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Dust Devil - The Final Cut (Limited Collector's Edition)

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Product Description

Richard Stanley's highly sought-after "Director's Cut" makes it's home video debut. Wendy (Chelsea Field; David Lynch's Hotel Room A Passion To Kill Wicked) leaves her husband taking off into the voids of Africa. She picks up a hitchhiker (Robert John Burke; Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Good Night and Good Luck Munich) a traveling Serial Killer who snaps photos of his victims before killing them. Wendy does not realize the danger she is in until a police detective (Zakes Mokae; The Comedians Gross Anatomy Waterworld) arrives to warn her that her "companion" is something much worse than just a killer he is a shape-shifting demon who steals his victims' souls. Soon both the officer and Wendy become the next intended victims of the Dust Devil The 5-disc set includes:Dust Devil: The Final CutDust Devil: The Final Cut Work Print (with additional footage)Three Richard Stanley documentaries: The Secret Glory Voice Of The Moon and The White Darkness (on 2 discs)Bonus Soundtrack CDFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: HORROR Rating: R UPC: 858964001133 Manufacturer No: 1133

As noted by Richard Stanley fans, Dust Devil, the feature following his box-office hit Hardware, failed to find release, and when it did, a terrible edit drastically altered the story. Subversive Sinema has now released the director-approved final cut of Dust Devil, in a box set that also contains Dust Devil's working edit, the film's Sergio Leone-like soundtrack, and three riveting Stanley documentaries: The Secret Glory, Voice of the Moon, and The White Darkness. Dust Devil, a horror story based on the myth of a Namibian serial killer, looks more like a Western. Filmed on location in Africa where the murders allegedly took place, Chelsea Field plays Wendy Robinson, a woman, who under duress of leaving her husband, heads out to the desert to accidentally encounter the Dust Devil (Robert John Burke), a mercy killer who slays depressed women to save them from the dark side. According to locals, the Dust Devil is a demon, enabling Stanley's abiding interest in world folk religions to weigh heavily in on the plot, especially when the town's witch doctor visits the beyond to unlock mysteries, or when the Dust Devil displays a box containing his victims' fingers. The documentaries, however, are most exciting. The White Darkness unravels political and social aspects of Haitian Voudon, including the history of American Imperialism in Haiti, as told by skilled priest and priestess, Altes Paul and Edelle. Voice of the Moon shows footage of Afghani rebels in the late '80s, sans narrator, instead beautifully accompanied by native music and poetry, adding Herzogian emotional effect. The Secret Glory pieces together the story of Otto Rahn, an SS officer who thought he'd located the Holy Grail. In all three films, the authenticity of the subjects reign, making it more difficult to buy the magic's fictionalized version in Dust Devil. Dust Devil, though, with its cheesier horror moments, provides a dose of humor to a fairly serious package. --Trinie Dalton

Special Features

  • Deluxe 5-disc set including
  • 2 versions of Dust Devil: the final director's cut and a longer work print version
  • 3 of Richard Stanley¹s most controversial documentaries: The Secret Glory, Voice Of The Moon, and The White Darkness
  • Bonus Soundtrack CD
  • Audio commentary tracks with cast and crew
  • Featurettes with cast and crew
  • Still galleries
  • Talent bios
  • Trailers
  • Exclusive Dust Devil comic book
  • Production diary and essay booklets

Product Details

  • Actors: Robert John Burke, Chelsea Field, Zakes Mokae, John Matshikiza, Rufus Swart
  • Directors: Richard Stanley
  • Format: Box set, Color, Limited Edition, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Subversive Cinema
  • DVD Release Date: September 26, 2006
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,781 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dust Devil - The Final Cut (Limited Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

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This is a visually gorgeous film. I watched it expecting a horror movie but ended up enthralled by its sheer visual splendour; both in its stunning photography and its breathtaking landscape. As a horror film, I doubt if it would attract the mass of today's horror fans. It's obvious why the studio quietly dumped it onto video without a theatrical release. It would not have sold as a horror movie. There are not enough shocks, gore or horror to satiate today's audience. The predominant feeling I got was not so much of fear, but of despair, desolation and spiritual isolation, made all the more stark when set amidst all that beauty. I would agree with director Richard Stanley, when he says that it is closer to an "art film" than a horror movie.

