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The Innocents (Blu-ray)

Featuring: Deborah Kerr, Peter Wyngarde & Megs Jenkins

Format: Blu-ray | Rating: 12 years & over

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  One of the definitive classic psychological ghost stories.

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Based upon the Henry James novel 'The Turn of the Screw' and subsequent stage play version of which this film is based upon 'The Innocents' is one of the greatest ghost stories ever put to film.

As in thebook and play the basic story follows a Governess (Deborah Kerr) as she arrives at the vast Bly House to care for two young children, Flora and Miles. Initially entranced by the beauty of the house and the charming children the Governess soon begins to see figures and movements around the house. Discovering the story of the deaths of her predecessor Miss Jessel and her lover Peter Quint and putting the two main events together she becomes increasingly convinced she is facing a battle for the very souls of her two young charges.

But is any of it actually happening?

Quite possibly one of the finest examples of psyhological horror and beautiful ambiguity over just what it is that's really going on the film stands on the direction of Jack Clayton, the expert photography of Freddie Francis - which makes use of the viewers pheripheral vision to full effect - and the dominating performance of Deborah Kerr. Also the performances of the children are impressive, especially the interaction between Martin Stephens as Miles and Kerr as the film builds to the final confrontation between them.

The extras on this disc are few but certainly informative and are exactly the same as the DVD edition. A very detailed commentary by Christopher Frayling, and a filmed introduction on the real estate used to depict Bly House plus a booklet and a short film 'The Bespoke Overcoat' which runs about 37 minutes - another ghost story that was one of director Jack Clayton's early films.

A fantastic film to watch with the lights out and to savour over many many rewatches!