Monday, September 23, 2019

A BUCKET OF BLOOD Becomes Part of the Olive Signature Series on September 24th!

Olive Signature's A BUCKET OF BLOOD Blu-ray Cover.

It's been a long time since I've watched A BUCKET OF BLOOD, but boy do I fond memories of it. The film was directed by Roger Corman, and features THAT GUY DICK MILLER as a wannabee artist who literally turns murder into an art form, passing off his victims as twisted sculptures! Olive Films has gone all out for this release, giving Corman's cult classic a 4K remaster plus numerous extras (including the heavily-truncated "Super 8" version)! If you love this movie as much as I do, this is unquestionably a must-have! For those of you who are unfamiliar with this film and need a little convincing, please continue onward.

Synopsis: In honor of its 60th anniversary, this Olive Signature edition of A BUCKET OF BLOOD celebrates the film's enduring legacy. Shot in five days on a shoestring budget of $50,000, A BUCKET OF BLOOD remains one of the most iconic collaborations between Roger Corman and Dick Miller, and has rightfully earned its "cult classic" status.

With A BUCKET OF BLOOD the multi-talented Roger Corman singlehandedly created his own genre hyphenate: the black-comedy-beatnik-culture-horror film. Dick Miller (GREMLINS, THE TRIP) stars as Walter, a busboy at the hep-cat hangout the Yellow Door CafĂ© who dreams of artistic greatness. Inspired by the scribes and artists who surround him, Walter is introduced to the world of sculpture quite literally by accident – thanks to thin walls and a sharp steak knife.

From his very first piece – the aptly titled "Dead Cat" – Walter is hailed a genius by the art snob set, a wunderkind who, unbeknownst to his doting devotees, has raised murder to the level of high art. But when the tortured artist turns his creativity towards the human form, he's sure to make their blood run cold.

Poster for A BUCKET OF BLOOD (1959) starring Dick Miller and directed by Roger Corman!

Rounding out the cast are Barboura Morris (THE TRIP, THE HAUNTED PALACE) as Carla, the woman of Walter's dreams; Bert Convy (SEMI-TOUGH) as undercover cop Lou Raby; Antony Carbone (THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM) as Leonard, owner of the Yellow Door; and Julian Burton (THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH) as Maxwell, the Yellow Door's resident poet-philosopher.

A BUCKET OF BLOOD is written by Charles B. Griffith (DEATH RACE 2000), photographed by Jacques R. Marquette (BURNT OFFERINGS), edited by Anthony Carras (THE COMEDY OF TERRORS), with music by Fred Katz (THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS), and art direction by Daniel Haller (THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM).

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Black & White | 66 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

  • Creation Is. All Else is Not – Roger Corman on A Bucket of Blood.
  • Call Me Paisley – Dick and Lainie Miller on A Bucket of Blood.
  • Audio commentary by Elijah Drenner, director of That Guy Dick Miller!
  • Archival audio interview with screenwriter Charles B. Griffith!
  • Bits of Bucket – Visual essay comparing the original script to the finished film!
  • Essay by Caelum Vatnsdal, author of You Don't Know Me, But You Love Me: The Lives of Dick Miller!
  • Rare prologue from German release!
  • Super 8 "digest" version
  • Theatrical trailer
  • German theatrical trailer
  • Gallery of newly-discovered on-set photography 
Honestly, I'm not a huge fan of the new cover art for this release, but I can live with it because so much love went into everything else! The new 4K transfer alone is reason enough to upgrade from my old MGM DVD! The Olive Signature edition of A BUCKET OF BLOOD arrives on Tuesday, September 24th and should cost between $28 - $30. You can secure yourself a copy of this Corman classic now from AMAZON or BULL MOOSE!

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