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The Uninvited (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

Ray Milland , Ruth Hussey    Unrated   Blu-ray
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Special Features

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES � New 2K digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition � New visual essay by filmmaker Michael Almereyda � PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme

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A pair of siblings (Ministry of Fear�s Ray Milland and The Philadelphia Story�s Ruth Hussey) from London purchase a surprisingly affordable, lonely cliff-top house in Cornwall, only to discover that it actually carries a ghostly price, soon they�re caught up in a bizarre romantic triangle from beyond the grave. Rich in atmosphere, The Uninvited, directed by Lewis Allen (Suddenly), was groundbreaking for the seriousness with which it treated the haunted-house genre, and it remains an elegant and eerie experience, featuring a classic score by Victor Young (Written on the Wind). A tragic family past, a mysteriously locked room, cold chills, bumps in the night�this gothic Hollywood classic has it all. SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES � New 2K digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition � New visual essay by filmmaker Michael Almereyda � PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme


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5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense! July 10 2014
By Kona TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Ray Milland and Ruth Hussey star as siblings who buy a huge, old English house (sans electricity, of course) on a cliff over-looking the sea. They soon feels chills and hear ghostly sounds at night.

This is a wonderful movie, genuinely scary but completely non-violent. The Oscar-nominated, black and white photography in the creepy, dark house is outstanding and the fear of things that go bump in the night is what makes this one to watch with the lights on. Milland and Hussey are witty and urbane and Gail Russell is sweet as a neighbor girl with an interest in the house.

The lovely, "Stella by Starlight" is played several times and the entire soundtrack is excellent. This is a good old-fashioned thriller with a few laughs to break the tension.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A little undecided June 16 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Not a bad movie. Somewhat corny but considering when this movie was made they did an okay job. Not really a scary movie as I had originally thought, more entertaining than creepy. But nonetheless, I enjoyed it.
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By Robert Badgley TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
The Uninvited(released Feb/44) stars,among others,Ray Milland,Gail Russell,Ruth Hussey and Donald Crisp.This is a fair to middling story of a house haunting,mixed in with a who done it.Unfortunately the unraveling of the facts,as the plot pace takes its sweet time,gives rise at times to a lethargy and unease in being able to follow the storyline.
Speaking of which,the story finds a brother and sister(Milland and Hussey)walking along the Devonshire coast in England.They come upon a rather old mansion atop a promontory and investigate.They fall in love with it and before you know it they have bought the property from the owner(Crisp)for a steal of a price.The house does come with stories of noises and unrest which the couple dismiss out of hand.The owners daughter(Russell)has other thoughts about the sale,as she is very attached to the place.Eventually her fears are assuaged as she and Milland start to hit it off.
Milland goes to London to fetch their servant and returns a night later.That night both sister and brother are awakened by the sound of a moaning female voice.As dawn comes up the voice disappears.Later that day Russell comes to dinner.Suddenly a smell of mimosa permeates the room and Russell runs wildly out of the house towards the cliff.Milland barely manages to stop her before she runs over the edge.It turns out this is the spot at which her mother had fallen over the cliff many years before.She says that the house is haunted by her mothers spirit.A local doctor(Napier)is called to attend Russell.Milland is able to glean more facts about the house's troubled past from him.It seems Russell's father was a painter who had had an affair with a Spanish gypsy model.They eventually ended up taking her to Paris and leaving her there on her own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Jan. 7 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The movie itself is a favourite of mine, a creepy classic. The Criterion bonus features are great and my package arrived very shortly after I ordered it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully subtle Nov. 14 2013
By Gary Fuhrman TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
For a Hollywood film, this is a very unusual ghost story. The script is dry and witty enough to bring some laughs, but there is no trace of the self-parody we often find in the genre. The story, with several twists and turns, has a strong psychological dimension, yet the ghost is not explained away as a figment of one character's imagination. The story builds up plenty of tension, but not to set up sudden shocks that make you jump. The cast, black-and-white cinematography and direction all contribute to an atmospheric masterpiece, far more engaging and less "dated" than most films from the Forties.

The main extra on the Criterion disk, a "visual essay" by Michael Almereyda, brings a very illuminating perspective on this film (and several others), along with some fascinating insights into the lives of actors Ray Milland and Gail Russell. There's also a booklet containing a 1998 interview with director Lewis Allen and a concisely informative essay by Farran Smith Nehme. The extras remove all doubt that this is a 5-star disc -- even if you don't count the two radio-play versions of the story, both starring Ray Milland, included on it in MP3 format. Criterion excels as usual!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD? Oct. 22 2013
Format:Blu-ray
I was named after this book/movie way back when. The scariest movie I had seen as a child and my favourite. I got lucky when it came out on VHS and bought a copy immediately.

I then found a copy of Dorothy MacArdle's book "THE UNIVITED" in a thrift shop as an adult and read it. I don't think I have read a scarier ghost story in my life. I couldn't put it down and still have it. No blood, guts and slashing. An excellent GHOST STORY you will never forget. It put the movie to shame. Well worth watching the movie but if you EVER find the book READ it. You will not be disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHERE IS THE DVD???? Sept. 18 2004
Format:VHS Tape
This is one of the best ghost stories ever put to film (see all other reviews) and it is out of print! Where is the dvd? We need to get a petition started !! Does anyone know where to write to?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! Where is the DVD July 2 2004
Format:VHS Tape
This fine movie, scarry, spooky, wonderful...where is the DVD???!!!!
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