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Ghost Stories from the BBC: Whistle and I'll Come to You (1968 + 2010) [DVD]

Sir Michael Hordern (1968) , John Hurt (2010) , Jonathan Miller (1968) , Andy De Emmony (2010)    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Sir Michael Hordern (1968), John Hurt (2010)
  • Directors: Jonathan Miller (1968), Andy De Emmony (2010)
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Aug 2012
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007ZR8ZA8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,110 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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BBC Ghost Stories: Whistle and I'll Come to You (1968 + 2010)+
A film by Jonathan Miller (1968) Andy De Emmony (2010)

As a Christmas treat in the late 1960s and 70s, the BBC produced adaptations of ghost stories based on the works of M R James, the Cambridge academic and author of some of the most spine-tingling tales in the English language, which were broadcast to terrified viewers in the dead of winter. This was a tradition that was briefly revived by the BBC between 2007 and 2010.

These adaptations, which have a subtlety and style all of their own, have been a major influence on many contemporary British horror filmmakers and have come to be some of the most sought after British TV titles by their legions of eager fans.

Whistle and I'll Come to You (1968)
A film by Jonathan Miller
When a sceptical professor, played with eccentric intensity in a brilliant performance by Michael Hordern, finds an old whistle on a Norfolk beach he unleashes a horrifying monster from the depths of his psyche

Whistle and I'll Come to You (2010)
A film by Andy de Emmony
In this 2010 rendering of M R James celebrated ghost story, John Hurt plays James Parkin, a lonely retiree who has left his wife in a nursing home. Troubled by this turn of events, he visits their old holiday haunt, but discovery of a mysterious ring on the beach sparks a series of ghostly encounters and disturbing nightmares which refuse to disappear in the cold light of day.
Atmospheric and emotive, this modern adaptation brings a fascinating new interpretation to an endlessly creepy yarn.

Special features

  • Jonathan Miller and Christopher Frayling discuss Whistle and I'll Come to You (BBC, 2012, 3 mins)
  • M R James original storyOh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad read by Neil Brand (2001, 42 mins)
  • Introduction to Whistle and I'll Come to You by horror writer Ramsey Campbell (2001, 16 mins)
  • Ramsey Campbell reads his own M R James-inspired story The Guide (2001, 27 mins)

UK | 1968 + 2010 | black & white and colour | English language | 42 minutes + 52 minutes | DVD9 | Original aspect ratio 1.33:1 and 2.35:1 (16x9 anamorphic) | Dolby Digital mono audio (320kbps) | Region 2 DVD

Product Description

United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Black & White, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: As a Christmas treat in the late 1960s and 70s, the BBC produced adaptations of ghost stories based on the works of MR James, the Cambridge academic and author of some of the most spine-tingling tales in the English language, which were broadcast to terrified viewers in the dead of winter. This was a tradition that was briefly revived by the BBC between 2007 and 2010. These adaptations, which have a subtlety and style all of their own, have been a major influence on many contemporary British horror filmmakers and have come to be some of the most sought after British TV titles of all time by their legions of eager fans. Volume one in the BFI's BBC Ghost Stories collection pairs both versions of the terrifying Whistle and I'll Come To You: the 1968 adaptation directed by Jonathan Miller and starring Sir Michael Hordern, and the more recent reinterpretation, starring the legendary John Hurt, from 2010. ...Ghost Stories - Volume 1 ( Whistle and I'll Come to You (1968) / Whistle and I'll Come to You (2010) )


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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One great film and one turkey 23 May 2012
Format:DVD
Writer/director Jonathan Miller's adaptation of MR James' Whistle and I'll Come to You is one of the great ghost stories and one of the great TV dramas. It's dark, deeply atmospheric and sharply characterised. Miller takes some liberties with James' original, but his choice to imply rather than show is a lesson that should be learned by many contemporary filmmakers. Some people might find Miller's style too subtle and the pacing a little slow, but this is among my favourite 42 mins of television.

In contrast, the 2010 adaptation was a complete misfire. It's hard to know what attracted the writer and director to James' original as they seem to have thrown almost everything out and both plot and character are radically changed. Dumbed down and unsubtle, it's redeemed only by strong performances from John Hurt and Gemma Jones and good location photography.

Why the BFI has paired these 2 adaptations of the same short story is anyone's guess. It would have been far better to have given us a totally different ghost story (and a good one) as the second half of this double bill. Then it might have felt like value for money.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The classic and the pretender 19 Oct 2012
By Roobarb
Format:DVD
This volume brings two adaptations of M.R.James' tale "Oh Whistle and I'll Come to You, My Lad", seperated by some 42 years. Johnathan Miller's black-and-white version is more of a psychological take on the story, but retains all the classic elements of the original - the disturbance of an ancient artefact, in this case a whistle, triggering a supernatural experience. Aside from the crisp camera work and excellent location shots, the film is memorable for Michael Horden's superb portrayal of the eccentric academic, along with one of the best on-screen representations of a ghost, and sound effects which still have shock value even after repeated viewings.

