Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Uninvited (1944)

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 22, 2013
Price: DVD $19.95, Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Criterion


The Uninvited movie scene

Ruth Hussey and Ray Milland investigate things that go bump in the night in The Uninvited.

The 1944 horror-mystery film The Uninvited, directed by Lewis Allen (Suddenly), was groundbreaking for the seriousness with which it treated the haunted-house genre.

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. It doesn’t take too long before the two are caught up in a bizarre romantic triangle from beyond the grave.

Rich in atmosphere and such genre staples as a tragic family past, a mysteriously locked room, cold chills, and bumps in the night, the gothic-flavored Uninvited remains an elegant and eerie experience, featuring a classic score by Victor Young (Written on the Wind).

Criterion’s Blu-ray and DVD editions of The Uninvited includes the following features:

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

 

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.