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The Red House [Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack] (1947)

Lon Mccallister , Edward G. Robinson , Delmer Daves  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Lon Mccallister, Edward G. Robinson
  • Directors: Delmer Daves
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Black & White, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: HD Cinema Classics
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006OT0ST4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,040 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Lovers of Film Noir have long treasured this eerie gem, produced during what has come to be regarded as Hollywood s classic noir period (early-1940s to late-1950s). It is now available for the first time in stunning high-definition Blu-Ray. Edward G. Robinson plays an aging farmer with a dark secret he s trying to keep hidden. He and his sister Ellen (Judith Anderson) have raised Meg (Allene Roberts) since she was a little girl, after her parents mysteriously disappeared. But now Meg is coming of age, and bringing a male friend from high school around to help with chores on the farm. The teens are warned against wandering into the nearby woods, where terrifying screams have been heard in the night emanating from an abandoned red house. But curiosity threatens to get the better of them. Director Delmer Daves enjoyed a successful, 35-year career in Hollywood as a producer, director and writer (he adapted this particular story from a novel first serialized in The Saturday Evening Post in 1945). Better-known for tough westerns and war movies (including 3:10 To Yuma, Broken Arrow and Destination Tokyo), this film was an interesting diversion for him. But credit is also due to cinematographer Bert Glannon, a veteran of numerous noir/crime titles (not to mention work with such acclaimed directors as John Ford and Cecil B DeMille), who was responsible for executing the sort of unexpected camera angles and shadowy lighting that would become the signature of a good Film Noir. Meanwhile, viewers will also want to watch for a young Julie London, appearing in one of her earliest film roles.

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81 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Neglected Masterpiece! June 15, 2001
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I first saw this film on the late show back in the 50's when I was a mere child. It scared the pants off me then, and pretty much does the same now. This is what I call staying power. Too bad more people aren't aware of this film. The sad thing about the presentation of this film (I have both the VHS & DVD) is that the sound recording needs definite restorative work. This would really be disturbing if the film itself wasn't so compelling. The production values as well as the production team are all A-List, from the fine direction of Delmer Daves to the outstanding mood-setting score of Max Steiner to the casting of pro stars like Edward G. Robinson & Judith Anderson sharing the screen with teen magazine heart-throbs Rory Calhoun and Julie London. Lon McCallister is fine in what is really the lead role, and a very fine performance by young Allene Roberts (whatever happened to her!). The DVD is pretty much of the bargain-bin variety, though there are a couple of little extras on it...most notably explaining that Robinson's career came to a standstill after this film because of the Hollywood blacklist. The suspense factor is among the highest I can recall (EVER!); the script is literate and clever; characters are well-defined; and the creepy mood is consistant. See this film and tell all your friends; you will NOT be disappointed.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blu-Ray: Best Image Available. Commentary: AWFUL! April 25, 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The Blu-Ray is the edition to snag for this fine psychological thriller. There are so many poor public-domain transfers of The Red House out there that it is a relief to finally see the film in a decent presentation. The downside to this purchase is the commentary by William Hare. He may be a fine author (he is listed as having written several film books), but this is undoubtedly the worst film commentary I've ever heard. Hare's commentary is "scene-specific," but he merely restates what is happening on the screen. When I choose to listen to a commentary, I expect to learn something beyond what I've already observed, not to be provided a verbal summary of what is happening on the screen. I found the commentary insulting to the viewer's intelligence and suspect that Mr. Hare simply "didn't do his homework." This is a real shame because there's a lot of meat in this film to dig into. The Miklos Rozsa score alone is a marvel, to say nothing of Edward G's outstanding performance. A real missed opportunity in the commentary department, but certainly worth the purchase for the much-improved image.
