A few words about…™ Night of / Curse of the Demon — in Blu-ray

A wonderful film that looks and sounds superb. 4 Stars

In one of the more confusing bits of history for a theatrical release, the UK entity Powerhouse is releasing for R1, Jacques Tourneur’s Night and Curse of the Demon, in UK and US release cuts, along with multiple aspect ratios.

One was never supposed to see the Demon in this film, but we do, purportedly courtesy of Hal Chester, one of the writers and an exec producer on the film. One of the more enlightening extras on the set is a discussion with Dana Andrews and his wife by a very young Scott MacQueen.

A wonderful film that looks and sounds superb.

Add this to your library with confidence.

Image – 5

Audio – 5

Pass / Fail – Pass

Upgrade from DVD – Absolutely!

Highly Recommended

RAH

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42 Comments

  1. Glad to see your enthusiasm. When first announced, some tried to throw shade on this release implying it was a subpar "older" transfer and that if this were a Grover Crisp approved restoration, it would have gone the Twilight Time route. Your stamp of approval indicates a superior transfer!

  2. Thomas T

    Glad to see your enthusiasm. When first announced, some tried to throw shade on this release implying it was a subpar "older" transfer and that if this were a Grover Crisp approved restoration, it would have gone the Twilight Time route. Your stamp of approval indicates a superior transfer!

    The difference seems to be the source that exists for the longer version:
    Likely the Shorter cut is the Original Camera Negative (OCN) or close to it and the Longer (which is not the original camera negative as the OCN was cut to form the Shorter version and a dupe neg copied for the Longer version — back in 1957 — hence making the Longer) version a step or two further down the stream.

    Yes, there is a bit of an uptick in image quality on the shorter version (found on Disc 2), but you will find that the longer version(s) on Disc 1 look(s) fine. A few shots in the Longer version are alternate takes and those uptick in quality a bit and look closer to the image quality on the Shorter version.

    The best way to see the difference is to watch the 22+ minutes "Cloven in Two" Extra on Disc 2 to see the complete discriptions of differences between the versions (which uses many of the Short & Longer version scenes side-by-side). This is an excellent (and really well researched) Extra and almost worth the price of the disc on its own!

    Really great package.
    Mine arrived at High Noon today (EST Wed Oct 24) here in North Carolina. I enjoyed seeing the carrier progress online as it left England from Castle Donnington on Monday, arrived in Philadelphia on Tuesday, made its way to Greensboro before dawn today and a few hours later the UPS man knocked on my door
    (which is some 30 minutes from Greensboro NC).

  3. mine arrived in the mail today, so i will be giving it a spin this weekend, looking at the back since it's a numbered set, limited release, i wonder if the individual who gets 666 is going to put it on ebay to see how much they can get for it.

  4. Really great package.
    Mine arrived at High Noon today (EST Wed Oct 24) here in North Carolina. I enjoyed seeing the carrier progress online as it left England from Castle Donnington on Monday, arrived in Philadelphia on Tuesday, made its way to Greensboro before dawn today and a few hours later the UPS man knocked on my door
    (which is some 30 minutes from Greensboro NC).

    From whom did you order and when did it ship? I ordered direct from PH and they claim they don't have international tracking. I'm in New Jersey. They said it shipped on the 16th.

  5. telzall

    Really great package.
    Mine arrived at High Noon today (EST Wed Oct 24) here in North Carolina. I enjoyed seeing the carrier progress online as it left England from Castle Donnington on Monday, arrived in Philadelphia on Tuesday, made its way to Greensboro before dawn today and a few hours later the UPS man knocked on my door
    (which is some 30 minutes from Greensboro NC).

    From whom did you order and when did it ship? I ordered direct from PH and they claim they don't have international tracking. I'm in New Jersey. They said it shipped on the 16th.

    I ordered from Amazon.co.UK.
    When I ordered, it said projected delivery between Nov 1 – Nov 6,
    so I am extremely happy to have it already.

    On the other hand, several weeks after I pre-ordered "Night/Curse of the Demon",
    I made another order to get the William Castle at Columbia Volume One
    (also to be released by Powerhouse Indicator on the same day as Night of the Demon) from Amazon.co.UK —

    Yesterday (Wednesday), the same day that I received Night of the Demon, I received a 'dispatched' notice from Amazon.co.UK for the William Castle set —
    And, at present, there is no tracking number and it says projected delivery Nov 20 – 21. Whew!

