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Video releases of The Haunting, the 1963 movie

The trailers

Although several trailers in English were produced, only one of them is available on all the DVDs - and on the LaserDiscs and VHS as well. I will refer to this commercially available trailer as the 1st trailer. The other ones remain unavailable on any Blu-ray, DVD, LaserDisc or VHS/Betamax.

The 1st trailer is interesting for two main reasons:

  1. The first reason is that it contains some scenes that are not in the final cut of the movie. Of course, Dr. Markway's narration is not (and would not make sense in the movie itself). But have you noticed the scene when Theo is alone in her bedroom, scared to death and agitated like a cat expecting something? The very end of this scene is used in the movie, just before Eleanor joins Theo in her bedroom. But this scene is much much longer in the trailer... Watch it again and you'll see for yourself.
  2. The second reason is that it contains some dialogs and spoken texts that are not in the final cut of the movie.

The 1st english trailer (available on the Warner DVD and Blu-ray editions)

Eleanor screams You can't get in!

(Devilish, childish laugh)

Eleanor continues God it knows I'm here!

A voice screams.

Dr. Markway continues Look, I know the supernatural is something that isn't supposed to happen but it does happen.

Luke continues Now, look, Doc. We're buddies, okay, but don't try to convert me!

Dr. Markway continues I'm trying to prepare you.

My name's Markway. Dr. Markway. A scientist interested in the supernatural. The "un-natural", if you like. I came to Hill House to find the key to another world. Assisting me in this exploration of the unknown was Eleanor — Nell — who could look back into the past. And Theo — something of a witch — who could see into the future. This is Luke, who didn't believe in anything until evil, patient, waiting... made him change his mind.

A baby voice screams.

Eleanor screams Stop it!

Eleanor continues God... Oh, God, whose hand was I holding?

A voice over continues How many of us take seriously the things we cannot or do not want to understand, simply because we are afraid?

Dr. Markway yells Eleanor, you fall! Didn't you hear me calling?

Eleanor continues Oh... This house... you have to watch it every minute.

The 1st Mrs. Crain screams as she falls in the stairs.

A voice over continues "The Haunting" was produced and directed by Robert Wise, brilliant producer of "West Side Story". The stars consist of a cross section of top talent in the world of entertainment. Julie Harris. Claire Bloom. Richard Johnson. Russ Tamblyn.

Dr. Markway continues What does it take to convince you that the dead do not always rest in peace? That some houses, like Hill House, are born bad?

Theo screams No!

Eleanor screams Go away!

Theo screams Oh, God, Nell!

(Devilish, childish laugh)

The 2nd english trailer (edited version of 1st one, commercially unavailable)

Dr. Markway starts with My name's Markway. Dr. Markway. A scientist interested in the supernatural. The "un-natural", if you like. I came to Hill House to find the key to another world. Assisting me in this exploration of the unknown was Eleanor — Nell — who could look back into the past. And Theo — something of a witch — who could see into the future. This is Luke, who didn't believe in anything until evil, patient, waiting... made him change his mind.

A baby voice screams.

Eleanor screams Stop it!

Eleanor continues God... Oh, God, whose hand was I holding?

The 1st Mrs. Crain screams as she falls in the stairs.

A voice over continues "The Haunting" was produced and directed by Robert Wise, brilliant producer of "West Side Story". The stars consist of a cross section of top talent in the world of entertainment. Julie Harris. Claire Bloom. Richard Johnson. Russ Tamblyn.

Dr. Markway continues What does it take to convince you that the dead do not always rest in peace? That some houses, like Hill House, are born bad?

Theo screams No!

Eleanor screams Go away!

Theo screams Oh, God, Nell!

(Devilish, childish laugh)

The 3rd english trailer (totally different, commercially unavailable)

(Devilish, childish laugh)

A voice over starts with Tonight the dead will walk and you — unbeliever —, will scream unheard.

Eleanor interrupts with Stop it!

And the voice over continues with "The Haunting"

What do we really know of that other world of hauntings, of apparitions in the night, of the sinister powers of darkness?

Eleanor screams Arghhhh!

The voice over continues with "The Haunting" was produced and directed by Robert Wise the brilliant producer of "West Side Story" and stars Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson, Russ Tamblyn.

Eleanor yells Go away!

Finally the voice over concludes with

You cannot deny terror.
You cannot look the other way.
You have to face the supernatural.
Face the chilling mysteries of forces you cannot understand or control when, "The Haunting", holds you in its spell.

"The Haunting"

Blu-ray editions

Foreword

To be honest, the release of the Warner Blu-ray edition was a huge disappointment. Practically speaking, the Blu-ray might be the last physical object available. The last chance to get a comprehensive edition, properly done, in a beautiful Steelcase or box set. The next ones might be digital/download only. Cold hard files to view on streaming.

More than 10 years passed since the 2003 DVD release, which at the time, included a minimal quantity of bonuses. I had plenty of time to collect many documents, videos, posters, lobby cards, promotional pictures, promotional booklets, books, articles, etc, etc. So I guess I'm perfectly aware of what is available and what remains unreachable for fans like me. After more than 25 years of collecting, I know what could make a fan truly happy.

These days, when you buy a Blu-ray, you expect much more than "just the movie". If you are a long-time dedicated fan of this movie, you demand much more than "just the movie". Sadly, this is the only valuable new item that you will get: the 1080p version of the movie. Nothing less, nothing more:

  • Where is the alternative version of the movie? It's not lost because it makes some appearances once in a while in the UK, on special occasions such as festivals, themed-events, etc. This is the jewel of the crown. Why does it remain unavailable to most of us? I just hope it was properly digitized and saved for the decades and centuries to come. It's almost ironic to realise that we still can read Shakespeare's plays, but we might be unable to see this movie in less than 50 years.
  • Gone are all the bonuses of the DVD edition. I was expecting more bonuses, they just got rid of all bonuses. They just kept the audio commentary soundtrack. What a thrill!
  • The disc was released only in a few countries. I can understand that financial decision. What I cannot understand is that it makes some dubbed versions simply unavailable on Blu-ray. Instead of making all dubbed versions (EN, FR, EN, IT, DE, SP, etc...) and all subtitles available on a single, unique disc, released worldwide with cosmetic differences (front sleeve printed with local title, etc), they chose to release a handful of local versions, each holding a few dubbed versions and subtitles. It means a lot to me because the very first version I saw as a kid was the French-dubbed version. I still like to watch it, every now and then.
  • There are (at least) 3 different trailers available in English. Where are they?
  • Robert Wise did object to the colourization of the movie. He had every right to. Why can't we get a glimpse at this infamous colourised version?
  • The original soundtrack (music) remains unavailable. Why can't we get the music-only version of the soundtrack, without all dialogs and sound effects?

And then there is the movie. Of course, I have to be fair, the image has reached a quality never seen before. There are so many details, in the texture in the fabrics, in the carved wood panels, in the statues, in the sculpted stones, in the house as a whole: so much to see everywhere. It's candy for the eyes. But I wonder: wasn't it possible to clean the image a little bit and to enhance the dark/black level? I gave a try myself. Have a look!

The Haunting, Blu-ray, sample 01, rough image The Haunting, Blu-ray, sample 01, clean image

Move the slider to compare the original Blu-ray image (left) with a reworked version (right).

The Haunting, Blu-ray, sample 03, rough image The Haunting, Blu-ray, sample 03, clean image

Move the slider to compare the original Blu-ray image (left) with a reworked version (right).

The Haunting, Blu-ray, sample 07, rough image The Haunting, Blu-ray, sample 07, clean image

Move the slider to compare the original Blu-ray image (left) with a reworked version (right).

The Haunting, Blu-ray, sample 09, rough image The Haunting, Blu-ray, sample 09, clean image

Move the slider to compare the original Blu-ray image (left) with a reworked version (right).

The Haunting, Blu-ray, sample 10, rough image The Haunting, Blu-ray, sample 10, clean image

Move the slider to compare the original Blu-ray image (left) with a reworked version (right).

Obviously, I got a bit carried away and applied too much correction, to make it stand out. Nevertheless, this is just to illustrate how easy it is to clean the image, just a little bit.

This raises several questions:

  • What does the image actually looks like on the 35mm negative or printed film? 35mm films have a native definition which is far superior to the current Full HD 1080p. What does it really look like on 35mm?
  • Did Robert Wise intend to have a clean image or not?
  • Does a "cleaning operation" of the image betray the masterpiece?
  • Does the "very grainy" image from the Blu-ray also betray the masterpiece?

Now that Robert Wise is gone, who can tell?

North america

the haunting, bluray, 2013, usa
Flag USA
Country: USA
Edition: 2013
Sound: Mono
Zone: A/1 (in practice, the disc is also playable in B/2)

Local title: The Haunting

Audio: In DTS-HD Master Audio: English; In Dolby Digital: German, Spanish (Spain), Spanish (South America), Portuguese
Subtitles: French, Spanish (Spain), Spanish (South America), Portuguese
Hearing impaired: English, German

Catalog number (reference): 883929329793, 3000051378

Here is the text that can be found on the back cover
"It was an evil house from the beginning, a house that was born bad." The place is the 90-year-old mansion called Hill House. No one lives there. Or so it seems. But please do come in. Because even if you don't believe in ghosts, there is no denying the terror of "The Haunting."

