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The Woman in Black [DVD]
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on 3 September 2012
Avoid this DVD version - for some odd reason the distributors are releasing cut and censored DVD versions and releasing the uncut versions on Blu-Ray.

Avoid buying this product and put a stop to the public being 'bullied' into buying Blu-Ray discs.

The Region 1 is uncut so this is the best version to buy currently.

The poor rating is to do with the fact that this film is censored , the film is awesome and I would award it 5 stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 21 June 2013
Superbly composed Victorian haunted house drama, fabulous scenery, inside and outside the house. The more you watch it, the better it gets. DON'T watch if you have a dodgy ticker.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
in victorian britain a solicitor is sent to a small village in order to sell a house on a island of shore where a womans son drown in the tidal mud,while staying at her house he notices strange things happening,and starts to hear children see them and the screams of a woman ,said by the villagers to come for children as she lost her own ,the vilagers want this man out and want nothing more of him but he and a rich solicitor at the village find the ghost womans lifeless and preserved dead body and clean it and help the children rest at peace,after that they bury the boy with his mother thinking it will stop more children dying and while talking to his solicitor colleage his son walks on to to train tracks as a train is speeding at them ,the rest you see,one of the best ghost films ive seen in a long time ,definitely recommend this
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 September 2012
i was quite looking forward to watching this-heard so much about it.and,altough i cant say its 'bad',i was, a little disappointed.the cover says dont watch it alone-well its only a '12'rated,i believe.it causes a few shocks ,but could have caused more.the setting is ideal for a ghost story-big,old isolated mansion no-one wants to go there and the villagers all 'frightened' of the legend attached to it.what lets it down, .is the .as if'nature of it towards the end.i did not ever see daniel radcliffe as harry potter[yes!its true!ihave not seen harry potter!]so, obviously i dont know about his acting ability very much.yes, he takes the lead very well andthere is an excellent cast.worth a watch-but dont expect to be scared too much.i watched it alone--well,i slept very well!dont want to be too harsh so,give it a go.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 1 August 2013
Lots of sluggish background noise. Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) is sent on a mission to a foreign village (The Causeway to Osea Island, Maldon, Essex, England.) Never mind that it is the same scene from Dracula when they toss John Harker to the vamps. The screen writer was thinking more of the apocalypse now mission. He is to wrap-up the paperwork of a deceased client of the firm. Little did he know that he was going to suffer (along with us) a series of "things that go bump in the night?" and Lots of sluggish background noise. The native rabble at least did not carry torches and hunt him down. Soon he takes the threat personal.

In association with Hammer Films, Who would have guessed?

"Good Lord deliver us" from this film
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38 of 45 people found the following review helpful
I was lucky enough to attend the world premiere of the Woman in Black (WIB) at the Royal Festival Hall and as a result, I feel compelled to sing the praises of this brilliant piece of British cinema before it has actually been released! So please forgive the early review.

The Woman in Black is based on the novel of the same name by Susan Hill that has already been adapted into a play and a couple of television films of varying quality. As a result I was familiar with the story before seeing this as I am sure a lot of people will be. Unfortunately films like this then have to contend with the preconceptions of the audience, but let me assure you that the WIB is nothing short of a masterpiece.

Starring Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) as the young lawyer Arthur Kipps who is sent by his firm to a remote Yorkshire manor - Eel Marsh House - accessible only by a causeway at low-tide, to wrap up the estate of the recently deceased owner. Upon arrival, the locals are inhospitable except for one Mr Daily (Ciarán Hinds - The Debt) and all warn him not to meddle with the house & affairs. Writing it off as xenophobia, Kipps proceeds to work his way through the mountain of paperwork at the house, uncovering gruesome secrets of the past lives of the inhabitants. When strange noises in the supposedly-vacant house continue to disturb his work, he begins to investigate the rooms but what he uncovers has awful consequences for the locals and ultimately, himself. Will Arthur manage to end this reign of terror?

