The Uninvited (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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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
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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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
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.Read more ›
The movie remains somewhat true to the novel Uneasy Freehold by Dorothy Macardle with a few exceptions such as Milland's character in the book is a writer and in the film he is a composer. Both the book and the movie are both very good so any changes made worked.
The bluray release has cleaned up the picture and sound so the movie has never looked better. This is recommended to anyone who likes a good ghost story.
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
A great movie that was acted so brilliantly - the story moves without any useless filling in as we find in so many movies today. The acting was superb. Thoroughly enteraining,.Published 12 months ago by William Griffiths
loved it looked for this movie a long time still wating for houdiniPublished 20 months ago by paulette
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 morePublished on June 16 2014 by Jo-Ann Spellman
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 itPublished on Jan. 7 2014 by Philip Goodridge
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 morePublished on Nov. 14 2013 by Gary Fuhrman
I was named after this book/movie way back when. The scariest movie I had seen as a child and my favourite. Read morePublished on Oct. 22 2013 by Pamela
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 morePublished on Feb. 21 2006 by Andrew Whitby