On 9 November 2009 Nucleus Films will issue Stephen Weeks' 1974 chiller Ghost Story as a special edition double DVD set.
Revered, misunderstood and oft-discussed, Stephen Weeks' rarely seen 1974 dreamlike chiller is the absolute definition of a cult British Horror film. Set in 1930s England it tells of three former public schoolmates, Larry Dann (The Bill), Murray Melvin (The Devils) and the enigmatic Vivian Mackerrell (the inspiration for Bruce Robinson' s creation 'Withnail', seen here in his only major screen role), who reunite in a country mansion haunted by the spirit of insane former resident Marianne Faithfull (Girl on a Motorcycle). The haunting transports them to a surreal world of demonic dolls, sadistic doctors, incest and murder. Hammer fans will see Barbara Shelley (Dracula Prince of Darkness) and Leigh Lawson (Hammer House of Horror), among the cast, 'cult TV' enthusiasts will recognise Anthony Bate (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Beasts), and sitcom lovers will enjoy a cameo from Penelope Keith (The Good Life, To The Manor Born).
This combination of 1970s Britsploitation and 1930s quaintness, realised perfectly by Weeks and soundtracked by Pink Floyd collaborator Ron Geesin, have made Ghost Story legendary. Now, for the first time on DVD Nucleus Films proudly presents this pristine 2-disc collectors edition including Ghost Stories, an in-depth featurette about the curious tale about the making of the film, an audio commentary, a trailer and a selection of Weeks' fascinating early shorts and commercials including the previously unseen Tigon film 1917!
2 DISC COLLECTOR'S EDITION - with colour 8 page booklet featuring an essay by Darius Drewe Shimon and early shorts notes by Stephen Weeks
- Widescreen Presentation Enhanced for 16x9 TVs
- Dolby Digital Mono 2.0
- Theatrical Trailer
- Audio Commentary with Stephen Weeks, moderated by Professor Samuel Umland
- Ghost Stories - an all-new 72 minute featurette including interviews with Director/Producer Stephen Weeks, Actors Larry Dann and Murray Melvin, British Horror Icon Barbara Shelley and composer (and Pink Floyd collaborator) Ron Geesin, with comments from critic Kim Newman.
- Alternate opening credits sequence
- Stephen Weeks' The Making of Ghost Story (.pdf)
- Stephen Weeks' My Early Films (.pdf)
- Terror, Tweed & Tiffin Essay by Darius Drewe Shimon (.pdf)
- Original Press Book (.pdf)
- The Chelsea Cobbler store commercial
- Previously unseen short Stephen Weeks films:
- Owen's War (1965 / B+W / 10m)
- Deserted Station (1965 / B+W / 7m)
- The Camp (1965 / B+W / 4m)
- Moods of a Victorian Church (1967 / Colour / 9m)
- Two At Thursday (1968 / B+W / 10m)
- 1917 (1968 / Colour / 35m) - the lost Tigon film!
- Flesh (1969 / Colour / 3m)
Note: The booklet will be available with the first 1,000 copies only!
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