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The Red House [1947] [DVD]

Lon McCallister , Judith Anderson , Delmer Daves    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Lon McCallister, Judith Anderson, Edward G. Robinson
  • Directors: Delmer Daves
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Elstree Hill Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 19 May 2008
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018AHISI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,755 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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When Meg's real parents abandoned her as a baby, Pete and Ellen Morgan raised her as their own child. By the time she was in her teens, she had developed something of a rebel streak, one that was to lead her to The Red House.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pathetic digital transfer. 3 Jun 2010
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This is not a movie review but a product review. The movie itself is old and the celluloid has not aged well. I can live with the scratches and bubbles on the screen as I know a full restoration would undoubtedly cost more than the potential revenue from sales. What I didn't like was the poor transfer of frame rate and subsequent "fusion" into horizontal light and dark lines when an object moved quickly. This was very distracting and had nothing to do with the age of the celluloid but came down to really sloppy and cheap transfer from analogue to digital. Either the technicians didn't bother viewing the final output or did and couldn't be bothered re-working it. A shame. I am looking at purchasing a US region copy and will let people know if it is the better product. Till then, hold on to your money.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dont buy this Region 2 by Elstree Hill 5 Dec 2010
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This is a gem of a movie but the digital transfer is appalling and unwatchable. I also have the 'Acme DVD Works/VCI video' release from the US, and is much better. It is available as a part of a 'double' feature with 'Scarlet Street' and is Region 'All' (even though the Amazon listing wrongly quotes Region 1). However, the video quality is still NOT good, as it has been transfered from an old and scratched positive, but it does not suffer from the 'Venetian Blind' effect with moving objects (poor NTSC to PAL conversion) and the resolution is better than the Elstree R2 effort. Beware though that other US reviewers criticise the 'Alpha' and 'Madacy' US releases, and I dont know how they compare with the 'Acme' but maybe they haven't seen the Elstree!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Ah, the golden age of Hollywood, when films actually relied on strong stories to build suspense and keep audiences riveted to the screen. I had never really heard of The Red House (1947) until recently, but this is one heck of a good film. It sometimes gets associated with film noir, but I would describe it as more of a psychological thriller. It features a strong cast, including the likes of Edward G. Robinson, Judith Anderson, and Rory Calhoun (as well as a wonderful young actress named Allene Roberts), a wonderful musical score by Miklos Rozsa, and a plot that methodically works itself out to great effect.
Young Meg (Roberts) lives on a quiet country farm with Pete Morgan (Robinson) and his sister Ellen (Anderson), having been taken in by the Morgans as a two-year-old following the death of her parents. Everything is calm and peaceful until Meg talks Pete into hiring some extra help in the form of young Nath Storm (Lon McCallister). When Nath says he is taking a shortcut through the woods, Pete goes off half-cocked and starts ranting about the woods being haunted, screams in the night, and the evils of a red house. Nath soon comes running back to the farm, but he is determined to figure out the secret of those woods. Meg also wants to know why she has always been forbidden to enter the woods, and the two of them sneak off several times to go exploring. Pete becomes more unsettled as the movie progresses, as dark memories begin to bubble to the surface of his mind, and the viewer is eventually forced to question his motives. There is plenty of drama and suspense (and a touch of young love) before the dark secrets of The Red House are revealed, all of which contribute to the film's remarkably dark and somewhat eerie atmosphere and a surprisingly effective conclusion.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Pete Morgan (Edward G. Robinson) owns a farm by the edge of the woods. His sister, Ellen Morgan (Judith Anderson), keeps house for him. Years ago they adopted a baby when the parents ran off. Now Meg Morgan (Allene Roberts) is a teenager in high school, and she persuades Pete to hire a friend, Nath (Lon McCallister), to help with the chores since Pete is having a hard time keeping up with things. He's getting older and has a wooden leg. Pete reluctantly agrees, but warns Nath that under no circumstances is he to go through the woods to get to the farm. Pete has even hired a hand with a rifle to scare people off. Naturally, Nath goes through the woods and, with Meg, determines to find out the mystery behind a ruined, overgrown red house they find there.

This is a gem of a movie. It starts in sunlight, moves into tangled paths and deep shadows and eventually works it way back out. The mystery is tragic and believable, and the film moves toward the conclusion with a real feeling of unease. It features some tense and scary moments in the woods, and the red house itself is eery and forbidding.

Robinson gives another of his first class performances. Pete is a man with a terrible secret, which his sister shares. He loves Meg and wants to protect her, but he also is increasingly unpredictable and unstable. Judith Anderson gives a performance of strength and compassion. Allene Roberts never developed much of a career but she reminds me a little of Teresa Wright. Lon McCallister was a boyish and very boy-next-door type. Together they're believable as two teens who begin to have serious feelings for each other. And its interesting to see Rory Calhoun as the sleazy young guy with the rifle and Julie London as McCallister's girlfriend who moves briskly over to Calhoun.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what I remembered!
Year's ago I remember my dad and I watching this on t.v. I thought it was excellent. Sadly not as I remember and is dated and not very interesting at all actually.
Published 5 months ago by B. Willey
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Brilliant old movie, took me back to when movies were movies and not all camera trick,s and stunts, really enjoyed.
Published 7 months ago by gavin hanlon
2.0 out of 5 stars Full of Sound and Fury signifying....
It's all atmosphere and little plot as Edward G Robinson helps to bail out the melodramatic hogwash which threatens to capsize this drama-leaky boat. Read more
Published 9 months ago by W. S. Barklam
4.0 out of 5 stars Dual disc THE RED HOUSE
It's good to have a decent copy of this enjoyable film noir (after the public domain efforts of previous releases)
A good cast (Edward G and Judith Anderson plus a very young... Read more
Published 13 months ago by John S. Hutchinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray is miles better than the DVD
This film was previously only available on a dreadful public domain DVD. The movie contains much moody photography, oftn at night and, on the DVD, it was simply impossible to... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Kan New
4.0 out of 5 stars I fought fate 15 years ago and I lost.
The Red House is directed by Delmer Daves who also adapts the screenplay from the novel written by George Agnew Chamberlain. It stars Edward G. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Spike Owen
2.0 out of 5 stars BAD PRINT
Wow! A Delmer Daves movie starring Edward G. Robinson that I, until now, never had the chance to see - a fascinating and haunting story about an enigmatic farmer (Edward G. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Red House is a gem worth getting, although I wish it looked better
Pete Morgan (Edward G. Robinson) owns a farm by the edge of the woods. His sister, Ellen Morgan (Judith Anderson), keeps house for him. Read more
Published on 2 Aug 2007 by C. O. DeRiemer
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