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Directed by John Llewellyn Moxey
USA 1970

 

Ruth Bennett (Barbara Stanwyck, Witness to Murder, The Lady Eve) has inherited an old house in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Amish country. She moves into the house with her niece, Sara Dunning (Kitty Winn, The Panic in Needle Park, The Exorcist). The house was built before the Revolutionary War and is said to be haunted by the spirits of its original inhabitants. With the help of Pat McDougal (Richard Egan, GOG), a local professor, and one of his students, Stan Whitman (Michael Anderson Jr., The Sons of Katie Elder, Major Dundee), they delve into the history of the house and find a scandal that involves a Revolutionary War general, who was suspected of being a traitor, and his daughter, who had disappeared after eloping with her boyfriend, a young British soldier. The spirits of the general and his daughter take possession of Pat's and Sara's bodies and a dark secret is revealed. Directed by legendary TV-movie director John Llewellyn Moxey (The Night Stalker, The City of the Dead) and with a teleplay by the great Henry Farrell (What Ever Happened to Baby Jane, Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte).

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Barbara Stanwyck made her TV movie debut in 1970's The House That Would Not Die. The setting is an old house in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Stanwyck moves after inheriting the house, but has cause to rethink her decision. Built during the Revolutionary era, the house is said to be haunted by the spirits of its original inhabitants--who are disinclined towards hospitality. House That Would Not Die was based on a novel by Barbara Michaels (one of several pseudonyms for author Barbara G. Mertz).

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Broadcast Premiere: October 27th, 1970

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Distribution Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:14:11.905        
Video

1.33:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 22,825,838,634 bytes

Feature: 20,622,280,704 bytes

Video Bitrate: 33.31 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1554 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1554 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Kino

 

1.33:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 22,825,838,634 bytes

Feature: 20,622,280,704 bytes

Video Bitrate: 33.31 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

NEW Interview with director John Llewellyn Moxey (8:53)
NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Richard Harland Smith
KLSC Trailers


Blu-ray Release Date:
January 8th, 2019
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 8

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Kino Lorber present the 1970 haunted-house horror TV-made production The House That Would Not Die to a new single-layered Blu-ray in 1080P with a high bitrate. It is from a new 2K Master and is in the original 1.33:1 looking decent with texture and consistent colors - there is pleasing detail. I saw minor speckles but the HD presentation is quite a good one in-motion. 

The film is presented in its original 2.0 stereo, with a 16-bit DTS-HD Master Audio track that has few aggressive effects but an atmospheric score by
Laurence Rosenthal (The Miracle Worker, Requiem for a Heavyweight, Becket, 1977's The Island of Dr Moreau, the TV Series Coronet Blue)  . The audio quality is decent and dialogue is clear and audible. There are optional English (SDH) subtitles on this Region 'A' Blu-ray.

Extras include an excellent new audio commentary by Film Historian Richard Harland Smith who gives plenty of details as the films rolls discussing other 'Haunted House' horrors - his leaning to older films of the genre rather than the over-produced newer variety. He's always great and advances the appreciation of the film with stories of the performers and director. There is also a 9-minute interview with director John Llewellyn Moxey and some Kino trailers.

I agree with Harland Smith in the commentary that for fans of this genre, then The House That Would Not Die is essential. I enjoyed it a lot it and it's always great to see Stanwyck - still classy. Great to have it in HD and the commentary gives further value and we give it a strong endorsement.

Gary Tooze

 


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