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5.0 out of 5 stars Great release of classic ghost story!, 15 Dec. 2012
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This review is from: The Uninvited [1944] [DVD] (DVD)
Finally Lewis Allen's classic ghost story sees an official release on DVD. And a great release it is! While picture quality is not stunning and appears to be taken from an old release-print, it's definitely serviceable and the best it has looked on any home format so far. Grain structure appears intact and the movie has not been over-polished with digital noise reduction like so many other classics we see released these years. This means, however, that you also have to live with the odd dirt and damage to the picture. Personally, I prefer it that way, but you miles might vary.

Audio is mostly clear with only minor crackle and English subtitles are included for those who need them.

While not overwhelming, the extras are actually quite good. You get the original trailer and the two radio adaptations from the 1940's (both also starring Ray Milland). The booklet takes the prize, though. It includes several very well-written essays on the movie and its production, on the genre and portraits of the stars and the director. Easily one of the best compiled booklets outside the work of The Criterion Collection and Masters of Cinema.

If you like ghost stories and especially classic ghost stories, this one is not to be missed. As the booklet points out, THE UNINVITED is in fact the first movie to take a more serious stance on the topic where previous genre movies had mostly used ghosts for comedic effect. For fans of THE HAUNTING and THE INNOCENTS, this is a must have!
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