Robert Wise returned to psychological horror for this much admired, first adaptation of Shirley Jackson's "The Haunting of Hill house." Four people come to the house to study its supernatural phenomena. Or has the house drawn at least one of them to it? The answer will unnerve you in this elegantly sinister scare movie. It is good fun. (Pauline Kael, "5001 nights at the movies").

South america

the haunting, bluray, 2013, brazil
Flag Brazil
Country: Brazil
Edition: 2013
Sound: Mono
Zone: A/1

Local title: Desafio do além [Challenge from beyond]

Audio: In DTS-HD Master Audio: English; In Dolby Digital: Spanish, Portuguese (Brazil)
Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazil)
Hearing impaired: (none)

Catalog number (reference): BD79030

Remark:
My two copies are still factory sealed. Still, I'm beginning to suspect that the back cover doesn't accurately describes the content. I believe this content is 100% identical with the US disc.

Here is the text that can be found on the back cover
"No começo, era uma casa maligna, uma casa que nasceu má" O lugar é uma mansão com mais de 90 anos de idade conhecida como Hill House, a Casa no Topo da Colina. Ninguém vive lá. Ou assim parece. Mas, por favor, venha conhecê-la. Porque mesmo se você acredita em fantasmas, não há como negar o terror que existe nela.

Robert Wise retoma o gênero terror psicológico nessa muito admirada primeira adaptação para a tela da obra de Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House. Quatro pessoas chegam à casa para estudar seus fenômenos sobrenaturais. Ou será que a própria casa arrastou pelo menos um deles até o local? A resposta vai enervar você neste "filme assustador e sinistro, porém elegante. Uma boa diversão" (Pauline Kael, 5001 Nights at the Movies)

Europe

the haunting, bluray, 2013, germany
Flag Germany
Country: Germany
Edition: 2013
Sound: Mono
Zone: B/2

Local title: Bis das Blut gefriert [Until the blood freezes]

Audio: In DTS-HD Master Audio: English; In Dolby Digital: German, Spanish (Spain), Spanish (South America), Portuguese
Subtitles: French, Spanish (Spain), Spanish (South America), Portuguese
Hearing impaired: English, German

Catalog number (reference): 1000417198, 5000167545

Remark:
I own three copies, one is open.
The content is 100% identical with the US disc.

Here is the text that can be found on the back cover
"Von Anfang an war es ein böses Haus, ein Haus das böse geboren wurde." Es geht um eine 90 Jahre alte Villa namens Hill House. Niemand wohnt dort. Zumindest scheint es so. Aber kommen Sie doch herein! Denn selbst wenn Sie nicht an Geister glauben, können Sie das Grauen von Bis das Blut gefriert nicht leugnen.

Mit dieser vielfach bewunderten ersten Kinofassung von Shirley Jackson Roman Spuk in Hill House kehrte Robert Wise zum psychologischen Horren-Genre zurück. Vier Menschen kommen in das Haus, um seine übernatürlichen Phänomene zu untersuchen. Oder hat das Haus selbst einen von ihnen angelockt? Die Antwort wird Sie nicht mehr schlafen lassen. Pauline Kael schrieb in 5001 Nights at the Movie: "Ein eleganter, teuflischer Gruselfilm, der richtig Spaß bringt."
the haunting, bluray, 2013, spain
Flag Spain
Country: Spain
Edition: 2013
Sound: Mono
Zone: B/2

Local title: La casa encantada [The Haunted House]

Audio: In DTS-HD Master Audio: English; In Dolby Digital: German, Spanish, Portuguese
Subtitles: French, Spanish, Portuguese
Hearing impaired: (none)

Catalog number (reference): 1000426998, 5000171039

Remark:
My two copies are still factory sealed. Still, I'm beginning to suspect that the back cover doesn't accurately describes the content. I believe this content is 100% identical with the US disc.

Here is the text that can be found on the back cover
"Es una casa endemoniada desde el principio." Todo tiene lugar en una mansión con 90 años de antigüedad llamada Hill House. Nadie vive en ella. O eso parece. Pero por favor entre. Porque incluso si no crees en los fantasmas, no se puede negar el terror de esta casa encantada.

Robert Wise vuelve al terror psicológico que tanto admira. Cuatro personas se adentran en esta casa para el estudio de casos sobrenaturales. ¿Qué sucederá? La respuesta te dejará helado, en esta "elegante y siniestra película". (Pauline Kael, 5001 Nights at the Movies).

DVD editions

Technical details about the 2003 and 2010 Warner editions

Studio: Warner Home Video
Theatrical Release Date: September 18, 1963
DVD Release Date (blue cover): August 5, 2003
DVD Release Date (black cover): November 9, 2010
Running Time (NTSC editions): 112 minutes (original duration)
Running Time (PAL editions): 107 minutes (*)
Production Company: Warner
Package Type: Snap Case
Aspect ratio: Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1 (the original ratio was respected)
Menu: Static, with music
Scene access: 30 chapters
Available Audio Tracks: (see local editions below for details) (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Subtitles/Captions in foreign languages: (see local editions below for details)
Colour: Black and White
Physical disc: 1 Disc (1-Sided), Picture Disc
Layers: RSDL (Reverse Spin Dual Layer)
Layers Switch: 00h:30m:42s

112 or 107 minutes?

Before I explain, you need to know that:
In a Theater, a movie plays at 24 frames per second.
On a NTSC system, a movie plays at 30 frames per second.
On a PAL system, a movie plays at 25 frames per second.

How to transfer the movie to a NTSC system:
Play the Theater version at normal speed. Take 1 second - that is 24 frames -. Duplicate 6 frames among these 24 frames, you get the 30 frames you need for 1 second of video. It is so fast that the visual difference will be un-noticed. While you are at it, capture 1 second of sound and you get the 1 second of sound you need to match the 30 frames - 1 second of NTSC video - of your NTSC version.
Summary: Play at normal speed but duplicate 1 frame every 4 frames.

How to transfer the movie to a PAL system:
It is slightly tricky! Play the Theater version slightly speeded up at 25 frames per second instead of 24. The image and sound are both speeded up. You get the 25 frames you need for 1 second of video. The movie plays 4% faster (*) but the visual difference is un-noticed. However, the pitch of the sound and voices is slightly higher than normal. And that would be noticed. So the pitch of the soundtrack is lowered to get back to normal.
Summary: Play at higher speed but lower the pitch of the soundtrack.

112 minutes played at 4% faster than normal speed will play in 107 minutes only.

What the Warner editions have in common

One original trailer.
One feature/episode commentary by director Robert Wise, screenwriter Nelson Gidding, Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson, Russ Tamblyn.
Stills and poster gallery.

Remark: The commentary was built up out of previous interviews. It was not recorded especially for the DVD release. Furthermore, it was made of separate interviews. But the result is not bad at all and the comments are pleasant to hear.

The chapters are the same on all the editions that I know.

English titles for the chapters

  1. Credits
  2. Hill House history
  3. Expectations
  4. Family skeleton
  5. Eleanor's journey
  6. Waiting for her
  7. Mrs. Dudley's instructions
  8. Alive
  9. The only ones left
  10. Uneasy explanations
  11. Sleep well
  12. Night noises
  13. Supernaturally practical
  14. Writing on the wall
  15. Conservatory dance
  16. Fearful heights
  17. Girl talk
  18. Cold spot
  19. Whose hand?
  20. Burden of fear
  21. Hill House's monster
  22. New ghost hunter
  23. It knows I'm here
  24. Bulging at the seams
  25. Coming apart
  26. The spiral staircase
  27. Atop the stairs
  28. Out of place
  29. The accident
  30. We who walk here

The differences between the various Warner editions

USA and Canada only

Flag USA Flag Canada

Excerpts from Robert Wise's copy of the screenplay, with handwritten comments (in "Stills gallery").
Additional section in the "Features" menu: "Things That Go Bump in the Night" essay.
Additional section in the "Features" menu: Cast and Crew.

Japan only

Flag Japan

Subtitles for the Bonus commentary by director Robert Wise, screenwriter Nelson Gidding, Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson, Russ Tamblyn.

A word about the Non-Warner editions

I'm sorry to say it so bluntly, but most of them are cheap editions, sold for a very low price. The available sound tracks (languages) and subtitles are reduced to the bare minimum, and so are the bonuses.

Strangely, the text found on the back cover is also questionable and unreliable.