Stanley grew up in South Africa and learned the folklore of the natives at the feet of his mother, an anthropologist who collected stories and folktales of the African tribes. This story revolves around a shape-shifting spirit, variously called a Soupwah, a Num or in Afrikaans, a Nagtloper (literally Night-Runner). The Nagtloper (Robert John Burke) feeds off the life-force of the damned - people who have lost the will to live. Into his orbit float two lost souls, Wendy (Chelsea Field) a South African woman fleeing from a failed marriage and Ben Mukurob (Zakes Mokae), a Zulu policeman whose life came to an end years ago with the death of his wife. Who will attain deliverance? The white woman, the black policeman or the Nagtloper, whose own aim is to return to the spirit world from where it came. The desolate emptiness of the Namib is beautifully captured. Scenes are exquisitely choreographed, almost like a ballet. I don't know if I would recommend it to the usual horror film fan, but it is definitely one for cinephiles.
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This is the most incredible value for money I have ever seen on DVD, and to be honest, I'm in awe. Is Subversive selling these sets at a loss? Five DVDs, two cuts of Dust Devil and three other Stanley documentaries, including the one for which I would have paid five times the price on its own: The Secret Glory, the incredible true story of SS Officer Otto Rahn's quest to locate the Holy Grail for the Nazis. As I understand it, The Secret Glory is the best source of information about this fascinating but neglected historical figure who, if he had lived, would be in a position to sue both Dan Brown AND the authors of Holy Blood Holy Grail for intellectual property theft. They're safe, however, as Rahn either committed suicide or was executed by the Nazis after writing a letter asking to be released from the SS. "I am very worried about my country," he said in another letter, "...It is impossible for a tolerant, generous man like myself to live in a country such as what my beautiful fatherland has become."

If Criterion were selling this it would cost in the neighbourhood of [...]. Subversive report that every copy of the set has sold out, and the only ones still circulating are in the hands of retailers.
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I remember seeing this when it first came out on video,and wondering what all the hoopla was about (various coverage in Fangoria and other assorted magazines at the time)- the film didn't do much for me,but I had a sense that I wasn't getting the "whole picture".Well,this dvd proves that this is indeed an incredible film.The previous video incarnations lost all the scope cinematography,which this release more than adequately compensates - a gorgeous film that is a treat to the eyes.One can now follow the story as well,previous edits being quite confusing.Seeing this restored release makes me long to see another film from this obviously very talented director!
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I wanted to see this movie but never got the chance to see it in the theaters. I was very glad to see it released out on DVD that I had to purchase it for myself. All I heard when it was released was you have to see this movie to believe it. I was very happy that I did purchase it. I have no "experience" with the director or his other movies. I am the type of person that doesn't really care who directs it or wrote the movie's story. If it a good story, I like it. What I will say about the movie is that it does start out very strange and the story unfolds very odd, but I did like it and it made sense when the movie was finished. It was a very good story I thought and being an "odd movie", made it all the more interesting. I am very glad that I did add it to my DVD horror collection. I do highly recommend this movie all to horror fans.
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I've been waiting for this movie to hit DVD for a long time. I endured the butchered VHS release. Then I bought the uncut bootleg on VHS, but the quality was so bad, it was hard to sit through. Finally, DUST DEVIL is here on DVD, in Richard Stanley's approved cut, and in gorgeous picture quality. The movie was made 20 years ago and it is only now getting a proper release. YES, it was worth the wait!

The film is 16x9 and perfectly encoded for this DVD release. The colors are vibrant and the sound is amazing.

This has got to be one of the most underrated films in horror movie history. Smart, stylish, and inventive, DUST DEVIL is an amazing accomplishment. It's even more impressive that director Richard Stanley was only 24 years old when he directed this classic!

THANK YOU Subversive Cinema, for giving this movie a spectacular release. The movie looks excellent and the bonus features are very informative. Going way above and beyond, Subversive has unleashed DUST DEVIL in a FIVE DISC package!

It is only in the bonus discs that I see anything negative about this release. One of the DVD's is the entire "workprint" of DUST DEVIL. This is supposed to give us some added layers, bits, and pieces that are not in the "Final Cut" (Richard Stanley's approved version, on the first disc). Personally, I did not find this workprint DVD all that interesting. There was not much additional on this workprint version compared to the Final Cut on disc one. I would have been content with a brief "deleted scenes" bonus feature on the main disc, instead of a whole DVD devoted to this longer, unfinished version.

Another bonus disc is a feature length Richard Stanley documentary about a member of the SS who searched for the Holy Grail.
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