Best Blu-ray Deals

Best Blu-ray Deals, See All the Deals »
Top deals | Price drops  
 All countries United States United Kingdom Canada Germany France Spain Italy Japan
Big (Blu-ray)
$7.99
Hugo (Blu-ray)
$4.99
Gatchaman: Complete Collection + OVAs (Blu-ray)
$59.99
The Simpsons: The Sixteenth Season (Blu-ray)
$19.99
Frozen Planet (Blu-ray)
$14.99
Grave of the Fireflies (Blu-ray)
$12.99
The Spectacular Spider-Man: The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
$24.99
Godzilla (Blu-ray)
$19.99
Grease (Blu-ray)
$4.99
Seven (Blu-ray)
$4.99
Charade (Blu-ray)
$9.96
The Pawnbroker (Blu-ray)
$19.16
Spider-Man / Spider-Man 2 / Spider-Man 3 (Blu-ray)
$24.96
Somewhere in Time (Blu-ray)
$10.49
The Bamboo Saucer (Blu-ray)
$18.95
High School of the Dead OVA: Drifters of the Dead (Blu-ray)
$4.99
Mallrats (Blu-ray)
$9.96
Far and Away (Blu-ray)
$10.49
Casino (Blu-ray)
$6.96


Deals


 Best deals
 New deals
 Lowest prices
 New price drops
 New lowest prices
 Big price drops


Reviews


 New reviews
 Browse reviews
 Search reviews

Releases


 Release calendar
 Now available
 New releases
 Coming soon
 Recently listed
 New pre-orders
 New covers

Top lists


 Top movies
 Top collected
 Top Blu-ray
 Top sellers
 Top pre-orders

Database


 Search movies
 Blu-ray movies
 Blu-ray box sets
 TV on Blu-ray
 3D movies

Community


 Latest reviews
 Top reviewers
 Top contributors

By genre


 Action (31570)
 Adventure (24131)
 Animation (7326)
 Anime (3612)
 Biography (3281)
 Comedy (23884)
 Comic book (4195)
 Coming of age (1477)
 Crime (16850)
 Dark humor (3204)
 Documentary (4444)
 Drama (38096)
 Epic (4576)
 Erotic (871)
 Family (10525)
 Fantasy (13619)
 Film-Noir (1048)
 Foreign (5153)
 Heist (1486)
 History (4976)
 Holiday (1094)
 Horror (11704)
 Imaginary (801)
 Martial arts (2787)
 Melodrama (2046)
 Music (7595)
 Musical (3292)
 Mystery (9625)
 Nature (1699)
 Other (657)
 Period (5854)
 Psychological thriller (2727)
 Romance (13830)
 Sci-Fi (15154)
 Short (323)
 Sport (2472)
 Supernatural (3476)
 Surreal (1170)
 Teen (2805)
 Thriller (28556)
 War (4927)
 Western (2076)

By studio


 20th Century Fox
 Criterion
 Disney / Buena Vista
 DreamWorks
 Lionsgate Films
 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
 New Line Cinema
 Paramount Pictures
 Sony Pictures
 Studio Canal
 Universal Studios
 Warner Bros.

 Show all studios


About


 Blu-ray movies
 Blu-ray studios


The Haunting Blu-ray

United States
Warner Bros. | 1963 | 112 min | Rated G | Oct 15, 2013

The Haunting (Blu-ray), temporary cover art
Large:


Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (21.96 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.40:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio Mono
German: Dolby Digital Mono
Spanish: Dolby Digital Mono (Spain)
Spanish: Dolby Digital Mono
Portuguese: Dolby Digital Mono

Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German

Discs
25GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

Playback
Region free

Price
List price: $19.98, Price history
Amazon: $14.96 (Save 25%)
New from: $12.57 (Save 37%)
Usually ships in 24 hours

Buy The Haunting on Blu-ray

Movie rating
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
7.8
/10
59
ratings.


Blu-ray rating
Video 4.7 of 54.7
Audio 4.1 of 54.1
Extras 2.8 of 52.8
Based on 3 user reviews

Movie appeal

 
Horror100%
Drama54%
Mystery27%
Thriller-

50%
popularity
444
collections
22
fans




The Haunting

 (1963)

The Haunting Blu-ray delivers stunning video and great audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

A paranormal researcher gathers a team to spend several nights in a notorious haunted house in an attempt to prove the existence of the supernatural.

For more about The Haunting and the The Haunting Blu-ray release, see the The Haunting Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Starring: Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson, Lois Maxwell, Russ Tamblyn, Fay Compton
Director: Robert Wise

» See full cast & crew


The Haunting Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

As Wise describes in the commentary, The Haunting had to be shot in England because of financing, and English cameraman Davis Boulton was recommended to him as a cinematographer. The Haunting relies on precise and unsettling compositions, low angles and unexpected camera moves. Wise shot very little additional coverage, editing in his head and checking dailies as he went, a life-long habit retained from his early days as a film editor.

