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Title: The Man Who Haunted Himself (Basil Dearden, 1970)
Post by: the blob on 24 Mar 2011 - 23:06
Roger Moore as businessman Harold Pelham who has a high-speed car crash and seemingly dies for a short while on the operating table. From then on his life is constantly hounded by the continual appearances of someone purporting to be himself and invading every aspect of his work, friends and family. Is there really a doppelganger, or is he going insane and having no recollection of these events after the crash?

One of those late-night double bill films from my childhood that I hadn't watched in a while so I popped in my US AB disc tonight and still holds up very well. Proof that Roger Moore can do more than move his eyebrows as he puts in a very straight-laced stiff upper lip performance as Pelham before convincingly falling apart.

Directed by Basil Dearden, best known by me otherwise for 1945's 'Dead Of Night'. Interesting that this was Dearden's last film before he himself died in a car accident, supposedly not far from where Moore's crash in the film occurred.
Title: Re: The Man Who Haunted Himself (Basil Dearden, 1970)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 25 Mar 2011 - 00:03
Never seen this, I've had the Cinema Club dvd for ages, must get around to putting it on.
Title: Re: The Man Who Haunted Himself (Basil Dearden, 1970)
Post by: Paul on 25 Mar 2011 - 07:59
It's a good film, I have the OOP US disc from Anchor Bay. Dearden was a great filmmaker. I rate Saphhire and Assassination Bureau very highly too.

If you like this I would recommend John Boorman's similar (though a little less camp) 2006 film The Tiger's Tail.
Title: Re: The Man Who Haunted Himself (Basil Dearden, 1970)
Post by: CJ on 27 Mar 2011 - 12:43
The Tiger's Tail (which is a great film) was more obvious though, with a logical explanation at the end of it. What I liked about The Man Who Haunted Himself was that there was no rhyme or reason to it, it just happened, and it's never fully explained - and, to be fair, it doesn't need an explanation, that's just the kind of film it is. Moore gives an excellent performance and really took me by surprise. I guess I'm so used to seeing him as a hammy 007 that I'd overlooked the fact that he is actually a rather good actor. I also liked the ambiguous ending, which left you wondering.
Title: Re: The Man Who Haunted Himself (Basil Dearden, 1970)
Post by: the blob on 18 Dec 2012 - 02:09
Being rereleased by Network next year with a new transfer as part of a 450 British film deal they've done with Studio Canal.

Would make my year if this got a BD release.
Title: Re: The Man Who Haunted Himself (Basil Dearden, 1970)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 18 Dec 2012 - 02:14
Being rereleased by Network next year with a new transfer as part of a 450 British film deal they've done with Studio Canal.

Would make my year if this got a BD release.
Do you know what the other titles are? (or some of them)


If you do could you make at thread  :D


I still haven't seen it btw.
Title: Re: The Man Who Haunted Himself (Basil Dearden, 1970)
Post by: Paul on 18 Dec 2012 - 08:00
I'd imagine there might be a few gems among the 450 but do remember, Studiocanal (or Optimum) was quite prolific in getting titles out between 2006 and last year, so I'd not expect masses of great, unreleased films. MAN WHO HAUNTED HIMSELF was issued previously here by Cinema Club (I can't remember if Optimum put it out too) and I'd bet that there'll be quite a few rereleases.

It's quite interesting that Studiocanal are licencing titles to companies in the UK once more - might it be that some enterprising label does a deal for some Italian stuff (High Crime, in particular).
Title: Re: The Man Who Haunted Himself (Basil Dearden, 1970)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 18 Dec 2012 - 10:40

Never seen this, I've had the Cinema Club dvd for ages, must get around to putting it on.

MAN WHO HAUNTED HIMSELF was issued previously here by Cinema Club

Yes, we know.
Title: Re: The Man Who Haunted Himself (Basil Dearden, 1970)
Post by: Paul on 18 Dec 2012 - 10:48

Never seen this, I've had the Cinema Club dvd for ages, must get around to putting it on.

