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The British horror classic, lovingly packaged and presented in four different versions on Blu-ray

The British horror classic, lovingly packaged and presented in four different versions on Blu-ray

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A classic slice of 1950s psychological horror.

Dana Andrews stars as American psychologist Dr John Holden, who arrives in London to attend a paranormal psychology symposium with the aim of exposing devil cult leader Julian Karswell (Niall MacGinnis) as a fraud. On his arrival, Holden learns that the leader of the symposium, Henry Harrington (Maurice Denham), has suddenly died in mysterious circumstances - but Holden, a hardened sceptic, refuses to believe that Karswell could have had a hand in this, and accepts an invitation to stay at Karswell's estate along with Harrington's niece, Joanna (Peggy Cummins).

Once there, however, a series of strange occurrences begins by which even the sceptical Holden becomes disturbed..

Based on M.R. James' classic tale of terror, Casting the Runes , and adapted for the screen by regular Hitchcock collaborator Charles Bennett, Jacques Tourneur's (Cat People, I Walked with a Zombie, Out of the Past) Night of the Demon is a quintessential slice of British gothic horror. Released on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK, the film is presented here in four different versions, and is accompanied by an incredible array of new and archival special features.

A classic slice of 1950s psychological horror.

Dana Andrews stars as American psychologist Dr John Holden, who arrives in London to attend a paranormal psychology symposium with the aim of exposing devil cult leader Julian Karswell (Niall MacGinnis) as a fraud. On his arrival, Holden learns that the leader of the symposium, Henry Harrington (Maurice Denham), has suddenly died in mysterious circumstances - but Holden, a hardened sceptic, refuses to believe that Karswell could have had a hand in this, and accepts an invitation to stay at Karswell's estate along with Harrington's niece, Joanna (Peggy Cummins).

Once there, however, a series of strange occurrences begins by which even the sceptical Holden becomes disturbed..

Based on M.R. James' classic tale of terror, Casting the Runes , and adapted for the screen by regular Hitchcock collaborator Charles Bennett, Jacques Tourneur's (Cat People, I Walked with a Zombie, Out of the Past) Night of the Demon is a quintessential slice of British gothic horror. Released on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK, the film is presented here in four different versions, and is accompanied by an incredible array of new and archival special features.

Extras

Disc One:

  • Night of the Demon, the original full-length pre-release version (96 mins)
  • Curse of the Demon, the US reissue version (96 mins)
  • 2K BFI restoration presentations at 1.75:1
  • High Definition remaster presentations at 1.66:1
  • Original mono audio
  • Audio commentary with film historian Tony Earnshaw, author of Beating the Devil: The Making of Night of the Demon

Disc Two:

  • Night of the Demon, the original UK theatrical cut (82 mins)
  • Curse of the Demon, the original US theatrical cut (82 mins)
  • High Definition remasters at 1.66:1
  • Original mono audio
  • Speak of the Devil: The Making of Night of the Demon (2007, 20 mins): a documentary featuring actor Peggy Cummins and production designer Ken Adam
  • Cloven in Two (2018, 23 mins): a video essay exploring the different versions
  • Hal E Chester at the Manchester Festival of Fantastic Films (1996, 51 mins): a rare archival video interview with the producer
  • Dana Andrews on Night of the Demon (1972, 10 mins): a rare audio interview with the actor conducted by film historian and preservationist Scott MacQueen
  • The Devil's in the Detail (2018, 36 mins): Christopher Frayling discusses the film and Ken Adam
  • Horrors Unseen (2018, 27 mins): an interview with Chris Fujiwara, author of Jacques Tourneur: The Cinema of Nightfall
  • Sinister Signs (2018, 21 mins): an analysis by Kim Newman, author of Nightmare Movies
  • Under the Spell (2018, 19 mins): a personal appreciation by horror writer Ramsey Campbell
  • The Devil Gets His Due (2018, 23 mins): Scott MacQueen details the film's release history
  • The Truth of Alchemy (2018, 22 mins): a discussion of M R James by author Roger Clarke
  • The Devil in Music (2018, 11 mins): David Huckvale on composer Clifton Parker
  • A Note of Fear (2018, 10 mins): Scott MacQueen discusses aspects of the film's score
  • Casting the Runes (1984, 53 mins): an audio recording of Michael Hordern reading M R James original story
  • Escape: Casting the Runes (1947, 30 mins): a radio adaptation of the story
  • Super 8 version (7 mins): original cut-down home cinema presentation
  • Isolated music & effects track
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery: promotional and production material
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing

Additional Info

Additional Info

SKU 5037899084069
Catalogue Number PHIBD048
Product contents 2 discs
Year 1957
Director Jacques Tourneur
Format Blu-Ray
Publisher(s) Powerhouse
Countries United Kingdom
Aspect ratio 1.75:1 / 1.66:1
Colour Black & White
Language(s) English
Running time 180 min
Blu-ray region A, B, C
Certificate PG

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