future superstars including William Shatner ("Star Trek," "Boston Legal"), Leslie Nielsen (The Naked Gun films), Rip Torn ("The Larry Sanders Show"), Richard Chamberlain (The Towering Inferno, "The Thorn Birds"), Oscar-winner Cloris Leachman ("Phyllis," Young Frankenstein), Oscar-nominee Mary Tyler Moore (Ordinary People), Russell Johnson ("Gilligan's Island"), Edward Platt ("Get Smart"), Natalie Schafer ("Gilligan's Island"), Tom Poston (Zotz!, "Newhart"), Elizabeth Montgomery ("Bewitched," "The Legend of Lizzie Borden"), Ursula Andress (Dr. No, Casino Royale) , Howard McNear (Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, "The Andy Griffith Show"), Dick York (Inherit The Wind, "Bewitched") and many, many more!
And there was talent behind the camera. Episodes were directed by such veterans as "Twilight Zone" alums Douglas Heyes and John Brahm, Mitchell Leisen (Hold Back The Dawn, Death Takes A Holiday) and actor-turned-director Paul Henreid (Casablanca, Now Voyager).
"Thriller: The Complete Series" 14-DVD Deluxe Box Set is the ultimate tribute to the legendary television series and the ultimate must-have for any fan of horror, classic TV...or both! So turn out the lights, settle into your couch, and just keep telling yourself: It's only a TV show. It's only a TV show...
SEASON 1: The Twisted Image, Child's Play, Worse Than Murder, The Mark of the Hand, Rose's Last Summer, The Guilty Men, The Purple Room, The Watcher, Girl with a Secret, The Prediction, The Fatal Impulse, The Big Blackout, Knock Three-One-Two, Man in the Middle, The Cheaters, The Hungry Glass, The Poisoner, Man in the Cage, Choose a Victim, Hay-Fork and Bill-Hook, The Merriweather File, The Fingers of Fear, Well of Doom, The Ordeal of Dr. Cordell, Trio for Terror, Papa Benjamin, Late Date, Yours Truly Jack the Ripper, The Devil's Ticket, Parasite Mansion, A Good Imagination, Mr. George, The Terror in Teakwood, The Prisoner in the Mirror, Dark Legacy, Pigeons from Hell, The Grim Reaper.
SEASON 2: What Beckoning Ghost?, Guillotine, The Premature Burial, The Weird Tailor, God Grante That She Lye Stille, Masquerade, The Last of the Sommervilles, Letter to a Lover, A Third for Pinochle, The Closed Cabinet, Dialogues with Death, The Return of Andrew Bentley, The Remarkable Mrs. Hawk, Portrait Without a Face, An Attractive Family, Waxworks, La Strega, The Storm, A Wig for Miss Devore, The Hollow Watcher, Cousin Tundifer, The Incredible Doktor Markesan, Flowers of Evil, ‘Til Death Do Us Part, The Bride Who Died Twice, Kill My Love, Man of Mystery, The Innocent Bystanders, The Lethal Ladies, The Specialists.
· 29 New Audio Commentaries featuring Arthur Hiller, Patricia Barry, Ernest Dickerson, David Schow, Tim Lucas, Gary Gerani, Jim Wynorski, Richard Anderson, Lucy Chase Williams, Steve Mitchell, Marc Scott Zicree, Alan Brennert, Beverly Washburn, Larry Blamire, Jon Burlingame, Daniel Benton, Ron Borst, Craig Reardon
· Extensive Promotional and Production Still Galleries
· Rare Episode Promos
· Thriller Series Promo
· Isolated Music & Effects Tracks for Select Episodes from Composers Jerry Goldsmith and Morton Stevens
Thriller: The Complete Series DVD
Street Date: August 31, 2010
Pre-book: August 3, 2010
Genre: Horror, Television, 1960s
Format: Full-screen (1.33:1)
Audio: Dolby Digital 1.0
Year: 1960 - 1962
SRP : $149.98
Length: 3354 minutes
UPC : 014381642926
The set doesn't appear to be available for pre-order on Amazon yet, so keep your eyes peeled.