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New on Disc: 'The Uninvited' and more …

4 Nov, 2013 By: Mike Clark

The Uninvited

Criterion, Drama, $19.95 DVD, $29.95 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Ray Milland, Gail Russell, Ruth Hussey, Donald Crisp.
My old NYU film prof, William K. Everson, opined in class that this uncommonly lush romantic creeper directed by underrated Lewis Allen was the best ghost movie of all time, and nothing emerging on screen during the past few decades has diminished a movie that Criterion was super-savvy to pluck from the Universal-owned library of 1929-49 Paramount titles it acquired in a steal via a deal with MCA in the 1960s.  The story involves siblings (played by Ray Milland and Ruth Hussey) who buy a house that turns out to be possessed by mentally disturbed spirits related to a young woman (Gail Russell) who lives nearby.
Extras: This is a classy home release all around, including as it does two radio presentations of the story (both with Milland), an old interview with director Allen, plus superior liner notes by Farran Smith Nehme. A half-hour visual essay by Michael Almereyda deals not only with the movie itself but the personal demons of Milland and Russell.
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Stalag 17 (Blu-ray)

Warner/Paramount, Drama, $19.98 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars William Holden, Don Taylor, Otto Preminger.
The movie, a comedically charged tale of prisoners in a German World War II POW camp, is an ensemble acting piece second to none. William Holden took the ’53 Best Actor Oscar, but the one other standout is Otto Preminger’s brilliantly cast turn as the camp commandant.
Extras: Carried over from the standard DVD are a commentary and half-hour documentaries on the movie’s production and real-life POWs.
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