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Ghost Stories for Christmas (Expanded 6-Disc Collection Box Set) [DVD]

Michael Hordern , John Hurt , Jonathan Miller , Lawrence Gordon Clark    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Michael Hordern, John Hurt, Peter Vaughan, Robert Hardy, Christopher Lee
  • Directors: Jonathan Miller, Lawrence Gordon Clark
  • Format: Box set, 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: 6
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Oct 2013
  • Run Time: 796 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009XD7M2Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,895 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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GHOST STORIES FOR CHRISTMAS
EXPANDED SIX - DISC COLLECTION

Broadcast in the dying hours of Christmas Eve, the BBC's A Ghost Story for Christmas series was a fixture of the seasonal schedules throughout the 1970s and spawned a long tradition of chilling tales which terrified yuletide viewers for decades to come.

This expansive box set collects over 13 hours' worth of content, including all 12 episodes of the classic A Ghost Story for Christmas series, the entire Classic Ghost Stories series (presented by Robert Powell), the M R James episodes of Spine Chillers (presented by Michael Bryant), and three of the Ghost Stories for Christmas with Christopher Lee instalments from 2000. Also included is a 48-page booklet with essays and full credits

DISC ONE

  • Whistle and I'll Come to You (1968, 42 mins); Whistle and I'll Come to You (2010, 52 mins)
  • Jonathan Miller and Christopher Frayling discuss the 1968 version (2012, 3 mins)
  • Introduction to the 1968 version by horror writer Ramsey Campbell (2001, 16 mins)
  • MR James original story read by Neil Brand (2001, 42 mins)
  • Ramsey Campbell reads his own M R James inspired story The Guide (2001, 27 mins)

DISC TWO

  • The Stalls of Barchester (1971, 45 mins); A Warning to the Curious (1972, 50 mins)
  • Filmed introductions by director Lawrence Gordon Clark (2012, 10 + 12 mins)
  • Ghost Stories for Christmas with Christopher Lee The Stalls of Barchester by M R James and A Warning to the Curious by MR James (2000, Eleanor Yule, 2 x 30 mins)

DISC THREE

  • Lost Hearts (1973, 35 mins); The Treasure of Abbot Thomas (1974, 37 mins); The Ash Tree (1975, 32 mins)
  • Filmed introduction by Lawrence Gordon Clark (2012, 11 mins + 11 mins + 8 mins)

DISC FOUR

  • The Signalman (1976, 39 mins); Stigma (1977, 32 mins); The Ice House (1978, 34 mins)
  • Filmed introductions by Lawrence Gordon Clark (2012, 11 mins + 9 mins)

DISC FIVE

  • A View from a Hill (2005, 39 mins); Number 13 (2006, 40 mins)
  • Ghost Stories for Christmas with Christopher Lee - Number 13 by MR James (2000, Eleanor Yule, 30 mins)

DISC SIX

  • Classic Ghost Stories The Mezzotint , The Ash-Tree , Wailing Well , The Rose Garden and Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad (1986, 5 x 14 mins)
  • Spine Chillers 'The Mezzotint' , 'A School Story' and 'The Diary of Mr Poynter' (1980, 3 x 11 mins)

UK | 1968-2010 | colour (one black & white programme)| English language, with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles | 830 minutes total | 6 x DVD9 | Original aspect ratios 1.33:1 and 1.78:1 (16x9 anamorphic) | Dolby Digital audio (320 kbps)