North america

the haunting, dvd, 2003, usa
Flag USA
Country: USA
Edition: 2003
Colour system: NTSC
Sound: Mono (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Zone: 1 (in practice, the disc is encoded for the zones: 1, 2, 3, 4)

Local title: The Haunting

Audio: French, English
Subtitles: French, English, Spanish
Hearing impaired: (none)

Catalog number (reference): 65194

Only on this edition:
Excerpts from Robert Wise's copy of the screenplay, with handwritten comments (in "Stills gallery")
Additional section in the "Features" menu: "Things That Go Bump in the Night" essay
Additional section in the "Features" menu: Cast and Crew

Here is the text that can be found on the front cover
You may not believe in ghosts, but you cannot deny terror!

Here is the text that can be found on the back cover
"It was an evil house from the beginning, a house that was born bad." The place is the 90-year-old mansion called Hill House. No one lives there. Or so it seems. But please do come in. Because even if you don't believe in ghosts, there is no denying the terror of "The Haunting."

Robert Wise returned to psychological horror for this much admired, first adaptation of Shirley Jackson's "The Haunting of Hill house." Four people come to the house to study its supernatural phenomena. Or has the house drawn at least one of them to it? The answer will unnerve you in this elegantly sinister scare movie. It is good fun. (Pauline Kael, "5001 nights at the movies").
the haunting, dvd, 2003, usa, alternative cover
Flag USA
Country: USA
Edition: 2003, This alternate edition has a tiny "A Robert Wide Production" printed on cover.
Colour system: NTSC
Sound: Mono (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Zone: (I don't own that disc)

Local title: The Haunting

Audio: (I don't own that disc)
Subtitles: (I don't own that disc)
Hearing impaired: (I don't own that disc)

Catalog number (reference): (I don't own that disc)

Here is the text that can be found on the front cover
You may not believe in ghosts, but you cannot deny terror!

Here is the text that can be found on the back cover
(I don't own that disc)
the haunting, dvd, 2009, usa, turner classic movies, greatest classic films
Flag USA
Country: USA
Edition: 2009
Colour system: NTSC
Sound: Mono (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Zone: (my copy is unplayed, yet)

This compilation titled Turner classic movies, Greatest classic films gathers 4 movies:
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Freaks
  • The Haunting
  • House of wax

Catalog number (reference): ISBN 1-4198-7988-X, 3000020967

Here is the text that can be found on the back cover
Robert Wise directed this first screen version of Shirley Jackson's 'The Haunting of Hill House'. Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson and Russ Tamblyn come to the house to study its supernatural phenomena. Or has the house drawn at least one of them to it?
the haunting, dvd, 2010, canada and usa, english edition
Flag USAFlag Canada
Country: USA and Canada
Edition: 2010
Colour system: NTSC
Sound: Mono (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Zone: 1 (in practice, the disc is encoded for the zones: 1, 2, 3, 4)

Local title: The Haunting

Audio: French, English
Subtitles: French, English, Spanish
Hearing impaired: (none)

Catalog number (reference): ISBN 0-7806-6405-1, 3000033420

Only on this edition:
Excerpts from Robert Wise's copy of the screenplay, with handwritten comments (in "Stills gallery")
Additional section in the "Features" menu: "Things That Go Bump in the Night" essay
Additional section in the "Features" menu: Cast and Crew

Here is the text that can be found on the back cover
"It was an evil house from the beginning, a house that was born bad." The place is the 90-year-old mansion called Hill House. No one lives there. Or so it seems. But please do come in. Because even if you don't believe in ghosts, there is no denying the terror of "The Haunting."

Robert Wise returned to psychological horror for this much admired, first adaptation of Shirley Jackson's "The Haunting of Hill house." Four people come to the house to study its supernatural phenomena. Or has the house drawn at least one of them to it? The answer will unnerve you in this elegantly sinister scare movie. It is good fun. (Pauline Kael, "5001 nights at the movies").
the haunting, dvd, 2010, canada and usa, french edition
Flag USAFlag Canada
Country: USA and Canada
Edition: 2010
Colour system: NTSC
Sound: Mono (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Zone: 1 (in practice, the disc is encoded for the zones: 1, 2, 3, 4)

Local title: The Haunting, La maison du diable [The devil's house]

Audio: French, English
Subtitles: French, English, Spanish
Hearing impaired: (none)

Catalog number (reference): 3000035118

Only on this edition:
Excerpts from Robert Wise's copy of the screenplay, with handwritten comments (in "Stills gallery")
Additional section in the "Features" menu: "Things That Go Bump in the Night" essay
Additional section in the "Features" menu: Cast and Crew

Here is the text that can be found on the back cover
"It was an evil house from the beginning, a house that was born bad." The place is the 90-year-old mansion called Hill House. No one lives there. Or so it seems. But please do come in. Because even if you don't believe in ghosts, there is no denying the terror of "The Haunting."

Robert Wise returned to psychological horror for this much admired, first adaptation of Shirley Jackson's "The Haunting of Hill house." Four people come to the house to study its supernatural phenomena. Or has the house drawn at least one of them to it? The answer will unnerve you in this elegantly sinister scare movie. It is good fun. (Pauline Kael, "5001 nights at the movies").

"Cette maison a toujours été diabolique; elle est malsaine depuis son édification." Le lieu : un manoir vieux de 90 ans baptisé Hill House. Il est désert, ou du moins le semble-t-il. Mais donnez-vous la peine d'entrer. Et même si vous ne croyez pas aux fantômes, vous ne pouvez nier la terreur qui habite "La maison du diable".

Robert Wise est revenu au film d'horreur psychologique pour cette première adaptation cinématographique admirable de "Hantise", l'oeuvre de Shirley Jackson. Quatre personnes se rendent à la demeure afin d'y étudier ses phénomènes surnaturels. Ou est-ce la maison qui y aurait attiré au moins l'une d'elles ? La réponse que livre ce "film d'horreur tout à la fois raffiné, sinistre et divertissant" (Pauline Kael, "5001 nights at the movies") vous glacera le sang.
the haunting, dvd, 2003, canada, english edition
Flag Canada
Country: Canada
Edition: 2003 English edition
Colour system: NTSC
Sound: Mono (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Zone: 1 (in practice, the disc is encoded for the zones: 1, 2, 3, 4)

Local title: The Haunting

Audio: French, English
Subtitles: French, English, Spanish
Hearing impaired: (none)

Catalog number (reference): DVE 065194 (top) 65194 (spine)

Remark:
This is actually the US edition of the DVD, officially imported in Canada by Warner Bros.
The edition has two official stickers:
- one stating "DVD incluant version française" meaning "DVD featuring a french-dubbed version"
- one with the official importation licence
Also worth noting: a new catalog number (DVE 065194 instead of 65194) and an official Warner Bros clear wrapping.

Only on this edition (since it is in fact the US edition):
Excerpts from Robert Wise's copy of the screenplay, with handwritten comments (in "Stills gallery")
Additional section in the "Features" menu: "Things That Go Bump in the Night" essay
Additional section in the "Features" menu: Cast and Crew

Here is the text that can be found on the front cover
You may not believe in ghosts, but you cannot deny terror!

Here is the text that can be found on the back cover
"It was an evil house from the beginning, a house that was born bad." The place is the 90-year-old mansion called Hill House. No one lives there. Or so it seems. But please do come in. Because even if you don't believe in ghosts, there is no denying the terror of "The Haunting."

Robert Wise returned to psychological horror for this much admired, first adaptation of Shirley Jackson's "The Haunting of Hill house." Four people come to the house to study its supernatural phenomena. Or has the house drawn at least one of them to it? The answer will unnerve you in this elegantly sinister scare movie. It is good fun. (Pauline Kael, "5001 nights at the movies").
the haunting, dvd, 2007, canada, french edition
Flag Canada
Country: Canada
Edition: 2007 French edition
Colour system: NTSC
Sound: Mono (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Zone: 1 (in practice, the disc is encoded for the zones: 1, 2, 3, 4)

Local title: La maison du diable (cover) [The devil's house], The Haunting (disc)

Audio: French, English
Subtitles: French, English, Spanish
Hearing impaired: (none)

Catalog number (reference): DVF 065835 (top) 65835F (spine)

Remark:
This is actually the Canadian English disc (thus the US disc), in a new francized Box, for the Canadian market. As a result, the box reads "La maison du diable" whilst the disc reads "The Haunting".

Only on this edition (since it is in fact the US edition):
Excerpts from Robert Wise's copy of the screenplay, with handwritten comments (in "Stills gallery")
Additional section in the "Features" menu: "Things That Go Bump in the Night" essay
Additional section in the "Features" menu: Cast and Crew

Here is the text that can be found on the front cover
Vous ne croyez peut-être pas aux fantômes, mais vous ne pouvez pas échapper à la terreur !

Here is the text that can be found on the back cover
"Cette maison était diabolique depuis le début, une maison mauvaise jusqu'aux fondations." Le lieu : un manoir vieux de 90 ans baptisé Hill House. Il est désert, ou du moins il semble désert. Mais donnez-vous la peine d'entrer. Et même si vous ne croyez pas aux fantômes, vous ne pouvez nier la terreur qui habite "La maison du diable".

