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(Jacques Tourneur, 1957) 

Release date: 26 November 2018
Standard Edition 2-Disc Blu-ray

Based on M R James’ classic tale of terror, ‘Casting the Runes’, and adapted for the screen by regular Hitchcock collaborator Charles Bennett, Jacques Tourneur’s (Cat People, I Walked with a Zombie, Out of the Past) Night of the Demon is considered to be one of the seminal horror films of Twentieth-Century cinema. Released on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK, the film is presented here in four different versions, and is accompanied by an incredible array of new and archival special features.


Night of the Demon – the original full-length pre-release version (96 mins)
Curse of the Demon – the US reissue version (96 mins)
• 2K BFI restoration presentations at 1.75:1
• High Definition remaster presentations at 1.66:1
• Original mono audio
• Audio commentary with film historian Tony Earnshaw, author of Beating the Devil: The Making of ‘Night of the Demon’

Night of the Demon – the original UK theatrical cut (82 mins)
Curse of the Demon – the original US theatrical cut (82 mins)
• High Definition remasters at 1.66:1
• Original mono audio
Speak of the Devil: The Making of ‘Night of the Demon’ (2007, 20 mins): a documentary featuring actor Peggy Cummins and production designer Ken Adam
Cloven in Two (2018, 23 mins): a video essay exploring the different versions
Hal E Chester at the Manchester Festival of Fantastic Films (1996, 51 mins): a rare archival video interview with the producer
Dana Andrews on ‘Night of the Demon’ (1972, 10 mins): a rare audio interview with the actor conducted by film historian and preservationist Scott MacQueen
The Devil’s in the Detail (2018, 36 mins): Christopher Frayling discusses the film and Ken Adam
Horrors Unseen (2018, 27 mins): an interview with Chris Fujiwara, author of Jacques Tourneur: The Cinema of Nightfall
Sinister Signs (2018, 21 mins): an analysis by Kim Newman, author of Nightmare Movies
Under the Spell (2018, 19 mins): a personal appreciation by horror writer Ramsey Campbell
The Devil Gets His Due (2018, 23 mins): Scott MacQueen details the film’s release history
The Truth of Alchemy (2018, 22 mins): a discussion of M R James by author Roger Clarke
The Devil in Music (2018, 11 mins): David Huckvale on composer Clifton Parker
A Note of Fear (2018, 10 mins): Scott MacQueen discusses aspects of the film’s score
Casting the Runes (1984, 53 mins): an audio recording of Michael Hordern reading M R James’ original story
Escape: ‘Casting the Runes’ (1947, 30 mins): a radio adaptation of the story
• Super 8 version (7 mins): original cut-down home cinema presentation
• Isolated music & effects track
• Original theatrical trailer
• Image gallery: promotional and production material
• New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing

BBFC cert: PG
EAN: 5037899084069