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Peter Medak's 1980 horror / thriller The Changeling is a genuinely creepy haunted house mansion really huge mansion film. There are no bloodied ghosts popping out, and not a single shot of someone looking in a medicine cabinet mirror, and closing it to find something staring back at them.

A major player in the film is the house, which is Hatley Castle, Vancouver Island, BC.


The structure was completed in 1908, and appropriate the date 1909 falls neatly into he storyline.

In addition to The Changeling, the Castle was used for a few X-Men films as well as Deadpool.

It's a psychological thriller with a superb cast headed by George C. Scott.

Seems that Canadian productions have element problems, and this one is no exception from the filmmakers. Where does one go for elements, who is holding which rights?

Possibly because of that, this is a 4k scan derived from a 35 printing dupe, which means the opticals, inclusive of the MT are soft and on the grainy side, but the body of the film is fine. It's actually better than the quality one would have seen at the time in projection.

Color is fine. Black levels comfortable. Grain structure (for the body of the film) appears normal, with a pleasant velvety sheen.

While the film certainly has some early '80s attributes, it holds up well for today's audiences, and might be ripe for a re-make, if anyone know who holds the re-make rights.

A quality 4k effort from Severin, the same firm that released the incredibly beautiful restoration of Out of the Blue.

That was the restoration that necessitated reels of OCN to be taped together in order to be scanned. A huge and costly operation, which is rumored to have run well in seven figures - one of the most expensive restorations ever produced.

I'd love to see Severin release more independent 4k, as they're a class act. In addition to the 4k, the set includes, a Blu-ray as well as a CD of the score.

For slipcover addicts, this one is special and probably limited to the first run. Beautiful artwork, with title embossed on the front cover in orange. It's a heavy cover, as the front is double thickness, with an extra layer on the interior.

Image - 4 (HDR)

Audio – 5 (5.1)

Pass / Fail – Pass

Plays nicely with projectors - Yes

Upgrade from Blu-ray - Yes

Makes use of and works well in 4k - 3.25

Highly Recommended

RAH


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Ironically, I just ordered this 4K disc this morning once I found a low enough price along with a 15% coupon that fitted my budget.
 

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I'm hardly the expert but I'm not sure about the color being fine. I'm seeing overly hot sunburnt skin tones that don't seem natural.

Anyone else?
 

Robert Harris

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I'm hardly the expert but I'm not sure about the color being fine. I'm seeing overly hot sunburnt skin tones that don't seem natural.

Anyone else?
Mr. Scott occasionally appeared a bit more toned than other players, who seemed fine. If I was dealing with an unhappy spirit, I might be a bit heated also.
 

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Mr. Scott occasionally appeared a bit more toned than other players, who seemed fine. If I was dealing with an unhappy spirit, I might be a bit heated also.
Scott was pretty darn tan in Firestarter.

...of course he was also supposed to be playing a half-blind Native American in that movie.
 

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This is a wonderful movie and one that I found quite frightening. I'm glad to see it get a quality release.
 

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A marvelous film, and from the day it opened in New York it was acknowledged as being at the higher end of its genre. It helped that Scott was at the top of his game, sober, and took the project seriously.
 

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