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

Ray Milland , Ruth Hussey    Unrated   Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
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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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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 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Be careful when choosing a mother-in-law Nov. 23 2006
By bernie TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:VHS Tape
Roderick Fitzgerald (Ray Milland) and his sister Pamela (Ruth Hussey) are touring the Cornish sea side when their dog chases a squirrel into an empty house. They follow and in the process of recovering the dog see and house and fall in love with it. Even though they were strongly implied to that it may just be haunted they buy it anyway. Naturally animals can see what people do not and their dog runs off. The Cooks cat will not go upstairs. Stella Meredith (Gail Russell) thinks it is her mother's ghost and wants s to visit. Her grandfather Commander Beech (Donald Chrisp) knows something but is not saying.

The movie gets progressively creepier. What is bad is they the brother and sister accept that fact that the house is haunted from the beginning and instead of running away, with the help of the local doctor, attempt to fix the situation.

Keep up with the story as everyone has a different version and you may not be so surprised in the end. Meantime the acting and the pacing is great.

I bought the VHS and converted it to DVD; but I would not mind having an official DVD
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Serious Case of the "Creeps" June 27 2005
Format:VHS Tape
I don't want to give anything away about the story, but if you think this is just an old, corny, black and white movie about silly ghosts, you'd be dead wrong. The first time I saw this film I had no idea that I was watching a ghost picture. It started so innocent and carefree, but I can honestly say that by the end of the film the hairs on the back of my neck were standing straight up. Believe me, you do not want to watch this film alone late at night! You'll end up with a serious case of the "Creeps".
As other reviewers have said, there is no blood or gore. It is just an example of a film that takes the subject of psychic phenomenon seriously (and this was back in the 40's). The only other film that gave me the "Willies" this bad was Robert Wise's original "The Haunting", another film I highly recommend. In fact, in my opinion, these two films are the greatest ghost movies ever made. I can only hope that DVD producers, such as Criterion, will finally restore this creepy masterpiece and release it on DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Supernatural Classic that cries out for DVD Oct. 28 2003
Format:VHS Tape
In an era when paranormal or "spooky" films seemingly "must" be made with grue and gore and hair-trigger graphic violence (compare the re-made "The Haunting" with the superb classy orginal)..or when computer graphic special effects (generally of the "gross out' variety) are wont to take over the entire thrust and direction of a movie story ("The tail wagging the dog")...a film like "THE UNINVITED" is like a breath of fresh air. It is a marvelous cinema achievement, made back at a time when people in "Hollyweird" still knew truly HOW to make movies. This one eschews any and all grue and gore and lets the story (yes, there IS one of THOSE!) and the relationships of the characters (YIKES!! It has THOSE too!!!! And they are actually DEVELOPED!!!!
Who'd have THOUGHT????) carry the viewer through a tale of mounting tension to a thrilling climax and denoument. This is just plain good old fashioned top-notch STORYTELLING. The photography is excellent, the music haunting and brilliant, the acting first rate. "THE UNINVITED" is just a gem of a motion picture. The biggest question about it is, WHY is it not yet on DVD????? Seems to me one of the best ghost stories out there OUGHT to be on DVD! I know this is one reviewer/viewer who would snatch one up in a minute. This movie IS that good. And, while we're on the subject of getting good movies out on DVD, where the heck is John Wayne's "The High and the Mighty"? Or the excellent Robert Mitchum/Robert Wagner Korean War fighter pilot opus, "The Hunters"? Surely makes one wonder.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best March 6 2003
Format:VHS Tape
THE UNINVITED is a truly top-notch haunted house film. The story has lots of spooky moments and the ghostly manifestations are presented with subtlety, leaving much to the imagination of the viewer. Lighting is used effectively to heighten the mood, and, having been filmed in 1943, there is no special effect overkill to make it seem hokey.
Besides the haunting aspects of this film, it is an excellent movie in most other respects, as well. The acting is first-rate, the music is lovely, and the scenery is as beautiful as it is appropriate to the mood. The tension builds steadily as the romance between Londoner Roderick Fitzgerald (Ray Milland) and local girl Stella Meredith (Gail Russel) progresses. Ruth Hussey does a fine job in the role of Fitzgerald's increasingly edgy sister, and Donald Crisp is excellent as Stella's over-protective grandfather.
THE UNINVITED is an excellent movie and one of the best ghost stories on film to date. In terms of pure hair-raising, spine-tingling chills, the original 1963 version of THE HAUNTING is tops, in my opinion. THE UNINVITED isn't far behind, though, and in terms of overall production values, it doesn't get any better than this. A great addition to any video collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense!
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. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kona
4.0 out of 5 stars A little undecided
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. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jo-Ann Spellman
4.0 out of 5 stars A so so haunting/who done it-3 stars for the film,5 for the extras.
The Uninvited(released Feb/44) stars,among others,Ray Milland,Gail Russell,Ruth Hussey and Donald Crisp. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Robert Badgley
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
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
Published 9 months ago by Philip Goodridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully subtle
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... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Gary Fuhrman
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD?
I was named after this book/movie way back when. The scariest movie I had seen as a child and my favourite. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Pamela Daly
5.0 out of 5 stars The Uninvited
This is one of Golden Hollywoods best. The story is exciting, dramatic, eerrie and with just enough humor to make the whole movie an absolute delight. Read more
Published on Feb. 21 2006 by Andrew Whitby
5.0 out of 5 stars It will send chills down your spine
I don't normally like ghost stories as movies because all too often they turn out to be silly, obviously fake, or overly gory. The Uninvited, however, was a pleasant surprise. Read more
Published on July 7 2004 by flaneurlitteraire
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! Where is the DVD
This fine movie, scarry, spooky, wonderful...where is the DVD???!!!!
Published on July 2 2004 by Ballet Boy
5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar by starlight
Top-notch movie. A spectacular blend of spooky atmosphere, spirited characters, and hauntingly beautiful music.
This is one of my all-time favorite movies. Read more
Published on June 29 2004 by C. Ford
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