Robert Wise est revenu au film d'horreur psychologique pour cette première adaptation cinématographique admirable de "Hantise", l'oeuvre de Shirley Jackson. Quatre personnes se rendent à la demeure afin d'y étudier ses phénomènes surnaturels. Ou est-ce la maison qui y aurait attiré au moins l'une d'elles ? La réponse que livre ce "film d'horreur tout à la fois raffiné, sinistre et divertissant" (Pauline Kael, "5001 nights at the movies") vous glacera le sang.

South america

the haunting, dvd, 20xx, brazil
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Country: Brazil
Edition: 20xx
Colour system: PAL
Sound: Mono (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Zone: (I don't own that disc)

Local title: Desafio do além [Challenge from beyond]

Audio: (I don't own that disc)
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I have several DVD covers, all supposedly from Brazil. Most of them are obviously bootlegs. I assume this one is official, but I cannot guarantee it.

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Você pode não acreditar em fantasmas, mas não poderá ignorar o terror!

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Europe

the haunting, dvd, 2003, france
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Country: France
Edition: 2003
Colour system: PAL
Sound: Mono (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Zone: 2 (in practice, the disc is encoded for the zones: 2, 4, 5)

Local title: La maison du diable [The devil's house]

Audio: French, English, Italian
Subtitles: French, English, Italian, Arab, Dutch
Hearing impaired: English, Italian

Catalog number (reference): Z7 65194

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Vous pouvez échapper aux fantômes, mais pas à la terreur !

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Pour poursuivre ses expériences de parapsychologie, le professeur Markway réunit un groupe de personnes dans un vieux manoir réputé hanté. Dès la première nuit, les hôtes du professeur sont terrorisés par des bruits insolites. Eleanor est au bord de la dépression et le professeur lui conseille de partir. Elle refuse, prétendant que la maison la retient.

Which can be translated:
To conduct his experiments with paranormal phenomena, Dr. Markway gathers a team in an old mansion, reputedly haunted. During the first night, the guests are terrorised by strange noises. Eleanor is on the brink of depression and the Dr. Markway advises her to leave. She refuses, claiming that the house holds her back.
the haunting, dvd, 2005 france
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Country: France
Edition: 2005
Colour system: PAL
Sound: Mono (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Zone: 2 (in practice, the disc is encoded for the zones: 2, 4, 5)

Local title: La maison du diable [The devil's house]

Audio: French, English, Italian
Subtitles: French, English, Italian, Arab, Dutch
Hearing impaired: English, Italian

Catalog number (reference): Z7 65194

Remark:
This is actually the french 2003 edition, wrapped in a new black and sepia cardbox: Légendes du cinéma: sélection fantastique

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Vous pouvez échapper aux fantômes, mais pas à la terreur !

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Pour poursuivre ses expériences de parapsychologie, le professeur Markway réunit un groupe de personnes dans un vieux manoir réputé hanté. Dès la première nuit, les hôtes du professeur sont terrorisés par des bruits insolites. Eleanor est au bord de la dépression et le professeur lui conseille de partir. Elle refuse, prétendant que la maison la retient.

Which can be translated:
To conduct his experiments with paranormal phenomena, Dr. Markway gathers a team in an old mansion, reputedly haunted. During the first night, the guests are terrorised by strange noises. Eleanor is on the brink of depression and the Dr. Markway advises her to leave. She refuses, claiming that the house holds her back.
the haunting, dvd, 2013, france, warner home collection
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Country: France
Edition: 2013, Warner Home Collection
Colour system: PAL
Sound: Mono (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Zone: (I don't own that disc)

Local title: La maison du diable [The devil's house]

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(I don't own that disc).
the haunting, dvd, 2013, france, cine club warner
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Country: France
Edition: 2013, Cine Club Warner
Colour system: PAL
Sound: Mono (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Zone: (I don't own that disc)

Local title: La maison du diable [The devil's house]

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Vous pouvez échapper aux fantômes, mais pas à la terreur !

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the haunting, dvd, 2003, belgium (fr) with coverthe haunting, dvd, 2003, belgium (fr)
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Country: Belgium (French)
Edition: 2003 French edition
Colour system: PAL
Sound: Mono (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Zone: 2 (in practice, the disc is encoded for the zones: 2, 4, 5)

Local title: La maison du diable [The devil's house]

Audio: French, English, Italian
Subtitles: French, English, Italian, Arab, Dutch
Hearing impaired: English, Italian

Catalog number (reference): Z10 65194

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Si vous ne croyez pas aux fantômes, comment expliquer votre peur ?

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"Ce fut dès le début une maison diabolique, une bâtisse construite sous une mauvaise étoile." Ce lieu, c'est Hill House, un manoir vieux de 90 ans. La demeure est inhabitée, c'est du moins ce que l'on croit. Mais ne restez pas là, entrez. Car si vous ne croyez pas aux fantômes, comment expliquer votre peur de "La maison du diable" ? Avec ce premier film tiré du roman de Shirley Jackson "La maison du diable de Hill House" (*), Robert Wise a su réaliser un petit joyau d'horreur psychologique. Quatre personnes viennent étudier au manoir les phénomènes surnaturels. Ou serait-ce la demeure qui aurait attiré au moins l'une d'entre elles ? A vous de découvrir la réponse en regardant ce thriller subtil et sinistre.

(*) Incorrect title. The title of the french edition of the book is "Maison hantée" (before 1999) and "Hantise" (after 1999)
the haunting, dvd, 2003, belgium (nl) with coverthe haunting, dvd, 2003, belgium (nl)
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Country: Belgium (Dutch) and Netherlands
Edition: 2003 Dutch edition
Colour system: PAL
Sound: Mono (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Zone: 2 (in practice, the disc is encoded for the zones: 2, 4, 5)

Local title: The Haunting

Audio: French, English, Italian
Subtitles: French, English, Italian, Arab, Dutch
Hearing impaired: English, Italian

Catalog number (reference): Z9 65194

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Ook al geloof je niet in spoken, hoe verklaar je dan je angst?

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"Het was een duivels huis vanaf het begin, een huis geboren onder een slecht gesternte." Die plaats is Hill House, een landhuis van 90 jaar oud. Er woont niemand, of daar lijkt het op. Maar kom gerust binnen. Want ook al geloof je niet in spoken, hoe verklaar je dan je angst voor "The Haunting"? Robert Wise maakte met deze eerste verfilming van Shirley Jackson's "The Haunting of Hill House" een pareltje van psychologische horror. Vier mensen komen naar het huis om er bovennatuurlijke fenomenen te onderzoeken. Of heeft het huis minstens iemand onder hen naar zich toe gelokt? Het verbijsterende antwoord krijg je in deze subtiele, sinistere griezelfilm.
the haunting, dvd, 2003, netherlands
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Edition: 2003
Colour system: PAL
Sound: Mono (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Zone: (I don't own that disc)

Local title: The Haunting

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Ook al geloof je niet in spoken, hoe verklaar je dan je angst?

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the haunting, dvd, 2003, italy
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Country: Italy
Edition: 2003
Colour system: PAL
Sound: Mono (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Zone: 2 (in practice, the disc is encoded for the zones: 2, 4, 5)

Local title: Gli invasati [The Haunting]

Audio: French, English, Italian
Subtitles: French, English, Italian, Arab, Dutch
Hearing impaired: English, Italian

Catalog number (reference): Z8 65194

Remark:
There is an incredibly ugly moiré effect on the original cover. I'm sure it is an original disc and not a counterfeit because it has a Warner hologram sticker. And the picture disc looks absolutely normal, when I compare with the other editions. This moiré effect makes the scan really bad. I didn't apply any filter on purpose because it would blur the image. I guess the local studio didn't have the original artwork and re-scanned it from somewhere. Or the print shop applied an incorrect setting somewhere. Anyway the result is really bad.

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"Un thriller sovrannaturale che lascia senza fiato".

"È sempre stata una casa maledetta sin dall'inizio, una casa nata male". Si tratta di una vecchia villa di 90 anni chiamata Hill House. Nessuno ci vive, o cosi almeno sembra... Ma, per piacere, evitate di entrare. Perché anche se non credete ai fantasmi, non è possibile sottrarsi al terrore de GLI INVASATI. Robert Wise ritorna all'horror psicologico in questo tanto ammirato primo adattamento cinematografico del romanzo di Shirley Jackson, GLI INVASATI. Quattro persone entrano nella casa per studiare i suoi fenomeni sovrannaturali. O forse è la casa che ha richiamato uno di loro? In questo film horror sinistro ma con classe, la risposta vi snerverà fino all'ultimo. Da cardiopalma!
the haunting, dvd, 2015, italy
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Country: Italy
Edition: 2015, Golem video edition
Colour system: PAL
Sound: Mono (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Zone: (my copy is unplayed, yet)

Local title: Gli invasati [The Haunting]

Audio: English, Italian
Subtitles: Italian
Hearing impaired: (none)

Catalog number (reference): 8051766032028

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In una villa disabitata da tempo si verificano inspiegabili fenomeni paranormali. La gente del luogo è terrorizzata tanto da decidere di reclutare un esperto di paranormale: il dottor Markway. Per studiare meglio i fenomeni, costui si installa nell'abitazione in compagnia di tre donne, due delle quali sono medium.

