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Directed by Jack Smight
USA 1972

 

From the mind of Ray Bradbury (Fahrenheit 451, TVís The Martian Chronicles) comes this made-for-television chiller starring the great Olivia de Havilland (The Snake Pit, Not as a Stranger) as a wealthy former mental patient who goes home to her estate to rest and recuperate. While walking the grounds one day she hears the screams of a woman coming from underneath the ground. Her family, however, refuses to believe her story, and sees the incident as an opportunity to prove the womanís mind has snapped so they can take control of her money. Jack Smight (Harper) directed this screamingly good thriller from a script by Merwin Gerard (TVís The Victim) based on a Bradbury short story. Ed Nelson (Airport 1975), Laraine Stephens (Hellfighters), Joseph Cotten (Portrait of Jennie) and Walter Pidgeon (Harry in Your Pocket) lead the stellar supporting cast, with costumes by Edith Head (The Sting) and theme music by John Williams (Jaws).

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A wealthy former mental patient goes home to her estate to rest and recuperate. While walking the grounds one day she hears the screams of a woman coming from underneath the ground. Her family, however, refuses to believe her story, and sees the incident as an opportunity to prove the woman's mind has snapped so they can take control of her money.

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Television Broadcast premiere: January 29th, 1972

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Distribution Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:14:14.825         
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1.33:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 21,245,148,216 bytes

Feature: 20,190,332,928 bytes

Video Bitrate: 32.61 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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DTS-HD Master Audio English 1553 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1553 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
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Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English, None
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1.33:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

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Feature: 20,190,332,928 bytes

Video Bitrate: 32.61 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

ē NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian/Screenwriter Gary Gerani
ē Newly Commissioned Art by Vince Evans


Blu-ray Release Date:
October 9th, 2021
Standard Blu-ray Case inside slipcase

Chapters 7

 

 

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ADDITION: Kino Blu-ray (October 2021): Kino have transferred Jack Smight's The Screaming Woman to Blu-ray. It is cited as being from a "Brand New 2K Master". Like the other two TV thrillers released by Kino in the same week; The Victim and Scream, Pretty Peggy, this probably greatly exceeds how it appeared in people's living rooms, on CRTs, almost 50-years ago. It was shot in 35mm and this 1080P looks quite good. Colors are bright (Olivia's purple outfit) and balanced. There is decent detail and depth. No complaints. 

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On their Blu-ray, Kino use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track (16-bit) in the original English language. The Screaming Woman has a very few aggressive moments and it, predictably has modest depth. There is no credited score - although Kino's description cites theme music by John Williams (Fitzwilly, The Eiger Sanction, The Secret Ways, The Rare Breed, The Missouri Breaks, War Horse, The Fury, Images, Sleepers, The Cowboys, Conrack, 1979's Dracula.) Gary Gerani says there was stock music used in The Screaming Woman - a lot from the TV series Thriller. Perhaps both are correct.  Anyway it doesn't sound bad - fairly supportive - with consistent dialogue in the lossless transfer. Kino offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Kino Blu-ray offers a new commentary by screenwriter Gary Gerani. He talks about Olivia de Havilland as a maverick - taking Warner Bros. to court over her contract in 1945 - eventually winning and signing with Paramount. He mentions her younger sister was Oscar-winning actress Joan Fontaine, their falling out or a while and he broaches the topic of the mental competence issue in the story and many of the other performers; Ed Nelson , Laraine Stephens, Joseph Cotten, Walter Pidgeon etc. It was quite thorough. The package has a slipcase with artwork by Vince Evans.

Jack Smight's The Screaming Woman is really all Olivia de Havilland, who I adore. We, recently, lost here on July 26th, 2020 at age 104! This has a smattering of a rather limp story, imo - with an enticing if less accurate title (I don't recall screaming again prior to the opening credits.) Despite positive critical response I wasn't as keen on it as I was The Victim and Scream, Pretty Peggy. But it certainly fits the same sub-genre. The Kino Blu-ray looks strong and has the valuable commentary. Nostalgic TV aficionados and de Havilland fans may be the target market.

Gary Tooze

 


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