- Actors: Michael Bryant|Jane Asher|Iain Cuthbertson
- Directors: Peter Sasdy
- Format: PAL, Colour
- Region: All Regions
- Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Bfi
- DVD Release Date: 20 Aug. 2001
- Run Time: 90 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 89 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00005N9FJ
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,845 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
The Stone Tape [DVD] 
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Atmospheric seventies ghost story from the BBC. When scientists working for Ryan Electrics move into their new headquarters, a gothic mansion, they find one room unfinished. Strange noises are heard, and the builders are too frightened to complete their work. When the other scientists dismiss such fears as irrational whimsy, only psychically-minded Jill (Jane Asher) senses the dark secret that lurks beneath the building.
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The narrative is about a research team, from an electronics engineering company, who have been relocated into an old Victorian house. They are there to start work on finding a new recording medium. They soon gather that there is a ghostly apparition in the building. Their ambitious Project leader Peter Brock resolves not only to study the spectre, which he believes is a psychic imprint trapped in a stone wall (labelled a "stone tape") but to exorcise it too - with very disturbing consequences.
The story is reinforced with the use of legitimate science, to somehow overcome the supernatural and is done with fastidiousness and real plausibility. As the modern viewer looks at technology and computers that are over 40 years old, the cast still has the ability to surpass, with skill, at making the viewer buy into their procedures and analysis - that are ultimately brought to the fore. When they hypothesise that the stone itself is storing the energy that produces the effects, to the viewer it makes sense. Herein lays the strength of this production.
For me, this is a show that holds the same tension and foreboding as it did when I saw it as a youth, maybe if you watch it on a bright warm sunny afternoon - it may lose some its dark lustre. However, watch it in the evening and alone, well that is different prospect entirely.
What manifests in the house during the terrifying climax, is an ancient place of sacrifice; and the entities that we see, robbed of their victim by the scientific team's investigation, take Jill as a replacement, and she, tragically, becomes the new ghost, trapped in the stonework. We can only prey, that what is trapped is just a dead recording - for her sake. Because the alternative is horrifying beyond belief.
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