MAN WHO HAUNTED HIMSELF was issued previously here by Cinema Club

Yes, we know.

Check you out.
Title: Re: The Man Who Haunted Himself (Basil Dearden, 1970)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 18 Dec 2012 - 10:56

Never seen this, I've had the Cinema Club dvd for ages, must get around to putting it on.

MAN WHO HAUNTED HIMSELF was issued previously here by Cinema Club

Yes, we know.

Check you out.
It's the sort of post you'd normally come up with telling people to read two posts up etc, you can't deny it  ;D
Title: Re: The Man Who Haunted Himself (Basil Dearden, 1970)
Post by: Paul on 18 Dec 2012 - 11:03

Never seen this, I've had the Cinema Club dvd for ages, must get around to putting it on.

MAN WHO HAUNTED HIMSELF was issued previously here by Cinema Club

Yes, we know.

Check you out.
It's the sort of post you'd normally come up with telling people to read two posts up etc, you can't deny it  ;D

You gotme, I didn't read your post. That said I only used the film as an example - there are quite a few Studiocanal-owned titles that were released on Cinema Club or other UK labels that weren't rereleased by Optimum/Studiocanal. It seems to me that since the company rebranded it has no concern for releasing catalogue titles like it had in the Optimum days. Probably a case of diminishing returns - I heard LIZARD IN A WOMAN'S SKIN sold quite poorly.
Title: Re: The Man Who Haunted Himself (Basil Dearden, 1970)
Post by: MarcMorris on 18 Dec 2012 - 12:21
You should check out the same story (with slight variations) which appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Presents...

Alfred Hitchcock Presents: The Case of Mr. Pelham (http://"http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt0508268/combined") (1955)
Title: Re: The Man Who Haunted Himself (Basil Dearden, 1970)
Post by: the blob on 18 Dec 2012 - 13:26
I started a thread for the Network News. They didn't list much as yet but there's at least one other title I'd like.
Title: Re: The Man Who Haunted Himself (Basil Dearden, 1970)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 18 Dec 2012 - 13:30
I started a thread for the Network News
::)
Title: Re: The Man Who Haunted Himself (Basil Dearden, 1970)
Post by: the blob on 08 Feb 2013 - 03:47
http://networkonair.com/shop/1730-man-who-haunted-himself-the-blu-ray--5027626705343.html (http://networkonair.com/shop/1730-man-who-haunted-himself-the-blu-ray--5027626705343.html)

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/02/08/esabu6yj.jpg)

Man Who Haunted Himself (The) [Blu-ray]

SPECIAL FEATURES:
[] DVD of new HD transfer of main feature in as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio
[] Full Frame 4:3, as-filmed version of main feature
[] feature commentary
[] original theatrical trailer
[] music-only audio
[] image gallery
[] promotional material gallery
[] promotional material PDFs

Can't wait!
Title: Re: The Man Who Haunted Himself (Basil Dearden, 1970)
Post by: gnorthcott on 08 Feb 2013 - 11:10
I read that these new network/studio canal releases will come in those narrow 7mm??? cases, not a big deal i know but a bit tight, no?
Title: Re: The Man Who Haunted Himself (Basil Dearden, 1970)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 08 Feb 2013 - 11:15
I read that these new network/studio canal releases will come in those narrow 7mm??? cases, not a big deal i know but a bit tight, no?
Yeah, Network claim it's to make space to fit more in your collection  :-\


I prefer the slimline Blu Ray U.S. style packaging compared to the wider ones but with DVD's prefer the regular size boxes.
Title: Re: The Man Who Haunted Himself (Basil Dearden, 1970)
Post by: the blob on 08 Feb 2013 - 12:18

I prefer the slimline Blu Ray U.S. style packaging compared to the wider ones but with DVD's prefer the regular size boxes.

