Director Roger Corman had an incredibly strong run of movies throughout the 1960s. On top of his brilliant Vincent Price/Edgar Allan Poe collaborations was the horror/sci-fi, The Man With The X-Ray Eyes. Released in 1963, the Ray Milland starrer was shot in three weeks on a budget of under $300,000.
Here’s the synopsis:
Obsessed with expanding the powers of human sight, renowned scientist Dr James Xavier (Ray Milland – Dial M For Murder), aims to develop a formula that will allow the user to see beyond the visible spectrum. Despite warnings from his friend Dr. Brandt (Harold J. Stone – Spartacus) and business associate Diane Fairfax (Diana Van Der Vlis – The Swimmer), he experiments on himself and finally perfects a serum that gives him the power to see through solid objects. But his ambitions turn to obsession. No longer able to control the effects, his vision extends beyond the realms of human comprehension until he finally sees more than he can bear.
Movies In Focus hasn’t seen the Corman’s film since I was a kid, but now the brilliant Second Sight Films is releasing it on blu-ray in an x-traordinary looking package on 4 May 2020. The newly restored Limited Edition release features brand new special features including a new interview with Corman, commentaries and more.
Here’s the full rundown…
- New interview with Director Roger Corman
- Introduction by Author and Diabolique Editor Kat Ellinger
- Audio commentary by Roger Corman
- Audio commentary by Tim Lucas
- Original prologue
- Joe Dante on The Man With X-Ray Eyes
- ‘Trailers from Hell’ with Mick Garris
LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
- Rigid slipcase featuring new artwork by Graham Humphreys
- Reversible poster with new and original artwork
- Soft cover book with new writing by Jon Towlson and Allan Bryce