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Criterion Press Release: The Uninvited (Blu-ray)

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#21 of 87 OFFLINE   JohnMor

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Posted July 16 2013 - 09:26 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 from this shot, I believe...

 

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#22 of 87 OFFLINE   Virgoan

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Posted July 16 2013 - 09:45 AM

"The Uninvited" is one of my must-watch films any time it plays on TCM, this despite having my own DVD-R of the first showing I saw several years ago.  I recently bought a DVD from amazon.co.uk which is from a much better print than TCM's and has some interesting features including an art/still gallery.

 

Stil...a resotration for Blu-ray sounds awfully good to me!!!


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Posted July 16 2013 - 09:50 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.

 

 

I wholly agree with the notion of an isolated score track.  Also, posters, stills, lobby cards...all that would enhance the extras.  Commentaries are a mixed bag for me.  Somenone very knowledgeable about the making of the film would be very welcome.  Another "interview" opportunity for Scorsese to speak about a favorite doesn't much interest me.  Ditto Del Toro.  Their appreciation for these films is no greater than my own.  Would rather hear from "experts".


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Posted July 16 2013 - 10:10 AM

I wholly agree with the notion of an isolated score track.  Also, posters, stills, lobby cards...all that would enhance the extras.  Commentaries are a mixed bag for me.  Somenone very knowledgeable about the making of the film would be very welcome.  Another "interview" opportunity for Scorsese to speak about a favorite doesn't much interest me.  Ditto Del Toro.  Their appreciation for these films is no greater than my own.  Would rather hear from "experts".

 

Yeah, I'd love to see some kind of scholarly commentary on it. Gregory Mank did some terrific commentary work on Warners' Val Lewton set back in the day and also on Island of Lost Souls, and I would love to a track from him on it. Regardless, happy to have the title available in blu.



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Posted July 16 2013 - 10:32 AM

Universal certainly has a music and effects track for this, and it would cost very little to add it.

 

For those who have not seen this film   the story is very adult for the time, couched in language to get past the censors. 

 

Wonder if you all can figure it out?



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Posted July 16 2013 - 11:50 AM

I believe there are a couple of radio versions of this with at least Ray Milland.  They would be a nice extra.  I personally would like a scholarly commentary.



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Posted July 16 2013 - 12:13 PM

Historian commentary (other than one by Richard Schickel) would have helped. Trailer. Something. As is, I'll wait for the next B&N sale. Last year they had a second one in late fall. I agree with a previous poster that bare-bones Criterion Blu's in the past have sometimes been $29.99. This should be one of them.



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Posted July 16 2013 - 12:15 PM

Historian commentary (other than one by Richard Schickel) would have helped. Trailer. Something. As is, I'll wait for the next B&N sale. Last year they had a second one in late fall. I agree with a previous poster that bare-bones Criterion Blu's in the past have sometimes been $29.99. This should be one of them.

It is one of them.  The original pricing was wrong.


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Posted July 16 2013 - 01:58 PM

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Posted July 16 2013 - 03:45 PM

Historian commentary (other than one by Richard Schickel) would have helped.

 

Yes.  He'd probably explain how its just a standard Hollywoood programmer that's not worth watching.



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Posted July 16 2013 - 05:01 PM

It is one of them. The original pricing was wrong.


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Posted July 16 2013 - 05:40 PM

Huh?

The BD is priced 29.99 now versus the earlier pricing of 39.99


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#33 of 87 OFFLINE   Charles Smith

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Posted July 16 2013 - 05:40 PM

I love the inclusion of radio shows -- and the more, the merrier.  Are they still doing that these days?  This one certainly sounds like a missed opportunity.



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Posted July 16 2013 - 05:52 PM

The BD is priced 29.99 now versus the earlier pricing of 39.99

Actually, it's $23.96.


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#35 of 87 OFFLINE   Robert Crawford

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Posted July 16 2013 - 05:54 PM

Actually, it's $23.96.

I'm talking about MSRP.


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Posted July 16 2013 - 07:47 PM

This is most welcome news.  "The Uninvited" is one of my most wanted titles to never come to DVD and the wait has proven worth it.  It truly is, in my opinion, one of the best films of its type that Hollywood ever made.  I was an adult the first time I saw it on TCM and it truly creeped me out. 

 

I've never been a Criterion collector the way some are (more power to them) but I've collected a fair number of their BDs in the last few years as they've moved to more mainstream titles and have always found their stuff to be first rate.  B&N has spoiled us all with their sales.  I'll wait til November to pick this up for $15.00.


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Posted July 16 2013 - 09:58 PM

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


How are Killer's Kiss, the previous film by The Director of The Killing and Crooks Tour using two characters from The Lady Vanishes only "semi-appropriate"? I'd consider both of those to be ideal second features.

And now that the price has been lowered I don't have issues with the release, but I would have rather had the higher price point with more extras. Criterion isn't just a studio, the whole point of Criterion editions are to add contextualizing material, commentaries, trailers, related additional features or shorts, and any number of other things.

Due to the massive precedent of not only including the artists involved in a film but when that's not possible extensive and insightful work by film scholars, there is literally no film that doesn't have some angle to approach the creation of bonus materials.

The only thing needed is will, imagination, and funds. I understand when the calculation is made that it's not worth the trouble to do something extensive, but again I can't imagine any film that you couldn't devise worthwhile bonus materials for - especially if you're Criterion.
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Posted July 16 2013 - 10:24 PM

And now that the price has been lowered I don't have issues with the release, but I would have rather had the higher price point with more extras. Criterion isn't just a studio, the whole point of Criterion editions are to add contextualizing material, commentaries, trailers, related additional features or shorts, and any number of other things.

 

Agree.  Completely.



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Posted July 16 2013 - 11:08 PM

Easily the best ghost film ever made.

 

My parents took me to see it when I was a kid and I had nightmares for weeks after.

I can still remember looking away at the really spooky bits.

 

Super scary and yet there are some wonderfully witty lines spread throughout.

Ray Milland's final words are classic.

 

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Obviously very popular from day one. ( unless they were Henry Aldrich fans )


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Posted July 16 2013 - 11:38 PM

It is one of them.  The original pricing was wrong.

Or they are just greedy bastards and tried to see if they could get away with that pricing for a barebones release. Just like when they tried to push the MSRP to $50 for Blu-ray releases.







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