The second film is a less effective 2010 version, well acted, beautifully shot, but perhaps too contemporary for the material, and owing much to the recent Japanese horror cinema imagery. On it's own, it is a decent film with plenty of atmosphere and an interesting take on the nature of the haunting, though the artefact in question is now a ring, but unfortunately it will for ever be doomed to comparison with the first version.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh Whistle and I'll Come To You My Lad 21 Aug 2012
Format:DVD
The 1968 Jonathan Miller and Michael Horden adaptation of MR James' most celebrated story is one of the greatest supernatural films ever made. Everything about it is perfect, from Horden's portrayal of a man tragically incapable of seeing beyond the realms of reason, to the awful tension of the pursuing figure on the beach, to the final gut-wrenchingly terrifying manifestation of the spirit. A faultless, understated masterpiece of pace, atmosphere and dread that refuses to fade after you turn the lights back on.
This would have got 5 stars were it not for the 2010 adaptation that accompanies the original. More of a nod to the 1968 version, than a remake, it should not have failed with John Hurt's excellent performance. And yet somehow it does. Whilst it has moments of genuine fear it is ultimately disappointing.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic horror at an affordable price finally! 21 Aug 2012
By Paxton
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I'm guessing most people buying these DVDs of the BBC series, "Ghost stories for Christmas", are M R James fans and have been seeking good quality versions of the adaptations. The Miller version of the tale is why we are all going to buy this; and after having watched substandard copies on Youtube I can say the DVD is worth the cost just for this film. Sadly the more recent adaptation has little or no resemblance to the M R James story and is frankly awful; this despite the presence of one of the greatest character actors of all time, John Hurt. The extras are a mixed bag, a three minute "interview with Miller and Frayling is far too short and scarcely worth including. The Ramsey Campbell introduction is poorly filmed with terrible sound quality, as is his reading of one of his own stories (you may wonder as I did why this was included). There is an audio reading of "Oh Whistle..., but it is not the brilliant version done by Michael Hordern which it so clearly should have been! It would surely have been better to include one of the Christopher Lee readings. So in short 5/5 for Miller's film, the image is as good as you are likely to get, 2/5 for the rest of the dvd. There is a nice little booklet with essays and biographies in relation to the stories and films which is the best of the extras.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Adaptation 19 Sep 2012
Format:DVD
I would say that this is a superior screen adaption of M.R. James's best ghost story.

It captures the essence of the original story while tastefully avoiding the temptation to update the plot by sensationalising it or overdoing the supernatural events that take place. Nor does it suffer from the BBC dramatization syndrome of the 60s and 70s. One of the problems with those early television adaptations is that the makers of these productions thought that "dramatising" meant simply adding pictures to text. They assumed that if you were faithful to the events and dialog, and dressed people up in period costume, then it would be a good adaptation. However, the result was often a soulness, mechanical performance that failed to capture the essence of the original.

In contrast, Miller's adaptation of the M.R. James classic "Oh Whistle and I'll come to you my lad" does not do any of those things. It's filmed on location and is refreshingly cinematic in appeal. Instead of trying to follow the story's dialogue word for word, it focuses instead on conveying the soul of the story. There is no music added to accompany the drama. Silence permeates the film, heightened by the sparse dialogue and attention to sounds such as the clinking of cutlery and chairs being moved. Amidst this we hear the rambling thoughts and muttering of the main character - Professor Parkins played by Michael Horden. The silence somehow conveys the existential loniness of Parkins and the infinite and undefinable world he is lost in, symbolised by the stark black and white photography of a remote region of the Norfolk coast. Hordern does an excellent job of bringing the fidgety, crusty college professor character to life, and is a sheer delight to watch as he mumbles and reflects his way through the long scenes.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars good value
very good value, not so long ago this was an expensive item to purchase due to it being a rare film. lots of extras as well
Published 5 months ago by M. Wilkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Ghost Stories from the BBC Whistle and I'll come to You
Bought this for my son who really loved the BBC adaption with John Hurt and had been going on about getting a copy of the DVD so I thought it would be a good present especially as... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kef Morgan
3.0 out of 5 stars Original was surprisingly disappointing.
Having enjoyed all the other titles in the series immensely I must admit that my dislike of the original 1968 version of Whistle & I'll come to you came as a huge surprise. Read more
Published 12 months ago by SllaB war deR
2.0 out of 5 stars i just got today definitive collection. its nothing like i thought....
others sat in a chair. quite crap to be honest. its not played like a short film. 30 quid ive wasted here.
Published 17 months ago by tango
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story
Every Christmas they have a ghost story, this is such a good scary one that must be watched and it's great that you get the original one. Good price.
Published 17 months ago by anita bertola
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing direction
I was brought up with M. R. James' wonderful stories - as well as others in the same genre such as the collections of Lady Cynthia Asquith. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Phil
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly eerie television
This includes both the 1968 and 2010 adaptations of the classic M.R. James ghost story and is worth it for the former alone which makes stunning use of the Norfolk coast's desolate... Read more
Published 19 months ago by ReadInBed
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Adaptation
The adaptation is that, great. However a word of caution, it's rated 12, although in my opinion most 12 years olds would not sleeps for weeks after watching this; it's pretty damn... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars Spooky tales old and new
Not being able to source the 2010 John Hurt version on its own you may like me be tempted to buy this dual version of this creepy tale. Read more
Published 20 months ago by S. C. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars scaring children
Absolutely brilliant. Was looking for proper ghost stories which engage your mind and imagination and this was great. Read more
Published 21 months ago by shazbagz
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