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    Did you write that yourself, Will.15?

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    Heck no....

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    Quote Originally Posted by will.15 View Post
    The story is an urban legend that predates the Benson story.
    The Sally Ann Howes Christmas story has its basis in fact.

    Last edited by Nick Dando; 23-01-11 at 10:39 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HUGHJAMPTON View Post
    The Sally Ann Howes Christmas story has its basis in fact.

    the 'sardines' game part of the ghost story is very similar to 'smee' by A.M.Burrage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HUGHJAMPTON View Post
    The Sally Ann Howes Christmas story has its basis in fact.

    I didn't know that. This is the most disturbing and genuinely frightening segment of the film, and on a whole different level. All of it is very well done, but I found this part to be the most effective.

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    It's such a shame that the sound quality on the Optimum DVD release of Dead Of Night that I have is so bad, that I can't make out most of the dialogue in the above scene. This film is a classic and deserves a proper remastering for DVD with high quality picture and sound. Many amazon uk customers are complaining about the atrocious quality of this DVD transfer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by darrenburnfan View Post
    It's such a shame that the sound quality on the Optimum DVD release of Dead Of Night that I have is so bad, that I can't make out most of the dialogue in the above scene. This film is a classic and deserves a proper remastering for DVD with high quality picture and sound. Many amazon uk customers are complaining about the atrocious quality of this DVD transfer.
    Optimum sadly have gained a poor reputation for the standard of their releases. The quality control for their box sets of THE AVENGERS has been a joke.

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    What amazes me regarding Optimum is that when they get word that one of their releases is of poor quality, they don't recall all the copies and then re-master the product and re-release it. I was surprised that the quality of their Sammy Going South DVD was excellent. It appears that they can do things right...some times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darrenburnfan View Post
    What amazes me regarding Optimum is that when they get word that one of their releases is of poor quality, they don't recall all the copies and then re-master the product and re-release it. I was surprised that the quality of their Sammy Going South DVD was excellent. It appears that they can do things right...some times.
    To be fair to Optimum as regards THE AVENGERS, they did redo the faulty discs for the Series 1/2 boxset, the series 4 boxset and I believe the series 5 boxset, though I'm waiting to hear the "all-clear" on series 5 before I part with the considerable amount of cash that is required to purchase it. The new discs were provided FOC as long as you paid the postage when returning the faulty discs to them!

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    Maybe they should outsource the pressing of their releases to another contractor. Whoever does it for them now is obviously not very reliable regarding quality.

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    Will,
    Enjoyed your posting on this.
    Genuinely unnerving.

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    The original negative of Dead of Night is no longer in existence, apparently destroyed many years ago which explains why a lot of prints in circulation are not as good as other Ealing classics. What looked like an original print of Dead of Night was used though for the very first dvd issue of this film in about 2004, much better than that later used by Optimum when they took over the Ealing releases. Although the image on the first dvd issue had some scratches and minor imperfections, it was much clearer and better contrasted and sound was clearer. Worth looking out for this version (It was issued as part of a box set initially, possibly released by Warner Home Video)

    MrT

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    What a shame, MrT. Perhaps all is not lost though, as so-called dupe negatives would have been made at the time to send to places like America; Australia; Canada and New Zealand, so that those countries could print their own copies for distribution. The main problem here would be that those dupe negatives would almost certainly have been on nitrate film and would surely have corroded beyond use after sixty-six years. However, a complete print in good condition may still exist somewhere.

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    The first negatives sent to the USA were mucked about with to cut out the best story

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    Blimey, no good looking there for one then, Captain!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HUGHJAMPTON View Post
    The Sally Ann Howes Christmas story has its basis in fact.

    Does anyone know who played Francis Kent in the film? He isn't credited on the film cast list or on the IMDb or anywhere else.

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    I have just lent my DVD of Dead of Night to my 14 year old son with instructions to watch it in his room last thing with all the lights off. He anticipates that the ventriloquist dummy will be the scariest bit but I casually mentioned to look out for a mirror! I will let you all know how it goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pricey View Post
    I have just lent my DVD of Dead of Night to my 14 year old son with instructions to watch it in his room last thing with all the lights off. He anticipates that the ventriloquist dummy will be the scariest bit but I casually mentioned to look out for a mirror! I will let you all know how it goes.
    He might want to watch out for buses too... and as for golf clubs

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    Quite remarkably, a pretty good looking print of DEAD OF NIGHT turned up on youtube a couple of years back, and farsightedly I managed to record all the segments of this and put them onto home-made disk. The higher quality of the downloads meant the movie had to be spread over 4 seperate shiney discs [lower-res movies only 'officially' available on youtube can often be fitted onto a single disc]. This youtube version is certainly clearer than any UK TV print I ever saw over 3 decades.

    I have clearly labelled these disk's contents, and intend converting them all as one, which I intend transferring onto a single blank blu-ray -------- I reckon it may be from the 'Queen of Spades' version, which is prohibitively expensive as we speak......as long as I watch this version on a scaled-down computer screen like flv-player, I'll have a clear-enough version of this excellent chiller.



    Sadly, this version on youtube has since been removed, and existing versions on there now seem about on-par with the region 2 DVD release.
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    I saw a copy at Youtube - must get around to seeing it once again.

    Hopefully tonight!

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