AND IíLL COME TO YOU
curmudgeonly academic on holiday unwittingly summons a spirit.
excellent release liberated from the vaults of the BBC by the BFI, this
forty-two minute 1968 Omnibus presentation, based on M R Jamesí
wonderful story Oh, Whistle, and Iíll Come to You, My Lad, is as
good a ghost story as has ever been filmed in the UK. Michael Hordern
gives a tour de force performance as an eccentric professor, ably
supported by Jonathan Millerís Spartan direction. The eerie Norfolk
settings are perfectly captured by Dick Bushís stark black and white
16mm cinematography, here presented in an almost faultless new transfer.
The mono 2.0 sound (at 192kbps) is perfectly serviceable. The disc comes
with an introduction by novelist Ramsey Campbell, which sketches a brief
history of Jamesí life and works (15m), and a reading of The Guide,
his own short story inspired by James (26m). Both of these are poorly
shot, and the sound is boomy and quickly wearing. More rewarding is an
audio recording of Jamesí original story, read by Neil Brand (41m).