Product Description

United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Black & White, Box Set, Interactive Menu, Multi-DVD Set, Remastered, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: This newly re-packaged and expanded Ghost Stories for Christmas 6-DVD box set from the BFI incudes a total of 20 spine-tingling adaptations of the stories of M R James, plus three additional Ghost Stories for Christmas, broadcast on the BBC between 1968 and 2010 Highlights include Jonathan Miller's Whistle and I'll Come to You (1968), Lawrence Gordon Clark's A Warning to the Curious (1972) and the Andrew Davies adaptation of Charles Dicken's The Signalman (1976). 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 regarded as some of the most acclaimed and brilliant British TV titles of all time. Disc One: Whistle and I'll Come to You (1968); Whistle and I'll Come to You (2010) Disc Two: The Stalls of Barchester (1971); A Warning to the Curious (1972) Disc Three: Lost Hearts (1973); The Treasure of Abbot Thomas (1974); The Ash Tree (1975) Disc Four: The Signalman (1976); Stigma (1977); The Ice House (1978) Disc Five: A View from a Hill (2005); Number 13 (2006) Disc Six: Classic Ghost Stories 1986 (Robert Powell reads The Mezzotint, The Ash Tree, Wailing Well, The Rose Garden and Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad) ...Ghost Stories For Christmas - 6-DVD Box Set ( Whistle and I'll Come to You (1968 & 2010) / The Stalls of Barchester / A Warning to the Curious / Lost Hearts / The Treasure of Abbot Thomas / The Ash Tree / The Signalman / Stigma / The Ice Ho

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHISTLING TOWARD THE GRAVEYARD (a U.S. review) 13 April 2014
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As an American, I inevitably failed to see the "Ghost Stories for Christmas" adaptations when first televised, since they were never exported to the U.S. I was impressed, however, when a fellow horror enthusiast in the States sent me some bootlegs nearly a decade ago. For years I'd fallen into a funk over the state of horror films in America, which had plummeted from their apex in the 1930s and 40s into a quicksand of gore and special effects.

Not that tawdriness had ever been far from the genre - one has only to recall the cheap gimmicks of William Castle in the 1950s with films like "The Tingler" and "13 Ghosts" (and Castle wasn't the worst of them). Still, I couldn't help but reflect on what it was about directors from my native country that made them so immune to quality in this field. Certainly the profit motive had something to do with it, but to lay all the blame on big business and bloated studios was too facile an answer.

Before getting to these "Ghost Stories", then, allow me a moment's reflection. Because the more I considered this question, it occurred to me that virtually all the best "American" horror directors were not really "American" at all. In reality, they were British, European, or Russian expatriates (James Whale; Jacques Tourneur; Val Lewton) or were foreign cinematographers who probably had significant impact on the finished products (e.g., Karl Freund and Karl Struss). Tod Browning was to some extent an exception; however, Browning's true specialty was material horror based on physical deformities (e.g., the films he made with Lon Chaney, Sr., or the 1932 "Freaks"), and when he entered supernatural territory in "Dracula," the result was pedestrian in cinematic terms, whatever its box office success.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary stories 17 Dec 2013
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A really good collection of scary stories. Michael Holden was brilliant. Traditional scary stories without blood and gore. The fear of the unexpected is fantastic.
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad I waited for this version 11 Aug 2013
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Title says it all really, however it's a bit off for the customers that bought the 5 disk collection of "Ghost Stories For Christmas" less than a year ago. It's lovely to have the inclusion of Robert Powell's readings of M.R. James but I'm still confused as to why they still haven't included "The Ash Tree" episode from "Ghost Stories for Christmas with Christopher Lee". I haven't seen the three episodes of Spine Chillers, but I've watched the rest of the contents in the collection many times and loved a good part of it. However "Stigma" is plain tedious and "The Ice House" along with "Whistle and I'll Come to You (2010)" are just plain baffling in their conclusion.
This was a golden period of ghost stories that relied on storytelling and atmosphere to chill. Sadly now most film or televised ghost stories rely on cheap jump scares punctuated by a musical blast and an over reliance of CGI.
The BBC really need to bring back this series. There are so many more classic M.R. James stories that could and should be filmed.
Ah well! One can wish.
Anyway I can heartily recommend this collection of classic tales.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Ghost stories for christmas

whistal and i'll come to you 1968
the stalls of Barcherter 1971
A warning to the curious 1972
Lost Hearts 1973
The Treasure of Abbot Thomas 1974
The Ash Tree 1975
The Signalman 1976
Stigma 1977
The Ice House1978
A View from a Hill 2005
Number 13 :2006
whistal and i'll come to you 2010
subtitles on All Ghost. stories Above