Adapted for the screen by Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass &X-Men: First Class) and directed by James Watkins (Eden Lake) produced by Hammer (yup, they're back!) and starring British talent, this truly is a British film from the ground up! And it doesn't disappoint, Radcliffe is fantastic, bearing in mind the majority of the film is solely him, he carries the film squarely on his shoulders with his emotive acting. The tension is ratcheted up throughout the film and ends in fever pitch. A truly original conception of the story and immaculately finished. The house is dark & foreboding without being ridiculous and the scares (of which, there are many) are terrifying but avoid gore & clichés.

I cannot recommend this film highly enough!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 28 July 2012
Hammer began in the 50s and died a death after reigning as Kings of Horror. When they were resurrected, wisely they did not showcase their disappointing Wakewood but went ahead with the proven Scandinavian 'Let Me In'. The Japanese long ago realised that there is a huge market for the old fashioned creepy tale and Hammer turned to the classic 'Woman In Black' to revive the Gothic haunted house theme. And with what gusto! The first half is kept tense with bangs and effects and clever camera angles - all contrived of course, but stylish and skilfully managed to keep the nervous viewer on the edge of the seat. Atmospheric and engaging, the movie suceeds by merit of its cinematography and its attention to detail, so much so that you readily forgive some of the staged shock effects. The success of the production has settled the point - the old ghost story begs to be reborn and in the Gothic sphere there is plenty by MR James, Algernon Blackwood et al for them to continue to produce top quality hauntings for years to come if they so wished. Welcome back, Hammer!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 March 2015
BEING A BIT TIRED OF THE CURRENT CROP OF SHAKY CAMERA/REAL LIFE TYPE GHOST/HORROR FILMS OUT LATELY I THOUGHT THIS WOULD MAKE A NICE CHANGE - AN OLD FASHIONED SPOOKY TALE THAT HASN'T GOT HYSTERICAL VICTIMS RUNNING AROUND SCREAMING! WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT IT TURNED OUT TO BE.ITS BORING,CLICHED, PREDICTABLE AND SOOOO SLOW.YOU EXPECT PEOPLE IN HORROR FILMS TO WALK SLOWLY WHEN THEY HEAR OR SEE SOMETHING AS IT BUILDS TENSION.BUT THAT IS ALL DANIEL RADCLIFFE DOES THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE MOVIE.I FELT LIKE PRESSING FAST FORWARD ALL THE TIME.THERES NO SUSPENSE,NO SCARES,IT DIDNT EVEN GIVE ME GOOSEBUMPS.IT IS UNFORTUNATELY JUST A VERY LAME LAZILY WRITTEN GHOST STORY.I WOULD AVOID AND WATCH IT WHEN IT APPEARS ON TV,BUT ONLY THEN IF THERES NOTHING ELSE ON!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 August 2012
As this film starred Daniel Radcliffe, I was expecting a bit of a ridiculous teen horror, not the case. It's incredibly tense the whole way through and scary as hell. The plot is a bit weak but very typical for a classic ghost story. Danial Radcliffe did a good job in this role, I stopped thinking of him as Harry Potter about 20 mins in. Although he doesn't say alot and spends the majority of the film investigating a strange noise, he does manage to build up the tension well and succeeds in sharing his fear with the audience. All in all, it's a very atmospheric effective horror delivering scare after scare. Well worth watching.
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71 of 85 people found the following review helpful
on 22 February 2012
Many supernatural/horror movies, these days, promise so much but seem always to deliver so little; not so with this film. Having watched it at the cinema with the wife - who likes a good scare - we were very entertained. Being an adult of sound mind, I've never been keen on Harry Potter, but I thought the Radcliffe lad did an excellent job in his role as Arthur Kipps - a recently widowed legal clerk and father of one - who's job is hanging by a thread when he is assigned to settling the estate of the eerie 'Eel Marsh House', where alot of the ghostly action takes place. I found Radcliffe to be posessed of that troubled/sensitive quality that goes with the character, and there's not a hint of Potter about him. It's difficult to say much about this film without giving a deal of it away, and the less you know before you watch it - probably the better. But I will say - for worthwhile storyline, creepiness and decent scares (not over reliant on use of gore or CGI), this film really does deliver. A great supporting cast too, playing the local villagers with a terrifying secret! This movie ranks along side greats like 'The Changeling' and is similarly well executed. You will delight in it's air of tension and menace throughout! Enjoy!
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