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Watcher in the Woods [DVD] [1981]

  • SKU: 6736446
  • Release Date: 08/03/2004
  • Rating: PG
A chilling and atmospheric tale of haunting mystery set in the English countryside, The Watcher in the Woods arrives on DVD courtesy of Disney/Buena Vista Home Entertainment. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, this release offers audio rendered in closed-captioned English Dolby Digital 5.1, and Spanish and French Dolby Digital 5.1 with optional French subtitles. Extra features include alternate endings and original theatrical trailers.

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (3 out of 3)

    Special Features

    • Alternate endings
    • Original theatrical trailers
    • French and Spanish language tracks
    • French subtitles


    The Watcher in the Woods
    This Disney Studios attempt at entering the horror genre is a British production based on the chilling novel by Florence Engel Randall. An American family, headed by composer Paul Curtis (David McCallum) and his wife Helen (Carroll Baker), is renting an old mansion in England. The mansion's owner is Mrs. Aylwood (Bette Davis), who lives in a small guest house on the property. The mansion is surrounded by dense, forbidding woods. The Curtis children, Jan (Lynn-Holly Johnson) and Ellie (Kyle Richards), explore the forest. Mrs. Aylwood is continually searching the woods for her daughter -- whom she lost there 30 years ago. Over time, the children come to be haunted by the spirit of the daughter, Karen (Katherine Levy). The film was originally released in 1980 with an ending that included a huge alien from another planet. The studio pulled back the film after test audiences laughed at the special effects, and re-released the movie in 1982 with a new ending that circumvented the alien. ~ Michael Betzold, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Bette Davis
      Bette Davis - Mrs. Aylwood
    • Carroll Baker
      Carroll Baker - Helen Curtis
    • David McCallum
      David McCallum - Paul Curtis
    • Ian Bannen
      Ian Bannen - John Keller
    • Lynn-Holly Johnson
      Lynn-Holly Johnson - Jan Curtis

    Customer rating

    Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 3 reviews

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

      Childhood favorite

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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Been waiting to purchase this film on dvd for years now I didn’t even know it existed on Dvd himself a few weeks ago I childhood memories of this film are memorable.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      best disney movie ever

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember
      • Top 1000 ContributorTop 1000 Contributor

      I grew up with this movie and still love it, Great cast with Kyle Richards and Baby Jane Hudson

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Loved this movie when i was a kid!

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      What can i say Betty Davis a creepy old house and story great movie!

      I would recommend this to a friend

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