Extras
jonathan miller and christopher frayling .interviews
Neil Brand .Reads .MR. james .original story
Ramsey Campbell . Reads The Guide

Extras
the stalls of Barcherter : told by christopher lee, with subtitles
A warning to the curious .: told by christopher lee, with subtitles
Number 13 : told by : christopher lee, with subtitles

Ghost stories for chaistmas told by Robert powell
the Mezzotint
the Aah tree
wailling well
oh, whistel and u'll come to you my lad
the rose garden
with subtitles

spine chillers stories told by Michael Bryant
the Mezzotint
A school story
the diary of mr poynter
with subtitles

Also included is a 48-page booklet with essays and full credits
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the Cover is Bloody Scary 12 Jan 2014
By Lenny
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My brother has being going on about 'Whistle and I'll Come' for decades now and in November 2013 moaned that he could only find copies of the movie on Ebay for £100. This DVD set is expensive but you do get a lot for your money -- and come on, this is one of the creepiest ghost stories the Beeb ever made. Give to my brother for Xmas 2013, her watched it and got heebyjeebied all over again. Result.

Not going to watch it myself because... I'm busy. And it's dark outside.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ghost Stories For Christmas - Both Releases 26 Sep 2013
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As the other reviewers have noted, for viewers of a certain age the content of this set needs little by way of introduction. However, I note the reservations about its release on the back of the previous five disc BBC M.R. James collection. To clarify, this is the same set with the notable addition of an extra disc containing three episodes, read by Michael Bryant, of Spine Chillers (1980) and all five episodes of the Robert Powell-narrated Classic Ghost Stories (1986).

I would understand the aforesaid reservations if this extra disc wasn't being made available separately, but it is -

Classic Ghost Stories James DVD

In light of this, there is absolutely no need for purchasers of the earlier set to double dip, so I don't see how it in any way constitutes a rip off. It merely gives prospective purchasers an additional option and have we as fans really become so blasé that we no longer celebrate the continued release, in high quality digital format, of such previously rare archive material?
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5.0 out of 5 stars This simply is utterly gorgeous ghostly viewing from a time ...
This simply is utterly gorgeous ghostly viewing from a time when the BBC really knew how to send chills down your spine.
Published 1 month ago by carefulsilly12
5.0 out of 5 stars M.R. James - you can't go wrong
Best viewed on a cold Winter's afternoon, with that thin, yellowish light of Winter skies fading into dark blue. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Caro on the couch
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great product
Published 1 month ago by K Ridges
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic spooky stories
Mainly from the 1970's this set is a must for anyone interested in that era of television and spooky tales. Great for Christmas, or any time.
Published 3 months ago by Genevieve
5.0 out of 5 stars Ghost Stories for Christmas
Ghost Stories for Christmas (Expanded 6-Disc Collection Box Set) [DVD]
Michael Hordern
Good Value
Great Ghost Stories for Christmas , yes
Published 3 months ago by Nick
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic ghost stories.
Edge of seat stuff especially first film. Hard to sleep afterwards! They don't make them like this anymore. Classic understated and fun!
Published 6 months ago by Mrs Mary T Durban
5.0 out of 5 stars buy it
very good dvd,some good storys.i temember it when it first came on the television in the 1970s.i can recomended it.
Published 7 months ago by john berry
2.0 out of 5 stars Save your money,its about as scary as Bob the builder.
Its funny how your memory fades. I seemed to remember looking forward to getting the Christmas edition of the Radio Times to find out what day the ghost story would be on, and... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Robert Barrett
5.0 out of 5 stars Best ghost collection ever
a creepy and atmospheric collection ideal for those long winter evenings , never surpassed , the BBC attempted to do one this the tractate midroth but bit it lacked the direction... Read more
Published 7 months ago by S. Pittman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Ghost stories
Great ghost stories. Some of older dvds quite dated but only to be expected. Interesting to compare when modern version available.
Published 7 months ago by M. Mayell
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