Criterion Press Release: The Uninvited (Blu-ray)

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  1. Robert Crawford

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    It's your money, but personally if the film didn't work for me, I wouldn't be buying the BD. I don't think you're missing anything. Every film has its fans and critics. I'm sure there are people out there that don't like a film you love that is well thought of.
     
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    I have never seen this film before, but I am intrigued
    by the price of the release and the amount of fans excited
    when this was announced.

    Perhaps I am wrong, but it seems a film like this may have
    effected many viewers when they were younger --- you know
    when we were easily frightened and when these films had a
    bigger ability to make an impression on us.

    Of course that is leading to the question as to how much you
    guys think this film holds up today and if it's a good choice for
    a purchase.
     
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    Ron, I first saw it as an adult and fell in love with it. I think a kid might be bored by it. It's definitely a more "adult" (i.e. character driven) piece.

    And it definitely holds up today.
     
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    I like this film more as an adult than as a child. Some aspects of the film didn't register with me when I was a kid. Another thing, as an adult, it didn't hurt that a couple of my favorite female actresses starred in the film. Ruth Hussey and the lovely Gail Russell.
     
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    Warner Brothers treats the New Line titles differently than they do their properties. That's one of the reason WAC has not released a New Line title. Except for The Lord Of The Rings titles the others before the merger are almost treated as a separate company and there might be some sort agreement still in place that forces them too.
     
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    I saw this on TV as a kid and found it wonderfully atmospheric and eerie. I won't give anything away, but the opening scene at the house has at least one very effective, low key shiver. As I got older I also found the movie an unusual blend of sadness spiked with some real wit. The music of course sets the tone for the whole movie, and it's unthinkable without it. Overall, an exceptional movie worth seeing for the uninv--I mean uninitiated.

    ;)
     
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    From Criterion...

    Hello – Here’s hoping you are keeping cool wherever you are. Please note that an incorrect SRP went out on three recently announced titles. Correct info is below.

    SEPTEMBER
    3 Films by Roberto Rossellini Starring Ingrid Bergman 4-disc BD set & 5-disc DVD set SRP- $99.95


    OCTOBER
    THE UNINVITED
    BD SRP- $29.95
    DVD SRP- $19.95

    I MARRIED A WITCH
    BD SRP- $29.95
    DVD SRP- $19.95
     
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    Just ordered this film. Another blind purchase. I am certain,
    based on your enthusiasm, that I will enjoy it.
     
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    While we await release day...

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    Thanks for this, John.
    As we have a portable DVD player, I'll probably buy this one on both formats.
    Yep, I like it that much.
     
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    Well, Ron, you are obviously a serious film aficionado, so even at your age you will be able to appreciate a classic. You will forgive its weaknesses, and there are a few. There is some corny humor at the outset and lame dialog such as "My dear demented sister..." The story looks as though it will become just a light romance with a few creepy aspects, but it does eventually settle down into a serious ghost story. A little plot-heavy, in fact. I had to see it more than once just to keep straight who was haunting that house and why.The thing about THE UNINVITED that keeps me coming back again and again is the atmosphere. The photography, accentuating corners in deep shadow, and Victor Young's music are guaranteed to raise the hairs on the back of your neck. I wish I'd been able to see it on a big screen in 1944, when audiences were less cynical, and more vulnerable to this sort of movie.
     
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    My wife and I saw The Uninvited on a big screen in the '70s. We knew nothing about it beforehand. We, and the audience, who were serious film aficionados attending special Friday night screenings at the New School of Social Reseach in New York, were very, very scared; and my wife and I are bona fide cynics. We rate this movie as the best ghost story ever filmed because it takes itself seriously: no cop outs.
    Dick's description is right on. Atmosphere, photography, music, chills...just surrender to its mystery.
     
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    I have loved the film since i first saw it on TCM. Love the classic old standard tune that came from the film. Decided to buy it on day of release. I also have seen I Married a Witch too. The film is a good movie. So yesterday i decided to spring for it too. I also went to B&N and purchased the original The Man Who Knew Too Much. Blind buy and enjoyed it as well.

    Pushing the budget with Marilyn Monroe in Niagara and getting it in one more week on day of release. So i passed on Night Train to Munich and Ministrey of Fear which B&N had two copies of. I have watched both and each are very good films.
     
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    OK. I just pre-ordered using the HTF link (thanks Ron). I've never seen the movie before, but I'm looking forward to seeing it after reading all the above comments. I'll have to wait longer than the rest of you to see it, though, because I'll have to wait until our next trip to the States (hopefully, at Christmas time) to get it from my parents house.
     
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    the special features on this release have been updated. It now will include:

    * New 2K digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition* New visual essay by filmmaker Michael Almereyda* Two radio adaptations, from 1944 and 1949, both starring Ray Milland* Trailer* PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme and a 1997 interview with director Lewis Allen
     
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    Great! Thanks Derrick.
     
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    Looking forward to this too! Unexpected and most welcome!
     
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    Hi all. As today is release day, has anyone seen it yet?
    Surprised that there hasn't been a review posted yet.
    My favorite haunted house/ghost movie, bar none.
     
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    Looks like you missed this HTF Review.
     
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