    I'm hoping that when it gets a tracking number that the William Castle set delivery date will change to a much (much!) earlier date.

  6. ABaglivi

    Ordered from Indicator direct 9/24/18
    Arrived today in Westbury NY by Royal Mail International Priority
    Order Number: 2369
    Business card included

    I ordered before you and don’t have mine. I guess International Priority really does speed things up. However this disc was expensive enough without Priority.

  7. Johnny Angell

    I ordered before you and don’t have mine. I guess International Priority really does speed things up. However this disc was expensive enough without Priority.

    Sorry Johnny you don't have it as yet. I had no choice for shipping method. Just put the order in and took what was offered.

  8. ABaglivi

    Sorry Johnny you don't have it as yet. I had no choice for shipping method. Just put the order in and took what was offered.

    Well I don’t remember if I had a choice either. Perhaps there was only Priority, so maybe mine is almost here.

  9. What I see is the longer edition framed at 1,75:1 looks more natural, the shorter editions have sharpening applied, I see someone halos, more noticeable the bigger your screen, less film grain which also seems to have been scrubbed a little from those shorter editions which accounts for the sharpening to counteract the grain removal effect,

    Just my opinion, the 1.75:1 edition is superior.

  10. Okay more info, the longer pre release had the 2k BFI restoration, that’s probably why it looks more natural and better to my eyes.

    The shorter versions were just remasters, probably why I am seeing some edge halo sharpening effects.

  11. johnmcmasters

    How do these transfers compare with the French Wild Side blu-ray box set?

    Caps-a-holic has the frame grab comparisons.

    I watched the 1.66 Long (96) minutes version (as "Night of the Demon" title) last night (Thurs, Oct 25). Looked great !

    I do think the 1.66 Long Version looks sharper and more detailed than the 1.75 BFI Version.

    From previous screen/frame-grabs on Mondo-Digital site, I was a bit concerned about the Long Versions image vs Short Versions image quality,
    but,
    having watched all of the Long Version as "Night of the Demon" in 1.66, I think it looks great with detail/resolution & sharpness looking top notch.

  12. FoxyMulder

    @aPhil

    That’s edge enhancement sharpening you are seeing, it’s fake.

    Looks contrast boosted too, the 1.75:1 is much superior.

    I don't think I agree, but some will prefer the 1.75 and some the 1.66,
    so enjoy the one you prefer.

  13. In all my days of buying movies, this day stands out. I received the Indicator Night of the Demon and the Olive Signature Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Two of my favorite movies with oodles of extras. Now which (long) version shall I watch?

  14. aPhil

    From whom did you order and when did it ship? I ordered direct from PH and they claim they don't have international tracking. I'm in New Jersey. They said it shipped on the 16th.

    I ordered from Amazon.co.UK.
    When I ordered, it said projected delivery between Nov 1 – Nov 6,
    so I am extremely happy to have it already.

    On the other hand, several weeks after I pre-ordered "Night/Curse of the Demon",
    I made another order to get the William Castle at Columbia Volume One
    (also to be released by Powerhouse Indicator on the same day as Night of the Demon) from Amazon.co.UK —

    Yesterday (Wednesday), the same day that I received Night of the Demon, I received a 'dispatched' notice from Amazon.co.UK for the William Castle set —
    And, at present, there is no tracking number and it says projected delivery Nov 20 – 21. Whew!

    I'm hoping that when it gets a tracking number that the William Castle set delivery date will change to a much (much!) earlier date.

    I got mine today, the 27th!!! 817 of 10,000!! Happy Night of The Demon!!!!

  15. Thomas T

    Glad to see your enthusiasm. When first announced, some tried to throw shade on this release implying it was a subpar "older" transfer and that if this were a Grover Crisp approved restoration, it would have gone the Twilight Time route. Your stamp of approval indicates a superior transfer!

    Columbia (Sony) released the SHORT version in the US. Mr. Crisp has done nothing to that version in terms of a restoration, which is very clear if you read this thread, that that transfer is older, which is exactly what I said if you're referring to me. The longer cut is a 2K restoration by the BFI and has nothing to do with Mr. Crisp.

  16. Randy_M

    I pre-ordered this from Amazon UK; my delivery estimate as of yesterday was Nov 12, but I received it today – I’m very happy, but where does Amazon UK come up with those dates???

    Previous experience with the US Postal Service?