La pellicola, diretta da maestro Robert Wise risulta essere una sconvolgente esperienza sensoriale, dove la paura, suggerita e più agghiacciante di qualsiasi immagine orrifica, è quella dell'ignoto e dove proprio la villa al cui interno si svolge quasi tutta l'azione, finisce per diventare la vera protagonista "emotiva" del film. Capolavoro di imperdibile visione.
the haunting, dvd, 2003, uk
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Country: UK
Edition: 2003
Colour system: PAL
Sound: Mono (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Zone: 2 (in practice, the disc is encoded for the zones: 2, 4, 5)

Local title: The Haunting

Audio: French, English, Italian
Subtitles: French, English, Italian, Arab, Dutch
Hearing impaired: English, Italian

Catalog number (reference): Z1 65194

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You may not believe in ghosts, but you cannot deny terror!

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"It was an evil house from the beginning, a house that was born bad." The place is the 90-year-old mansion called Hill House. No one lives there. Or so it seems. But please do come in. Because even if you don't believe in ghosts, there is no denying the terror of "The Haunting."

Robert Wise returned to psychological horror for this much admired, first adaptation of Shirley Jackson's "The Haunting of Hill house." Four people come to the house to study its supernatural phenomena. Or has the house drawn at least one of them to it? The answer will unnerve you in this elegantly sinister scare movie. It is good fun. (Pauline Kael, "5001 nights at the movies").
the haunting, dvd, 2003, germany
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Country: Germany
Edition: 2003
Colour system: PAL
Sound: Mono (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Zone: 2 (in practice, the disc is encoded for the zones: 2, 5)

Local title: Bis das Blut gefriert [Until the blood freezes]

Audio: German, English, Spanish
Subtitles: German, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Icelandic, Swedish, Greek, Hungarian, Polish, Turkish
Hearing impaired: German, English

Catalog number (reference): Z5 65194

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In der alten Villa "Hill House" soll es nicht mit rechten Dingen zugehen: Das Haus sei verflucht und durch und durch böse, heißt es. Nachdem es zu mysteriösen Todesfällen gekommen ist, wollen vier Menschen, darunter ein Professor, die übernatürlichen Phänomene des Spukschlosses untersuchen. Niemand wohnt dort Angeblich...

Mit dieser berühmten ersten Verfilmung von Shirley Jackson "Spuk in Hill House" lieferte Regisseur Robert Wise ("Der Leichendieb") ein Meisterwerk des subtilen Grauens ab. 1999 wurde dieser "für die Entstehungszeit überdurchschnittliche Gespensterfilm" (Lexicon des internationalen films) unter dem Titel "Das Geisterschloss" neu verfilmt.
the haunting, dvd, 2003, germany, reissue #1
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Country: Germany
Edition: 2003, Later reissue, with different cover and new reference
Colour system: PAL
Sound: Mono (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Zone: 2 (in practice, the disc is encoded for the zones: 2, 5)

Local title: Bis das Blut gefriert [Until the blood freezes]

Audio: German, English, Spanish
Subtitles: German, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Icelandic, Swedish, Greek, Hungarian, Polish, Turkish
Hearing impaired: German, English

Catalog number (reference): 1000052863

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In der alten Villa "Hill House" soll es nicht mit rechten Dingen zugehen: Das Haus sei verflucht und durch und durch böse, heißt es. Nachdem es zu mysteriösen Todesfällen gekommen ist, wollen vier Menschen, darunter ein Professor, die übernatürlichen Phänomene des Spukschlosses untersuchen. Niemand wohnt dort Angeblich...

Mit dieser berühmten ersten Verfilmung von Shirley Jackson "Spuk in Hill House" lieferte Regisseur Robert Wise ("Der Leichendieb") ein Meisterwerk des subtilen Grauens ab. 1999 wurde dieser "für die Entstehungszeit überdurchschnittliche Gespensterfilm" (Lexicon des internationalen films) unter dem Titel "Das Geisterschloss" neu verfilmt.
the haunting, dvd, 2003, germany, reissue #2
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Country: Germany
Edition: 2003, Another later reissue, with different cover
Colour system: PAL
Sound: Mono (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Zone: (I don't own that disc)

Local title: Bis das Blut gefriert [Until the blood freezes]

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the haunting, dvd, 2003, hungary
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Country: Hungary
Edition: 2003
Colour system: PAL
Sound: Mono (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Zone: 2 (in practice, the disc is encoded for the zones: 2, 5)

Local title: A ház hideg szíve [The house has a cold heart]

Audio: German, English, Spanish
Subtitles: German, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Icelandic, Swedish, Greek, Hungarian, Polish, Turkish
Hearing impaired: German, English

Catalog number (reference): Z16 91100 65194

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Ha a kísértetekben nem is hiszel, azt megtudhatod, milyen a hamisítatlan borzalom!

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"Kezdetektől fogva a gonosz háza volt, egy ház mely rossz csillagzat alatt épült." A színhely a Hill House 90 éve elhagyatott villája. Egy lélek sem lakja, legalábbis úgy tűnik. De azért fáradjanak csak beljebb! Ha a kísértetekben nem is hisznek, itt megtudhatják, mit is jelent maga a borzalom.

Robert Wise, a pszicho-horror szakértője és nagyra becsült rendezője elsőként vitte vászonra Shirley Jackson hátborzongató a Hill House-ról. Négy fiatal kutató érkezik a hírhedt kastélyba, hogy ott tanulmányozzák a már legendává vált természetfeletti jelenségeket. Vagy a ház akarta, hogy odamenjek? A válaszra fény derül, de jól gondold meg, kíváncsi vagy-e rá!

Which can be translated:
"The house was evil since the beginning. Its construction was cursed." We are in Hill House, a mansion that has been abandoned for 90 years. Nobody lives there, or so it seems. But, please, do come in. Even if you do not believe in ghosts, you will see what horror really means.

Robert Wise, a specialist in psycho-horror and renowned director is the first to have turned Shirley Jackson's terrifying Hill House story into a film. Four young seekers visit the wicked mansion to study supernatural phenomena that have gained notoriety. Or can it be the house calling them? The answer will be revealed but you might not want to find it out.
the haunting, dvd, 2003, spain
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Country: Spain
Edition: 2003
Colour system: PAL
Sound: Mono (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Zone: 2 (in practice, the disc is encoded for the zones: 2, 5)

Local title: The Haunting: La mansión encantada [The Haunted Mansion]

Audio: German, English, Spanish
Subtitles: German, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Icelandic, Swedish, Greek, Hungarian, Polish, Turkish
Hearing impaired: German, English

Catalog number (reference): Z4 65194

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¡No podràs evitar sentir terror!

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Desde el principio fue un lugar maldito. La mansión, construida hace 90 años, se encuentra deshabitada... o eso parece. El director Robert Wise regresa al cine de terror con la primera y más notable y aclamada recreación cinematográfica basada en la célebre novela de Shirley Jackson.

Cuatro personas se adentran en la mansión encantada para investigar sus poderes sobrenaturales y descubrir por qué sus moradores siempre han perdido la vida.

Incluso si no crees en fenómenos paranormales no podrás escapar del terror en "The Haunting: La mansión encantada"
the haunting, dvd, 2003, spain, no text on front
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Country: Spain
Edition: 2003, The layout of the title is very different, plus there is no Spanish text in the blue banner.
Colour system: PAL
Sound: Mono (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Zone: (I don't own that disc)

Local title: The Haunting: La mansión encantada [The Haunted Mansion]

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the haunting, dvd, 2003, spain, no spanish title
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Country: Spain
Edition: 2003, Later reissue without spanish title
Colour system: PAL
Sound: Mono (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Zone: 2 (in practice, the disc is encoded for the zones: 2, 5)

Local title: The Haunting

Audio: German, English, Spanish
Subtitles: German, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Icelandic, Swedish, Greek, Hungarian, Polish, Turkish
Hearing impaired: German, English

Catalog number (reference): Z4 65194

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¡No podràs evitar sentir terror!

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Desde el principio fue un lugar maldito. La mansión, construida hace 90 años, se encuentra deshabitada... o eso parece. El director Robert Wise regresa al cine de terror con la primera y más notable y aclamada recreación cinematográfica basada en la célebre novela de Shirley Jackson.

Cuatro personas se adentran en la mansión encantada para investigar sus poderes sobrenaturales y descubrir por qué sus moradores siempre han perdido la vida.

Incluso si no crees en fenómenos paranormales no podrás escapar del terror en "The Haunting: La mansión encantada"
the haunting, dvd, 2003, spain, alternative title
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Country: Spain
Edition: 2003, Supposedly edited by A.V.H. San Luis S.R.L.
Colour system: PAL
Sound: Mono (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Zone: (I don't own that disc)

Local title: La casa embrujada [The Haunted House]

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Puedes no creer en fantasmas... ¡Pero no podrás negar el horror!

