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THE OTHER (1972) is on Blu-ray

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Robert Mulligan's THE OTHER, in my book one of the all-time great horror films, was quietly given a limited (3,000 discs) Blu-ray release earlier this month. I make this known as a service to horror fans since I have not found this to be heavily advertised.

 

Also: THE OTHER is terrific.

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Robert Mulligan's THE OTHER, in my book one of the all-time great horror films, was quietly given a limited (3,000 discs) Blu-ray release earlier this month. I make this known as a service to horror fans since I have not found this to be heavily advertised.

 

Also: THE OTHER is terrific.

Yes and it's worth owning. You are going to pay 35 bucks though.

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Yes and it's worth owning. You are going to pay 35 bucks though.
Indeed. And I just thought I'd add that the transfer is pretty much reference quality. I was shocked at how great it looks. Just throwing that out there to hopefully make that $35 price less of a bitter pill to swallow..
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I don't know how or I'd do it myself but it might be helpful for someone to start an actual Twilight Time releases thread to keep people up to date on these super limited blu ray titles. Get acquainted with their business model now and be ready when titles like The Blob remake go on pre-order. Christine sold out totally in 7 hours and I'm certain The Blob will do similar business. I know there are fans of that film on these boards who I'd much rather see get copies than the scalpers..
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Just to add, FANTASTIC horror film, one of the best of the 70s. Very low key and psychological, but if that's your thing, oh man does it deliver.

 

Have been trying to get by only watching/renting films instead of buying any more discs, but things like this make it so damn difficult...

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Indeed. And I just thought I'd add that the transfer is pretty much reference quality. I was shocked at how great it looks. Just throwing that out there to hopefully make that $35 price less of a bitter pill to swallow..


So you liked it? I know you asked about it another thread.

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The one significant extra the Blu-ray apparently includes is Jerry Goldsmith's isolated score.  It should be a treat, since I'm aware that the majority of the score ended up scrapped in post-production and I'm assuming the whole thing is included in this track.  I have a 20-minute suite for THE OTHER that was included on the soundtrack album for THE MEPHISTO WALTZ, another (great inferior) obscure early 70s horror Goldsmith scored, and I'm anxious to compare.

 

What I love about this movie is the way it makes pastoral settings, bright colors and

nostalgic bucolia so very sinister, and the sparse and often upbeat score supplements this wonderfully.  It's a gothic horror film with grotesque imagery, for sure, and it finds a lot of use for shadows and severed fingers and corpses talking from caskets, etc. but it avoids a lot of the trappings of the genre at the same time.  As with THE SHINING, loud colors and open spaces are made infinitely more menacing than a dimly lit, cobweb-laden attic.

 

Here's some trivia that I've always found fascinating: Thomas Tryon and Uta Hagen disparaged the film retrospectively.  This particularly floors me because Hagen's portrayal is brilliant, and the screenplay, which Tryon wrote himself, is quite faithful to his novel.  Both cite aggressive editing as part of their beef.  I have a copy of the screenplay and I suppose I need to re-read it because I don't recall significant swathes being jettisoned from the final film.  I continue to find the film to be a brilliant adaptation of a fine novel.  Bonus feature: an impossibly young John Ritter in a small role!  It's a film that has literally everything.

 

Also: Roger Ebert's softly positive review of the film from 1972 is patently weird.  There's some decent insight but he gets a number of facts/names dead wrong and goes off on some odd tangents.


Edited by FatherDude - 10/22/13 at 6:55am
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So you liked it? I know you asked about it another thread.
I did indeed like it. Freaked me out actually. I don't wanna go into too much detail cuz of spoilers but I'll never ever jump into a pile of hay again. Surprised to see John Ritter pop up as well.
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Gave this my first rewatch in a while. Still probably my favorite of the crop of 70s occult films spawned by the success of ROSEMARY'S BABY.

It is interesting the way The Game, aside from introducing us to warging before GRRM ever did, is used much the way Danny's psychic powers are in THE SHINING - as a device that permits the audience to pick an interpretation between the supernatural and the psychological. There is a valid reading of this film that says everything that happens is the result of a disturbed child's imagination run amok - that Holland comes back because Niles role-plays as his twisted brother (aka THE PSYCHO reading). But because we do have The Game, and because we do have "Ada says the ring is cursed," the ghost/possession angle is on the table.

It seems to me the best supernatural horror films are the ones where the supernatural is either ambiguous (THE INNOCENTS) or at least forestalled as an explanation until nothing else is available (THE EXORCIST, THE SHINING). And just like in THE SHINING, THE OTHER doesn't really become less ambiguous just because we know there is a supernatural element. It only really increases the permutations of what's possible. That's the secret sauce of the unsettlingly atmosphere, I think - that and the fantastic photography that brilliantly manages to find the menace in a pastoral, even nostalgic setting. Jerry Goldsmith's choice to score this as if it were a wistful coming-of-age story is very effective. It's a rather grotesque movie approached with more class than material of this sort tends to be.
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 And I just thought I'd add that the transfer is pretty much reference quality. I was shocked at how great it looks.

 

I have to second this.  They must have scanned the negative or an especially well-preserved print.  It's ironic how sometimes the forgotten movies are the ones with the best quality source material, because they haven't been overhandled and struck from a thousand times to keep up with the demand of a long theatrical run, re-releases, etc.  So you end up with THE OTHER being pristine but THE GODFATHER having to be restored from a state of near-unsalvageability (to hear Robert Harris tell it).  They say the JAWS negative was in pretty awful shape when Universal invested in their 4K scan as well.  Shocking stuff.

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