Witchfinder General details
|Formats:||18 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Ian Ogilvy, Tony Selby, Hilary Dwyer, Robert Russell, Nicky Henson, Vincent Price, Rupert Davies, Patrick Wymark, Sarah Douglas|
|Run time:||1 hour 22 minutes|
|Rental release:||01 Sep 2003|
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Good, but not as good as it should beBy Darth Egregious from London , 26 Jul 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]I admired this film and what it was trying to achieve, but I couldn't really enjoy it. Unlike a lot of the Hammer films, which this initially has a very strong look of, this avoids any element of camp or humour and sticks to dark realism. However, apart from Price's superb performance it still has that shallow characterisation that you see in Hammer, which considering the effort they've gone to is surprising. It means that even though this is fact based you can't really get into the horror of the moment. Still, definitely one to watch of a dark evening.
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classic hammer houseBy cheesekake (1501 reviews) from uk , 01 Jan 2013if you love hammer house films then your gonna love this one, if for whatever reason you've never seen a hammer house film then this is a good place to start.
They Swim..... The Mark Of Satan Is Upon Them..... They Must Hang !!!By a customer , 23 Feb 2012A fantastic film, made the way films should be made.....
'Witchfinder General' is as good to watch now, as it was when it was made in 1968.
Nowadays, the PC brigade insists on making a film that won't offend anyone, but when telling a story about the Witchfinder General, it can only be told how it was.
Seventeenth Century England was a cold, hard, harsh place to be and its people were superstitious, rough and ready.
To make a film set in that era, then that is how you should present the film.
Not for the squeamish !!!
Blu Ray edition is a revelationBy jamescart (25 reviews) from Kingston upon Thames , 26 Jun 2011This was a landmark film in terms of the brutal violence it depicted when made in 1967. It is in a different league to the cosy Hammer films of the time. The director transferred the western genre to 17th century England and the appalling witch hunts of the time. The film is beautifully made making the horror it depicts even more disturbing. Director Michael Reeves was able to muzzle Vincent Price from one of his cutomary camped up performances which would not have worked here: what we get is something very chilling instead and much more effective.
The new blu ray edition is fantastic: the picture quality is so good and sharp that some looks like it was shot this year. This really is a revelation. It is combined with a good range of extras to make this a really very impressive package.
Very Good But Extremly Disturbing.By filmsaremypassion (149 reviews) from Bexhill , 22 Jun 2011Witchfinder General has to be one of the most extremly disturbing film I have seen in my life. Vincent Price gives a chilling and brilliant pefomance as Matthew Hopkins, a real life witchfinder who does God's work by burning and accusing women or men of witchcraft or doing Satan's work. The blu-ray shoots a rather beautiful picture for a old film, some shots are quite crystal clear. While it does have a good and spine tingling story, the movie is very upsetting and leaves a unsettling feeling even when the credits roll up. Be warned it is not for the faint hearted or the easily offended though all in all Witchfinder General is a very good film just one I never want to go through and watch again.
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Cut, Cut, Cut...By a customer , 21 May 2011As someone else noted, this is not the full 86 minute original version, this is the edited (15) version - with 4 minutes missing.