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Haunted [DVD]

Jeremy Brett , Lesley Dunlop , John Irvin , Michael Apted    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jeremy Brett, Lesley Dunlop, Lynne Miller, Stuart Wilson, Angela Thorne
  • Directors: John Irvin, Michael Apted
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Oct 2012
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,878 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Featuring the directorial talents of John Irvin and Michael Apted, and adapted by noted screenwriters Michael Chapman and Julian Bond, these two single plays dramatise spine-chilling tales in which unsuspecting characters are plunged into the realm of the supernatural. Originally airing over the Christmas period in 1974, both plays are released here for the first time in any format.

Kingsley Amis's The Ferryman stars Jeremy Brett as a young writer who escapes for a weekend in the country, only to find that his hotel increasingly comes to bear a resemblance to the setting of his bestselling novel; bafflement turns to alarm as he realises he may have to face the terrifying climax of his own story.

Elizabeth Taylor's Poor Girl is the story of an Edwardian governess who leaves home to take up her first post as a governess, but finds herself trapped in a house whose strange forces threaten to engulf her.

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pre Halloween Treats 22 Oct 2012
By Adrian Drew TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This welcome release of two made-for-TV supernatural short films features well written and expertly directed adaptations of short stories by Kingsley Amis and Elizabeth Taylor. 'The Ferryman' (1974), Amis's tale, very reminiscent of his supernatural novel "The Green Man", stars the talented Jeremy Brett as a youngish writer, who has some decidedly unpleasant "literary" adventures as he goes to a country house hotel for a break and finds it very reminiscent of the location of his latest hit novel. This beautifully constructed 50 mt film which revells in the follies of the publishing world so central to Amis's own life, has some excellent atmosphere and very solid performances from the fine supporting cast. 'Poor Girl' (1974), based on the Elizabeth Taylor's story, tells of an Edwardian governess, played by Lynne Miller, who has some equally unpleasant visions in another "old dark house". Even more ambitious than The Ferryman its period detail and location coupled with an extraordinarily daring psycho-sexual plot reminiscent of Henry James's The Turn of The Screw ensure this is certainly not a traditional ghost story but rather a decidedly perverse and memorable tale in its own right. Although both pieces are clearly dated, and with very variable and unrestored picture quality, ( Poor Girl is by far the better print) these atmospheric adaptations, originally released over the Christmas period, are rare little gems and equally appropriate viewing for the dark autumn night's leading up to Halloween! They demonstrate just how imaginative British television once was and what you could achieve on limited budgets, and without CGI, if your script, direction and actors were all first rate!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ghost stories for Christmas 26 Oct 2012
By downkiddie TOP 500 REVIEWER
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These well-crafted films made by Granada Television were shown on ITV over Christmas 1974, the same Christmas the BBC broadcast their dramatisation "The Treasure of Abbott Thomas" by M.R. James. These films are quite different in style but no less entertaining.

Kingsley Amis's "The Ferryman" stars Jeremy Brett as an author whose novel seems to be unfolding in real life in front of his eyes. Atmospherically shot in a country inn, it has a creepy feel and the growing sense of unease as life imitates art.

The second story is a period piece, Elizabeth Taylor's "Poor Girl". The Edwardian governess with precocious and just slightly sinister child recalls Henry James's "The Turn of the Screw", with slightly unsettling scenes and a real sense of unease, though many of the terrors here are more earthly. A more subtle ghost story than the first one, but both make use of pyschological drama rather than overt shock elements.

Both have a cinematic feel and are well acted and produced. A very welcome release on DVD, these are highly enjoyable tales and whilst not quite having the magic of some of the 70s ghost story films are certainly chilling in all the right places and very interesting. The film is a little battered here and there though picture quality is good, though there are no subtitles nor bonus features on the DVD.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good addition 4 Nov 2012
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I can vaguely remember these two plays from my childhood and it's great to see them again.If you like your ghost stories then this is a good addition to your collection but there are many better "The Green Man","Stone Tapes" "Casting The Runes" but if,like me,you love anything ghostly from t.v. gone by then this is a must.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Haunted my review 5 Jun 2013
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2x class acts here why dont they make program-mes like this anymore,i would recommend most highly,not just from a nostalgic sense these stories still hold up today
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3.0 out of 5 stars One for the Connoisseur 16 Jan 2014
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Not much to add to the other reviews; both are actually good stories, although the second one is not really about ghosts. The quality of 'The Ferryman' print is markedly poorer than "Poor Girl' but the acting is great and they're worth watching just for that. The special effects are of their time shall we say!

The most interesting thing for me in some ways is just how dated the 1970s now appear, even to someone who grew up in them; it's quite amusing how the rebellious young writer in 'The Ferryman' wears a suit, dresses for dinner, has sherry before, whiskey after etc etc. Very traditional but then Kingsley Amis (who wrote the story) was more of a 1950s guy.

The DVD is a bit disappointing, apart from the poor reproduction; there are no extras, so it seems as if it was produced as cheaply as possible. I personally don't think these two are any where near as good as the BBC MR James series but worth watching if you like ghost stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 13 April 2013
By Jovita
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Fully entretaining ghost and mistery story with fascinating atmosphere providing ( yet ) another great performance by our fondly missed Jeremy Brett. Absolute must-have for any of his numerous fans and anyone who generally appreciates good genuine british acting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars worth having! 9 Feb 2013
By Thomas
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worth having ifyou collect tv ghost dramas its not great by any means prob. just averidge but they are quite rare now
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