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directed by Maxwell Munden

UK 1957

 

An off-beat, minimalist thriller from idiosyncratic director Maxwell Munden, The House in the Woods stars B-movie stalwarts Patricia Roc and Michael Gough as a trendy couple who get in over their head in their quest for a little peace and quiet.

Geoffrey Carter a highly strung author suffering from writer's block petulantly insists to his wife that they flee their annoying neighbours and move somewhere more peaceful. They find a delightfully remote woodland cottage which the owner a melancholic, widowed artist with a Larry Adler fixation is happy to rent them at a pittance. All too soon they realise that something is not quite right with their landlord and, much to Geoffrey's horror, he realises that the plot of his new murder mystery is being played out for real...

Theatrical Release: November 1957

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DVD Review: Network - Region 2 - PAL

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Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 58:44 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.92 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.

Bitrate

Audio English 2.0
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Network

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• none

DVD Release Date: March 24th, 2014
Slim Transparent case

Chapters 10

 

Comments

The House in the Woods is a moderately interesting, obviously low budget, film. It has an appealing intangible under the surface.

 

Unfortunately, Network's SD image quality is very below par, although it is good enough to 'watch' (with modest expectations). I kind of, enjoyed my viewing once I got over the subs-standard a/v. The single-layered transfer from a limited source produces artifacts and faint contrast. Strangely, the 'Cue Blips' for the projectionist are more frequent that I have seen previously and highly visible (see last capture). It has scratches and speckles and the audio can sound scattered. To be fair, Network does state :"Though The House in the Woods is presented here in a brand-new transfer from original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio, there are still some issues with the soundtrack. While they have been corrected as much as possible viewers will notice intermittent audio issues."

No extras, a true bare-bones disc, but the very reasonable price reflects that. I'd say this is more for serious vintage film fans and students who are more concerned with an interesting film than a demo disc for their Home Theaters.

  - Gary Tooze


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