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Ghost & Mrs Muir [Blu-ray] [1947] [US Import]

Rex Harrison , George Sanders    Blu-ray
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rex Harrison, George Sanders
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Full Screen, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Dec 2013
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00FLML65A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,319 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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From Amazon.co.uk

Joseph Mankiewicz's moody 1947 classic The Ghost and Mrs Muir is less a ghost story than a romantic fantasy, a handsome drama of impossible love.

Independent young widow Lucy Muir (the luminous Gene Tierney), desperate to escape her uptight in-laws, falls in love with a grand seaside house and moves in, only to discover the cantankerous ghost of the hot-tempered Captain Gregg (a histrionically flamboyant performance by Rex Harrison). Lucy refuses to let the bombastic captain frighten her away, earning his respect, his friendship, and later his love. They team up to turn the captain's salty memoirs into a bestseller, but as his affection grows he fades away, leaving Lucy free to undertake a more worldly suitor, notably a charismatic children's author (George Sanders at his smarmy smoothest) with his own guarded secret. Charles Lang's melancholy black-and-white photography and Bernard Herrmann's haunting score set the tone for this sublime adult drama, and Tierney delivers one of her most understated performances as the resolute Mrs Muir, Mankiewicz turns this ghost story into a refreshingly mature and down-to-earth romance. --Sean Axmaker



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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. 3 Dec 2005
Format:DVD
The idea that love lives on after death has always appealed to the imaginations of cinema-goers as has been shown, in recent years especially, by the success of such movies as Ghost and Truly, Madly, Deeply, but fifty- odd years before these supernatural love stories were released, there was The Ghost and Mrs Muir.
Released in May 1947, and based quite closely on the 1945 book of the same name, The Ghost and Mrs Muir tells the story of Lucy Muir a young widow who decides she's had enough of having her life led for her by other people and sets off to make her own way in the world. Choosing the Cornish coastline as the location in which to begin her new life Lucy rents the charming Gull Cottage claiming the stories of its being haunted to be nonsense. However, when the ghost of Captain Daniel Gregg manifests itself in her kitchen Lucy is forced to start believing in the supernatural and, despite their differences, she and Captain Greg strike up a friendship which eventually turns to love.
The Ghost and Mrs Muir is an utterly enchanting film with much of its magic lying in the stunning performances given by its top-notch cast. Rex Harrison's plays the surly and argumentative Captain Gregg whose temper and demeanour softens as his friendship with Lucy grows. Harrison is wonderful as the Captain playing him as a strong masculine figure, a genuine man's man and man of the world, although his seaman's accent is a little over the top at times. Gene Tierney's Lucy Muir is beautiful and headstrong yet gentle and naive; the perfect foil to Harrison's Captain Gregg and the chemistry between the two is a joy to behold. George Sanders, too, is ideally cast as Lucy's smarmy suitor Miles Fairley.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A ghostly love story 7 Oct 2000
By Lynette Baines VINE VOICE
Format:VHS Tape
I love movies about impossible love, and this is one of my favourites. Lucy Muir, a young widow with a daughter, moves into Gull Cottage by the sea, and encounters the ghost of the former owner, Captain Gregg. He tries to frighten her into leaving, but she stays, and they fall in love. The beautiful soundtrack is full of the sounds of the sea, the seagulls and the melancholy of a love story which can't be resolved. Rex Harrison and Gene Tierney are perfect in their roles, and the supporting cast are wonderful, particularly Edna Best as Martha.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What is life but love? 26 Aug 2007
By Plug
Format:DVD
I challenge anyone to engage fully with this movie and not be moved to tears. Forget George Sanders in his trademark cad role - wonderful though he is. The real heart of this movie is the relationship between Gene Tierney's determined widow and Rex Harrison as the ghostly sea Captain. There's something about this etheral love that simply transcends description and touches the immortal nature of love as a meaning for life. Watch it. Get involved. But keep the tissues to hand.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Triumph of love over death 25 Oct 2005
Format:DVD
This is a beautiful movie that works on many fronts. Lucie is a a strong independent lady living in an age where such women are not accepted by society.
Despite this she follows her true heart in first rejecting the inferior position her in-laws would have her accept, and then betraying all conventional wisdom by falling in love with a Ghost. The Ghost (Rex Harrison) is the only person who really understands her, but in his own way is really also a reflexion of her.
The Moral: be true to yourself.
The Story: A beatiful love story - for true romantics only.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romantic Comedies Don't Come Better Than This. 5 Jun 2005
Format:DVD
Edwardian widow, Gene Tierney, flees her overbearing in-laws to buy a small cottage by the sea. With small daughter and maid in tow, the formidable Mrs Muir sets up home in this idyllic setting. However, the house is haunted by the ghost of a sea captain, who doesn't much care for women invading, what he still sees, as his home.
At first, the uncouth captain (played with bearded handsomeness by Rex Harrison) tries to scare off the beautiful widow, but to no avail. She is tough and unmoving. A bickering friendship then begins to develop between the prim lady and the worldly-wise sailor. She agrees to write the captain's memoirs for him (a great success). Gradually unspoken feelings begin to deepen between the two, despite the obvious impossibility of their relationship.
Eventually Mrs. Muir meets a charming writer who manages to seduce her. You know this guy is no good, because he's played by George Sanders (the arch cad of many Hollywood films).
What I love about this film is that it starts off as a light comedy, but as the film progresses, the mood darkens, and then darkens again. The years roll by, while Bernard Herrman's romantic and doom-laiden music, crashes like waves on a beach.
The ending is tragic, uplifting and very, very moving.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By R. F. Stevens HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison capture our hearts, George Sanders tries to steal them away, but Rex Harrison is a ghost, slowly fading into non-existence. This is an impossible love story that cannot fail to move us.

