Oct 312021

Children of the Damned debuts on Blu-ray courtesy of the Warner Archive Collection receiving a new video restoration and stars Ian Hendry, Alan Badel, Barbara Ferris and Alfred Burke. The Blu-ray was released on October 26th.



Children of the Damned
— Warner Archive Collection —

Genre(s): Horror, Drama
Warner Archive | NR – 89 min. – $21.99 | October 26, 2021

Date Published: 10/31/2021 | Author: The Movieman

Directed by: Anton M. Leader
Writer(s): John Wyndham (characters); John Briley (screenplay)
Cast: Ian Hendry, Alan Badel, Barbara Ferris, Alfred Burke, Andre Mikhelson, Bessie Love, Clive Powell, Roberta Fox

Features: Commentary, Trailer
Slip Cover: No
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1

Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 2.0 Mono)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.85
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 28.16 GB
Total Bitrate: 40.84 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C



The United Nations conducts a global survey on child development, identifying six children with exceptional intelligence. All were born under mysterious circumstances, with the mothers claiming they were conceived without a father. Brought to London to be studied, the children escape to an abandoned church. Alarmed by the children’s telekinetic powers, the government prepares to destroy them, while psychologist Col. Tom Lewellin (IAN HENDRY) tries to convince the authorities to spare them.



This release comes with an Audio Commentary by Screenwriter John Briley and the Theatrical Trailer.


VIDEO – 5/5, AUDIO – 4½/5

Warner Bros. releases Children of the Damned onto Blu-ray and is presented in the original 1.85 widescreen aspect ratio and given a new 1080p high-definition transfer. Said this before, but there’s no better studio than Warner for catalog titles and this one is no exception, the picture here is brilliant, detail is sharp and well defined throughout and the black and white presentation has a nice balance to it. From what I could see, there were no obvious or significant film damage like specs, dust marks or other flaws so another well done transfer from Warner.

The disc comes with a standard, for the Warner Archive Collection, with a DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono track. For the most part this is a well done lossless track, dialogue comes across with good clarity and outside of some minor hissing, it’s fairly impressive for a nearly 60 year old film.




Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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