Warner's 2003 DVD of this MGM film wasn't bad, but this 1080p, AVC-encoded Blu-ray improves on it in every respect. The fine detail of Hill House's elaborately spooky decor is resolved to a degree not seen since (probably) the original film prints, and the many scenes where Wise and Boulton have carefully arranged the actors in deep focus, often with a well-concealed split diopter, can be appreciated in a whole new way. Hill House's rooms are full of sinister bric-a-brac that either lingers in the background, insinuating itself into the frame, or suddenly emerges from shadow, frightening one of the characters (usually Eleanor). The Blu-ray's image provides just the right degree of visibility for each such effect, aided by the excellent reproduction of blacks, whites and shades of gray. (The Haunting is one of the best arguments I know for the proposition that gothic horror should always be shot in black-and-white.) The Blu-ray's image also picks up elaborate fine detail in the wardrobe that distinguishes each main character, from Dr. Markway's professorial English checks and tweeds, to Luke's preppy collegiate attire, to Theo's hipster look of the early Sixties (contributed by then-trendy designer Mary Quant), to Eleanor's frumpy spinster duds.

The image has a film-like texture and a natural but unobtrusive grain pattern, except for a handful of shots that looks softer and grainier. Some of these are the product of a then-experimental lens from Panavision that provided a wider image than any anamorphic lens currently available; as Wise relates in the commentary, he had to sign a disclaimer before Panavision would allow him to use it, and he didn't mind that the image was distorted (for an example, see screenshot 18). The exterior shots of Hill House, for which Ettington House in Warwickshire was used, were photographed with infrared film, which gave both the stone and the clouds a surreal quality but also softened the edges. An occasional "regular" shot betrays a slight softness, which may simply be the result of an aggressive camera move (as, e.g., when Eleanor nearly falls off the upper veranda).

With the letterbox bars accompanying an aspect ratio of 2.40:1, and the inclusion of several long dialogue scenes, Warner has managed to get away with an average bitrate of 21.96 Mbps.


The Haunting Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

The film's original mono soundtrack has been encoded as lossless DTS-HD MA 1.0, and it sounds quite good. The dialogue is clear, and all the strange noises that lurk in Hill House (or maybe not) are reproduced with just the right level of clarity required for their impact, which is to say that things that go bump in the night do so loudly, whereas odd sounds that might be the voices of the dead are never quite distinct enough to be intelligible. Creaks, footstep-like falls, the strain of rusted metal and one particular effect that would be a spoiler to specify ring through with clarity, and the dynamic range is surprisingly wide. The score by British composer Humphrey Searle, who worked on the original Dr. Who TV series, has no identifiable themes or melodies; it's all atmosphere and shock—and very effective.



Similar titles you might also like

What is this?

Show more titles »


The Haunting Blu-ray, News and Updates



The Haunting (1963) Blu-ray - June 10, 2013

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced the Blu-ray release of director Robert Wise and screenwriter Nelson Gidding's The Haunting. The 1963 horror classic stars Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson and Russ Tamblyn, and streets on October 15th.


The Haunting Blu-ray, Forum Discussions



Topic Replies Last post



The Haunting Blu-ray


$19.98 $14.96


Buy The Haunting on Blu-ray



 


Get Daily Blu-ray Deals



* We do not share your email and you may opt out at any time.



Top Blu-ray Deals

 


The best Blu-ray deals online. Don't miss out on these great deals.

See Today's Deals »


 Top movies


Latest Deals United States



The latest deals on Blu-ray movies
at Amazon.

Show new deals »


Trending Blu-ray Movies
1. Sorcerer
2. Frozen
3. Mallrats
4. The Spectacular Spider-Man: The Com...
5. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
6. RoboCop
7. Get Carter
8. The Wolf of Wall Street
9. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
10. Conspiracy Theory
11. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
12. Gravity 3D
13. The Jungle Book
14. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
15. American Hustle

Trending in Theaters
1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
2. Transcendence
3. The Amazing Spider-Man 2
4. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
5. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
6. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
7. Thor: The Dark World
8. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
9. RoboCop
10. Frozen
11. Noah
12. The LEGO Movie
13. The Raid 2
14. Under the Skin
15. The Grand Budapest Hotel

Top 10 Sellers United States
1.  Frozen
2.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
3.  Frozen Planet
4.  Game of Thrones: The Complete Third...
5.  Sorcerer
6.  The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
7.  The Pirate Fairy
8.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 3D
9.  The Wolf of Wall Street
10.  The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
  » See more top sellers


Top 10 Pre-orders United States
1.  The Lego Movie
2.  Lone Survivor
3.  The Lego Movie
4.  RoboCop
5.  The Monuments Men
6.  Son of Batman
7.  Veronica Mars: The Movie
8.  Noah
9.  Space Battleship Yamato: Movie
10.  The Walking Dead: The Complete Four...
  » See more pre-orders


Top 10 Bargains United States
1.  Frozen Planet
$14.99, Save 73%
2.  The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
$19.99, Save 50%
3.  The Wolf of Wall Street
$19.96, Save 50%
4.  The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
$19.99, Save 50%
5.  The Spectacular Spider-Man: The Com...
$24.99, Save 46%
6.  Seven
$4.99, Save 50%
7.  The Princess Bride
$5.99, Save 70%
8.  Grave of the Fireflies
$12.99, Save 57%
9.  Grease
$4.99, Save 50%
10.  Iron Man 3
$19.96, Save 50%
  » See more deals



Most Popular Blu-ray Movie Deals


Big

 United States


$19.99 $7.99





Hugo

 United States


$9.98 $4.99





Gatchaman: Complete Collection + OVAs

 United States


$149.98 $59.99





Best Blu-ray Movie Deals »



This web site is not affiliated with the Blu-ray Disc Association.
All trademarks are the property of the respective trademark owners.
© 2002-2014 Blu-ray.com. All rights reserved.
Registration problems | Business/Advertising Inquiries | Privacy Policy | Legal Notices