The Haunting, The Omega Man and Soylent Green from Warner

Warner Home Video

have announced the UK Region 2 DVD releases of three classic sci-fi/horror hits for the 29th September 2003 with a retail price of £12.99 each. Here are the details...

The Haunting (1963)

- "An Evil Old House, the kind some people call haunted, is like an undiscovered country waiting to be explored. Hill House had stood for 90 years and might stand for 90 more. Silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House and whatever walked there, walked alone."

Thus begins one of the most chilling, most frightening, truly unforgettable horror films ever. Dr. Markway (Richard Johnson) is an anthropologist with a special interest in psychic phenomena who wants to try a true exercise in terror. Intrigued by the legend of Hill House, he invites two women, psychic researchers Eleanor (Julle Harris) and Theodora (Claire Bloom), to join him in his adventure. Mrs. Sanderson (Fay Compton), who has inherited the old mansion, is suspicious of Dr. Markway's intentions and insists that her young nephew Luke (Russ Tamblyn) go along with the group. Luke is a sceptic about the supernatural, until he enters Dr. Markway's eerie world.

  • 2.40:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • English DD1.0 Mono
  • Audio Commentary by Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Russ Tamblyn, director Robert Wise, and screenwriter Nelson Gidding
  • Theatrical trailer(s)
  • Stills gallery
  • "Things That Go Bump in the Night" essay

The Omega Man

- In a world where mankind has been wiped out by germ warfare, Los Angeles is the desolate playground of the sole survivor of the tragedy. Robert Neville (Charlton Heston) spends his sunny L.A. days gunning his convertible around town foraging for supplies, but at night he flees to the safety of his barricaded penthouse, high above the streets... and the other "survivors".

After sunset the streets belong to the "Family", nocturnal, plague-ravaged victims of the germ war, out to destroy all things modern - and that includes Neville. When Neville encounters other healthy survivors his life changes completely. At last, there is hope, but not if the Family can help it. Charlton Heston's unforgettable performance as the last man alive makes The Omega Man a true Science Fiction classic - at once tragic, chilling and utterly compelling.

  • 2.40:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • English Mono
  • Introduction by screenwriter Joyce H. Carrington, Paul Koslo ("Dutch"), and Eric Laneuville ("Richie")
  • The Last Man Alive: The Omega Man
  • Charlton Heston: Science Fiction Legend
  • Theatrical trailer(s)

Soylent Green

- It's 2022. New York City is inhabited by more than forty million people, half of whom are out of work. The cost of living is crippling and death is available on a voluntary basis.

Based on Harry Harrison's Make Room! Make Room! Soylent Green is set in 2022 and stars Heston as a Manhattan cop trying to solve a murder in the overpopulated, overheated city. His roommate (a necessity in the overcrowded metropolis), played by Edward G. Robinson in his last film role, tells him of a better time on Earth before the depletion of resources but Heston doesn't care. Directed by Richard Fleischer (The Vikings), the film has a successful mix of mystery and bleak futuristic vision akin to Blade Runner. Joseph Cotten makes an appearance as the man whose murder results in the revelation of a shocking secret.

  • 2.40:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • English DD1.0 Mono
  • Audio Commentary by director Richard Fleischer and Leigh Taylor-Young ('Shirl')
  • A Look at the World of Soylent Green (10 mins)
  • MGM's tribute to Edward G. Robinson's 101st film
  • Charlton Heston: Science Fiction Legend
  • Theatrical trailer(s)

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