I confess that I missed The Woman in Black upon its theatrical release a few months back, but since the film wasn't a huge hit it didn't stay in theaters all that long -- at least in the U.S. In the U.K., however, where the book upon which the film is based, and the resulting play, are hugely popular, Hammer Film's latest was a huge hit. And when horror legend Joe Lansdale stopped by FEARnet's offices a few weeks back for an interview, he described it as one of his favorite recent fright films. So you can be sure I'm gonna check this puppy out when it hits Blu-ray and DVD May 22nd. Check out the full details on the disc after the jump.
Here's the press release we just received regarding the Blu-ray and DVD debut of The Woman in Black: "Daniel Radcliffe stars in THE WOMAN IN BLACK, the hit CBS Films ghost story that scared up more than $53 million at the box office, which will be released on Blu-ray™ and DVD by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on May 22nd. In the supernatural thriller, Radcliffe (Harry Potter) plays Arthur Kipps, a young lawyer who travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals. The film also stars Ciaran Hinds (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Academy Award® nominee Janet McTeer (2011, Supporting Actress, Albert Nobbs) and Liz White (Wild Bill)."
"THE WOMAN IN BLACK Blu-ray™ and DVD both include commentary by the writer and the director as well as two all-new featurettes: "Inside The Perfect Thriller: Making Woman in Black," a discussion with the filmmakers and cast; and "No Fear: Daniel Radcliffe as Arthur Kipps," in which Radcliffe discusses the most challenging and interesting parts of playing this character.
"THE WOMAN IN BLACK is directed by James Watkins (Eden Lake) and produced by Richard Jackson (Setup), Simon Oakes (Let Me In) and Brian Oliver (The Ides of March). The screenplay is by Jane Goldman (X-Men: First Class) and based on the 1983 novel by Susan Hill. The film is a Hammer and Alliance Films presentation, in association with Cross Creek Pictures and is a Talisman production in association with Exclusive Media Group and The UK Film Council. Executive Producers are Guy East, Nigel Sinclair, Tobin Armbrust, Marc Schipper, Neil Dunn, Xavier Marchand, Roy Lee and Tyler Thompson. CBS Films released the film theatrically on February 3, 2012.
Synopsis: Arthur Kipps (Radcliffe), a widowed lawyer whose grief has put his career in jeopardy, is sent to a remote village to sort out the affairs of a recently deceased eccentric. But upon his arrival, it soon becomes clear that everyone in the town is keeping a deadly secret. Although the townspeople try to keep Kipps from learning their tragic history, he soon discovers that the house belonging to his client is haunted by the ghost of a woman who is determined to find someone and something she lost… and no one, not even the children, are safe from her vengeance.
Blu-ray™ and DVD Special Features include:
- Commentary with Director James Watkins and Screenwriter Jane Goldman
- Inside The Perfect Thriller: Making Woman in Black Featurette
- No Fear: Daniel Radcliffe as Arthur Kipps Featurette