  17. Randy_M

    I pre-ordered this from Amazon UK; my delivery estimate as of yesterday was Nov 12, but I received it today – I’m very happy, but where does Amazon UK come up with those dates???

    Amazon UK nearly always quotes me delivery dates that are 10 to 14 days beyond when it's likely to arrive. This way, they build goodwill since you feel good that they got it to you earlier than promised. In reality, it shouldn't take more than 7-10 days for any small parcel to cross the Atlantic. But with these estimates, if there's a storm, or customs delay, or some other issue, they still can claim it's "on time".

  18. I received this set yesterday from Amazon.UK. So far I've only watched (twice, I should add) the original UK 96 minute version on disc one. Rich blacks, gorgeous contrast, very filmic with more grain than was on the Wild Side Blu, but the grain isn't distracting in any way. It simply enhances the viewing experience. While I was very happy with the Wild Side Blu, I'd say this is much better, or rather, more film-like and also more representative of the original photography. You could frame individual images on the Indicator Blu. It's that beautiful.

    Unfortunately, I couldn't do a direct comparison to the Wild Side Blu as my player is on its last legs and wouldn't load the Wild Side Blu. But I watched it a number of times over the last few years and while certainly watchable, I'd say the Indicator is more accurate. I also recall minor digital enhancements and very minor macro-blocking on the Wild Side Blu, for instance in the beginning when the professor is driving towards Karswell's estate, and the screen goes to black for brief moments, which is nowhere to be found on the Indicator. I'm relying on my memory, which may be erroneous, but this is one instance in which I'm very happy Mr. Harris convinced me to buy this through his "few words". Oh, and I stayed up to 2 AM reading the 77 page book that comes with the set, which is fascinating, informative and impossible–for me, at any rate–to put down.

  19. SAhmed

    My copy arrived today from Amazon UK – took about 10 days and no card. Very excited about it and hope to watch it tonight otherwise it will be Friday night.

    Regards

    Who did you order from? I’ve heard you have to order from Powerhouse/Indicator to get the card. That’s where I ordered and I also did not get the card.

  20. Hi Johnny. I ordered from Amazon in the UK. Although I have ordered direct from Powerhouse/ Indicator in the past I couldn’t remember if they reduced the price by the VAT amount so I went to Amazon as they always do.

    Somebody had mentioned receiving the card even from Amazon so I was hopeful but of course the main presentation is the important thing – it is very nice.

    Regards

  21. SAhmed

    Hi Johnny. I ordered from Amazon in the UK. Although I have ordered direct from Powerhouse/ Indicator in the past I couldn’t remember if they reduced the price by the VAT amount so I went to Amazon as they always do.

    Somebody had mentioned receiving the card even from Amazon so I was hopeful but of course the main presentation is the important thing – it is very nice.

    Regards

    Yeah, the card would be nice, but the movie is the thing. Still I was looking forward to doing some absorption tests on the card. 😉

  22. johnmcmasters

    How do these transfers compare with the French Wild Side blu-ray box set?

    Comparing the capsaholic screen caps, the Indicator versions look somewhat blurry in comparison to the French BR. The 1.75:1 in particular doesn't look much sharper than a DVD. I don't know know if this difference in sharpness is due to the difference in the prints used for the transfers or what, but I don't think the Indicator release deserves a 5 for image quality.

  23. bottom line is this is a fantastic release… consider all the great options. Forget all this grainier, sharper talk, or the never ending 1:66 vs 1:75 argement…it’s so minor it makes me want to scream. There’s enough here to please everyone except for the sticklers who just have to rain on the parade. Way to go Indicator!!!!

  24. kinzoels

    bottom line is this is a fantastic release… consider all the great options. Forget all this grainier, sharper talk, or the never ending 1:66 vs 1:75 argement…it's so minor it makes me want to scream. There's enough here to please everyone except for the sticklers who just have to rain on the parade. Way to go Indicator!!!!

    Yeah, what he said.

  25. MichaelEl

    Comparing the capsaholic screen caps, the Indicator versions look somewhat blurry in comparison to the French BR. The 1.75:1 in particular doesn't look much sharper than a DVD. I don't know know if this difference in sharpness is due to the difference in the prints used for the transfers or what, but I don't think the Indicator release deserves a 5 for image quality.

    Well, I'm a stickler for visual detail and sharpness, and the Indicator release looks great to my eyes. I'm with Bruce regarding the unreliability of screen caps.

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