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  • Actors: Jeremy Clyde, Maurice Denham, Cheryl Kennedy, John Justin, Charles Gray
  • Directors: Leslie Megahey
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: BFI Flipside
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Nov. 2013
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00E65SF98
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,294 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Product Description

BFI Flipside presents

SCHALCKEN THE PAINTER (Dual Format Edition)

A film by Leslie Megahey

THE FLIPSIDE: rescuing weird and wonderful British films from obscurity and presenting them in new high-quality editions.

World premiere of this highly sought-after ghost story from the BBC, released in the BFI's acclaimed Flipside series.

An aspiring young painter falls for his patron's niece but forsakes love for ambition when a ghoulish stranger demands her for himself. Adapted from the chilling ghost story by J Sheridan Le Fanu, Schalcken the Painter weaves a fictional tale of terror around the work of real life seventeenth-century Dutch painter, Godfried Schalcken.

Originally screened by the BBC during the dying hours of 23 December 1979 this exquisitely shot, atmospheric horror film explores the uneasy relationship between art, commerce and erotic desire. The superb cast includes Jeremy Clyde (Supernatural) and Maurice Denham (Torture Garden).

Special Features

  • Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
  • The Pit (Edward Abraham, 1962, 27 mins): experimental gothic short, adapted from Edgar Allen Poe's 'The Pit and the Pendulum'
  • Original production sketches for The Pit
  • The Pledge (Digby Rumsey, 1981, 21 mins): three criminals pledge to free the soul of their friend from his gibbeted corpse in this short film based on 'The Highwaymen' by Lord Dunsany
  • Look Into the Dark (2013, 39 mins): interviews with director/writer/producer Leslie Magahey and director of photography John Hooper on the making of Schalcken the Painter
  • Fully illustrated booklet with new essays by Ben Hervey, James Bell and Vic Pratt, complete with film credits
  • UK | 1979 | colour | English language, with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles | 70 minutes | Original aspect ratio 1.33:1 | Region 2 DVD | Region B Blu-ray

    Disc 1: BD50 | 1080p | 24fps | PCM mono audio (48k/16-bit)
    Disc 2: DVD9 | PAL | Dolby Digital mono audio (320kbps)

    Review

    'a real creepy experience and nice to see it in the best possible transfer. Along with the enjoyable extras - fans of 'ghost' genre will be thrilled. Recommended!' --DVD Beaver

    'Highly recommended for any fan of British horror' --Mondo Digital

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sally T on 26 Dec. 2013
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I bought this dvd because it is a ghost story. But what a story! Forget clanging chains, winding sheets etc. This one is a chiller to the marrow. You wake up the next day and you still cannot shake it off, it is visually striking - the scenes reminded me of Vermeer and De Hooch. There is great stillness and very little dialogue, what is emphasised is the greed for gold and ambition to be famous. Schalcken is in love with Dou's niece but he is cold and does not put up a fight for her to save her from the tragedy that was waiting to happen. She is just a pawn in her uncle's hand and he is ready to let her go to the evil rich man for the gold he puts under the old man's nose. Schalcken does not even try to save her when she returns briefly. It is only when its too late Schalcken is aware of his loss. It is a powerful ghost story, but perhaps too powerful for family viewing. Perhaps I would have slept more easily if I had seen the Canterville Ghost instead.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Cheshire Cat on 27 Oct. 2013
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I have been waiting and waiting for this terrifying BBC ghost story to be available on release to the public. Originally shown at Christmas 1979 (when the BBC used to produce high quality Christmas ghost stories on an annual basis), it is absolutely mesmerising and very frightening. The wedding night scene between Rose and her new "husband" is utterly chilling and has remained with me for years. A must see.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Seaburgh TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 20 Nov. 2013
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This classic piece of television is quite rightly considered a masterpiece. Often considered a relative of Lawrence Gordon Clark's Ghost Stories for Christmas since it aired the Christmas after that series ended, it is however quite a different animal.

True, it's a chilling ghost story from Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, writer of the most sublime ghost stories and M.R. James's favourite. This film however takes a much more artistic approach and is a study of Dutch art, its meanings and its creators as much as a dramatic ghost story. Its documentary leanings come from it being part of the Omnibus strand of BBC2 arts programming.

Schalcken's candlelit pictures of dark rooms certainly capture the imagination, and certainly captured Le Fanu's, as it inspired him to create this superb story. Better yet, Leslie Meganhey's film perfectly captures both the feel of the story and the inspiration behind it. This is the perfect adaptation and is completely in tune with the original material, producing a perfect dramatisation.

Every frame of this film is a work of art, with every scene exquisitely composed. It really is like a Dutch master painting come to life. There are lots of wide shots with things happening in all corners. This film needs to be enjoyed several times over, first for the story and then then the beauty of the production, and paused to spot the extra details. This is where the high definition Blu-Ray really excels as it enables this to be enjoyed so much more. There are many superb images in this film but for me the greatest triumph was the candlelit scenes. These capture the magic of the original paintings so well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 20 Jan. 2015
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"His later work, which I promise you will see and remember, seems to have its roots in some private world of dreams, perhaps never otherwise expressed."

Produced as part of the BBC's Omnibus arts documentary strand rather than by its drama department, 1977's Schalcken the Painter feels like a close relation to the channel's revered Ghost Story for Christmas specials. Using Sheridan Le Fanu's 1839 Strange Event in the Life of Schalcken the Painter as its starting point, it weaves a story around the real 17th Century Dutch artist's paintings that's a combination of ghost story and twisted morality play, but those coming to it expecting a conventional horror story are likely to come away disappointed. Director Leslie Megahey's idea was to subvert an art film and turn it into something else, but the art is very much in the foreground, with its story unfolding slowly and subtly, with much of the horror unfolding between the brushstrokes.

It begins with Godfried Schalcken (Jeremy Clyde) a student of Gerrit Dau (Maurice Denham) and quietly in love with the master painter's niece (Cheryl Kennedy) - or, as Charles Gray's narrator notes, "as much as a Dutchman can be." But the appearance of the deathly Vanderhausen (John Justin, looking like a freshly exhumed corpse, his appearances heralded by the creak of a floorboard and always discovered in the frame rather than making an entrance) changes all that when he makes Dau an offer he cannot refuse for her hand: "You need not pledge yourself unnecessarily, but I think when you see the value of my commission you will find it is necessary.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 14 Jan. 2014
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Very good storyline. A masterpiece production . Its as if you are actually within the story, due to the superb photography and spooky
atmosphere. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.....
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