directed by Peter Sasdy
UK 1972


 A research and development group in an electronics company set-up camp in an old Victorian mansion to find a new recording/playback medium (probably CD - this was '72). When one team member, Jill Greeley (played by Jane Asher) sees an apparition on some old stairs, the team leader, Peter Brock, decides to analyze the 'ghost'. His conclusion meshes with is work and he feels it may be a psychic impression trapped in an ancient stone wall (hence a "stone tape").

Quite a pleasing TV occult tale, although highly over-acted at times. out of  

Gary W. Tooze

TV Premiere: December 25th, 1972

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DVD Review: BFI Video - Region 2 - PAL

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Distribution BFI Video - Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 1:29:24
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.39 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby) 
Subtitles None

Release Information:
Studio: BFI Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Commentary By Nigel Kneale And Kim Newman
• Kneale Biography
• Director Biography
• Main Cast Biographies
• ROM Content With Printable Scripts Of The Stone Tape And The Road

DVD Release Date: August 20th, 2001

Transparent Keep Case
Chapters: 12


This is quite an old BFI DVD and far below their current high standard. Still, using TV sourced video one cannot expect too much. Colors are a little washed out, but acceptable for tube viewing. It, surprisingly, has a commentary!  Overall a worthy effort by BFI, but lags behind their amazing new DVD transfers.  out of  

Gary W. Tooze

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