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Extraordinary Tales (2003/Edgar Allen Poe/Cinedigm Blu-ray w/DVD)

Picture: B+/B- Sound: B+/B- Extras: B Film: C

Extraordinary Tales (2003) is an animated film based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe that sounds like it could work but due to subpar animation, falls a bit flat. The film features an incredible cast of voice talent including Bela Lugosi (a nice sounding recording too), the late Sir Christopher Lee, Roger Corman, Julian Sands, and writer/director Guillermo Del Toro.

Five chilling stories of some Poe's most noted work including The Fall of The House Of Usher, The Telltale Heart, and more are brought together featuring a different style of animation for each piece. While detailed, some of the imagination tends to look a bit dated and ''video-game''-like that left me disappointed. I was expecting some real stop motion techniques but the reliance on bad digital animation here is almost a deal breaker. Some of the colors used are vibrant and the segments in black and white tend to stand out more than some of the others.

Presented in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and a lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track, the film looks and sounds as good as it can on Blu-ray disc. Also included is the standard definition version of the film on DVD with an anamorphic aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and a lossy Dolby 5.1 mix.

Extras include The Art of Extraordinary Tales, The Making of, Audio Commentary by director Raul Garcia and a US Trailer.

If you're a die-hard Edgar Allan Poe fan, then you may want to check this out but I thought it had more potential to live up to. However, Lee made a highly underrated TV series of Poe stories and those interested should immediately read more about it at this link and consider buying both releases at the same time...


- James Lockhart



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