Seance on a Wet Afternoon

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Bryan Forbes directs Kim Hunter in the thriller Séance On a Wet Afternoon, which comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.66:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. There are no supplemental materials, but this disc is still worthwhile for the simple reason that this film has never before looked this good on home video. ...
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Bryan Forbes directs Kim Hunter in the thriller Séance On a Wet Afternoon, which comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.66:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. There are no supplemental materials, but this disc is still worthwhile for the simple reason that this film has never before looked this good on home video.
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Special Features

Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition; Enhanced for 16x9 televisions; Presented in its original aspect ratio; Digitally remastered sound and image
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Séance on a Wet Afternoon would be notable if for no other reason than it contains a rare screen performance by the gifted Kim Stanley. Stanley's work is mesmerizing and captivating; there's no sleight-of-hand fakery behind the very real emotions she puts onscreen, creating a disturbing, fascinating, and wrenching portrait of an unbalanced woman whose seemingly indestructible strength and power is built upon a flimsy, shaky foundation. She conveys both the fragility and the brutality of the character with the slightest modulation in voice, and the merest raising of an eyebrow possesses stores of meaning. In her big climactic scene, she pulls out the stops without resorting to the showy and obvious. Stanley is well complemented by Richard Attenborough's finely shaded, delicately subtle characterization; the actor has never given a more finely modulated performance, and his work is crucial to the film's ultimate impact. Director Bryan Forbes has also drawn fine performances from his supporting cast, including a nicely underplayed Judith Donner and a compelling Nanette Newman. He and cinematographer Gerry Turpin use the camera to create a chilling, vaguely menacing atmosphere that hopes to disguise an underlying tone of melancholy, to very fine effect. And Forbes' screenplay is compact and economical, using detail in a telling and cumulative manner. Stanley, Oscar-nominated for her work here, would make only three more big-screen appearances before her death in 2001.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/24/2002
  • UPC: 037429169827
  • Original Release: 1964
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  • Source: Homevision
  • Aspect Ratio: Vistavision (1.66:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:55:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kim Stanley Myra Savage
Richard Attenborough Billy Savage
Margaret Lacey Woman at first Seance
Nanette Newman Mrs. Clayton
Maria Kazan Woman at first Seance
Patrick Magee Supt. Walsh
Mark Eden Charles Clayton
Lionel Gamlin Man at Seances
Marian Spencer Mrs. Wintry
Judith Donner Amanda Clayton
Gerald Sim Sgt. Beedle
Arnold Bell Mr. Weaver
Maggie McGrath Woman at 2nd Seance
Frank Singuineau Bus Conductor
Hajni Biro Maid at Clayton's
Marie Burke Woman at first Seance
Ronald Hines Policeman at Clayton's
Godfrey James Clayton's Chauffeur
Diana Lambert Clayton's Secretary
John Lees Plain Clothes Policeman
Michael Lees Plainclothes Policeman
Stanley Morgan Man in Trilby
Technical Credits
Bryan Forbes Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Richard Attenborough Producer
John Barry Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Stuart Freeborn Makeup
David Harcourt Camera Operator
Peter James Set Decoration/Design
Jack Rix Producer
Ray Simm Art Director
Gerry Turpin Cinematographer
Derek York Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The First Séance/Opening Credits [4:32]
2. In Arthur's Room [3:35]
3. Parlor Games [9:58]
4. Prelude to a Crime [3:50]
5. The Kidnapping [6:45]
6. Ransom Letter [5:41]
7. More Parlor Games [3:20]
8. In Amanda's Room [4:57]
9. A Visit to the Clayton's [8:16]
10. A Visit From Police [7:55]
11. Late Night Call [4:54]
12. Intermezzo to a Crime [8:18]
13. The Ransom [3:44]
14. Fever [5:40]
15. The Second Séance [10:22]
16. Parlor Games, Part III [5:53]
17. Finale to a Crime [2:12]
18. Parlor Games With Guests [6:41]
19. The Last Séance [8:21]
20. End Credits [1:06]
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