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31 October 2013

BFI wakes in the DEAD OF NIGHT (review)

Venture into the DEAD OF NIGHT with the British Film Institute as they rescue from the BBC vaults that three surviving episodes of this seventies TV chiller series.  In THE EXORCISM, two couples celebrating Christmas dinner in a renovated country cottage are chosen for centuries old supernatural retribution.  In RETURN FLIGHT, an aging airplane captain has an encounter in the sky with what might be a literal "phantom" aircraft.  In A WOMAN SOBBING, an unhappy housewife believes she is either going mad or the ghost of a woman is haunting the attic of her country home.  Anna Cropper, Clive Swift, Peter Barkworth, and Anna Massey star.

REVIEW LINKS: British Film Institute (UK) Region 2 PAL (DVDBeaver)

DEAD OF NIGHT DVD specs:
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen (original aspect ratio)
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • The three surviving episodes "The Exorcism", "Return Flight", and "A Woman Sobbing"
  • Photo galleries from two of the missing episodes
  • PDF screenplays for all seven episodes

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