‘Ghostwatch’ released on Blu-ray for the first time!

❉ 101 Films presents a 30th anniversary Limited Edition Blu-ray of the BBC production that terrified Britain!

“One of the scariest things ever shown on British TV…  It’s a particularly good ghost story, old-fashioned in its concept, but thoroughly modern in its execution.” – We Are Cult.

101 Films presents Ghostwatch (1992), a BBC production that terrified Britain on 31st October 1992. Despite being part of BBC Drama’s Screen One series, the presence of trusted presenters, along with the quality of the production, convinced thousands of people that the events depicted on screen were genuine, and taking place live.

Title 028 on the 101 Films Black Label, this 30th anniversary edition includes a new documentary on the making of Ghostwatch, a new commentary, limited edition packaging featuring newly commissioned artwork, a booklet with new writing on the film and more.

Sarah Greene and Craig Charles report from a reputedly haunted London home for the outside broadcast, while Michael Parkinson and Mike Smith stay in the warmth and “safety” of a BBC studio. The Early family are allegedly being harassed by the ghost ‘Pipes’, so named as his banging and crashing were initially attributed to bad plumbing. After a deliberately slow start the tension gradually builds, culminating in a terrifying crescendo. Although entirely fictional, the masterly combination of great scripting, intuitive direction and perfect casting made the supernatural pastiche appear frighteningly real

‘Ghostwatch’ writer Stephen Volk at We Are Cult: Bristol Meet, 22 June 2019 (Photo: Steve Alexander)

An inspiration to a generation of filmmakers, and years ahead of the profusion of found footage movies that would follow, Ghostwatch is regarded as a classic of the genre and remains as relevant, as terrifying, and as inspirational today.

Brand new extras

❉ ‘Do You Believe in Ghosts?’, a brand new 30th anniversary documentary on the Ghostwatch phenomenon

❉ Commentary with film historians Shellie McMurdo and Stella Gaynor

❉ Commentary with writer Stephen Volk, producer Ruth Baumgarten and director Lesley Manning

❉ Shooting Reality by Lesley Manning

❉ Limited Edition Booklet: Includes ‘Extra Sensory Perception Management’ by Sarah Appleton, ‘Ghostwatch – As it Happened’ by Tim Murray and short story ‘31/10’ by Ghostwatch writer Stephen Volk

❉ Reproduced script, annotated by director Lesley Manning

❉ Set of six art cards

❉ ‘Ghostwatch’ (1992) (Limited Edition) (Blu-ray) released Monday 31st October 2022, RRP £24.99. Click HERE to pre-order via 101 Films.


❉ News source: 101 Films.

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1 Comment

  1. I loved Ghostwatch when we watched it on the night it went out, but it was obviously acted and scripted from the very outset (much like Orson Welles’ classic radio dramatisation of War of the Worlds). It’s always made me laugh that anyone could possibly have been fooled by this as a genuine/real live event when it so clearly wasn’t. The biggest give away was the choice of people in it, the language they used, the handovers between the presenters, the slightly dramatic performances by the family and crew yadda yadda yadda . . . BUT it was terrific fun, beautifully made and still one of the best TV ghost story dramas of all time. It will be lovely to see it again on Blu-ray as opposed to the rather manky old VHS I have it on. Loved reading this review too. Thank you!

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