Burn, Witch, Burn! NR CC

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A college psychology professor sets out to debunk the occult, only to find himself under attack by a practitioner of the supernatural. In HD.

Starring:
Peter Wyngarde, Janet Blair
Runtime:
1 hour, 30 minutes

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Burn, Witch, Burn!

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Product Details

Genres Horror
Director Sidney Hayers
Starring Peter Wyngarde, Janet Blair
Supporting actors Margaret Johnston, Anthony Nicholls, Colin Gordon, Kathleen Byron, Reginald Beckwith, Jessica Dunning, Norman Bird, Judith Stott, Bill Mitchell, Paul Frees, George Roubicek, Frank Singuineau, Gary Woolf
Studio MGM
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
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On content alone, Burn, Witch, Burn!
A kids review
There were other serious changes made as well by the screenwriters, an important one involving the film's ending and another involving the film's true climax.
Karen Shaub
I recommend this highly to anyone who hasn't seen it.
Mark Norvell

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By JB - L.A. on June 1, 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Fans of CITY OF THE DEAD (aka Horror Hotel) and NIGHT OF THE DEMON (aka Curse of the Demon) will want to add BURN, WITCH, BURN (aka Night of the Eagle), a sophisticated British shocker, to their collection. Elegant black and white cinematography, spooky atmosphere, and a constant nuerotic intensity, come to life through intelligently crafted performances by the acting ensemble. This movie gets better over repeated viewings and fun to share with friends who've never seen it. MGM MOD source print was excellent with a 16x9 anamorphic transfer showing detail I had never noticed before in the laserdisc. Now that MGM corrected the manufacturing defect problem, you won't be disappointed. Do YOU believe?
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A. Gammill VINE VOICE on May 21, 2011
Format: DVD
Although it's seldom mentioned in critical surveys of classic horror, BURN, WITCH BURN (aka Night of the Eagle) is a terrific example of how far a film can travel on mood and characterization. When a college professor learns his wife has been practicing black magic, he orders her to throw out or destory all her charms and occult items. What he doesn't count on is that other practioners of the "dark arts" won't stand idly by while one of their own is forced to give up her witchy ways.

BURN, WITCH BURN bears a favorable resemblance to Jacques Tourner's excellent Curse of the Demon / Night of the Demon: Moody black & white photography, strong performances, and a lead character who is doggedly determined to debunk the supernatural, even though he is surrounded by overwhelming evidence of its existence. This culminates in a still nail-biting supernatural attack by a giant bird (hence the otherwise rather misleading "Night of the Eagle" alternate title for the film).

MGM has recently entered the "manufactured on demand" market, making disc on DVD-R's as ordered, to keep down costs. While this may cause concern to viewers worried about quality in our High Definition World, rest assured that MGM has done a proper digital restoration with this one. While there are no extras included, this is typical of these MOD releases. Those of us who have spent years waiting or searching for favorite genre films to finally receive an "official" release understand that this may the only way in the forseeable future we will have the chance to own these films.

If you like old black & white horror films, this is a must-buy.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Hill on June 14, 2011
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HEY!
I ordered the MGM DVD-R copy of Burn, Witch, Burn and GUESS WHAT? I GOT THE CORRECT MOVIE ON THE DISC - and, with a good pressing too! Anamorphic wide screen and 2.0 mono dolby digital sound.

So, if you love this film as I always have - go ahead and get it while you can at amazon.com.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Schuyler V. Johnson VINE VOICE on March 9, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Despite the lurid title, "Burn, Witch, Burn" is a very scary, well-made movie. Taken from the Fritz Leiber classic, "Conjure Wife" this film version is somewhat different from the book. Janet Blair is chillingly maniacal as a modern day witch, and has so much hidden malignancy it shocks you. There are incredible special effects, especially considering the time when this movie was made. I won't spoil it for you but watch the gargoyles...carefully! Modern day witchcraft in a university setting, replete with professional rivalries, jealousies and secret, vengeful spells...if you enjoy witchcraft, excellent effects, atmospheric settings, wonderful performances and a great story, then this is for you! Filmed in black and white for an even more ominous feel...very Edgar Allen Poe. A cinematic "tarn." Enjoy!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael Butts HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 11, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
It's interesting to see the comparison of this 1962 gem with the 1957 "Curse of the Demon." While I favor "Curse" a little more, this tale of modern witchcraft still maintains it's eerie, if slowly paced, atmosphere of impending doom. Since the plot has been so expertly detailed in other reviews, I might add that the film works mainly from the intensely atmospheric camerawork and direction by Sidney Havers. Peter Wyngarde, a masculine though not particularly handsome fellow, oozes masculine domination in his well-balanced performance. Margaret Johnston as the limping professor and fellow witch, is reminiscent of young Angela Lansbury, and her delight in her evil is a joy to watch. And one can forgive Janet Blair if she did seem a little out of kilter for the leading role. Blair up to to this point had been known for more lightweight and romantic roles; her performance doesn't helm the film, but neither does it detract from it. The final scene involving the huge bird is still frightening.
I agree---it should join other classics in DVD.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DVD Verdict on July 10, 2011
Format: DVD
Judge Tom Becker, DVD Verdict -- "Burn, Witch, Burn is an effectively creepy film that mixes psychological horror with a tale of the supernatural. While the film contains a fair share of full-on shocks, it mainly relies on the kind of subtle, suggestive horror of a Val Lewton production. Director Sidney Hayers (Circus of Horrors) eschews quick thrills and gives the story a slow build, with "clues" about what is really going on sprinkled throughout and disturbing, satisfying climax. The disc is from MGM's on demand line of DVD-Rs. It sports a decent transfer and an acceptable mono audio track. The only supplement is a trailer. As with the other on demand titles being offered by MGM and Warner Archives, it's great to have this somewhat obscure film available, but it would be even greater to have a few supplements, particularly some background on Wyngarde, whose career suffered due to some personal scandals in the '70s."
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