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Desde el principio fue un lugar maldito, una casa que nació mal. El lugar es una casa construida hace 90 años, llamada la casa de la colina. Nadie vive allí, o al menos eso parece. Pero pasen, por favor. Porque aunque ustedes no crean en fantasmas, nadie podrá negar el horror de "La casa embrujada". Robert Wise regresa al terror psicológico con esta admirable primera adaptación a la pantalla de la novela "The Haunting", de Shirley Jackson. Cuatro personas ingresan a la casa para estudiar sus fenómenos sobrenaturales ¿o ha sido la casa lo que ha atraído a por lo menos uno de ellos? La respuesta los perturbará en esta película de terror elegantemente siniestra. Una buena diversión.
the haunting, dvd, 2015, spain
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Country: Spain
Edition: 2015, Regasa films edition
Colour system: PAL
Sound: Mono (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Zone: (my copy is unplayed, yet)

Local title: The Haunting: La casa encantada [The Haunted House]

Audio: English, Spanish
Subtitles: Spanish
Hearing impaired: German, English

Catalog number (reference): 8436532912122

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Acompañado de un grupo de personas, un científico se instala en una vieja mansión, donde se han cometido terribles y misteriosos crímenes. Su objetivo es comprobar si aún siguen produciéndose en el lugar fenómenos extraños. Una de las invitadas es la Eleanor, cuyas habilidades psíquicas le hacen sospechar que de algún modo está conectada con los espíritus que todavía habitan la vieja mansión.
the haunting, dvd, 2003, sweden
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Country: Sweden
Edition: 2003
Colour system: PAL
Sound: Mono (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Zone: (I don't own that disc)

Local title: The Haunting

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Du kanske inte tror på spöken, men du kan inte förneka skräcken!

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the haunting, dvd, 2003, portugal
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Country: Portugal
Edition: 2003
Colour system: PAL
Sound: Mono (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Zone: 2 (in practice, the disc is encoded for the zones: 2, 5)

Local title: A casa maldita [The damned house]

Audio: German, English, Spanish
Subtitles: German, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Icelandic, Swedish, Greek, Hungarian, Polish, Turkish
Hearing impaired: German, English

Catalog number (reference): Z17 65194 (on disc: N2 65194)

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Pode não acreditar em fantasmas, Mas não ha como negar o medo.

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"Esta sempre foi uma casa maligna, uma casa nascida para o mal." A casa é uma mansão chamada Hill House. Ninguém lá vive. Ou pelo menos assim parece. Por favor, entrem para verificar.

Mesmo para quem não acredite em fantasmas, não há como negar o medo quase palpável provocado por deste clássico do cinema. "A Casa Maldita" marco o regresso de Robert Wise aos thrillers psicológicos com esta primeira adaptação ao cinema do livro de Shirley Jackson "The Haunting of Hill House."

Quatro pessoas visitam uma casa abandonada para investigar os seus supostos fenómenos sobrenaturais... ou será que foi a casa que os atraiu propositadamente? A resposta vai-lhe dar arrepios este "elegante e sinistro clássico do terror" (Pauline Kael, 5001 nights at the Movies).

Asia

the haunting, dvd, 2003, japan, with original obithe haunting, dvd, 2003, japan, with new obithe haunting, dvd, 2003, japan, without obithe haunting, dvd, 2003, japan, with sticker
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Country: Japan
Edition: 2003
Colour system: NTSC
Sound: Mono (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Zone: 2 (in practice, the disc is encoded for the zones: 2)

Local title: たたり [Haunting]

Audio: English
Subtitles: Japanese (movie), Japanese (commentary)
Hearing impaired: (none)

Catalog number (reference): DL 65194

Remark:
The original packaging was the OBI depicted on the first picture. The second picture depicts a reprint with a new OBI. The disc might also come without OBI, or with a sticker.

Only on this edition:
Subtitles for the Bonus commentary by director Robert Wise, screenwriter Nelson Gidding, Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson, Russ Tamblyn

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You may not believe in ghosts, but you cannot deny terror!

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(sorry I cannot read or write japanese)

Oceania

the haunting, dvd, 2003, australia
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Country: Australia
Edition: 2003
Colour system: PAL
Sound: Mono (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Zone: 4 (in practice, the disc is encoded for the zones: 2, 4, 5)

Local title: The Haunting

Audio: French, English, Italian
Subtitles: French, English, Italian, Arab, Dutch
Hearing impaired: English, Italian

Catalog number (reference): 65194

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You may not believe in ghosts, but you cannot deny terror!
Recommended for mature audiences 15 years and over
Horror theme

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"It was an evil house from the beginning, a house that was born bad." The place is the 90-year-old mansion called Hill House. No one lives there. Or so it seems. But please do come in. Because even if you don't believe in ghosts, there is no denying the terror of "The Haunting."

Robert Wise returned to psychological horror for this much admired, first adaptation of Shirley Jackson's "The Haunting of Hill house." Four people come to the house to study its supernatural phenomena. Or has the house drawn at least one of them to it? The answer will unnerve you in this elegantly sinister scare movie. It is good fun. (Pauline Kael, "5001 nights at the movies").

The blue DVD cover

You might believe that the blue DVD cover is an especially new designed cover. I'm sorry but... no, this new cover was made out of the 1963 MGM campaign promo A3 booklet. The original drawing was re-used, without the text.
See below the cover of the original MGM booklet plus a blue-tinted version of a close-up of the drawing...

Original Campaign Book Original Campaign Book - in Blue

To be comprehensive, I also have to add that the same drawing was used in 1964 in France for the "blue" and the "red" posters.
Indeed, two slightly different posters were produced in France, and strangely enough they do not reuse the familiar "labyrinth " artwork.
A huge "blue" one, reusing the drawing and adding a skeleton's hand.
A regular size "red" one, reusing the original picture that was used for the drawing, creating a different artwork.

French Blue Poster French Red Poster

Summary of the Warner editions

The languages

With all this profusion of editions from Warner, you might believe that there is a huge variety of available versions. As a matter of fact, this is not true: A lot of identical discs were re-used in different countries. The only changes were merely cosmetic: the local title, and a local front and back cover for the DVD itself.

US CA-EN CA-FR BR FR BE-FR BE-NL NL IT UK DE HU SP PT JP AU
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Italian         Tick mark Tick mark Tick mark Tick mark Tick mark Tick mark           Tick mark

The truth about the DVD zones

In theory, the zone-based protection system is used to control the worldwide availability of a movie. It really makes sense when a movie has just been released: when a movie is released in the USA on DVD, it might still be in the cinemas across Europe. The availability of the DVD in Europe at the same time might compromise the success in the cinemas.

For a movie that was released a long time ago, it is quite different. The issue is not the worldwide availability; it is just a matter of taxes. The DVDs are not available at the same price everywhere in the world. So the zone-based protection system can be used to prevent "cheaper" editions from abroad to be imported and sold locally, cheaper than the local edition.

For "The Haunting", it is funny to realise that the discs are mostly playable in different zones, although the sleeve leads us to believe that the zone-based protection system is strictly enforced.

You will find below a table that sums up everything.

This is based on my own personal collection of DVD editions. This information is provided "as is", without any guarantee of any kind. I cannot promise you that newer pressings will have the same properties and protections.

How to interpret the table?
On a row, you have got the list of the various editions that you can play in that zone.
In a column, you have got the list of zones where you can play this edition.

US CA-EN CA-FR BR FR BE-FR BE-NL NL IT UK DE HU SP PT JP AU
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2 (West-EU, Japan, South Africa) Tick mark Tick mark Tick mark   Tick mark Tick mark Tick mark Tick mark Tick mark Tick mark Tick mark Tick mark Tick mark Tick mark Tick mark Tick mark
3 (Southeast Asia) Tick mark Tick mark Tick mark                          
4 (AUS, South America) Tick mark Tick mark Tick mark Tick mark Tick mark Tick mark Tick mark Tick mark Tick mark Tick mark           Tick mark
5 (RUS, East-EU, Africa)         Tick mark Tick mark Tick mark Tick mark Tick mark Tick mark Tick mark Tick mark Tick mark Tick mark   Tick mark
6 (China)                                
7 (Reserved)                                
8 (International venues)                                

The lucky ones are the people with a DVD player from zone 2 because they can play all the various Warner editions of the movie.

VCD editions

Technical details

Studio: Warner Home Video
Theatrical Release Date: September 18, 1963
VCD Release Date: 1999 (Singapore) 2000 (philippines)
Running Time: 112 minutes (original duration)
Production Company: Warner
Package Type: Jewel Case
Aspect ratio: 4:3
Available Audio Tracks: English
Subtitles/Captions in foreign languages: (none)
Colour: Black and White
Physical disc: 2 Discs, Picture Discs (approx 55 and 57 minutes each)

Asia

the haunting, vcd, 1999, singapore
Flag Singapore
Country: Singapore
Edition: 1999
Sound: Mono

Audio: English
Subtitles: (none)
Hearing impaired: (none)

Catalog number (reference): 50903

Here is the text that can be found on the front cover
You may not believe in ghosts, but you cannot deny terror!

