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The Uninvited [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1944]

  • SKU: 21708347
  • Release Date: 10/22/2013
  • Rating: NR

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    75% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (3 out of 4)

    Special Features

    • New 2K digital restoration
    • New visual essay by flmmaker Michael Almereyda
    • Two radio adaptations, from 1944 and 1949, both starring Ray Milland
    • Trailer
    • Plus: a booklet featuring an essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme and a 1997 interview with director Lewis Allen


    The Uninvited
    The Uninvited is one of the rare Hollywood ghost stories that does not cop out with a "logical" ending. In fact, the film has more in common with British ghost tales of the period, in that the characters calmly accept spectral visitations as though they were everyday occurrences. Roderick Fitzgerald (Ray Milland) and his sister, Pamela (Ruth Hussey), buy a house on the Cornish seacoast, never suspecting that it is a "bad" house, subject to haunting. Before long, Roderick and Pamela are visited by Stella Meredith (Gail Russell), whose late mother, it is said, is the house ghost. It is further supposed that the ghost means to do Stella harm. Stella's grandfather Commander Beech (Donald Crisp) is close-mouthed on the issue, but it is clear he knows something that he isn't telling. Sure enough, there is a secret to the manor: it is inhabited by not one but two ghosts, one of whom is merely trying to shield Stella from harm. Once the film's deep dark secret is revealed (courtesy of a virtuoso "mad speech" by supporting actress Cornelia Otis Skinner), Roderick is able to single-handedly exorcise the estate and claim Stella as his bride. Based on the novel by Dorothy Macardle (with a few uncredited "lifts" from Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca), The Uninvited remains one of the spookiest "old dark house" films ever made, even after years of inundation by computer-generated special effects. Less effective was the 1945 sequel, The Unseen, which starts well but degenerates into a substandard murder mystery. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Ray Milland
      Ray Milland - Roderick Fitzgerald
    • Ruth Hussey
      Ruth Hussey - Pamela Fitzgerald
    • Donald Crisp
      Donald Crisp - Commander Beech
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      Cornelia Otis Skinner - Miss Holloway
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      Dorothy Stickney - Miss Bird

    Customer rating

    Rating 3.8 out of 5 stars with 4 reviews

    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Great Older Movie

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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This was a gift for my mom. She said the oldest version was best. I really enjoyed the movie with her. It was a little slow, but surprisingly suspenseful.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Criterion Collector

      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I collect these, but I have actually not watched this one...I gave it five because I know I will like it, I just haven't gotten around to it. Also its a dang classic for cryin out loud!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      I have waited a long time for this one!

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      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      This is a movie that I have waited a long time for! My family loves this movie and we watch it every Halloween. The picture is so bright, clear and vivid!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars


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      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Ok for a classic would reccommend renting before buying.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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