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Ghost Stories for Christmas - The Definitive Collection (5-DVD set)

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Also accompanying the set is a 38-page Bookletcontaining five fascinating articles and credits for all four films and the special features.

The later adaptation uses more conventional scare tactics, its night-time sequences well constructed, the Cinemascope frame stretching out its space, diminishing the lone figure at the mercy of its unnerving elements.For A Warning to the Curious, "Seaburgh" (a disguised version of Aldeburgh, Suffolk) was filmed on the coast of North Norfolk at Waxham, Holkham Gap, Happisburgh, Wells-next-the-Sea and on the North Norfolk Railway. While on one of his walks, he discovers a cemetery perched on the edge of a cliff that is in the process being reclaimed by the sea.

The black cat that scratches and cries in the night is the key offender here, having been recycled since by any number of giallo and Poe-influenced films, while the voices that Haynes hears at night would probably have been more unsettling if they didn't consist solely of dialogue from early scenes, making them play more like memories than hauntings. It’s a reading that could easily be inverted to cast Parkin, for example, as a religious man whose understanding of the world is destroyed when he is confronted with evidence that there is no God and that death really is the end of existence, a reading that would likely be dear to the heart of a committed free thinker like Jonathan Miller. And while their deathly make-up may well have been influenced just a tad by Night of the Living Dead, it also uncannily anticipates a look that was to become popular for ghostly children in the later J-horror cycle. In the daylight scenes, the contrast is well balanced, though when the light levels drop it harshens somewhat, with the inky black levels sucking in quite a bit of the surrounding detail. For this humble viewer, Whistle and I'll Come to You remains a marvellously executed tale of the supernatural, a genuinely chilling ghost story that also delivers as a fascinating character study.

There's also the fantastic scene where he thinks he's got away with it by putting the treasure back. Celebrated horror author Ramsey Campbell delivers a splendidly written case in support of Lost Hearts, setting the scene with a look at earlier James adaptations before the BBC “passed the haunted parchment to Lawrence Gordon Clark. Unlike Parkin, Paxton is at least able to share his fears with a sympathetic third party, none other than Dr. In 'Stigma' (1977) Katherine Delgado (Kate Binchy) and her family move into a new home but have difficulty removing a menhir from their garden. Even after all these years I still "jump" when an unexpected scene takes places and the British actors performances are the finest in the world bar none.

before adding an apologetic “sorry” for this outburst, and when reading a summary of some of the more negative audience responses to the film (it was generally well received), he suddenly barks, “God, that’s rubbish! It was inspired by the Staplehurst rail crash of June 1865, which Dickens himself survived, having attended to dying fellow passengers. For items that are dispatched using our standard service, we ask that you wait 14 days from the date of dispatch before reporting any items as undelivered. Not that I mind a bit, as I’m a huge fan of these BBC productions, an annual event that ran for several years and that gave rise to three of my favourite cinematic ghost stories. Products labelled '*item fulfilled by Exertis on behalf of hmv' will be supplied to you directly by Exertis via their approved couriers.A decade after their release on DVD, the BFI have remastered the first four of the BBC’s much-loved Christmas supernatural tales on Blu-ray as GHOST STORIES FOR CHRISTMAS, VOLUME ONE, complete with all of the previous special features and new commentaries. Clark is less complimentary of the adaptation of The Ash Tree, which he felt didn't make Mistress Mothersole an effective villain, as a result of both his and adaptor David Rudkin's sympathy for witch trial victims; "We know so much about the hysteria of the witch trials and the ignorance and downright evil that fueled them that it was well-nigh impossible to portray her as James intended. Extras: Language(s): English, Hard of Hearing Subtitles: English, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Screen ratio 1:1. It's a similar story for Lost Hearts, where the contrast is well balanced, the black levels solid, the colours pleasingly rendered, and the film grain as visible as in the preceding two titles. An overuse of a signature high-pitched electronic crescendo from avant-garde composer Gyorgi Ligerti's Atmospheres does come close to overstating the threat, but in the end never seriously detracts from what, even all these years after it was first screened, remains a gripping and genuinely chilling slice of supernatural storytelling.

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