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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Ghost Stories of M R. James
I am a huge fan of M R James which started from watching these wonderful stories as a child thanks to the BBC adapting them for their annual run of A Ghost Story For Christmas back in the 70s. I had many a restless night back then as a result but at the same time I was completely hooked. Christmas and the dark of winter is made all the more special for me when the lights...
Published 5 months ago by Mr J Johnson

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3.0 out of 5 stars Over priced for the content
Sadly, I had already purchased the original BFI set when this additional volume was released. Its an interesting piece in that it condenses a number of James Stories into glorified Jackanory episodes. In fact the filmed episodes of which there are three were tackled by that team.

The two readers are excellent but the choice of stories is somewhat disappointing...
Published 1 month ago by M. Hevingham


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5.0 out of 5 stars Too scary for me!, 13 Feb 2014
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Bought for my husband. He loves MR James. I watch from behind a cushion! Great gift to give away to appreciative other!
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3.0 out of 5 stars classic ghost stories, 29 Jan 2014
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It was okay but it was not the one i thought it was which i saw on on television a few months ago.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "We beg to call your attention to ...", 20 Jan 2014
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Seated in his comfortable library on a dark winter night, a robed `Varsity don (Robert Powell) unfolds a macabre tale. `The Mezzotint' is a most effective opening story for this collection, illustrated in a way which matches M.R. James' written description so perfectly that I had the uncanny feeling I had seen it before ...

Each of this collection of five readings is wonderfully performed by Powell in an inviting library set. Faithfully abridged from the original texts, they showcase the wide range of James' ghostly imagination - and sense of humour, a quality of his stories that may surprise viewers who have yet to enjoy reading them.

A welcome `extra', worth equal billing with the main feature, is the set of three further readings. Michael Bryant performs them in evening dress, with the air of a learned Edwardian gentleman recounting remarkable incidents to a friend in the hours after dinner. His factual style is compelling and makes the remarkable, believable.

These three tales were originally broadcast in the late afternoon for older children, but the standards are just as high. Even the subtle parting compliment of an incomplete Shakespearean quotation is present; the author allows us to take pleasure in completing it for ourselves.

This is a very enjoyable DVD which brings us close to the experience of attending some of M.R. James' legendary Christmas readings in person. It is also available in a box set with the classic TV adaptations, but if you have those already, this single DVD makes an essential addition to your collection. 5*
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3.0 out of 5 stars No need for visuals, 13 Jan 2014
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Basically, these are readings. Therefore, would have been just as good, if not better, as audio recordings only. There are one or two very short dramatizations of the readings and some pictures, but they do not add anything. Extremely well read though but be prepared for the archaic language and drawn out descriptions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must DVD to have in your collection, 12 Jan 2014
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This DVD was bought as a gift for my brother who had been looking for it for ages so it was greatly appreciated
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5.0 out of 5 stars classic ghost stories, 10 Jan 2014
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this is a great collection and goes with all M.R JAMES as remember these around christmas time .great value brand new and sealed condition,was delivered before date .
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4.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THESE CHILLERS BEAUTIFULLY READ, 15 Nov 2013
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Wow Robert Powell chills you with beautifully read M.R.James ghost stories
Buy if you like your Xmas ghost stories it's that simple
BRILLIANT
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