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"Shades of Darkness (1983) ... Granada Television... Koch Vision (2006)"
on 11 February 2007
Koch Vision present "SHADES OF DARKNESS" (1983) (318 mins/Color) (Dolby Digital) --- This set contains six episodes of Shades of Darkness on two discs ... a series of adaptations of classic ghost stories by Granada Television from the 1980s ... with some of the top authors Elizabeth Bowen, C.H.B. Kitchin, May Sinclair and Edith Wharton ... mixed with ghostly cries in the night and chilling mysteries left unsaid ... witness undying love from beyond the grave within this bizarre series of unexplainable tales ... they are excellent adaptations of high quality ghost stories.
1. "The Lady's Maid's Bell" (1985) ... Under John Glenister (Director), Edith Wharton (story), Kenneth Taylor (screenplay) --- the cast includes Joanna David (Miss Hartley), June Brown (Emma Saxon), Norma West (Mrs. Brympton) ------ the story line thus far, Miss Hartley arrives at Brympton Hall to be the lady's maid for Mrs. Brympton, who has a heart condition. She hears nothing but good reports about the prior lady's maid, Emma Saxon, who died a year ago after serving her mistress for 20 years A figure that seems to be watching and waiting, for what purpose?
2. "Afterward" (1985) ... Under Simon Langton (Director), Edith Wharton (novel), Alfred Shaughnessy (screenplay) --- the cast includes Kate Harper (Mary Boyne), Michael Shannon (Edward Boyne), Penelope Lee (Alida Stair), John Grillo (Harold Parvis), Meg Ritchie (Trimmle), Rolf Saxon (Robert Elwell), William Abney (Inspector Gates), Merelina Kendall (Agnes), Arthur Whybrow (Mr. Craig), Eric Francis (Cooper) ------ the story line Kate Harper and Michael J. Shannon as the quintessential late Victorian couple, living in Wisconsin, they have just come into a huge cash windfall on a stock deal, they retire early to England, buying an antiquated country estate which is supposed to have strange goings on, a visit by a mysterious stranger that the husband seems to recognize but afterward denies it, the wife is left with a growing dread that eventually culminates in tragedy, what dark secret is about to be uncovered? ------ [suspenseful story with an above average cast and performance]
3. "The Maze" (1985) ... Under Peter Hammond (Director), C.H.B. Kitchin (short story), Kenneth Taylor (screenplay) --- the cast includes Francesca Annis (Catherine Frode), James Bolam (Arthur Frode), Sky Macaskill (Daisy Frode), Amanda Boxer (Mrs. Levett), Nellie Hanham (Mrs. Wright), Duncan Preston (Fred Harston), Philip Sayer (Mervyn Barbet), Daniel Selby ------ the story line a slightly repressed housewife during the post-war years in England, with a secret she has kept from her daughter, the house, a large old Victorian place with rambling gardens, has a hedge maze on the grounds, the daughter is drawn to the maze, and we slowly see what secret the mother is hiding ------ [please note, this is the best of the six stories]
4. "Bewitched" (1985) ... Under John Gorrie (Director), Edmund Oboler (Director), Edith Wharton (story), Alan Plater (screenplay) --- the cast includes Eileen Atkins (Mrs. Rutledge), Alfred Burke (Reverend Hibben), Mary Healey (Loretta Bosworth), Martyn Hesford (Andrew), Alfred Lynch (Saul Rutledge), Mary Jo Randle (The Girl), Ray Smith (Sylvester Brand), Gareth Thomas (Owen Bosworth) --- the story line has a young girl who was thought to be a witch dancing around the beach, the funny thing is she's dead ... a minster from the village is looking into her and the villagers past to come up with the answer ... will he find out and let her soul and spirit have a final resting place?
5. "The Intercessor" (1983) ... Under Peter Smith (Director), May Sinclair (story), Alan Plater (script) --- the cast includes Chrissie Cotterill (Rachel), John Duttine (Garvin), Maggie Ford (Mrs. Falshaw), David Hargreaves (Mr. Falshaw), Peter Hughes (MacKinnon), Annette Wilkie-Miller (Child) --- the story line has a writer who needs peace and quiet for his writing ... a room in the country at a local farmhouse is the place or is it, a small child who is a ghost cries in the night and awakens him ... the ghost appears each night trying to tell him something, what dark secrets lay beyond this tale?
6. "The Demon Lover" (1986) ... Under Peter Hammond (Director), Elizabeth Bowen (story), Derek Mahon (screenplay) --- the cast includes Adrienne Corri (Delia Graham), John Fortune (Eric Farnham), Hugh Grant (Robert Drover), Robert Hardy (William Drover), Miranda Richardson (Gina), Angela Thorne (Mary Dash), Dorothy Tutin (Kathleen Drover), Amanda Waring (Young Kathleen), Arabella Weir (Anne Page) --- the story line is set in London during World War II, it revolves around the haunting of a married middle aged woman by the ghost of a sweetheart from her youth, a man presumed to have been killed in the First World War twenty five years earlier, .guest starring a very young Hugh Grant ... there Mrs. Drover discovers a letter, dated the present day, composed by a lover from the past who was presumed to have been killed in the previous world war ... will the past meet the future, only the final scene will tell.
Great job by Koch Vision for releasing "Shades of Darkness" (1983) - PBS Mystery, the digital transfere with a clean, clear and crisp print...looking forward to more high quality releases from the BBC mini-series film market...order your copy now from Amazon or Koch Vision where there are plenty of copies available on DVD, stay tuned once again for top notch drama mixed with an outstanding cast and director --- Six Mysterious Tales of the Paranormal.
Total Time: 318 mins on DVD ~ Koch Vision KOCV6430 ~ (12/05/2006)