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The Gaunt Stranger & The Headless Ghost on DVD in October

30 September 2013

Network Distributing have announced the October DVD release of two more films from "The British Film" Collection, the 1931 The Gaunt Stranger and the 1959 The Headless Ghost.

Meet Edgar Wallace – The Gaunt Stranger

An atmospheric adaptation of The Ringer – the play that earned global fame for English master of suspense Edgar Wallace and that remains his best-known story – this classic whodunit combines taut direction and inspired characterisation. Patrick Barr stars as a beleaguered Scotland Yard investigator, John Longdon his hawkish superior and, in an early film role as a particularly haughty secretary, Patricia Roc. Also notable as the first film produced at Ealing by Michael Balcon, The Gaunt Stranger is presented here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.

Detective Inspector Alan Wembury teams up with Lomond, a police doctor, to try to find 'The Ringer' – a mysterious, revenge-driven serial killer and master of disguise. When a lawyer receives a wreath with a note informing him that he'll be dead in forty-eight hours, Wembury and his men embark on a frantic quest to uncover the killer's identity...

The Gaunt Stranger will be released on UK DVD on 21st October 2013 by Network Distributing at the RRP of £9.99.

The extra features are:

  • Image gallery

  • Set design image gallery

 

 

The Headless Ghost

One of the first films made in Britain by B-movie maestro Herman Cohen, The Headless Ghost is an entertaining example of the teen-horror genre emerging with Cohen’s 1957 classic I Was a Teenage Werewolf. Involving the adventures of three young thrillseekers investigating a haunted castle, the film boasts an early role for New Zealand-born Clive Revill and a sensational dance sequence featuring Josephine Blake; it is presented here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.

While holidaying in Britain, exchange students Bill, Ronnie and Ingrid visit Ambrose Castle, the 14th-century home of the impoverished 12th Earl of Ambrose – reputedly haunted by the Fourth Earl, and Malcolm, the Headless Ghost, who lost his head leading a rebellion. Ronnie, who is to write a story based on the visit for his college paper, persuades fellow-American Bill and the Danish Ingrid to hide with him in the castle, and spend the night investigating...

The Headless Ghost will be released on UK DVD on 28th October 2013 by Network Distributing at the RRP of £9.99.

Featuring a brand-new transfer from the original film elements in its as-exhibited cinema aspect ratio, and includes the following extras:

  • Image gallery

  • Original Pressbook PDFs