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Great edition of a super film.,
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This review is from: Night of the Demon (1957) [DVD] (DVD)
'Night of the Demon' only ranks second to 'Dead of Night' in my opinion as greatest British horror/mystery film of the 40s and 50s. Furthermore 'Night of the Demon' is presented in this edition with much greater care than the grainy transfer currently available of 'Dead of Night' (complete with poor sound). 'Night of the Demon' is given a transfer of great clarity, the sound is good and it includes a number of worthwhile extras including a well-filled glossy booklet. This is therefore a genuine 'special edition' unlike many other similarly designated DVDs.
The film is a classic and I, for one, am glad that 'The Demon' does make a guest appearance (or two) although I know that this is controversial. The two main actors (Andrews/Cummins) are fine but are rather overshadowed by Niall MacGiniss, who wonderfully conveys both a child-like and sinister quality. There is also a wonderful cameo from Reginald Beckwith as 'Mr Meek' the Medium in the séance sequence (Mrs Meek singing 'Cherry Ripe' is perhaps even more disturbing than 'the Demon'!) Athene Sayler (who unlike MacGinniss and Beckwith lived to be very old - over 100) also steals the show - a marvellous actress.
Don't miss this beautifully presented DVD of this fine film - perhaps the last representative of the era before Hammer Films cornered the market, with much less style.
Added August 2015:
I just ordered a second copy of the DVD and the (very good) glossy booklet was missing. When I contacted the seller I was told that the booklet had mistakenly been left out of the recent manufacturing one - so, do check for this as the booklet is worth having.