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A Treasure Trove,
This review is from: Ghost Stories for Christmas (Expanded 6-Disc Collection Box Set) [DVD] (DVD)
I won't bother with reviewing the individual titles - you are much better served elsewhere and you are probably already aware of the sheer brilliance of these vintage spooky delights. The box set itself is split into two collections - the M.R. James adaptations and the lesser cousins (notwithstanding Charles Dickens' glorious The Signalman) The Ice House and Stigma which just don't resonate in the same way and suffer from comparatively modern settings. There are two superb booklets absolutely stuffed with fascinating details and most of the stories are blessed with a new director's introduction.
None of the original presentations have had any unnecessary digital clean ups but the sound is superb (in comparison to my DVDr rips...). All the warm, fuzzy, crackly picture tones are present and correct giving a nostalgic glow.
With regards to the modern takes on 'The Number 13' and 'A View From The Hill', I think these are triumphant readings of what is often fairly dry source material.
The recent adaptation of 'Whistle and I'll Come To You', when stripped of all its inevitable baggage, is actually a marvellous production; a meditation on loss, loneliness, guilt and not without some genuinely unsettling moments.
All in all, this is a must have collection at a steal of a price and a timely reminder of how great television was and could (perhaps) be again...