Ghost Stories for Christmas Volume 1 (3 x Blu-ray discs)

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The filming of the adaptations took place at a variety of locations. Clark notes that James gave him "a wonderful excuse to discover...places where you could best impart tension and atmosphere." [23] East Anglia, where M. R. James set many of his stories, was the location for the two first films. The Stalls of Barchester was filmed at Norwich Cathedral and in the surrounding close. [24] For A Warning to the Curious, "Seaburgh" (a disguised version of Aldeburgh, Suffolk) was filmed on the coast of North Norfolk at Waxham, Holkham Gap, Happisburgh, Wells-next-the-Sea and on the North Norfolk Railway. [25] [26] Clark recalls filming in North Norfolk in late February, with consistently fine cold weather "with a slight winter haze which gave exactly the right depth and sense of mystery to the limitless vistas of the shoreline there." [17] Before Clark's films came under the remit of the BBC Drama Department it commissioned a Christmas play from Nigel Kneale, an original ghost story called The Stone Tape, broadcast on Christmas Day 1972. With its modern setting, this is not generally included under the heading of A Ghost Story for Christmas [52] and was originally intended as an episode of the anthology Dead of Night. Denholm (Elliot) was so wonderful in that role, like a tightly coiled spring. There was such tension in the character: he was always only a step away from insanity." a b Rigby, Jonathan, "Traces of Uneasiness: Lawrence Gordon Clark and The Stalls of Barchester" in The M. R. James Collection, BFI 2012 (BFIVD965)

Mark Gatiss's films The Tractate Middoth, The Dead Room, Martin's Close and The Mezzotint were released together as "Ghost Stories" in October 2022.Featuring the final five films in the first run of the BBC’s end-of-year supernatural tales, the BFI’s Blu-ray release of GHOST STORIES OF CHRISTMAS VOLUME TWO offers a significant upgrade on the previous DVD releases of these films. Slarek looks cautiously over his shoulder and gets nervous about an indistinct shape he saw lurking in the shadows.

A travelogue writer, Mr Wraxhall, becomes fascinated by the story of Count Magnus, the long-dead founder of a Swedish family who once made a journey to the Holy Land for less than holy reasons. [44] Newly recorded audio commentary forThe Treasure of Abbot Thomas by writer and TV historian Simon Farquhar Records the default button state of the corresponding category & the status of CCPA. It works only in coordination with the primary cookie.Three linked episodes tell the story of the ghostly secrets of Geap Manor, a recently demolished Tudor mansion in both the past and present. [50] Fisher, Mark (15 April 2007). "Bleak and Solemn ..." Archived from the original on 20 August 2010 . Retrieved 22 August 2010. A decade after their release on DVD, the BFI have remastered the first four of the BBC’s much-loved Christmas supernatural tales on Blu-ray as GHOST STORIES FOR CHRISTMAS, VOLUME ONE, complete with all of the previous special features and new commentaries. An overjoyed Slarek revisits some of the finest TV hauntings, for the first time in high definition. Aubrey Judd, veteran radio presenter of The Dead Room, soon realises that elements of his own past are not as dead and buried as he perhaps hoped. [38] [41] One of four episodes screened by the BBC in December 2000, also under the title of Ghost Stories for Christmas, in which Christopher Lee plays M.R. James in his role as provost of King’s College Cambridge, as he reads Number 13 to a small gathering of students on the night of Christmas Eve at the rail end of the 19th Century. If you’ve seen any of the others in this series – and there are two in the first BFI Blu-ray collection – you’ll know what to expect, but given Lee’s considerable talent as an arresting storyteller, that’s in no way a criticism. An entertaining listen peppered with illustrative cutaways, it also gives those who have not read the James’s story the chance to compare it with the 2005 TV adaptation also featured on this disc. A View from the Hill (2005) (39:01) standard definition 1.78:1

An eccentric professor finds a whistle carved from bone in a graveyard while on holiday in Norfolk. After blowing the whistle, he is troubled by terrible visions. [57]

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The final film in the original Ghost Storiesstrand was the first after Whistle and I’ll Come to You not to be directed by Lawrence Gordon Clark. It remains the oddest and most narratively oblique of the series, never openly explaining the nature of its horror, in the process leaving itself open to multiple interpretations. MR James’ original story, ‘Oh Whistle and I’ll Come to You, My Lad’, read by Neil Brand (2001, 42 mins) The final two stories were based on original screenplays, one by Clive Exton, who was an experienced television screenwriter, and the other by John Bowen, who was primarily known as a novelist and playwright, [11] [12] but also had extensive television experience, including adapting The Treasure of Abbot Thomas earlier in the series.

A young squire, John Martin, is on trial for murder in a court presided over by hanging judge George Jeffreys, but the girl he is accused of murdering has been seen after her death. [42] Here again I must note a matter I do not understand. I am much troubled in sleep. No definite image presented itself, but I was pursued by the very vivid impression that wet lips were whispering into my ear with great rapidity and emphasis for some time together. After this, I suppose, I fell asleep, but was awakened with a start by a feeling as if a hand were laid on my shoulder.” Though Hallowe'en may be the seasonal time for tales of fright, Christmastime brings with it its own share of stories designed to make the blood run cold on a Winter's evening. Arguably the best Christmas stories contain an element of creepiness, be it a series of spectres visiting an old miser in the night, or even a green monster sneaking into sleeping households on Christmas Eve. The 1970s saw the BBC capitalise on holiday haunts by broadcasting an annual production of a classic ghost story, most often courtesy of famed horror writer M.R. James. Previously available on DVD, the BFI have now remastered and rereleased the first three stories in the series, along with their 1968 adaptation of ‘Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad' which inspired the format of releasing a ghost story each Christmas through the 70s. An amateur archaeologist travels to a remote seaside town in Norfolk to search for the lost crown of Anglia, but after unearthing it he is haunted by a mysterious figure. [9]

a b c d Hussey, Bill (18 December 2008). "Interview with Mark Gatiss: Part One". Horror Reanimated. Archived from the original on 22 December 2008 . Retrieved 30 December 2008. As well as fresh, filmic transfers of each film, the BFI has provided a plethora of special features for fans of the series: director introductions, audio commentaries (some featuring horror expert Kim Newman!), interviews, and even readings of some of M.R. James' original stories. Perhaps best of all, retellings of the first three stories in this collection are included, starring late icons John Hurt and Christopher Lee. While some of these features are carried over from the original DVD release, each has been upgraded to high definition where available. The folk horror box set from Severin has a number of 25fps SD video sources that are upscaled and converted to 24p. Robin Redbreast, Kadaicha etc. Penda's Fen is just speed adjusted to 24p. Introductions by Lawrence Gordon Clark (2012, 39 mins): the director introduces The Treasure of Abbot Thomas, The Ash Tree, The Signalman, and Stigma

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