Terror That Melts From the Screen

Oct 4, 2013 In its way, preparing the Blu-ray release of “House of Wax” must have presented as many challenges to Ned Price, Warner’s chief preservation officer, as making the movie in the first place. The studio’s Motion Picture Imaging Facility had to scan and stabilize six different film elements (two sets of three-color separations, one for each eye); the colorist Janet Wilson had to tame the eccentricities of the in-house color process Warner employed in the 1950s; and Chace Audio had to reconstruct the film’s original four-channel stereo soundtrack from a single surviving original track (for the surround effects) and a mono remix from a later release. The effort is a triumph for everyone concerned.