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Criterion Press Release: The Uninvited (Blu-ray)

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#1 of 87 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted July 15 2013 - 09:44 PM

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THE UNINVITED  - BD & DVD Editions 
A pair of siblings (Ministry of Fear’s Ray Milland and The Philadelphia Story’s Ruth Hussey) from London purchase a surprisingly affordable, lonely cliff-top house in Cornwall, only to discover that it actually carries a ghostly price; soon they’re caught up in a bizarre romantic triangle from beyond the grave. Rich in atmosphere, The Uninvited, directed by Lewis Allen (Suddenly), was groundbreaking for the seriousness with which it treated the haunted-house genre, and it remains an elegant and eerie experience, featuring a classic score by Victor Young (Written on the Wind). A tragic family past, a mysteriously locked room, cold chills, bumps in the night—this gothic Hollywood classic has it all.
 
1944 • 99 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • 1.37:1 aspect ratio

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES 
• New 2K digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
• New visual essay by filmmaker Michael Almereyda
• PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme
 
 TITLE: The Uninvited (BLU-RAY EDITION)                                     
CAT. NO: CC2328BD
UPC: 7-15515-11181-2
ISBN: 978-1-60465-797-5
SRP: $39.95                                                      
PREBOOK: 9/24/13  
STREET: 10/22/13
 
 

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#2 of 87 OFFLINE   t1g3r5fan

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Posted July 16 2013 - 01:05 AM

I'm definitely looking forward to picking this up, in spite of the underwhelming slate of special features. I've caught this nearly every time it came on TCM since I first saw it a couple of years ago.



#3 of 87 OFFLINE   Robert Crawford

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Posted July 16 2013 - 01:05 AM

I watched the UK DVD of this great film about two months ago.  I will buy this BD as soon as possible which will allow me to watch my two favorite ghost stories before Halloween.  The Haunting the week of the 15th followed by The Uninvited the following week.


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#4 of 87 OFFLINE   Robert Crawford

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Posted July 16 2013 - 01:06 AM

I'm definitely looking forward to picking this up, in spite of the underwhelming slate of special features. I've caught this nearly every time it came on TCM since I first saw it a couple of years ago.

What type of special features do you want?


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#5 of 87 OFFLINE   Andrew Budgell

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Posted July 16 2013 - 02:10 AM

How fantastic! Looking forward to this--and the cover art is perfect!



#6 of 87 OFFLINE   Didier R

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Posted July 16 2013 - 02:45 AM

Brilliant news!



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Posted July 16 2013 - 03:25 AM

Shame on me - it was only recently that I ever even heard of this film, and I'm a big fan of Dead of Night, The Innocents and The Haunting.

 

I suppose that makes it a must buy.

 

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#8 of 87 OFFLINE   BIANCO2NERO

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Posted July 16 2013 - 04:43 AM

What type of special features do you want?

Well, at the $39.99 price point one would have expected a lot more - other recent bare-bones releases from Criterion, such as Jubal and Ministry of Fear, were $29.99.


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#9 of 87 ONLINE   David_B_K

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Posted July 16 2013 - 05:36 AM

I agree that it is pricey considering the paucity of special features. Still, it is a must-have for me.



#10 of 87 OFFLINE   SteveJKo

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Posted July 16 2013 - 06:51 AM

I can finally toss my VHS copy away!


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Posted July 16 2013 - 07:02 AM

Can't wait to pick this up!  Beautiful film!



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Posted July 16 2013 - 07:23 AM

Hopefully we can look forward to Criterion releasing on blu ray The Fountainhead and For Whom the Bell Tolls ?



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Posted July 16 2013 - 08:37 AM

How fantastic! Looking forward to this--and the cover art is perfect!

 

It has been many years since I last saw TU, but is there anything remotely like that image in the movie?  The cover is certainly striking, but I don't know that it quite fits the film contained in the box.


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Posted July 16 2013 - 08:38 AM

What type of special features do you want?

I was hoping for at least an interview or commentary with either Martin Scorsese or Guillermo Del Toro - both of whom have praised the film highly - and an isolated score track that showcases Victor Young's lovely music. But I guess beggars can't be choosers, though.



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Posted July 16 2013 - 08:49 AM

Beyond a must have, for me it is a dream come true.  What a glorious surprise and what a class move by Criterion.  For its die hard fans, THE UNINVITED is the top of its genre, an elegant and atmospheric supernatural tale that is one of a kind.  This is the best news I've heard all year!


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Posted July 16 2013 - 08:51 AM

I was hoping for at least an interview or commentary with either Martin Scorsese or Guillermo Del Toro - both of whom have praised the film highly - and an isolated score track that showcases Victor Young's lovely music.

 

And, when all else fails, throw in a semi-appropriate bonus movie supplement.  Hey, It worked for The Killing and The Lady Vanishes.



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Posted July 16 2013 - 08:57 AM

I was hoping for at least an interview or commentary with either Martin Scorsese or Guillermo Del Toro - both of whom have praised the film highly - and an isolated score track that showcases Victor Young's lovely music. But I guess beggars can't be choosers, though.

It would be nice, but let's remember these filmmakers have their own projects they're working on.


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#18 of 87 OFFLINE   Andrew Budgell

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Posted July 16 2013 - 09:03 AM

It has been many years since I last saw TU, but is there anything remotely like that image in the movie?  The cover is certainly striking, but I don't know that it quite fits the film contained in the box.

It's been awhile since I've seen the film as well, but I was thinking the same thing. I thought I had the wrong film for a second!



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Posted July 16 2013 - 09:04 AM

It has been many years since I last saw TU, but is there anything remotely like that image in the movie?  The cover is certainly striking, but I don't know that it quite fits the film contained in the box.

Very true!


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Posted July 16 2013 - 09:21 AM

An isolated score would have been lovely.







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