Blu-ray, DVD Release: Carnival of Souls

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 12, 2016
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
Studio: Criterion


In the 1962’s bizarre Carnival of Souls, a young woman (Candace Hilligoss) in a small Kansas town survives a drag race accident, then agrees to take a job as a church organist in Salt Lake City. En route, she becomes haunted by a bizarre apparition that compels her toward an abandoned lakeside pavilion.

Candace Hilligoss in Carnival of Souls

Candace Hilligoss in Carnival of Souls

Made by industrial filmmakers on a modest budget, the eerily effective B-movie classic Carnival of Souls was intended to have “the look of a Bergman and the feel of a Cocteau”—and, with its strikingly used locations and spooky organ score, it succeeds.

Herk Harvey’s macabre horror masterpiece gained a cult following on late-night television and continues to inspire filmmakers today.

Criterion’s Blu-ray and DVD editions contain the following:

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Selected-scene audio commentary featuring director Herk Harvey and screenwriter John Clifford
  • New interview with comedian and writer Dana Gould
  • New video essay by film critic David Cairns
  • The Movie That Wouldn’t Die!,a documentary on the 1989 reunion of the film’s cast and crew
  • The Carnival Tour,a 2000 update on the film’s locations
  • Excerpts from movies made by the Centron Corporation, an industrial film company based in Lawrence, Kansas, that once employed Harvey and Clifford
  • Deleted scenes
  • Outtakes, accompanied by Gene Moore’s organ score
  • History of the Saltair Resort in Salt Lake City, where key scenes in the film were shot
  • Trailer
  • More!
  • An essay by writer and programmer Kier-La Janisse
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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.