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Dead Of Night [DVD]

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  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: ELEVATION
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000I5XNDI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,997 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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103 of 105 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Awful transfer! 31 Jan 2007
By Cudsie
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
As mentioned before this truly is a British Classic and it is great that it has been made available on DVD. The film shows just what can be accomplished with minimal special effects and budget yet still come across as totally captivating and in some parts downright nerve tingling.

Where this DVD suffers tho is in its presentation which is shoddy and shows a total lack of care, appreciation and understanding of the product.

The transfer is from the original VHS release from over 10 years ago now and it has in no way been properly remastered or restored. As to be expected the image is softer than you expect for new transfers and there are many blemishes and frame splices and cuts from the old print. These can be forgivable however the sound is atrocious. Wooly, muffly, distorted and heavily dampened down to eliminate the inherent hiss of the RCA original this audio really lets the film down.

I will say tho that it is slightly better than the even worse print that Channel 4 has shown in the past!

A great pity.
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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars try for a better transfer 24 May 2007
By Steve
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Great film but, as other reviewers have noted, this transfer is very poor. You will get a much better transfer if you buy the region 1 Dead of Night/The Queen of Spades double release available from amazon marketplace sellers or from
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Room for one more inside...' 15 Sep 2007
I've seen this classic film almost every time it's been shown on TV for the last 30 years, and it's great to be able to have a permanent copy for one's DVD library. Perhaps because the TV prints have always been poor, I'm not so bothered about the print quality as others seem to be (although the sound is rough in places). Sure, this deserves to have the full restoration business done, but that is very expensive, and I've been disappointed in the past with some American issues of classic films (NTSC to PAL conversion?) so I haven't tried that avenue. Yet.

To the film itself. I am concerned that younger viewers coming new to this film may have unreasonable expectations; it has dated certainly, having a very middle-class 30's/40's Englishness about it that may put some viewers off straight away. This of course would be a terrible shame. Ealing Studios themselves did it no favours by having as a poster (reproduced on the DVD box) a depiction of some weird monster- completely misleading as these are human, psychological, tales.

Over the years, I've asked people what their favourite of the five (six?) separate stories is. Although everyone remembers Michael Redgrave's fine performance with the ventriloquist's dummy, it is The Mirror which is remarked on more than you might expect. This is I think the deepest tale in terms of character development, and we really get drawn into the drama gradually unfolding. I've also always had a soft spot for the delightful Naunton/Wayne golf sequence, a gentle comedy in the middle of the film - giving us a breather before we get inexorably dragged towards that astonishing climax; as surreal as anything you will see in British cinema.

At its current preposterously low price I would snap this up. A better U.K. transfer may come along some day, but this will do in the meantime.

So go on, join Mervyn Johns, and visit Pilgrim's Farm.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Ealing 2 April 2005
Ealing may well be better known for its Ealing Comedy series but this quadruple set of films are excellent from direction to acting.
These period films somewhat represent old post war Britain with the quaint traditions, pleasantness and Received Pronounciation accents and dialogue. Certainly a trip down memory lane.
All of the films are well acted and interesting though personal taste is fundemental in liking any of them.
I wont go into the storylines as they are best watched with no preconcieved ideas.
My favourite in this series has to be Dead of Night. It is with true credit that the acting and direction of this film make it a Ealing classic. Without resorting to blood and guts effects, it conveys the real sense of intrigue and supernatural happenings that does keep you entertained throughout the film. It is more ghost story than horror, but thats fine in my opinion.
Unlike a lot of modern Hollywod films, it not pretending anything other and it is not altering history in favour of the American Empire!
I would recommend this series to anyone interested in the genre of Ealing films.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary 21 Oct 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
The new types of horror films cannot hold a candle to this very creepy film. The lack of blood and guts, that modern film makers feel they need to put into new films, I feel adds to the tension.The final scene is the kind of nightmare we all dread.
The tale of the mirror is truly hair raising, I felt the hairs on the back of my neck raise on more than one occasion during the film.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally available! 26 Nov 2006
By Tony Jones VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This film scared me as a teenager when I saw it on TV. Many years later it scared me again. Finally I have it on DVD and it can now scare me again whenever I want.

The film itself is stitched together like a quilt from a set of individual stories all of which show that horrow needs merely acting and writing, not CGI. I defy anyone to watch this and ever be comfortable with ventriloguist's dummies again;-)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
From an era when sheer cinematic skill rather than so-called special effects could create a chilling atmosphere and a sense of the macabre, Dead of Night is one of my favourite films. The golfing episode is, I think, under-rated. The wintry and almost deserted golf club provides a truly eerie setting. The episode also provides the film's most surreal image: that of Naunton Wayne appearing in full golfing gear among the wedding party. That touch of incongruity is truly Magrittian.
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5.0 out of 5 stars classic
A great classic from ealing film's,a early triology of horror ,hammer horror and amicus would be proud,all good tales the dummy being the best and scariest,you don't need blood and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by the reader
5.0 out of 5 stars THE KING OF ANTHOLOGY FILMS!!!
For any Hammer or Amicus fan you must buy this movie. Dead of Night is an anthology that influenced films like
Dr Terrors House of Horror, Tales from the Crypt, Vault of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Grosse Pointe Vampire
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Very old DVD, but a great story. Lots of little films in one. If you haven't seen this, get it & watch it.
Published 4 months ago by MARK HAMMERSLEY
5.0 out of 5 stars Triple Shocker.
Hence the word "triple." Three classic horror stories. My favourite story is the one starring Michael Redgrave as the ventriloquist. Read more
Published 4 months ago by TIV
5.0 out of 5 stars A shiver from the past.
How many modern horror or ghost films can match this epic from the 1940's?.

A film to snuggle up to your partner and watch with at least one light on!. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Paul King
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic horror tales
Dead of Night is a classic British horror film from the late 40's, it's fun watching old horror films (good ones at least! Read more
Published 6 months ago by M. Brookes
5.0 out of 5 stars a stunning view
Dead of night is one i recall from long-ago childhood. Half-remembered but with certain scenes imprinted on my memory; the group of people gathered together, the strange dreams,... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Miss T
4.0 out of 5 stars just for fun
I purchased this DVD for my husband, after being told about it by my son. My husband enjoyed watching it
Published 10 months ago by Mrs C
5.0 out of 5 stars BOO
one of the best pics from back in the scared the life out of me as a kid But what happy mermories
Published 13 months ago by Dean Garside
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as I remembered
Although this is the lesser quality production, the better quality was just not within our price range. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mrs. Avril Howe
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