Montague Rhodes James (1862 - 1936) was a British mediaeval
scholar and prodigious writer of ghost stories, much admired
by H. P. Lovecraft and often held to be the best twentieth
centuries writer of ghost stories. If you're after a little
more background on James, pop over to the reviews of Volume
One and Two.
Films seem to be on a role at the moment and there is no better
way of proving it than to release another reading of four
more unabridged stories in Tales of the Supernatural: Volume
Three, this time with the vocal talents of Murray Melvin
and regulars, Phil Reynolds and Ian Fairbairn.
double CD set contains The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral,
The Mezzotini, A School Story and Oh, Whistle
and I'll Come to You, My Lad. Once more these further
four all fall into the British tradition of macabre scares,
rather than the more visceral type of story which involves
less imagination and more gore. The whole thing runs to a
very reasonable 135 minutes, which includes the extras, which
come in the form of the second part of An Interview with
Ian Fairbairn and the PDF texts of the stories.
this point I have an apology to make to Fantom Film. In the
review of Volume Two I felt that the insert booklet
let the whole thing down as the biographies of the vocal actors
was almost unreadable without a magnifying glass. I have to
say sorry for this as I grumpily waved this around exclaiming:
"How can anyone be expected to read this?" Turns
out I was the only one who couldn't, so that's a red faced
reviewer off to Specs Savers.
again all three of the vocal talents do a great job of imbuing
their characters with life and running a chilly finger up
your spine. Production on the discs is very professional with
the audio being crystal clear.
you're a fan of ghost stories do yourself a favour and add
these volumes to your collection.
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