Village of the Damned (1960)- coming from WAC

3 Stars

VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED (1960)
NEW 2018 1080p HD MASTER
Run Time 77:00
Subtitles English
DTS HD-Master Audio 2.0 MONO – English
ORIGINAL ASPECT RATIO – 1.78:1, 16 X 9 WIDESCREEN
B&W
BD 50
Special Features: Commentary by Chronicles of Terror – Silent Screams Author Steve Haberman; HD Trailer

From its seemingly placid opening, Village of the Damned keeps piling one eerie and disquieting detail upon another, creating the rarest of achievements – an utterly believable masterpiece of horror!

Starring the ever-imperturbable George Sanders (who does not remain that way for long), this classic, havoc-filled take of mind reading and hypnotism will have you complete hypnotized…and shaken to the core! The “monsters” of this film are a band of innocent-faced, platinum-blond children, all of whom are born in a small, peaceful village on the same day. Their rapid physical development is matched by their fast-growing mental powers, and with calm, bloodcurdling efficiency, they are soon terrorizing the tiny hamlet. They Can read the thoughts that are forming in your mind…which makes them an altogether unstoppable enemy. Capped by a mental “tug of war” you will never forget, Village of the Damned is “an extremely compelling, startling picture!” (New York Post). FB_IMG_1529531359462.

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38 Comments

  1. Billy Batson

    I don't want to sound ungrateful, but I do think they could have included The Children Of The Damned as well, just like the DVD set.

    Would have been cool (and logical…both films are very short), but I don't know as I could handle so many great announcements in one month! :banana:

    Only caveat…wasn't DARK OF THE SUN announced and, if so, is that still coming?

  2. Billy Batson

    I don't want to sound ungrateful, but I do think they could have included The Children Of The Damned as well, just like the DVD set.

    WB probably forgot that there is a sequel to this film most likely. When it comes to how they release titles, I have a feeling they're just drawing names at random from a hat.

  3. Dick

    Would have been cool (and logical…both films are very short), but I don't know as I could handle so many great announcements in one month! :banana:

    Only caveat…wasn't DARK OF THE SUN announced and, if so, is that still coming?

    I asked about Dark of the Sun….they said its still coming but no firm release date yet. Hoping for July since they've only announced 3 titles today

  4. When this film was released in 1960, it played on a double bill with the tedious, LET'S MAKE LOVE. I became obsessed with it, and paid to see it,16 times. I'm still obsessed with it. I couldn't be more thrilled with this news.

  5. John Maher_289910

    When this film was released in 1960, it played on a double bill with the tedious, LET'S MAKE LOVE. I became obsessed with it, and paid to see it,16 times. I'm still obsessed with it. I couldn't be more thrilled with this news.

    so you are saying that when my twilight title and this arrive at the house , i can relive the magic……..

  6. dana martin

    so you are saying that when my twilight title and this arrive at the house , i can relive the magic……..

    Haha! I forgot they released that. Yes. You can pretend you're at The Iris Theater on Kensington Avenue, in Philadelphia, PA on a raining December night in 1960!

  7. Billy Batson

    I don't want to sound ungrateful, but I do think they could have included The Children Of The Damned as well, just like the DVD set.

    This will be a day one purchase for me, I love this film. But like you, I wish they would have included the sequel. I guess I'll be hanging onto the DVD.

  8. AnthonyClarke

    The DVD was good quality but in the end was a downer as the children's eyes didn't give out their evil golden glow at seminal moments. I would hope that special effect makes it through to the Blu ray!

    I'm sorry – what??? The film on the DVD is what it always was and the glow is there every time it should be.

  9. Good to see Mr. Haberman is providing a commentary, which I believe is debuting on this Blu-ray. Nice that WAC is adding special content for these classic releases. Thanks again, Mr. Feltenstein and Co.

  10. atfree

    I asked about Dark of the Sun….they said its still coming but no firm release date yet. Hoping for July since they've only announced 3 titles today

    We need to keep in mind that we have been somewhat spoiled by the months when WAC did release four Blu's on a given month. For a long while, when they first started up the program, it was uncertain if we would get even one each month. Lately it's been erratic, and I have also wondered what was up. But they'll give us what they give us, and I doubt our expectations that every month will bring four new titles, as nice as that would be, might well be presumptuous.

  11. Yup, it's not so much numbers, it's films that you want, & this month it's two out of three for me which is pretty good going. But didn't Warner post on their Facebook page that this could be the busiest year for releases yet, so I'm thinking lots of releases in the second half of the year.

  12. AnthonyClarke

    The DVD was good quality but in the end was a downer as the children's eyes didn't give out their evil golden glow at seminal moments. I would hope that special effect makes it through to the Blu ray!

    What DVD do you mean? The only DVD I've seen (which includes CHILDREN OF THE DAMNED) has the the glowing eyes, exactly as they were during its original theatrical release.

  13. I'll have to get it out and check again … but I don't remember the spot-colour effect of gold … more a glow within the black and white spectrum. Mind you, I'm remembering the original cinematic screening which, if my memory isn't playing up, did include that colour effect, much like the impact of a sudden colour-hit in Hitchcock's 'Spellbound'.

  14. AnthonyClarke

    I'll have to get it out and check again … but I don't remember the spot-colour effect of gold … more a glow within the black and white spectrum. Mind you, I'm remembering the original cinematic screening which, if my memory isn't playing up, did include that colour effect, much like the impact of a sudden colour-hit in Hitchcock's 'Spellbound'.

    I never saw anything but black and white, which is perfectly fine.

  15. Maybe it is my memory. Who knows… in the twisted reaches of the brain I might be remembering the original cover of the hardback edition of the book 'The MIdwich Cuckoos'. Memory is an elusive thing ….
    Sorry for twisting up everyone else's brain .. but it's a damn good memory to have, even if not real.

  16. AnthonyClarke

    I'll have to get it out and check again … but I don't remember the spot-colour effect of gold … more a glow within the black and white spectrum. Mind you, I'm remembering the original cinematic screening which, if my memory isn't playing up, did include that colour effect, much like the impact of a sudden colour-hit in Hitchcock's 'Spellbound'.

    Could you be remembering John Carpenter's 1995 color remake?
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  17. Good thought … but I never saw the remake. Only the original. I think I'm remembering the dust-jacket of the original British edition of 'The Midwich Cuckoos'.
    This shows, I think, why so many threads here get bogged down with things like 'I remember the original 70mm presentation of 'Gone with the Wind' with 16-track surround sound'…….

  18. Yep. I had that exact paperback. Amazing how seeing that cover brings instant recognition after all these decades. Hard to believe that I was only 10 or 11 when I read it. Who would let their 10 year old read such a book today? But back in the day, I could read whatever I wanted. The only book my parents ever took away from me and I was probably 13 or 14 at the time was “The Amboy Dukes”.

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