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5.0 out of 5 stars Eight gothic tales, 14 Oct. 2009
This review is from: Mystery And Imagination - The Complete Series (All the remaining episodes) [DVD] [1966] (DVD)
Mystery And Imagination was a British TV series that ran from 1966 to 1970 and comprised of 24 episodes. Sadly only eight of these episodes have survived, all of which are present in this collection. The series was made by ITV. Each drama was a horror or supernatural tale based on works by well-known 19th century writers such as Bram Stoker, Mary Shelly, Robert Louis Stevenson, Sheridan Le Fanu and Edgar Allan Poe.

This is what is on each disc.

Disc One -
Uncle Silas (1968) black and white, 80 minutes
Frankenstein (1968) black and white, 80 minutes
Gallery - featuring colour pictures (includes those from lost episodes)

Disc Two -
Dracula (1968) black and white, 80 minutes
The Suicide Club (1970) colour, 80 minutes

Disc Three -
Sweeney Todd (1970) colour, 80 minutes
Curse Of The Mummy (1970) colour, 77 minutes

Disc Four -
Fall Of The House Of Usher (1966) black and white, 50 minutes
The Open Door (1966) black and white, 54 minutes
Extract from Casting The Runes - 3 minutes (picture slightly warped)

Frankenstein stars Ian Holm. Dracula stars Denholm Elliot as the Count and the very lovely Susan George as Lucy. Freddie Jones is terrific as Sweeney Todd.

Also enclosed is an excellent 40-page colour booklet, which outlines the history of the show as well as giving detailed descriptions of all the episodes (including those that are now lost).

The four discs and booklet are housed in a case that is the same size as a regular DVD case. The picture and sound quality is top notch on the first three discs. The picture is not as good on the forth disc but is still very decent. All episodes are in full-screen. Each drama was clearly made on a low budget, yet still manages to look impressive. The colour episodes have a brilliantly creepy opening title sequence.

This is a very fine collection from Network that will appeal to anyone who is a fan of vintage British horror. Worth checking out too is Beasts, also released by Network.
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Initial post: 20 Oct 2009 01:31:04 BDT
so excited this classic series, well some of it has survived as i thought the whole series was lost. it frightened the life out of me at the time i watched it as a child and no doubt will still hold strong today.

Posted on 28 Oct 2009 15:04:34 GMT
Thanks to P Hanson for providing information on which episodes are black and white and which are in colour. It's astonishing that no-one thought it was worth including this information anywhere else, including in the disc package itself!

Posted on 11 May 2012 23:42:14 BDT
Isleyrunt says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 29 Aug 2012 14:27:47 BDT
Davetids says:
You'd think that those missing episodes would have surfaced by now in other mediums, no?

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Feb 2013 20:52:16 GMT
Can you tell us where we can obtain the missing episodes?

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Feb 2013 14:59:13 GMT
C.G.M. says:
I can't state this as gospel, but with as much material from that era which was simply erased or discarded, I'd be surprised if they turned up anywhere. Not unlike the first season of The Avengers.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jul 2013 17:43:55 BDT
Last edited by the author on 26 Jul 2013 17:44:22 BDT
WHAT other means, J. MacDonald?

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Nov 2013 00:34:12 GMT
Davetids wrote: "You'd think that those missing episodes would have surfaced by now in other mediums, no?"

Do you mean by psychic individuals, Dave? (No, I think he means 'media'. Oh, I get it!)
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