Here is the text that can be found on the back cover
"An evil old house, the kind some people call haunted, is like an undiscovered country waiting to be explored. Hill House has stood for 90 years and might stand for 90 more. Silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House and whatever walked there, walked alone." Thus begins one of the most chilling, most frightening, truly unforgettable horror films ever.

Dr. Markway is an anthropologist with a special interest in psychic phenomena who wants to try a true exercise in terror. Intrigued by the legend of Hill House, he invites two women, psychic researchers, to join him in his adventure. Mrs. Sannerson, who has inherited the old mansion, is suspicious of Dr. Mayway's intentions and insists that her young nephew Luke go along with the group. Luke is skeptic about the supernatural, until he enters Dr. Marway's eerie world.

The classic forerunner of such films as 'Poltergeist' and 'The shining', 'The Haunting' is a hair-raising screen rendition of Shirley Jackson's riveting gothic novel, 'The Haunting of Hill House'. Like Luke, you may not believe in ghosts, but you cannot deny the terror of 'The Haunting'!
the haunting, vcd, 2000, philippines
Flag Philippines
Country: Philippines
Sound: Mono

Audio: English
Subtitles: (none)
Hearing impaired: (none)

Catalog number (reference): 65194C

Here is the text that can be found on the front cover
(no text)

Here is the text that can be found on the back cover
"An evil old house, the kind some people call haunted, is like an undiscovered country waiting to be explored. Hill House has stood for 90 years and might stand for 90 more. Silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House and whatever walked there, walked alone." Thus begins one of the most chilling, most frightening, truly unforgettable horror films ever.

Dr. Markway is an anthropologist with a special interest in psychic phenomena who wants to try a true exercise in terror. Intrigued by the legend of Hill House, he invites two women, psychic researchers, to join him in his adventure. Mrs. Sannerson, who has inherited the old mansion, is suspicious of Dr. Mayway's intentions and insists that her young nephew Luke go along with the group. Luke is skeptic about the supernatural, until he enters Dr. Marway's eerie world.

The classic forerunner of such films as 'Poltergeist' and 'The shining', 'The Haunting' is a hair-raising screen rendition of Shirley Jackson's riveting gothic novel, 'The Haunting of Hill House'. Like Luke, you may not believe in ghosts, but you cannot deny the terror of 'The Haunting'!

LaserDisc editions

Technical details

Studio: MGM/UA
Theatrical Release Date: September 18, 1963
LaserDisc Release Date: 1986 (USA, Pan and Scan), 1993 (USA, LetterBox), 1999 (Japan, Letterbox)
Running Time: 112 minutes (original duration)
Production Company: MGM/UA
Package Type: 12inch printed laserdisc sleeve with picture
Available Audio Tracks: English
Subtitles/Captions in foreign languages: (none)
Colour: Black and White
Physical disc: 1 Disc, 2-Sided

North america

the haunting, laserdisc, 1986, usa, pan and scan
Flag USA
Country: USA
Edition: 1986 Pan and Scan edition
Rotation speed: CLV (Constant Linear Velocity aka Extended Play)
Sound: Mono
Aspect ratio: 4:3 Pan and Scan

Audio: English
Subtitles: (none)
Hearing impaired: (none)

Catalog number (reference): ML100903

Here is the text that can be found on the front cover
(no text)

Here is the text that can be found on the back cover
"An evil old house, the kind some people call haunted, is like an undiscovered country waiting to be explored. Hill House has stood for 90 years and might stand for 90 more. Silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House and whatever walked there, walked alone." Thus begins one of the most chilling, most frightening, truly unforgettable horror films ever to be put on celluloid.

The classic forerunner of such films as 'Poltergeist' and 'The shining', 'The Haunting' is a hair-raising screen rendition of Shirley Jackson's riveting gothic novel, 'The Haunting of Hill House'. Its premise is simple: Dr. Markway, a trained anthropologist with a special interest in psychic research, wants to try want he hopes will be a true exercise in terror. He is heard about the reputation of Hill House, which claimed the lives of several of its young inhabitants, and invites two carefully selected assistants to join him. The one thing they have in common is experiences with the supernatural. Mrs Sannerson, who has inherited Hill House, insists that her young nephew, Luke (Tamblyn), go along with the group so that nothing improper can go on between the unmarried women and the handsome Dr. Markway. The young nephew is a skeptic until he enters the eerie world of Hill House. Like him, you may not believe in ghosts, but you cannot deny the terror of 'The Haunting'!
the haunting, laserdisc, 1993, usa, letterbox
Flag USA
Country: USA
Edition: 1993 Letterbox edition
Rotation speed: CLV (Constant Linear Velocity aka Extended Play)
Sound: Mono
Aspect ratio: Widescreen (unknown exact ratio)

Audio: English
Subtitles: (none)
Hearing impaired: (none)

Catalog number (reference): ML104605

Only on this edition:
English original trailer

Here is the text that can be found on the front cover
(no text)

Here is the text that can be found on the back cover
"An evil old house, the kind some people call haunted, is like an undiscovered country waiting to be explored. Hill House has stood for 90 years and might stand for 90 more. Silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House and whatever walked there, walked alone." Thus begins one of the most chilling, most frightening, truly unforgettable horror films ever.

Dr. Markway is an anthropologist with a special interest in psychic phenomena who wants to try a true exercise in terror. Intrigued by the legend of Hill House, he invites two women, psychic researchers, to join him in his adventure. Mrs. Sannerson, who has inherited the old mansion, is suspicious of Dr. Mayway's intentions and insists that her young nephew Luke go along with the group. Luke is skeptic about the supernatural, until he enters Dr. Marway's eerie world.

The classic forerunner of such films as 'Poltergeist' and 'The shining', 'The Haunting' is a hair-raising screen rendition of Shirley Jackson's riveting gothic novel, 'The Haunting of Hill House'. Like Luke, you may not believe in ghosts, but you cannot deny the terror of 'The Haunting'!

Asia

the haunting, laserdisc, 1999, japan
Flag Japan
Country: Japan
Edition: 1999 edition
Rotation speed: CLV (Constant Linear Velocity aka Extended Play)
Sound: Mono
Aspect ratio: Widescreen (unknown exact ratio)

Audio: English
Subtitles: Japanese
Hearing impaired: (none)

Catalog number (reference): PILF 2412

Here is the text that can be found on the front cover
たたり [Haunting, on the OBI]

Here is the text that can be found on the back cover
(sorry I cannot read or write japanese)

VHS and Betamax editions

Foreword

Numerous editions were probably released in VHS and Betamax over the years but I don't own many of them. I must confess VHS and Betamax editions have got very low or no interest at all these days.

I don't have any proof of its existence but I guest that a Japanese Betamax tape must exist. If we are lucky, a VHD might exist too?

North america

the haunting, vhs, usa, 1986
Flag USA
Country: USA
Format: VHS
Edition: 1986
Colour system: NTSC
Aspect ratio: (my copy is unplayed, yet)
Studio: MGM/UA
Sound: Mono

Audio: English
Subtitles: (none)
Hearing impaired: (none)

Catalog number (reference): MV600903

Here is the text that can be found on the back cover
"An evil old house, the kind some people call haunted, is like an undiscovered country waiting to be explored. Hill House has stood for 90 years and might stand for 90 more. Silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House and whatever walked there, walked alone." Thus begins one of the most chilling, most frightening, truly unforgettable horror films ever to be put on celluloid.

The classic forerunner of such films as 'Poltergeist' and 'The shining', 'The Haunting' is a hair-raising screen rendition of Shirley Jackson's riveting gothic novel, 'The Haunting of Hill House'. Its premise is simple: Dr. Markway, a trained anthropologist with a special interest in psychic research, wants to try what the hopes will be a true exercise in terror. He's heard about the reputation of Hill House, which claimed the lives of several of its young inhabitants, and invites two carefully selected assistants to join him. The one thing they have in common in experiences with the supernatural. Mrs. Sannerson, who has inherited Hill House, insists that her young nephew, Luke (Tamblyn), go along with the group so that nothing improper can go on between the unmarried women and the handsome Dr. Markway. The young nephew is skeptic until he enters the eerie world of Hill House. Like him, you may not believe in ghosts but you cannot deny the terror of 'The Haunting'!
the haunting, betamax, usa, 1986
Flag USA
Country: USA
Format: Betamax
Edition: 1986
Colour system: NTSC
Aspect ratio: (my copy is unplayed, yet)
Studio: MGM/UA
Sound: Mono

Audio: English
Subtitles: (none)
Hearing impaired: (none)

Catalog number (reference): MB600903

Here is the text that can be found on the back cover
"An evil old house, the kind some people call haunted, is like an undiscovered country waiting to be explored. Hill House has stood for 90 years and might stand for 90 more. Silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House and whatever walked there, walked alone." Thus begins one of the most chilling, most frightening, truly unforgettable horror films ever to be put on celluloid.

