Extraordinary Tales

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After months of reviewing horror comedy mash-ups (Abbot & Costello encountering classic movie monsters) and short television movie adaptations from a contemporary master of the form (Stephen King’s Nightmares and Dreamscapes), Extraordinary Tales offers the chance to delve into the work of the legendary Edgar Allan Poe, using a mesmerizing mix of animation styles and the vocal talents of A-list performers like Christopher Lee, Bela Lugosi, Guillermo Del Toro, and Julian Sands. This new DVD/Blu-Ray release from GKids and Cinedigm arrives courtesy of the producers of the Oscar nominated animated features Ernest & Celestine and Song of the Sea and Happen’s Kid Critics are here to tell you if this anthology will leave your hearts cold with fear. Prepare for creepy re-imaginings of The Tell-Tale HeartThe Fall of the House of UsherThe Masque of the Red DeathThe Pit and the Pendulum, and The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar.

-TT Stern-Enzi

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This breathtaking animated film focuses on the dazzling stories from Edgar Allen Poe.  Mixed with violence and grim stories, this film is a remarkable glance at his work.

– Henry

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The tales that Poe made were quite unusual, but also very clever.  The artwork and music were really good.

– Cole

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Extraordinary Tales brings Edgar Allen Poe’s best stories to life using different mediums and narrators.  I’ve never been one for horror, but these retellings definitely make it a thrill to watch.  I am torn between scared, awed and deeply respectful for Edgar Allen Poe.  Extraordinary Tales has completely blown me away.

– ­­Luci

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I loved the way they changed the graphics with each story.  The tales were slightly predictable and hard to understand.  I recommend this for people who love dark and creepy (not scary) stories.

– Maxwell ­

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This movie really captured the Edger Allen Poe aspect of the story they were copying off of.

– Gwen

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