A Bucket of Blood (1959) (Signature Edition) (Blu-ray Review)

A Bucket of Blood (1959) (Signature Edition) (Blu-ray Review)

A Bucket of Blood (1959) (Signature Edition) (Blu-ray Review)

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A Bucket of Blood (1959) (Signature Edition) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Roger Corman
Starring: Dick Miller, Barboura Morris, Antony Carbone
Rated: UR/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Olive Films

Walter Paisley, nerdy busboy at a Bohemian café, is jealous of the talent (and popularity) of its various artistic regulars. But after accidentally killing his landlady’s cat and covering the body in plaster to hide the evidence, he is acclaimed as a brilliant sculptor – but his new-found friends want to see more of his work. Lacking any artistic talent whatsoever, Walter has to resort to similar methods to produce new work, and soon people start mysteriously disappearing…

Upfront I want to say that if you like this movie, you will like it for the character of Walter Paisley who is played by Dick Miller. Miller really brings his role to life and I enjoy him in this more than anything else. Other than that we must look at the plot. Walter here is a very nice dude who works at a Beatnik coffee house. Like everyone else, he wants to be famous. Then comes along a cat that is stuck in some drywall that he tries to get out. He accidentally kills the cat, uses it being stuck in the clay as art and we are off and running. He finally gets all that he wants but people want him to start sculpting humans and this leads us to the horror side of this horror-comedy. It is a creative plot and it works more or less enough to keep you happy. Like I said before, it is a movie really driven by the performance of Miller.

I like the mood of a Bucket of Blood. It has a nice tone and it is a movie that can fit perfectly if you decide to watch it late at night. The acting is strong, the plot is amusing, and while A Bucket of Blood isn’t going to wow any gore lovers of today by any stretch of the imagination, it does deliver well enough for what it is to keep you content regardless. Olive does a grand job bringing this to a collector’s edition Blu-ray. We have a great look on the disc here and we also have lots of cool extras that weren’t around when the last release of this movie came out from Olive. It’s a great package and a great release for a movie that I feel is nothing short of at least solid. This is easily the definitive version of this movie to see if you want to see one of Dick Miller’s best performances.


– “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
– Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature

Quality of Transfer: 95%

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