Me too. It's not like there's any paper in most of them. As I was living over there when I started buying them it felt weird getting these chunky U.K. cases. I did hear that it had something to do with shop racks and not having to change them to fit a smaller size but my HMV just has them all stacked sideways on shelves now anyway.
Title: Re: The Man Who Haunted Himself (Basil Dearden, 1970)
Post by: the blob on 05 Apr 2013 - 13:37
Interesting news from Network.

But that’s not all – we have news concerning Roger Moore-starrer The Man Who Haunted Himself too. During HD transfer for its Blu-ray debut Restoration Colourist Jonathan Wood discovered an additional scene that had not been included in previous DVD releases (though it was present in its original theatrical run and television screenings). Needless to say that this scene has now been reinstated and the film will be released on Blu-ray complete and uncut.

Also unearthed during this process was the discrete music soundtrack for the film, which will be included on the release as a music suite.


http://networkonair.com/features/2013/03/21/the-british-film-news-update/ (http://networkonair.com/features/2013/03/21/the-british-film-news-update/)
Title: Re: The Man Who Haunted Himself (Basil Dearden, 1970)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 27 Jun 2013 - 10:53
I read that these new network/studio canal releases will come in those narrow 7mm??? cases, not a big deal i know but a bit tight, no?
Yeah, Network claim it's to make space to fit more in your collection  :-\


I prefer the slimline Blu Ray U.S. style packaging compared to the wider ones but with DVD's prefer the regular size boxes.
Watched it yesterday, really enjoyed it, it's a beautiful looking transfer too. I thought they were only releasing the DVD's in them slimline boxes, didn't realise they were going to do it with the Blu Ray/DVD combo's too!


(http://i437.photobucket.com/albums/qq98/spara73/Spara3/man-who-haunted-himself-the.jpg)
Title: Re: The Man Who Haunted Himself (Basil Dearden, 1970)
Post by: Paul on 27 Jun 2013 - 10:55
I have the ABUS DVD and really like the film but it's unlikely that'll I'll bother upgrading.

How's the quality of the transfer?
Title: Re: The Man Who Haunted Himself (Basil Dearden, 1970)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 27 Jun 2013 - 11:06
I have the ABUS DVD and really like the film but it's unlikely that'll I'll bother upgrading.

How's the quality of the transfer?


Watched it yesterday, really enjoyed it, it's a beautiful looking transfer too.


 :D
Title: Re: The Man Who Haunted Himself (Basil Dearden, 1970)
Post by: Paul on 27 Jun 2013 - 11:15
But what's it really like?  :-\ :-*
Title: Re: The Man Who Haunted Himself (Basil Dearden, 1970)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 27 Jun 2013 - 11:31
But what's it really like?  :-\ :-*
Can't say much more than that can I. It looks absolutely stunning, upgrade or don't upgrade, up to you. I'm not enough of a cunt to delve into bit rates and stuff.
Title: Re: The Man Who Haunted Himself (Basil Dearden, 1970)
Post by: Funktion on 28 Jun 2013 - 22:33
Watched it yesterday, really enjoyed it, it's a beautiful looking transfer too. I thought they were only releasing the DVD's in them slimline boxes, didn't realise they were going to do it with the Blu Ray/DVD combo's too!
Still waiting for my copy from Network's store, but you are right: they are using these thin DVD cases for their Dual Format releases. My copy of Perfect Friday is also in one of those cases. I would rather prefer they used a BD case, these cases are thin and damage easily, and are bigger than BD cases.

How's the quality of the transfer?
Like I said I'm still waiting for my copy, but the reviews I've seen all mention the transfer is very impressive. For example, it got a 9 in 10 at the The Digital Fix website:
http://film.thedigitalfix.com/content/id/76679/the-man-who-haunted-himself.html (http://film.thedigitalfix.com/content/id/76679/the-man-who-haunted-himself.html)