‘The Old Dark House’ [Masters of Cinema] on Blu-ray & DVD May 21, 2018

A group of weary travellers, a spooky mansion, and a madman on the loose upstairs! Director James Whale’s (Bride of Frankenstein, The Invisible Man) The Old Dark House is one of the best and most entertaining horror films of the 1930’s. Dripping with atmosphere and packed to the brim with thrills, chills and gallows humour, it was considered lost for many years, but is now being presented from a stunning new 4K restoration. Caught in a storm whilst journeying through a remote region of Wales, a group of travellers take refuge in a sinister mansion inhabited by the bizarre Femm family and their mute butler, Morgan (played by the iconic Boris Karloff, Frankenstein, The Mummy). Trying to make the best of a bad situation, the group settles in for the night, but the Femm family have a few skeletons in their closet, and one of them is on the loose… 


New 4K restoration of the chilling classic from the director of Frankenstein, The Invisible Man & The Bride of Frankenstein! 

With an incredible cast, including Melvyn Douglas (Hud, Twilight’s Last Gleaming), Gloria Stuart (Titanic) and Charles Laughton (Witness for the Prosecution, Ruggles of Red Gap), The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present The Old Dark House in a special Dual Format edition, the first time the film has been available on Blu-ray in the UK.


  • Limited Edition O-Card (first pressing only) featuring artwork by Graham Humphreys created especially for the 2018 UK theatrical release
  • Gorgeous 1080p presentation from the Cohen Media Group 4K restoration (with a progressive encode on the DVD)
  • Uncompressed LPCM audio (On the Blu-ray)
  • Optional English subtitles
  • An exclusive video essay by critic and filmmaker David Cairns
  • Feature length audio commentary by critic & author Kim Newman and Stephen Jones
  • Feature length audio commentary by Gloria Stuart
  • Feature length audio commentary by James Whale biographer James Curtis
  • Daughter of Frankenstein: A Conversation with Sara Karloff
  • Curtis Harrington Saves The Old Dark House – an archival interview with director Curtis Harrington about his efforts to save The Old Dark House at a time when it was considered a lost film
  • Eureka! trailer for the 2018 theatrical release of The Old Dark House
  • A collector’s booklet featuring new essay by critic Philip Kemp, as well as an abundant selection of archival imagery and ephemera.


A masterly mixture of macabre humour and effectively gripping suspense” – Time Out New York

The greatest of all horror films. Nothing better in this vein has ever been done, before or since“- Classics of the Horror Film

Whale mixes a quasi-realistic atmosphere (his monsters are decidedly human, his guests ever so civilized) with high Hollywood Gothic: a tremendous thunderstorm, swirling roads, and the eerie house with its Chinese-box series of horrors.” – Pacific Film Archive

Whale wrings potent suspense out of venturing into the shadows, and his technique still impresses” – The Village Voice



Label: Eureka!

Title| THE OLD DARK HOUSE [Masters of Cinema] Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition



Theatrical Release Date| 27 April 2018 (UK & IRELAND)

Dual Format Release Date| 21 May 2018

Dual Format Cat. No.| EKA70292

Dual Format Barcode| 5060000702927

Dual Format RRP| £19.99

 Certificate| PG

Run Time| 72 minutes

OAR| 1.37:1

Picture| B&W

Genre| Horror / Comedy

Year| 1932

Country| USA

Language| ENGLISH

Subtitles| ENGLISH SDH (Optional)



Eureka! Masters of Cinema The Old Dark House

 is released on Blu-ray & DVD May 21, 2018!





Gerard Iribe is a writer/reviewer for Why So Blu?. He has also reviewed for other sites like DVD Talk, Project-Blu, and CHUD, but Why So Blu? is where the heart is. You can follow his incoherency on Twitter: @giribe

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