The stunningly beautiful photography from Charles Lang was nominated for the 1947 Academy Award, and the outstanding score by Bernard Hermann should also have been. The direction by Joseph L Mankiewicz is excellent and the characters and their actions seem entirely natural, especially the abrasive sea captain who cannot quite control his coarseness in the presence of a genteel lady.

The Amazon summary and synopsis almost tell us too much, but having watched the film on TV a couple of times, we knew the story and still bought our own copy to be able to continue to enjoy it, especially since there is less and less worth watching on any TV these days.

The print is only B&W and shown in 4:3 with 2.0 `Stereo' sound, but the quality is as good as one might expect from 35mm, and one soon forgets this as the story and characters come to life and take a firm grip on our attention.

We find that a dark and wet and windy winter's night makes the perfect backdrop to watching this in the snug of our living room, and we always have tears in our eyes at the end.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film. Seen it before but good to see ...
Great film. Seen it before but good to see it again .
Published 7 days ago by sharman whitehead
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming romantic comedy
This film is about a widow (Gene Tierney) that rents a house by the sea. It turns out that the house previously was owned by a crusty old sea captain ( Rex Harrison) who is... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Jules T
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Gene Tierney looks magnificent and Rex Harrison as the salty seadog with a bit of a thing for her.
Published 13 days ago by Flibberty
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Film
I realy love this film its a classic and stands the test of time, with great acting and story line very watchable
Published 15 days ago by KMH
2.0 out of 5 stars George Sanders and Bernard Herrmann
Despite the fact that George Sanders appears in this film, and Bernard Herrmann provides the scores, it still does not lift it to an engaging and entertaining film. I was bored.
Published 23 days ago by Samuel Barber
5.0 out of 5 stars great dvd
This is one of the best black and white films. I liked the story and the romance of the film, rex harrison is great in this
Published 29 days ago by leeds
4.0 out of 5 stars Bernard Herrmann's The Ghost and Mrs. Muir” (1947) –“poetic, unique,...
Bernard Herrmann described himself not as a “film composer”, but “a composer who worked in film” [1]. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gerard Dadswell
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Film
This is one of my favourite films and I still love it as much now as I did when I was a kid. The story is a real good one and it's a great family film too. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Coincidence Vs Fate
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Perfect for use, it met my expectations.
Very Good price What more could you ask for.
I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys old TV shows or films. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Doc SHRadio
5.0 out of 5 stars Unspooky goings on by the sea.
Although in Black & White, this is a very atmospheric and enjoyable film acted with a skill that made for enjoyable viewing by my mother and I.
Published 4 months ago by Paul
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