The Innocents (#727)

Type: New Blu-Ray

This genuinely frightening, exquisitely made supernatural gothic stars Deborah Kerr as an emotionally fragile governess who comes to suspect that there is something very, very wrong with her precocious new charges. A psychosexually intensified adaptation of Henry James’s classic The Turn of the Screw, cowritten by Truman Capote and directed by Jack Clayton, The Innocents is a triumph of narrative economy and technical expressiveness, from its chilling sound design to the stygian depths of its widescreen cinematography by Freddie Francis.


New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray

Introduction by cultural historian Christopher Frayling

Audio commentary featuring Frayling

New interview with cinematographer John Bailey about director of photography Freddie Francis and the look of the film

New piece on the making of the film, featuring interviews from 2006 with Francis, editor Jim Clark, and script supervisor Pamela Mann Francis


English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

PLUS: An essay by critic Maitland McDonagh