Official AVForums Blu-ray Review: The Woman in Black

Simon Crust

Movie Reviewer
Reviewed by Chris McEneany, 19th April 2012.
“Don’t go chasing shadows, Arthur …”

When I reviewed the cinema release of Hammer’s excellent The Woman in Black, I was discussing the cut versionthat helped ensure that all the Potterites could get in to see it, and I found myself commenting on the tactics employed to make the film the phenomenal success that it turned out to be. Six seconds of trims granted it a 12a certificate and then releasing it at Half Term inevitably smacked of pure commercial gain over original thematic and artistic integrity. I do not advocate film censorship at all, especially not for reasons such as this … and yet, looking at the bigger picture, I concluded that my opinion should be tempered with the fact that this manoeuvre has certainly paid massive dividends at the box office, with the knock-on effect being that the resurrected studio’s fourth feature production has now ensured that Hammer are a true force to be...

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