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    Senior Member Country: England Harbottle's Avatar
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    Another Peter Cushing title I'm looking for, not released anywhere on DVD as far as I know but has been on TV a fair bit. If anyone fancies swapsies please do drop me a PM, quite a decent selection of film and TV to hopefully select something from.

    The Ghoul (1975) - IMDb

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    Senior Member Country: England faginsgirl's Avatar
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    Its being sold here but VHS I`m afraid, and pricey for a VHS too!

    The Ghoul -- Peter Cushing, John Hurt, VHS on eBay (end time 12-Dec-10 20:04:29 GMT)

    Your`e probably not interested and I wouldn`t blame you!

    But then it`s at Amazon for �60


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    I can pick this one up for you - drop me a PM as a reminder...

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    Offers of help with this one replied to, but I think I have a copy sorted now. As usual many thanks to all who replied :)

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    I've only just seen this thread so apologies for late reply.

    The Ghoul has had a DVD release as part of a Region 1 collection of 10 films on 5 discs entitled Deadtime Stories.

    The print is not great but certainly better than a VHS transfer. I haven't seen it on TV but I assume it uses the same source.

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    Senior Member Country: Scotland Gerald Lovell's Avatar
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    The photographs of the Peter Cushing character's dead wife are actually of Cushing's own late wife Helen and apparently he found it emotionally difficult to play the scene where he had to say "my wife is dead".

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    There is a fuller version running 93mins (the old tape and tv screenings ran 80mins ) on videotape which includes the following additional scenes:

    The opening party sequence is extended by about 2m 30s via several additional dialogue extensions that largely serve to explain Carlson's character. In particular the conversation between her and Ian McCulloch when she is sitting in the car is nearly a minute longer and the subsequent three way conversation by another car involving Stewart Bevan is extended by about 40s.

    About 35m into the film, directly after Peter Cushing asks Carlson whether there is anything she would like before dinner, the extended version has a new sequence lasting about 2m 30s in which Carlson is escorted upstairs to her bedroom and takes a bath (fans of the lady should note that her left breast is briefly visible). This sequence is missing entirely from the theatrical print.

    After Bach's tocatta and fugue strikes up on the soundtrack the extended version has an extra 1m showing Carlson emerge from the bedroom, clothed again, and go down the stairs where she then peeks in on Cushing in his chapel. In the theatrical version it's a bit odd that Cushing is surprised by her given that in the previous scene they'd been together in his drawing room.

    http://www.imdb.com/media/rm1778555904/tt0073042
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    The brief original cinema cuts were restored to the film for the 1995 video.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amethyst_Isle View Post

    About 35m into the film, directly after Peter Cushing asks Carlson whether there is anything she would like before dinner, the extended version has a new sequence lasting about 2m 30s in which Carlson is escorted upstairs to her bedroom and takes a bath (fans of the lady should note that her left breast is briefly visible). This sequence is missing entirely from the theatrical print.

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    Why would anyone cut that out from their film?? Are they mad?!?!?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by markrgv View Post
    Are they mad?!?!?!
    To cut that out YES the are.

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    Senior Member Country: Scotland Gerald Lovell's Avatar
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    We watched this again yesterday, from an BBC1 offair recording I made in 1984, and the scenes are indeed not there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markrgv View Post
    Why would anyone cut that out from their film?? Are they mad?!?!?!
    The bath scene wasn't cut by the BBFC. It was missing from some prints (together with some dialogue footage) and was probably removed by the distributors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vincenzo View Post
    The bath scene wasn't cut by the BBFC. It was missing from some prints (together with some dialogue footage) and was probably removed by the distributors.
    Exactly! That's my point - why would anyone do that to their film. Are they mad?!?!?! (or just don't like women....)

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    Presumably for pacing reasons (just under 6 mins in total), though the footage removed adds atmosphere to the film. Especially the scene following the bath sequence where Carlson first enters Cushing's study & chapel.

    I don't have the BBC print to compare anymore, though I do have the Taste Of Fear video (helpfully advertised as the Extended Version with the trailer) which contains all the above plus the brief BBFC violence cuts.

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    The BBC version was the 87m UK theatrical print with the BBFC cuts restored. To get the 93m extended version you have to but the old Taste of Fear VHS which is why it goes for silly money on Ebay.

    The version released on DVD in the US is probably the theatrical print although there are reports that it only runs 80m.

    The extra 6m do improve the film but its a pathetic lost cause anyway being too slowly paced and heavily derivative of Hammer's The Reptile (same writer Anthony Hinds) with several nods to Psycho thrown in. The title 'monster' is rubbish.

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    Senior Member Country: Great Britain vincenzo's Avatar
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    There's a copy of the TOF video on eBay at the moment for those interested.
    Quote Originally Posted by m35541 View Post
    The title 'monster' is rubbish.
    Fully agree.
      Spoiler:
    A partly disrobed, green-tinted Don Henderson is hardly anyone's idea of scary.

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    Hello fellow members. It's been awhile since this title has had an outing on the tele, and there does not appear to be an official release at present. Is anyone able to help me with a copy? Thanks for looking.

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    Someone will have the longer version on here but I only have the 87 minute DVD although superb quality.

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    Hello, Thanks for the response. I maybe in touch

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