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House of the Long Shadows (1983) DVD


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  • Actors: Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, John Carradine, Sheila Keith
  • Directors: Pete Walker
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Subtitles: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Final Cut Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Sep 2012
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006O7G6LA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,292 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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First Time on DVD!

RE-MASTERED

The story takes place deep within the Welsh countryside where there stands a deserted mansion that seems to cast a long shadow over the land. Outside the rain comes down in violent torrents while inside, the musty air hangs undisturbed. Dust on the decrepit furniture is testament to decades of abandonment. Lightning filters through the boarded windows, illuminating the dark shroud that envelops everything, turning each room into an abyss.

Years of quiet vigil are broken by an intruder, a young writer spurred on by a wager, has come seeking solitude and the atmosphere in which he will compose a novel within 24 hours. The house seems a propitious setting for his needs---or is it?

He has arrived on the eve of a strange reunion that unites an ancient family with its cursed existence. He is forewarned of possible danger by a woman who mysteriously enters the strange surroundings.Soon they are both embroiled in the family's secret as one by one the members of the family are murdered and the mystery draws menacingly closer.

Audio commentary with director Pete Walker

Feature length 'making of' documentary - House of The Long Shadows... revisited

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Caramba! on 2 Feb 2012
Format: DVD
Not the greatest or the most frightening of horror thrillers, and it probably won't appeal to today's teenage market, but for the rest of us this one is a real nostalgic gem, featuring as it does the three greats of horror cinema: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and Vincent Price. Renowned horror director Pete Walker directs with his tongue firmly in his cheek, and peppers his tale with frights and laughs in equal measure.

The fact that this is a widescreen edition makes it all the more fantastic, as this is the first official widescreen DVD release of this lost treasure EVER! Not only that, but the extras are superb, with a very detailed and nostalgic making of documentary which is almost as long as the film, and a very interesting director's commentary from Pete Walker.

If only all British horrors of the past were treated with this much care!

Three cheers!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. F. M. on 6 Mar 2012
Format: DVD
as spoken by the greatest master of horror of them all, the late, and always missed, Vincent Price. This movie is simply great. It's possible that I find it so because I watched it at the time of its release, and for me, it had it all. A great plot, an eerie atmosphere, a cool ending and of course, four of the greatest horror legends of them all. And I mean horror, not the scatological bloodbath that the genre became nowadays. This movie is not horror though, but instead a suspense thriller that has no intention of changing the way you see the universe, or to challenge your religious beliefs. No, all it intends to do is to entertain, and entertain it does. So if you want a roller-coaster ride with explosions and shots filled with endless gore, go somewhere else. But if you want honest, smart fun, this might be it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bluesbrother on 9 Oct 2012
Format: DVD
What a delight it is to see this classic film released at long last on Dvd - without doubt one of my all time favourites, bringing together all four classic actors for the first and last time. With great support from Sheila Keith, Julie Peasgood and the rest of the cast, it's a film to relish on many levels, not least because it doesn't take itself too seriously and is all-round enjoyable fun!
There have been a few poor reviews on Amazon but I would suggest that those reviewers didn't really appreciate the charm of the film and the good time that all concerned were having in putting together this classic of the genre. The film and sound quality is excellent so lighten up and enjoy it for what it is!

A special mention must also be made of the "making of" documentary which accompanies the film, where actor and author Derek Pykett has put together a marvellous film reunion with Director Pete Walker, Julie Peasgood and others. As with his other work [ Michael Ripper Unmasked, British Horror Film Locations, The Danzigger Collector's Edition [DVD]] Mr Pykett has spent a considerable amount of time and effort getting together those involved in the film for their memories and anecdotes - all of which proves highly entertaining.
Without his sterling efforts then we fans would have missed out on this - so credit where it's due!!

There is also an audio commentary by Pete Walker and Mr Pykett which is likewise thoroughly enjoyable. In conclusion then, just grab the film on Dvd while you can, enjoy the performances of these great actors, see and listen to how much fun everyone had whilst putting it together and treasure this collection for what it is.
Because you will never see it's like again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ninfilms on 19 Aug 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Not a masterpiece like Frightmare but a great film from Pete Walker which sadly became his swansong movie. The strengths of the film is to see the four horror veterans: Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing & John Carridine. Not forgetting Pete Walker regular Sheila Keith. It's great old fashioned ghost with a touch of comedy with a great script from Michael Armstrong and great score by Richard Hartley and cinematography atmospherically shot by Norman Langley.

If you expecting a slasher or expecting you be disappointed as this film is for passionate film fan. Watch this film with a open mind
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alan Tanski on 27 May 2013
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Not one of the best films but the teaming of Cushing, Lee, Caradine and Price makes this great. This particular pressing is very watchable because I can now see what is going on in a supposedly darkened room. The MGM pressing has the entire screen in almost total blackness during those scenesand it had me scratching my head, wondering what was going on. The people at MGM should be shot, revived and shot again for releasing a really bad copy. It was worth the extra money for the UK pressing. I would stronly suggest buying an all region player so you can enjoy a good quality DVD.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert on 30 Sep 2012
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I watched this DVD and saw this film for the very first time last night. For the film, not quite the usual Pete Walker type of horror; rather slow in comparison to his other films but nevertheless, entertaining. More significant for the appearance of Cushing, Lee & Price, three all-time great masters of horror in a final film together. The atmosphere is creepy enough and altogether good fun. The transfer is very good and an interesting 'making of' feature which is nearly as long as the film! Go for it.
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