The Witches (Blu-Ray + DVD) (1966)

Release Date: 21 October 2013 | Certificate: Suitable for 12 years and over
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Originally released in 1966, The Witches is an unforgettably chilling pastoral horror from the legendary Hammer Films studio. Adapted for the screen by Nigel Kneale (The Quatermass Xperiment) it also stars Joan Fontaine (Rebecca, Suspicion) in her last major film role.

Gwen Mayfield, an English schoolteacher working in an African missionary, suddenly finds herself being victimized by a tribe of local witch doctors. Exposed to the deadly powers of the occult she's left deeply traumatized. In an effort to recover Gwen takes up a position in a rural school within the British countryside. But the idyllic village surroundings become increasingly sinister as Gwen begins to uncover a nightmarish web of dark and satanic secrets.

Extras Brand new documentary: Hammer Glamour
Commentary
Release Date: 21 October 2013
Certificate: 12 - Suitable for Persons Aged 12 or Over

Product Reviews


The Witches Is A Quirky Hammer Film!

This film is known as "The Devil’s Own" here in the United States and is an oddity in the Hammer canon of films. Starring Joan Fontaine who is also an oddity within herself being born to British parents inside Japan to a Mother who caught her husband using Geisha girls for Sex to divorce & settle inside the United States due to Joan's growing health issues due to childhood sickness. Joan went on to star in some major Hollywood productions with "The Witches" becoming her final film before retiring forever.

Video - The Witches gets a brilliant transfer to Blu-ray from Studio Canal in the UK. It is dual-layered with another max'ed out bitrate for the 1.5 hour feature. Colors are striking, vivid and rich, detail impressive and there are examples of depth. We have another awesome restoration bringing out the very best of the film's textures. The 1080P supports wonderful contrast adding some minor depth in the 1.66:1 frame. The video is smooth in-motion without any noise or flaws. It's remarkably clean and impressive through and through. Certainly the Blu-ray image quality can't be faulted for the an unsatisfying presentation.

Audio - Studio Canal utilize a linear PCM mono track at, a fairly robust, 2304 kbps. It is clear, flat but Richard Rodney Bennett's score sounding pretty creepy in spots with a eerie depth.

Extra's - The only supplement is 'Hammer Glamour' which runs just shy of 45-minutes.

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