BFI Gothic DVDs and Blu-rays
The BFI announced their Gothic: The Dark Heart of Film project yesterday, which will take in all manner of activities – from special one-off screenings and Southbank seasons to education initiatives and new titles from BFI Publishing. For the purposes of the Digital Fix, the most salient information relates to a series of eight Blu-ray and DVD releases. Here’s the relevant info from the press release…
The screaming starts with M R James’ Classic Ghost Stories (1986), narrated by Robert Powell, which include The Mezzotint and O, Whistle and I’ll Come to You, My Lad.
Children’s Film Foundation films will bring a creepier note to Hallowe’en with a DVD volume featuring James Hill’s The Man from Nowhere (1975) and John Krish’s Out of the Darkness (1985).
Two long-unseen archive TV titles, guaranteed to scare and delight in equal measure are the 1970 Play for Today entry Robin Redbreast and the surviving, terrifying episodes of 1972’s Dead of Night.
18 November sees Rupert Julian’s newly restored silent classic Phantom of the Opera (1925) and the BFI National Archive digital re-mastering of Thorold Dickinson’s Gaslight (1940) come out in Dual Format and the much sought-after 1979 TV adaptation of Sheridan Le Fanu’s Schalcken the Painter and the star-studded vintage ghost story series Supernatural (1977), featuring Billie Whitelaw, Denholm Elliott, Jeremy Brett, Ian Hendry and Robert Hardy, return to haunt the screens of anyone daring enough to watch them.
For full details on the Gothic project, see the entire announcement here. Plus there’s a trailer to whet your appetite…