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 Posted:   Jun 4, 2008 - 3:11 PM   
 By:   Essankay   (Member)

Looks like MGM is finally going to be releasing a deluxe version of Laughton's classic. Let's hope the TBD extras include our very own Preston Neal Jones!

The Night of the Hunter (Collector's Edition) (1955)
NOW ACCEPTING ADVANCE ORDERS!
Starring: Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, James Gleason, Evelyn Varden, Billy Chapin, Cheryl Callaway, Corey Allen, Don Beddoe, George Wallace, Gloria Castillo, Gloria Pall, John Hamilton, Kathy Garver, Mary Ellen Clemons, Michael Chapin, Paul Bryar, Peter Graves, Sally Jane Bruce
Director: Charles Laughton
Genre: Drama, Horror, Film Noir, Mystery/Thriller
Year: 1955
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
Length: 93 minutes
Release Date: September 9, 2008
Rating: NR
Format: DVD
Misc: NTSC, Black & White
Language: English(Original Language), French(Subtitled), French(Dubbed), English(Subtitled)

Discs in this Set:
The Night of the Hunter 1955
This DVD is disc 1 of 2 in "The Night of the Hunter" No Reviews

Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
Release Date: 09/09/2008


The Night of the Hunter BONUS DISC 1955
This DVD is disc 2 of 2 in "The Night of the Hunter" No Reviews

Starring: Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, James Gleason, Evelyn Varden
Director: Charles Laughton
Synopsis: TBD Read More

Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
Release Date: 09/09/2008

SYNOPSIS:
A tall, handsome "preacher" - his knuckles eerily tattooed with "love" and "hate" - roams the countryside, spreading the gospel... and leaving a trail of murdered women in his wake. To Reverend Harry Powell (Robert Mitchum), the work of the Lord has more to do with condemning souls than saving them, especially when his own interests are involved. Now his sights are set on $10,000 - and two little children are the only ones who know where it is. "Chill...dren!" the preacher croons to the terrified boy and girl hiding in the cold, dark cellar... innocent young lambs who refuse to be led astray.

"A finely acted, imaginatively directed chiller with brooding power" (Variety), The Night Of The Hunter stars Mitchum in the most daring and critically acclaimed performance of his career. Spellbinding, ominous, and hauntingly suspenseful, this extraordinary film noir classic remains "one of the most frightening movies ever made" (Pauline Kael).

BONUS FEATURES: TBD


Here's the link for this listing: http://www.classicflix.com/night-hunter-collectors-edition-p-7451.html

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 4, 2008 - 3:17 PM   
 By:   Morlock1   (Member)

I just saw the film for the first time a few weeks ago. Remarkable and haunting film.

 
 Posted:   Jun 4, 2008 - 3:28 PM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

One of my all-time favorite movies!

Preston - are you at all involved with this DVD release?

 
 Posted:   Jun 4, 2008 - 6:54 PM   
 By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)

I sure as heck hope this includes the on-the-set documentary footage of Laughton directing the picture. And an isolated music and effects track would be OH SO NICE!!

A completely unique film, unlike any other.

 
 Posted:   Jun 4, 2008 - 9:20 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

I saw this for the first time two years ago at a local theater (which is currently in the process of getting demolished frown). Great movie. Looking forward to the DVD. smile

 
 Posted:   Jun 5, 2008 - 1:07 AM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

It doesn't say at ALL what's on the bonus DVD. Until it does, I pass.

 
 Posted:   Jun 6, 2008 - 1:04 AM   
 By:   Essankay   (Member)

I sure as heck hope this includes the on-the-set documentary footage of Laughton directing the picture. And an isolated music and effects track would be OH SO NICE!!

With a whole second disc to fill up, I can't imagine they wouldn't make use of that footage of Laughton directing.

As far as the music goes, though, I wish someone would re-record the darned thing! In lieu of that (and with little hope that such a thing is likely to happen any time soon) I agree an isolated m&e would be a good thing.

 
 Posted:   Jun 9, 2008 - 10:59 PM   
 By:   Essankay   (Member)

Well, if it seemed too good to be true... IT WAS!

6/09/2008
POSTPONED - The Night of the Hunter (Collector's Edition)

After announcing last week a September 9th release date for The Night of the Hunter (Collector's Edition), an industry source has now informed us that it been removed from the schedule. When asked for a ballpark release date, he could only say that it will happen, but could not say when.

All pre-orders have been cancelled.



Let's hope the delay is so Preston and Simon Callow can record detailed commentaries for both the film and the footage of Laughton directing.

Here's the link to this announcement: http://classicflix.blogspot.com/2008/06/postponed-night-of-hunter-collectors.html

 
 Posted:   Jun 11, 2008 - 1:49 PM   
 By:   Essankay   (Member)

Former UCLA Film & TV Archive preservationist Robert Gitt on the footage of Laughton directing NIGHT OF THE HUNTER: http://film.guardian.co.uk/features/featurepages/0,,971008,00.html

 
 Posted:   Jun 18, 2010 - 2:12 PM   
 By:   Essankay   (Member)

The Criterion Collection newsletter has a clue this month that suggests pretty strongly they will be releasing NIGHT OF THE HUNTER on DVD and Blu-ray. I sure hope that's the case. It's a film that really deserves the Criterion treatment and it'll just about guarantee that we'll get the lengthy outtakes of Laughton directing.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 18, 2010 - 3:58 PM   
 By:   eriknelson   (Member)

This film disturbs me to the extent that I find it difficult to sit through. The tension is almost too much to bear. It's one of the few films during which I have to keep saying to myself "It's only a movie." Such brilliant filmmaking.

