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Haunting [DVD] [1963] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0045HCJJE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,991 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Andromeda Waerdnotte on 29 Dec. 2010
Format: DVD
Although dated in may ways this offering from Robert Wise is a perfectly constructed gothic horror movie. Making allowances for the lack of modern special effects the film is an early take on the idea of the haunted house as a character in the story. Wise and writer Gidding base the story around the interaction of the four main characters and the horror is very much about suggestion. As Wise says in the commentary, the film is really about one woman's descent into mental illness, rather than a haunted house story. Hints of future Horror classics such as Evil Dead and Blair Witch Project are obvious in the narrative structure and characterisation, yet Wise and Gidding don't give in to the more obvious horror movie histrionics we would find a mere ten years later in movies such as The Exorcist.

The commentary is well worth a listen, particularly for the thoughts and anecdotes of Richard Johnson, who plays Dr Markway, (apparently considered for the part of the first James Bond!) and the insights into Julie Harris' state of mind and relationship with the rest of the cast during the making of the film. Presently being sold for £2.79 on Amazon, you just can't go wrong. An absolute classic.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Adrian Drew TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Nov. 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Although not as sharp as I remember the original print to be, this new blu ray delivers a more than acceptable image, the gray scale is fine, and the sound is solid, if unremarkable, too. Shot in England, rather than New England where the film/novel is set, the strange opening shots of the car driving through the "American" countryside (Kent?) don't ring true at all, with some very ordinary British houses standing in for their colonial counterparts! However, once the old dark house is entered, ( a more convincing venue) things take off quite nicely. Some splendid acting, (Harris and Bloom are particularly effective) and a good script, deliver well and with a slow-burn sophistication generally missing from this genre - although the film never truly generates the true terror required and many of the "shock" moments are curiously "mishandled" or more likely sacrificed to the creation of the "poetry" that permeates the look and feel of this extraordinary film - and Shirly Jackson's famous novel. That said, along with "The Innocents" it still remains one of the great "haunted house" movies (way superior to the ludicrously over the top re/make) and it will certainly please many fans to have this upgraded transfer. However younger, or new viewers, be aware this film is very different to contemporary horror movies - it's as much about character and "repression" as it is about ghosts and hauntings - and it's very "slow" too - so do not expect a traditional "thriller" or rollercoaster ride - or you could be very disappointed.
It's also deliberately shot in black and white too.... The perfect medium for some people like me ... But not others!
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Willow on 19 Nov. 2009
Format: DVD
You know, if you look at the horror genre today (because horror is what it is all about; in bucket loads) there seems to be something missing. When was the last time you were truly scared whilst watching a movie? Screen writers today, seem to concentrate far too much on CGI and tidal waves of blood and guts to cover for a poor and shallow script performed by equally poor actors. Nobody seems to know anymore how to put a good shocker together. Gone are the genuine scares, to be replaced by instantly forgettable, shallow scripted nonsense.

I have always held true, it is not what you see on screen, it is what you do not see, that generates the shocks. This technique is put to excellent use in The Haunting of Hill House, to give it its original title. The unseen menace that haunts this Gothic mansion, is atmospherically played out with minimum effects, other than sound and lighting used to perfection.

The mental state of Eleanor, played quite brilliantly by Julie Harris, is laid bare and brought it to question quite early in the movie and escalates in to full blown hysteria toward the end. What starts as a paranormal investigation, soon spirals into terror for Eleanor, as she is singled out by the entity, who is hell bent on claiming her soul.

A great movie and well worth the meagre asking price.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JK TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Aug. 2014
Format: DVD
"It was an evil house from the beginning, a house that was born bad."

A Metro-Goldwyn Mayer production. Produced and directed by Robert Wise. Starring; Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson, Russ Tamblyn. Based on the novel 'The Haunting of Hill House' by Shirley Jackson.

'The Haunting' is still one of the best horror/supernatural films. I originally watched it in the early 1970s and it terrified me. Even now, I've watched the DVD many times since, the scenes of poltergeist activity and haunting give me a chill. They're genuinely eerie. There's a growing feeling of claustrophobia made all the more believable due to the small cast.

The spirits of Hill House are hounding down a group of eccentric individuals bought into the house by a 'scientist' to study supernatural phenomenon. The problem is; one of them wasn't selected for the research. One of them was chosen by the house!.

In the novel it's made pretty clear insanity plays a role in what's to come. In the film those themes are kept subtle. It's all about the house. There's no doubt something evil is stalking the group, searching for someone or something but who?. What's the link?.

The scene setting is excellent. The house is brilliantly bought to life. Slamming doors, long twisting corridors, cold spots and a nursery that seems to beat with an evil heart of it's own. Spine chilling stuff but; The Haunting is more than that. There's an excellent story working it's way through and the cast interact beautifully with one another.

The book and the film are very different. The film highlights haunting and the paranormal while the novel concentrates on the characters, their growing paranoia and the influence of their environment. It's much more subtle.
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