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Extraordinary Tales (2013)

Not Rated | | Animation, Horror, Mystery | 23 October 2015 (USA)
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An animated anthology of five tales adapted from Edgar Allan Poe's stories.

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Raul Garcia

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Edgar Allan Poe (based on the stories of), Raul Garcia | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Christopher Lee ... Narrator (segment "The Fall of the House of Usher") (voice) (as Sir Christopher Lee)
Bela Lugosi ... Narrator (segment "The Tell-Tale Heart") (voice) (archive footage)
Julian Sands ... Narrator (segment "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar") (voice)
Guillermo del Toro ... Narrator (segment "The Pit and the Pendulum") (voice)
Roger Corman ... Prince Prospero (segment "The Masque of the Red Death") (voice)
Stephen Hughes Stephen Hughes ... Crow / Poe (interstitials) (voice)
Cornelia Funke Cornelia Funke ... Death (interstitials) (voice)
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An animated anthology of five tales adapted from Edgar Allan Poe's stories.

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English

Release Date:

23 October 2015 (USA) See more »

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EUR2,000,000 (estimated)
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The stories featured are "The Fall of the House of Usher," narrated by Sir Christopher Lee; "The Tell-Tale Heart," narrated by Bela Lugosi; "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar," narrated by Julian Sands; "The Pit and the Pendulum," narrated by Guillermo del Toro; and "The Masque of the Red Death," which isn't narrated. See more »

Goofs

(around 1h 08 mins) A tombstone giving data for Edgar Allan Poe with birth and death dates is seen; also showing a quote from one of his most famous writings but is misquoted as 'QUOT THE RAVEN "NEVERMORE"'. All publications and references to The Raven have always used the proper verbiage of Quoth instead of quot. See more »

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Prince Prospero: [When RED DEATH walks in the Ball Room] Who dares insult us with this blasphemous mockery?
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Great Atmosphere, Plus One Real Gem Of A Segment
5 June 2016 | by mikebosSee all my reviews

Before I begin my review, I just have to make a statement. You wouldn't ask a vegetarian to review a steak house, or a film maker to tell you how to fix your car. So, when you see reviews from philistines complaining about the 'quality of the audio recording of Bela Lugosi', or complaining about the animation style, just picture the reviewer as a fully snow-suited Eskimo in a sauna, and ignore their complaints. Moving on...

I saw this when it was first released to streaming services, and wrote down my thoughts in an Edgar Allan Poe Facebook group. Now that it's on Netflix, I've revisited, and re-experienced a lot of the same feelings. Here are my thoughts:

1) There is a great atmosphere of dread, or "October, the season of death" as Ray Bradbury may call it, over the entire anthology. I love this. Very "sparse" feeling, if that makes sense.

2) I really like the original wraparound story. In fact, once the two main characters were positively identified, I found that the wraparound was probably the most creepy and thoughtful of all presentations in the film. However, I don't believe that the voice actor was well chosen to portray the character that he was supposed to be. They needed a more fitting voice for the foreboding style, instead of one that sounds like a generic television family dad. Also, the character's dialogue should've been more poetic. It was too plain for the character portrayed.

3) The Tell-Tale Heart segment is simply awesome. They take Bela Lugosi's original audio recording of his reading of the story (from the 1930s, I believe), complete with scratches and audio artifacts, layered over a modern musical score, and very noir-ish / Frank Miller-ish animation. It would've harmed the piece if they removed the scratches and audio artifacts from Lugosi's reading. I'm glad they didn't.

4) All stories in the film had narration and/or voice-overs, except for the final story, The Masque Of The Red Death. The only voice in the entire piece is Prince Prospero (Roger Corman) when he spots The Red Death. I believe it was a huge mistake to not narrate the story. It would've been much better to hear Poe's words while seeing the visual. Without the narration, it's almost more of a background piece than an actual story. Although the visual is still beautiful.

5) The fade-to-black, fade-to-zero decibel bumpers/dividers between stories and wraparound pieces created too much of a division between sections. They should've run together better. It was almost as if it was 5 separate episodes, instead of a continuous anthology, as was intended.

I would definitely recommend it for any fan of Poe. Or even as an introduction to Poe for anybody who hasn't yet become a fan of his.


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