The Mad Magician 3D (1954) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: John Brahm
Starring: Vincent Price, Mary Murphy, Eva Gabor
Rated: UR/Region A/1:78/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Twilight Time (Limited to 3,000 Copies)
Legendary horror star Vincent Price is at his terrifying best as Gallico the Great, an inspired inventor of magic acts who longs to perform his creations himself. When he finally gets his chance, the production is closed by Gallico’s cruel manager, who wants a rival magician to perform Gallico’s greatest trick, The Lady and the Buzz Saw. An enraged Gallico turns into a homicidal maniac, taking out his victims with the same methods he used to create his illusions. Also starring Mary Murphy (The Wild One) and Eva Gabor (Gigi), THE MAD MAGICIAN is a thrill ride! Originally shown in theaters in 3D, the film is presented in widescreen 2D, with just as much horror, and suspense!! **Film will also play in 3D if you have a 3D player**
Vincent Price is a legend in the horror world and I’m sure that goes without saying. I try to have as many of his films as I can get in my collection and that brings me to having the Twilight Time Blu-ray of 1954’s Mad Magician. Here we get to see Price really bring his A-game as he gets to not only play the character of Gallico the Great but due to the nature of the plot he gets to play a few different characters in the running time of the film. Gallico the Great is a magician. He’s had his work used by others, he’s had his wife taken from him by another man, but he’s still going to let it all go until his show gets stopped. That’s when he has to kill someone and then use his trickery to disguise himself around town as that person. He chases heads in bags, has to kill others, and runs around dressed up as others for the remainder of the film. He does so in the way that only Vincent Price can and I enjoyed every minute of this one.
At only 73 minutes long, The Mad Magician, never does hang around too long to wear out its welcome while you are watching it. The movie isn’t a bloodbath or anything like that but it uses some clever stuff to get the point across when it is time for someone to lose a head or something along those lines. Add the entertainment value of the movie along with the extras and the nice looking transfer and you have a winner from Twilight Time. This one is limited to 3,000 but will be something every Vincent Price fan out there will want to certainly check out if you get the chance. I know talking about Vincent Price films covers a whole lot of ground, but this is easily one of the better ones out there in my humble opinion.
– Master of Fright!: Conjuring The Mad Magician
– The Three Stooges in Pardon My Backfire
– The Three Stooges in Spooks
– Original Theatrical Trailer
– Isolated Score Track
– Audio Commentary with David Del Valle and Steven Peros
Quality of Transfer: 89%