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The Uninvited [1944] [DVD]


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  • Actors: Ray Milland, Ruth Hussey, Gail Russell
  • Directors: Lewis Allen
  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Exposure Cinema
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Oct 2012
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006Y9FQDW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,539 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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With its atmospheric Cornish locations and all-star cast, The Uninvited is a highly effective and spine-tingling ghost story in the classic Hollywood tradition.

Seeking respite from the bustle of London life, writer Roderick Fitzgerald (Ray Milland, Dial M for Murder and The Lost Weekend) and his sister Pamela (Ruth Hussey, The Philadelphia Story) move into a neglected clifftop mansion and set about making it their home.

However, it isn't long before an unnerving presence makes itself felt: an eerie chill lingers in the rooms and distant wailing is heard at night. Despite Roderick's cynicism, it becomes increasingly clear that the house is haunted - but why in such a snug haven would the dead trouble the living?

Martin Scorsese and various critics, including William K. Everson and Leonard Maltin, regard The Uninvited as one of the best ghost stories ever filmed.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • First official DVD release in the world.
  • Illustrated collector's booklet featuring exclusively commissioned articles and lobby card reproductions.
  • Original theatrical trailer.
  • Gallery of production stills, posters and lobby cards.
  • Remastered.
  • Dual-layer, progressive scan, high-bitrate encoding for optimum picture quality.
  • Newly-written English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.

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97 of 103 people found the following review helpful By Mitz on 10 July 2012
Format: DVD
I've long been a fan of this classic ghost movie. I watch an inordinate amount of horror, and this is one of the few that contains genuine scares. And it was made more than 60 years ago.

Rick (Ray Milland on fantastic form, combining a light touch with heavyweight acting chops) and his sister buy a cliffside house from a curmudgeonly old man. They soon find out about the desperate sound of a woman crying in the night, but by then it's too late and they are stuck with the place. Worse, the old man's grand-daughter seems drawn to the house, although something there appears to want to harm her. Old, ugly secrets come to the surface as the brother and sister try to find out what is wrong with Windward House.

The Uninvited weaves its story with so many eerie scenes - the shadow on the stairs that frightens Lizzy, the crying in the night, the seance, the moment when Rick realizes the horror isn't over - that put modern imitators to shame.

The Uninvited has no irritating, over-wrought teenagers, no blood and guts, no tiresome, unwieldy psychological backgrounds cluttering up the characters and therefore the story. What it does have is an intelligent script, appropriate music and extremely good, restrained acting. What also stands out is the deft use of shadows and sounds, and of actors who can play characters who are truly afraid but eschew tedious hysteria in favour of stiff upper lips. The scene where Rick and his sister are in the studio and she tries to convince herself that the atmosphere of evil has gone - film-makers of the 21st century, take note.

If you want a fantastic, old-fashioned chiller of a ghost story, try this on some dark and stormy night.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Trafalgar on 25 Sep 2012
Format: DVD
I was delighted to see that The Uninvited is at last available on DVD - this is easily the scariest film produced in the golden 1940s era of cinema and still stands up today among the best ghost stories. It has no gimmicks and just a few carefully judged effects but triumphs through suggesting something lurking in the shadows and leaving your imagination to do the rest. The script, production and cast led by Ray Milland are all excellent. There are a couple of real jump-out-of-your seat shock scares, and lots of genuinely spine-tingling moments. I recall seeing this as a teenager one stormy Sunday afternoon on TV and it scared the pants off me. Perfect for Halloween if your tastes stretch further than seeing tedious teens hacked to pieces.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 9 Dec 2012
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The Uninvited is one of those films that probably owes much of its classic status to how little it has been seen over the years since its release: never available on a legitimate DVD until Exposure's new UK DVD release and rarely seen on TV in most countries, it's developed a formidable reputation as one of the great screen ghost stories that it can't really live up to. Not that it's a bad film by any means, but a few frissons apart it's not a particularly chilling one. Given a bigger budget than usual for the genre in the 40s and a then A-list leading man in Ray Milland, the emphasis seems to be on turning it into a romantic melodrama that's a kind of friendlier, cosier variation on Rebecca even if the plot is quite different. Accidentally stumbling across a large old house in Cornwall, Milland and his sister Ruth Hussey find it's on the market at a suspiciously low price because of its reputation for `disturbances,' but buy it anyway. The former owner, gruff Donald Crisp, wants it off his hands to keep his granddaughter Gail Russell away, and as pets refuse to go upstairs and unexpected chills and scents give way to sobbing in the night, it becomes clear that her long-dead mother hasn't vacated the premises - and that she's not the only ghost in the house either...

It's a well enough developed mystery even if you can see the resolution coming as soon as one character lets slip one vital bit of back story, but it doesn't seem to want to frighten its audience much, which was probably a sound commercial decision in 1944 but today leaves it in the shadow of more genuinely unsettling ghost stories like The Haunting.
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65 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Michelangelo on 19 Feb 2012
Format: DVD
This is a very entertaining picture made in a time when directors had talent to suggest horror instead of show horror. You just see all the films produced by Val Lewton (Cat People, I Walked With A Zombie, Isle Of Dead) for RKO in the forties and you will be shocked¡ This film shares that quality. Ray Milland always effective, the lovely Ruth Hussey and what can I say about the eternal beauty of Gail Russell? one of the saddest stories of Hollywood. Although amazon claims this is the first official release I bought a couple of years ago here in Spain a decent copy of The Uninvited as part of a pack of cheap but very good horror films from the thirties and forties. See it. You won't regret it.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Adrian Drew TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Oct 2012
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This new DVD edition of the 1944 American supernatural movie "The Uninvited" is the perfect treat for a dark Autumn night. This almost gothic chiller, situated in an old house on a cornish cliff top, is total magic.

The plot is comfortingly familiar without being cliched either. Part mystery, part romance, part ghost story, the film, directed by Lewis Allen is quite closely based on a very successful novel by Dorothy Macardle - "Uneasy Freehold" - and stars stars Ray Milland and Ruth Hussey, two excellent actors, as brother and sister confronting something decidedly unpleasant in their "new" old home! Yes, you actually like the characters, and they are far removed from the uncharismatic 18 year olds who dominate most contemporary "horror" movies. To really engage with a film I need to "like" or at least be interested in the fate of the characters and rest assured in The Uninvited - you do.

Charles Lang was nominated in the 1945 Academy Awards for the Best Black and White Cinematography - and my word he deserved this, judging from this new release.

Remastered, but not restored, this is still a decent transfer with a high bitrate for it's "premiere" authorised release on DVD. Yes a restored blu ray version would have been an improvement but unlike some other reviewers I have little complaints about this very welcome release which stood up well to being projected on my 120" screen.

Don't forget this is a 1944 production though, so don't expect CGI etc etc. That's if you like CGI! What you get instead is a master-class in understated threat and a growing sense of unease which is sadly rare in modern film making.
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