Remaining classic Ghost Story/Haunted House flicks not yet on Blu...

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  1. Dick

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    Not many really great ones. What a delight it would be for whoever owns the rights to give is THE CHANGELING (1979)!Beyond that, I can't think of any truly great classics that, after this October, will not have been released on Blu-ray. That's pretty impressive! Here is what is currently available:THE INNOCENTS (gorgeous UK Blu, would be nice in Region 1, but doubtful)THE HAUNTINGTHE UNINVITEDPOLTERGEISTTHE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE (again, UK)Region-free player owners are in good shape. Are you still teetering about purchasing a region-free Blu-ray player? Just the two U.K. titles above should tip the scales for you.
     
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    I crave for THE CHANGELING. That' s all I want.
     
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    THE CHANGELING scared the bejesus out of me. I still get creeps seeing a wheelchair. First day order here whenever it happens. THE INNOCENTS will also be welcomed and I do expect it next year possibly from Twilight.
     
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    The Uninvited is coming out from Criterion in October, so that will be remedied in the near future. Here's some other spooky titles that Universal has that hasn't made the leap to Blu-ray, let alone DVD:

    THE CAT AND THE CANARY (1927)
    THE LAST WARNING (1929)
    THE OLD DARK HOUSE (1932)
    THE BLACK CAT (1934/1941)
    MURDER BY THE CLOCK (1931)
    SUPERNATURAL (1933) - released on VHS; directed by Victor Halperin of WHITE ZOMBIE fame
    THE UNSEEN (1945) - a missed opportunity to include this "follow-up" to THE UNINVITED in the upcoming Criterion release
    THE MAN IN HALF MOON STREET (1945) - remade as The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959); never released on any home video format

    There are plenty more I sure, but those are a few that I could think of that fit into this vein.
     
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    Let's don't leave Dead of Night out of the discussion.
     
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    THE INNOCENTS
    Whatever happened to THE REINCARNATION OF PETER PROUD?
     
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    Great list.
     
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    A couple of comedy gems:

    The Ghost Breakers (1940) Maybe this could be part of a Bob Hope at Paramount comedy box set.

    What A Carve Up! (1961), with Sid James & Kenneth Connor. A great comedy, maybe it could be part of a British 50's & early 60's b/w comedy box, just so many great movies there & none of them on Blu-ray.

    They both have their scary moments, esp. The Ghost Breakers, the zombie in the haunted chateau is as chilling as anything that came out of Universal.
     
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    God, I would love The Old Dark House to be released in much better PQ and in HD on BD.
     
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    Surprised nobody has mentioned John Irvin's Ghost Story yet???

    And depending on your reading of Mulholland Drive, it could also be interpreted as a 'haunting'. ;)
     
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    Now that someone's reminded me of it, what IS up with The Reincarnation of Peter Proud? Why has there never been a DVD release?
     
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    Absolutely.

    And if that's the case, may I add Halfway House.

    Steve W
     
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    Great titles listed here....would like to see them all available!!
     
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    House on Haunted Hill, 13 Ghosts
     
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    Doesn't Kino still hold the rights to OLD DARK HOUSE? If so, we might get it.Re: GHOST STORY, that's a guilty pleasure film for me. Never cared for Craig Wasson, either in this or in BODY DOUBLE. Other than an awesome performance by Alice Krige, and a chilling score by Philippe Sarde, I didn't find it very satisfying, although the first half is often pretty creepy. The book is infinitely superior. Still, it is entertaining and I would buy it on Blu-ray for a low price.
     
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    Now, you're talking. Back in the day, my siblings and I used to stay up late at night watching those films without the lights on. I used to grab my sisters arms or legs just at the most scary time. They jumped and screamed every time.
     
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    They may, but the really first-rate 35mm material is owned by Universal, although they have no rights to the film now, but they own the physical material. Kino would have to deal and probably pay something to Universal to license their superior materials. For me, that would be the only way to get a quality Blu-ray presentation.
     
  18. +1 on The Old Dark House
     
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    +2 on THE OLD DARK HOUSE.
     
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    It's not quite a ghost story, but I'd love to see Alias Nick Beal again after all these years.
     

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