You are now able to buy the much missed and long awaited DVD or Blu-ray of ITV’s seminal version of Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black. This is the brilliantly remastered version of the original and terrifying television production.
‘I saw it when it was first shown,” says film critic Kim Newman. “Christmas Eve with my mum and dad. We all just wanted to watch a spooky ghost story. But there were after-effects, a mood that carried on after the film ended. You wake up next morning, Christmas Day, you’re still scared.’
When a friendless old widow dies in the seaside town of Crythin Gifford, a young solicitor is sent in to settle her estate. Following cryptic warnings from the locals regarding the terrifying history of the old woman’s house, he very soon begins to see visions of a menacing woman in black…
Atmospherically directed by BAFTA-nominated Herbert Wise and starring Adrian Rawlins as the unfortunate young solicitor alongside Pauline Moran as the terrifying revenant, this unsettling drama remains a high watermark for ghost story adaptations on British television and still retains its significant potential to shock.
Unseen for decades, Nigel Kneale’s chilling adaptation of Susan Hill’s best-selling novel has been painstakingly restored by Network’s award-winning in-house Restoration Team from original film elements for this long-awaited release.
• Feature version in full widescreen
• Audio commentary with Mark Gatiss, Kim Newman and Andy Nyman
• Image gallery
• Exclusive booklet by Andrew Pixley
A CENTRAL FILMS PRODUCTION “THE WOMAN IN BLACK”
Starring ADRIAN RAWLINS, BERNARD HEPTON, DAVID DAKER,
PAULINE MORAN, DAVID RYALL and CLARE HOLMAN
Based on the book by SUSAN HILL Screenplay NIGEL KNEALE
Music Composed by RACHEL PORTMAN Director of Photography MICHAEL DAVIS
Art Director JOHN RALPH Editor LAURENCE MÉRY-CLARK
Executive Producer TED CHILDS Producer CHRIS BURT
Director HERBERT WISE
Original ITV Transmission 24 December 1989
A Central Independent Television Production