I picked this up a little while ago based on it's reputation and because I had recently read the book 'The Turn of the Screw' on which the stage play version of which this film is based upon.
As in that book and play the basic story follows an unamed 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 begins to see (or does she?) 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 together she becomes 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 is 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 build to the final confrontation between them.
The extras on this disc are few but certainly informative. 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' - 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!