Witchfinder General R2 DVD review

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aka a shameless bit of self promotion

http://www.dvdtalk.com/dvdsavant/s354witch.html

My favourite VP movie!!

Cheers.



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Great review and an excellent dvd.
Got it last week myself. Laughing out loud



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didn't see it myself as of yet. i didn't even know
it was on dvd thanx for the tip.



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havent seen it yet..plan on it. If I have a choice between this and Cry of the Banshee...which one should I buy? havent seen either and they to have the same type of story line



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i liked witch finder general, vincent did a great job in that, that was probely his most evil role, and he did a great job in it, i like the locations and the music is really pretty,, i didnt like cry of the banshee, thats one of the only flims of his, i didnt care for. but witchfinder general is a truly a very horrfying movie.



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Everyone please note that this is a Region 2 PAL DVD. Just FYI. Cheers.



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Makes one want to buy a multi region player, just to get this DVD...

it is probably Price's best role from the 1960s...



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Good review, Jeff. Witchfinder General is among my favorites. But, to nitpick, I've always felt the film never really developed a sense of 'periodization' -- for want of a better term. For example, the English Civil Wars are raging at the time, yet that fact really doesn't play into film. Aside from the fact that the hero is a Parliamentary soldier, the War is hardly mentioned at all. And afterall, it was the chaos caused by the War that allowed Hopkins to ply his trade and profit from human misery and ignorance.



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I disagree with the opinion regarding sense of period-- had the film a bigger budget I am sure we would have seen battle scenes (or if it had been made in the seventies, perhaps some stock shots would have been purloined from CROMWELL)...

besides, I think that director REEVES was trying to point out the corruption of the adults (never trust anyone over 30 ) and how they corrupt the young(in this case, the young lovers)...a topic that would have had great appeal to the audiences of that time...

indeed, one of Price's best performances...I understand that MGM will be releasing a version of this film on DVD, but if it is part of their MIDNIGHT MOVIES series, I doubt that it will have all of the extras on the British disc...on the positive side, the MGM M.M series have all been beautiful prints, so perhaps we will get the original score and the euro cut of the film....



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You know, I have to keep on reminding myself that this film was made in '67. For some reason it has a very '70s feel for me. You are, of course, right about the generation-gap subplot appealing to audiences at the time.



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I feel that being a period piece, the film is less dated than say,SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN or DRACULA AD 72...

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