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DVDs for "Hangover Square", "The Lodger", and "The Undying Monster"


Fox Home Video will be releasing three long-awaited 1940s horror-thrillers onto DVD in time for Halloween. According to Bloody-Disgusting.com, we can expect to see The Lodger (1944), Hangover Square (1944), and The Undying Monster (1942) on shelves around October 9th, 2007. Curiously, these films are being marketed with Vincent Price's name attached, although his connections to them are tenuous -- he appeared in none of them, but did narrate or perform in radio versions of the same stories. These radio programs will be included with each film.

The Lodger follows a 19th Century family who, due to financial hardship, are forced to take in a lodger (Laird Creggar). When this new member of the household begins acting mysteriously, they wonder if he's not connected to a series of murders in Whitechapel. The disc will feature commentary by film scholars Alain Silver and James Ursini, a featurette on the making of the film, another on the film's restoration, the aforementioned Price-narrated radio show, a trailer, and a still gallery.

In Hangover Square, a brilliant composer (Creggar) suffers from inexplicable blackouts. Even more inexplicable are the people who turn up dead when he's out. DVD features include two commentary tracks (one by critic Richard Schickel and the other by critic Steve Haberman and co-star Faye Marlowe), a featurette on star Creggar, another on the film's restoration, the Price-narrated radio version, a trailer, a still gallery, and an advertising gallery.

The Undying Monster is a werewolf who has a frightening focus on members of a single family. One police inspector must untangle the beast's motives before more people die. Among the features are a featurette on director John Brahm, another on the film's restoration, a trailer, and advertising gallery, and a still gallery. The Price radio program isn't explicitly listed as being part of this particular disc, but I suspect that this is just a mistake in the press release.