The classic forerunner of such films as 'Poltergeist' and 'The shining', 'The Haunting' is a hair-raising screen rendition of Shirley Jackson's riveting gothic novel, 'The Haunting of Hill House'. Its premise is simple: Dr. Markway, a trained anthropologist with a special interest in psychic research, wants to try what the hopes will be a true exercise in terror. He's heard about the reputation of Hill House, which claimed the lives of several of its young inhabitants, and invites two carefully selected assistants to join him. The one thing they have in common in experiences with the supernatural. Mrs. Sannerson, who has inherited Hill House, insists that her young nephew, Luke (Tamblyn), go along with the group so that nothing improper can go on between the unmarried women and the handsome Dr. Markway. The young nephew is skeptic until he enters the eerie world of Hill House. Like him, you may not believe in ghosts but you cannot deny the terror of 'The Haunting'!
the haunting, vhs, usa, 1990
Flag USA
Country: USA
Format: VHS
Edition: 1990
Colour system: NTSC
Aspect ratio: (my copy is unplayed, yet)
Studio: MGM/UA
Sound: Mono

Audio: English
Subtitles: (none)
Hearing impaired: (none)

Catalog number (reference): M600903

Here is the text that can be found on the back cover
"An evil old house, the kind some people call haunted, is like an undiscovered country waiting to be explored. Hill House has stood for 90 years and might stand for 90 more. Silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House and whatever walked there, walked alone." Thus begins one of the most chilling, most frightening, truly unforgettable horror films ever.

Dr. Markway is an anthropologist with a special interest in psychic phenomena who wants to try a true exercise in terror. Intrigued by the legend of Hill House, he invites two women, psychic researchers, to join him in his adventure. Mrs. Sannerson, who has inherited the old mansion, is suspicious of Dr. Mayway's intentions and insists that her young nephew Luke go along with the group. Luke is skeptic about the supernatural, until he enters Dr. Marway's eerie world.

The classic forerunner of such films as 'Poltergeist' and 'The shining', 'The Haunting' is a hair-raising screen rendition of Shirley Jackson's riveting gothic novel, 'The Haunting of Hill House'. Like Luke, you may not believe in ghosts, but you cannot deny the terror of 'The Haunting'!
the haunting, vhs, usa, 1990, alternate cover
Flag USA
Country: USA
Format: VHS
Edition: This is supposedly a 1990 VHS, released in the USA, with an alternate cover. To be confirmed
Colour system: NTSC

Europe

the haunting, vhs, uk, 19xx
Flag UK
Country: UK
Format: VHS
Edition: This is supposedly a 19xx VHS, released in the UK. To be confirmed
Colour system: PAL
the haunting, vhs, uk, 1995the haunting, vhs, uk, 1995, remasteredthe haunting, vhs, uk, 1995, cards, picturesthe haunting, vhs, uk, 1995, cards, text
Flag UK
Country: UK
Format: VHS
Edition: 1995, horror classic, special collector's edition (with 3 cards)
Colour system: PAL
Aspect ratio: Widescreen (unknown exact ratio)
Studio: MGM/Turner
Sound: Mono

Audio: English
Subtitles: (none)
Hearing impaired: (none)

Catalog number (reference): S054605

Remark:
This edition contains 3 two-sided collector's cards.
The main side is a picture, the other side is a printed text.
I actually own several copies of this edition. They come with or without the "Remastered" sticker; and strangely, with or without the cards — although the cover claims that this is a collectors' special edition with collectors' pack.

Card Haunting facts:
† Robert Wise was the director of a very diverse set of movies, amongst them several of the keystones of intelligent horror & science fiction film-making - 'The Andromeda Strain', 'Audrey Rose', 'The Day The Earth Stood Still' and the first incarnation on the large screen of the Star Trek story. He also directed grandma's favourite movie - The Sound Of Music' and 'West Side Story'.
† Film-maker, author, doctor, and one man renaissance, Michael Crichton drew upon his experience on set when Wise filmed his novel 'The Andromeda Strain', when making his debut as a film director with 'Westworld', taking many tips from the experienced director.
† Russ Tamblyn plays the sceptic nephew in the film, though he later threw off this scepticism of the supernatural in his role as the doctor in David Lynch's 'Twin Peaks'.
† The extraordinary effects were created with the revolutionary use of infrared film stock, which had to be specially flown over from Belgium.
† The house used in the film can be found just outside Stratford-Upon-Avon
† Lois Maxwell plays the wife of Dr. Markway. She is famous for her role as the luckless suitor of James Bond, the long suffering Miss Moneypenny.
† Claire Bloom was discovered by Charlie Chaplin for his masterpiece Limelight, in 1952.
† In true Scooby Doo fashion, the technicians working on the film experienced many spooky creaking sounds and doors suddenly closing... whilst they were working to recreate spooky creaking sounds and doors suddenly closing... Shaggy! Daphne!

Card The haunted house:
A staple of the horror novel, the horror film and indeed the flimsy premise for the long running 'Scooby Doo' programme, where every week the Mystery Machine would pull up outside an old mansion / castle / funfair (delete as appropriate), is that of the haunted house.
The prerequisite for a haunted house story on film is a starring role for the house itself, which is preferably built in the Gothic or Edwardian style. The architecture of the 17th century is preferred, but anything up until Victorian time may be considered suitable. Furnishings? Brocade, velvet and oak floors would pass, set off with a few essential accessories: a huge fireplace, sets of mediaeval armour and wrought candelabras. Horror film-makers and set designers go to great lengths to procure exactly the right building for the film, and The Haunting' was no different as Wise and Boulton scoured England & Wales for weeks to find a manor house that could pass for the Hill House, a New England mansion where three mysterious deaths have occurred. The local legend about the Hill House is that evil surrounds it, having being 'born bad'. As the malevolent spirit isn't seen in the film, much of the dramatic tension had to come from the set itself, further emphasising the need for a ghostly presence from the house itself.
Interestingly the use of the building as a central character has continued up until the present day as witnessed by the star turn from the Fox building in 'Die Hard' and the forthcoming film based on Philip Kerr's novel 'Gridiron', about a clever skyscraper.

Card The Haunting:
Cast
Julie HARRIS... Eleanor VANCE
Claire BLOOM... Theodora
Richard JOHNSON... Dr. John MARKWAY
Russ TAMBLYN... Luke SANDERSON
Lois MAXWELL... Grace MARKWAY
Rosalie CRUTCHLEY... Mrs. DUDLEY
Fay COMPTON... Mrs. SANDERSON
Valentine DYALL... Mr. DUDLEY
Diane CLARE... Carrie FREDERICKS
Ronald ADAM... Eldridge HARPER

Behind The Camera
Director... Robert WISE
Screenplay... Nelson GIDDING
... based on a novel by Shirley JACKSON
Music... Humphrey SEARLS
Director of Photography... David BOULTON
Production, Designer... Elliot SCOTT
Special Effects... Tom HOWARD F.R.P.S.
Editor... Ernest WALTER

Here is the text that can be found on the front cover
(no text)

Here is the text that can be found on the back cover
"An evil old house, the kind some people call haunted, is like an undiscovered country waiting to be explored. Hill House has stood for 90 years and might stand for 90 more. Silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House and whatever walked there, walked alone." Thus begins one of the most chilling, most frightening, truly unforgettable horror films ever.

Dr. Markway is an anthropologist with a special interest in psychic phenomena who wants to try a true exercise in terror. Intrigued by the legend of Hill House, he invites two women, psychic researchers, to join him in his adventure. Mrs. Sannerson, who has inherited the old mansion, is suspicious of Dr. Mayway's intentions and insists that her young nephew Luke go along with the group. Luke is skeptic about the supernatural, until he enters Dr. Marway's eerie world.

Asia

the haunting, vhs, japan, 1987
Flag Japan
Country: Japan
Format: VHS
Edition: 1987
Colour system: NTSC
Aspect ratio: (my copy is unplayed, yet)
Studio: MGM/UA
Sound: Mono

Audio: (my copy is unplayed, yet)
Subtitles: (my copy is unplayed, yet)
Hearing impaired: (none)

Catalog number (reference): V158F8654

Here is the text that can be found on the front cover
たたり [Haunting]

Here is the text that can be found on the back cover
(sorry I cannot read or write japanese)
the haunting, vhs, japan, 2000
Flag Japan
Country: Japan
Format: VHS
Edition: 2000
Colour system: NTSC
Aspect ratio: 4:3
Studio: MGM/Turner
Sound: Mono

Audio: English
Subtitles: Japanese
Hearing impaired: (none)

Catalog number (reference): WG 65194

Here is the text that can be found on the front cover
たたり [Haunting]

Here is the text that can be found on the back cover
(sorry I cannot read or write japanese)

 

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