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51 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars See this with the lights off April 27, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
An underrated psychological mood piece directed with great skill by Delmer Daves, it is best watched in the dark with no interruptions so that its full power can be realised. I did not go down in the woods for quite a while after watching this film and gained an added appreciation for the work of Edward G. Robinson and that great actor Judith Anderson (see also Hitchcock's REBECCA). From one of the greatest periods of Hollywood movie making.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't let the sound scare you away. August 5, 2001
By A Customer
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I delayed ordering this movie for a year because of all the comments about the bad soundtrack. Don't let those concerns deprive you of seeing this classic. I can't speak for the VHS versions, but the sound on the DVD version was not nearly as bad as I was led to expect. Hi-fi it is definitely not. Yes, it's extremely tinny-sounding -- at times sounding like an old 78 rpm disc. And briefly, once or twice, there was rattle like a bad speaker cone at a drive-in theater. The tinniness was very noticeable for the first five minutes. But after that, you quickly adjust to it and soon forget about the sound quality. What had frightened me away from buying it was not the tinniness but rather the fear that the sound would be mushy or fuzzy -- something you'd never adjust to. But there was none of that. The sound was crisp enough that I was able to follow every word of dialog with no trouble at all. Yes, a fully restored sound track would make it even better. But until then, relax and enjoy!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! May 28, 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Many of the reviews I read about this April, 2012 Blu-Ray/DVD combo release were positive regarding the restoration; however, at least one review was negative.
I've been an Amazon purchaser for 10+ years and have bought every DVD of this movie hoping to get a decent copy. Until now, my best copy was from Critic's Choice - their DVD copy is far from perfect. Since I have yet to purchase a Blu-Ray player, I've only experienced the DVD disk from this set. I'm amazed at how clear the film is from start to finish - this is the video set to own! The only negatives are that the sound, although improved, could be a tad cleaner (perhaps I need a better sound system) and there are slightly faded right and left boarders of some of the frames that were shot in darkness (night scenes): to me these are minor issues. I now can relax and enjoy this movie as I've always wanted to. I sincerely appreciate HD Cinema Classics and those who restored this film for their wonderful work.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Long Lost Classic!! June 19, 2003
Format:DVD
Edward G. Robinson is fantastic as the man with the dark secret, in this excellent thriller! I bought it expecting to be either bored or amused. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised! The Red House is actually pretty creepy. Robinson plays a farmer who is not what he appears to be. There's a red house in the woods where something terrible happened many years earlier. His daughter (Arlene Roberts), and his sister (the magnificent Judith "Mrs. Danvers" Anderson) live with him. A boy comes to help out on the farm and the web of mystery slowly unravels. I highly recommend this for anyone who loves thrillers, chillers, or just plain good movies...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but goodie.........
Film noir from the 40s. Excellent characters, acting, and plot. Find out the secret of the red house. Love Edgar G Robinson , terrific actor esp when he acts like a psycho.
Published 1 month ago by Diana Bauer
5.0 out of 5 stars good stuff.
very good.
Published 1 month ago by bienvenido rullan
5.0 out of 5 stars Evil, thy name is love
All may be fair in love and war, but just a little farther down that path—there, in the red house—lies life-consuming madness.
Published 2 months ago by David Govett
4.0 out of 5 stars DVD The Red House
received this DVD in mail and it was new. It played on my DVD player, the picture was great. I like the old movies when there restored like new. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Douglas R. Snyder
3.0 out of 5 stars The Red House
I chose that rating because this movie I watched as a kid and it scared the hell out of me, this time only
while smiling - a old movie I wanted to see again and so simple was... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Beverly A. Lapointe
3.0 out of 5 stars The Woods are spooky
Edward G Robinson is always a stinker. He was quite mean in this one, but he didn't make some good choices, so he has a lot to hide. Picture and sound were good.
Published 6 months ago by MD Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars In the Woods
Edward G Robinson can seem both a nice guy and a man with not-so-nice hidden depths. The film is a real thriller and it is hard to guess the secret surrounding The Red House in... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Annette S. Urquhart
4.0 out of 5 stars Good film, good blu-ray for the price
For the price, this is a good purchase. The film itself is an engaging little noirish psychological thriller with supernatural elements. It is well-paced and compelling. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Usuallee
5.0 out of 5 stars The Red House: Often A Neglected Masterpiece
The Red House was released originally on March 16, 1947, and is a little film noir gem that alas did not receive the acclaim as other noir masterpieces from the period. Read more
Published 8 months ago by J. R. Spencer
4.0 out of 5 stars A forgotten gem!
Creepy and tragic---but in a good way. The black and white photography paint an eerie and ominous atmosphere. Read more
Published 8 months ago by DLAllen
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