And Soon the Darkness

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Robert Fuest's 1970 thriller And Soon the Darkness comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.77:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by director Fuest and screenwriter Brian Clemens, biographies of the actors, trailers, and radio promotional spots. This is a strong ...
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Robert Fuest's 1970 thriller And Soon the Darkness comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.77:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by director Fuest and screenwriter Brian Clemens, biographies of the actors, trailers, and radio promotional spots. This is a strong release from Anchor Bay.
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Special Features

Widescreen presentation (1.77:1) enhanced for 16:9 TVs; Audio commentary with director Robert Fuest and co-writer/co-producer Brian Clemens (moderated by journalist Jonathan Sothcott); Theatrical trailer ; Radio spots ; Talent files
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All Movie Guide - Nathan Southern
This dull, vapid and tired old thriller creaks along at a snail's pace for eighty minutes and then asks the audience to jump with the "surprise" revelation of the film's most unlikely character as a murderer. Veteran drive-in director Robert Fuest and his two scripters, Terry Nation and Brian Clemens, probably thought it ingenious to set this tale of a sex maniac stalking two young nurses (Pamela Franklin, Michele Dotrice) in the sunny, open and underpopulated French countryside, thus defying horror movie conventions. But that choice works against the picture: the audience can only stand so many ten-minute takes of empty agrarian vistas and through-the-forest tracking shots without payoffs before throwing up its hands in disgust. If there is a way to riddle this atmosphere with suspense, Fuest, Nation and Clemens don't find it. One consistently hopes, given the premise and setting, that the filmmakers will manage to create and sustain an ambience similar to the one in the first act of Rene Clement's Rider on the Rain, but that never happens - not even for a second. Resident heroine Franklin, with her constant whiny protests and cries of help, is utterly grating - ten minutes with this character and you'd want to strangle and off her as well; blonde Dotrice (whatever became of her?) is sexy, bubbly and talented but significantly underused. Danny Peary wrote memorably of the film, "Most often this movie shows up on the late late show with the strongest sex and violence excised." Wrong: the uncensored film is rated PG - a very soft PG - with precious little sex and violence in sight. One wishes that Fuest and co. had added some grisly violence or kinky sex to spice things up - that's how desperate this picture makes one feel. And while Peary's comment about the "late late show" is technically accurate - a glance at the New York Times index indicates that it cropped up ten or twelve times on local Manhattan stations during the mid-late '70s and early '80s, almost always after 11pm - it misleadingly imparts And Soon the Darkness with a kind of "night owl" mythos that it absolutely does not deserve. Looking for raw suspense involving a relentless maniac? Skip this stinker and try The Silent Partner instead.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/21/2002
  • UPC: 013131184594
  • Original Release: 1970
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  • Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Alternate Wide Screen (1.77:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Time: 1:39:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Pamela Franklin Jane
Michele Dotrice Cathy
Sandor Eles Paul
John Nettleton Gendarme
Claire Kelly School Mistress
Hana-Maria Pravda Mme. Lassal
John Franklyn Old Man
Claude Bertrand Lassal
Jean Carmet Renier
John Franklin Old Man
Technical Credits
Robert Fuest Director
Alain Bonnot Asst. Director
Ann Chegwidden Editor
Brian Clemens Original Story, Producer, Screenwriter
Albert Fennell Producer
Laurie Johnson Score Composer
Terry Nation Original Story, Screenwriter
Alan Wilson Cinematographer
Ian Wilson Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Program Start/Main Titles [2:48]
2. Jane and Cathy [3:01]
3. The Man on the Motorbike [4:11]
4. Stopping for a Rest [3:55]
5. Argument [4:06]
6. Alone on the Road [3:41]
7. Nymphet [2:11]
8. Broken Wheel [5:06]
9. Jane's Discovery [6:43]
10. Making Inquiries [5:19]
11. "More Than Murder" [4:39]
12. Cathy's Bike [3:16]
13. Unfriendly Locals [5:25]
14. Unsolved Crime [4:13]
15. White Panties [4:05]
16. Gendarme [4:33]
17. Searching the Woods [5:14]
18. Suspicious Behavior [5:30]
19. "I Know You're There" [5:00]
20. Hide and Seek [4:14]
21. Too Close for Comfort [3:19]
22. Nowhere to Run [3:21]
23. Sexual Assault [3:50]
24. End Credits [:37]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Chapter Selections
   Extras
      Commentary
         With Director Robert Fuest and Co-Writer/Co-Producer Brian Clemens. Moderated by Journalist Jonathan Sothcott
            On
            Off
      Trailer
      Radio Spots
         Spot #1
         Spot #2
      Talent Bios
         Robert Fuest- Director
         Brian Clemens- Co-Writer/Co-Producer
   Play
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