 
 Posted:   Jun 18, 2010 - 4:11 PM   
 By:   BobJ   (Member)

Quite simply one of the most brilliant films of all time. I would gladly double dip for this masterpiece.

Bring on the special edition.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 18, 2010 - 4:20 PM   
 By:   AndyDursin   (Member)

There's a good looking (of what I've sampled) HD master that MGM-HD has shown over the last few months of the film...I also can't wait for a Criterion package. Long overdue (obviously)!

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 19, 2010 - 1:33 AM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

Very gratifying to read appreciative responses to my favorite movie. And yes, HUNTER is currently getting the Criterion treatment. Not everything is "locked in" yet, but, barring unforseen events, I think you'll all be pleased with the results, as you usually can with Criterion.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 19, 2010 - 1:41 PM   
 By:   eriknelson   (Member)

Here in Houston it's being screened tonight at the River Oaks Theatre.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 19, 2010 - 4:21 PM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

You going, Erik? Like every great movie, it should be seen at least once in a theater... (And "River Oaks" sounds like the perfect name for a theater to show this film.)

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 19, 2010 - 8:06 PM   
 By:   eriknelson   (Member)

You going, Erik? Like every great movie, it should be seen at least once in a theater... (And "River Oaks" sounds like the perfect name for a theater to show this film.)

I hadn't thought about the connection between this film and River Oaks! Yes, I'll be there but, as I said earlier, it's not the easiest film for me to sit through. I'm anxious to see if it's a restored print.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 19, 2010 - 11:33 PM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

You can always go out to the lobby for some popcorn. But of course, if you've read my book, then you'll know that one of Laughton's stated intentions was to get lackadaisical contemporary film goers to forget about their popcorn and lean forward in their seats, anxious to see what would happen next, just like audiences in the days of silent cinema.

***

Unless something is dreadfully wrong. tonight you will certainly have seen the version restored by UCLA just a few years ago. It is now THE version for theatrical showings (and TCM). Do me a favor, incidentally: When the two kids are in the barn, and Preacher is riding his horse on the horizon in silhouettte singing "Leaning," there should be nothing on the soundtrack besides Mitchum's voice. Did you happen to hear anything else in the background? -- There were some faulty prints made but theoretically they've all been recalled by now. Thanks!

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 20, 2010 - 12:50 AM   
 By:   philip*eric   (Member)

You can always go out to the lobby for some popcorn. But of course, if you've read my book, then you'll know that one of Laughton's stated intentions was to get lackadaisical contemporary film goers to forget about their popcorn and lean forward in their seats, anxious to see what would happen next, just like audiences in the days of silent cinema.

***

Unless something is dreadfully wrong. tonight you will certainly have seen the version restored by UCLA just a few years ago. It is now THE version for theatrical showings (and TCM). Do me a favor, incidentally: When the two kids are in the barn, and Preacher is riding his horse on the horizon in silhouettte singing "Leaning," there should be nothing on the soundtrack besides Mitchum's voice. Did you happen to hear anything else in the background? -- There were some faulty prints made but theoretically they've all been recalled by now. Thanks!


this has always been a favorite film of mine -- I saw it as a boy in the late 50s and found it incredibly frightening but also eerily beautiful-- I certainly didn't appreciate what a great film it is but knew that it was special .

I think that WGN showed it quite often in the 60s here in the Chicago area so I saw it many more times. I always liked the music but it was impossible to find the soundtrack LP-- I did tape the soundtrack off the TV so I listened to it that way a lot.

In the early 70s , Lillian Gish came to the area doing her THE MOVIES, MR. GRIFFITH & ME program .. It was of course a great presentation and afterwords I found my way backstage(in the National College of Education auditorium as I recall) to the dressing room of Miss Gish -- she had no entourage. She was seated in a large comfy chair and eager to meet fans . I had brought my paperback copy of her autobiography and had her sign it --- plus a 8x10 - she was so nice -- I asked her about several of her silent classics and then mentioned how much I loved her performance in TNOH - which was probably the 1st film I ever saw her in. She thought for a moment and said - " dear Charles Laughton - such a troubled man". I had no reference point so I did not ask what she meant-- I was just in awe she spoke so causally to a fan like me.. ( I hung around for a while and saw Burr Tilstrom (from Kukla, Fran and Ollie fame) visit with her).

Just recently I had three different books out from the library out on this film - just this film - including HEAVEN AND HELL TO PLAY WITH--- fascinating behind the scene details -- this film has grown significantly in critical appreciation since it's release--- a Criterion release is long overdue- I can't wait.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 20, 2010 - 1:42 AM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

Glad you liked my book. I approached Miss Gish in very much the same way you did, around the same time, backstage at the Westport Country Playhouse, which is why she agreed to an interview for "Heaven and Hell to Play With..." I wish she had given me that great straight line she gave you about Laughton being a "troubled man," but I daresay when you read the book you learn a lot about that from her and others with whom I spoke.

 
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