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The Visitor [Blu-ray] + Digital Copy (1979)

Mel Ferrer , Glenn Ford , Giulio Paradisi  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mel Ferrer, Glenn Ford, Lance Henriksen
  • Directors: Giulio Paradisi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: New Video Group
  • DVD Release Date: March 4, 2014
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GOT1DIE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,046 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The Mount Everest of insane Italian 70s movies. --Mondo Digital

Fans of one of the weirdest midnight movies around can rejoice. --Icons of Fright

If you love cult films, the folks at Drafthouse Films have a new project that s guaranteed to get you excited. --Movies.com

Fans of one of the weirdest midnight movies around can rejoice. --Icons of Fright

If you love cult films, the folks at Drafthouse Films have a new project that s guaranteed to get you excited. --Movies.com

Fans of one of the weirdest midnight movies around can rejoice. --Icons of Fright

If you love cult films, the folks at Drafthouse Films have a new project that s guaranteed to get you excited. --Movies.com

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In this unforgettable assault on reality--fully restored and presented completely uncut theatrically for the first time ever in the U.S.--legendary Hollywood director/actor John Huston (The Maltese Falcon; Treasure of the Sierra Madre) stars as an intergalactic warrior who joins a cosmic Christ figure in battle against a demonic 8-year-old girl and her pet hawk, while the fate of the universe hangs in the balance. Multi-dimensional warfare, pre-adolescent profanity and brutal avian attacks combine to transport the viewer to a stat unlike anything they've experienced… somewhere between Hell, the darkest reaches of outer space, and Atlanta, GA. THE VISITOR fearlessly fuses elements of The Omen, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Birds, Rosemary's Baby, The Fury, and even Star Wars, creating the most ambitious of all '70s psychedelic mindwarps. Its baffling all-star cast includes Shelley Winters (Night of the Hunter), Glenn Ford (Superman), Lance Henriksen (Aliens), Franco Nero (Django) and Sam Peckinpah (director of The Wild Bunch).

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Trailers + Interview with Star Lance Henriksen, Screenwriter Lou Comici and Cinematographer Ennio Guarnieri


*Digital Download is Region A/1*


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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Praise Be To Code Red October 6, 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Code Red have been promising a DVD release of The Visitor since about 2007 and I honestly never thought this would see the light of day. But here we are, three years on and only 18 years from my first viewing of the film that I credit with introducing me to the horror film genre. This was in fact the very first horror movie I ever saw, and being only 10 years old at the time it was the scariest thing I'd ever witnessed.
Taking into account this movie is fairly old (over 30 years) times change and it doesn't seem nearly as frightening as it did back then, coming across more eerie then terrifying in the present time. As previous reviewers have pointed out, this movie may make very little sense, but to my mind that's intentional and that doesn't mean that no though has gone into it. Symbolism runs throughout (the recurring appearance of birds) and the soundtrack fits perfectly with the movies overall image. The Visitor fits in very well with the era it was made in and would be more understood by people who were children/teenagers in the 70's and 80's (look out for Katie enjoying a game of Pong before bumping off the house maid). I would recommend if you like your horror retro and with a heavy dose of surrealism. This isn't for fans of special effects laden, mainstream, modern horror. The Visitor isn't supposed to be a cinematic masterpiece either, but personally, I love it. It's definitely one for fans of movies like Theatre of Blood, Martin, Suspiria, Inferno and Deep Red.
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39 of 50 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Another world, another time, another existence October 3, 2010
Format:DVD
I have no idea what this movie is about. Usually I'm able to unravel weird, symbolic, bizarre movies, or at least vaguely comprehend what's going on.

But with "The Visitor," I don't have a clue. It's like somebody threw "Rosemary's Baby," "The Omen," "Star Wars" and other successful movies of the 1970s into a blender, and splattered the resulting mush all over a surrealist painting. It's a rich, atmospheric tapestry of derivative lunacy, so insane that it's actually funny.

It begins with John Huston doing his best Ben Kenobi impression in a desert, facing off against a cloaked figure. Then it snows. Then we see some blonde guy (who is... Jesus Christ?) telling a bunch of bald children about Zatin, a shapeshifting alien criminal "muTANTE" with occult powers who was hunted down by an army of trained birds. I can't make up stuff this cracky, folks.

Apparently the main focus of this story is Katie Collins (Paige Connor), a creepy little devil-child who makes basketballs explode. Raymond Armstead (Lance Henriksen) wants to marry her mom Barbara (Joanne Nail), apparently because she alone "carries the genes of Zatin."

However, John Huston wants to save the world from devil-brats. So when the forces of evil arrange for Barbara to be shot and later impregnated, John Huston and his army of Jesus-following bald children must save the world from her, by convincing her to join the side of good (over a game of Pong).

Make no mistake: "The Visitor" is a really bad movie. But it's not Uwe Boll-bad, where every shot and line screams of ineptitude.There is just so much insane, illogical stuff going on in "Visitor" that eventually you get numb to it and think, "A killer toy bird. Why not? Jesus Christ versus aliens mutants. Makes sense!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I remember my interest in this film being piqued by seeing a trailer for from Code Red, and the images that were shown held me spellbound.

When I saw the film itself... there was something unique and oddly compelling about this strange amalgamation of quasi-religious, pseudo-sci-fi, and semi-occult and supernatural horror film.

I know this film isn't for everyone's taste, even my own wife, who loves this film can't seem to get over the very weird movie score that is attached to this film. She feels the epic, over the top orchaestral music tha crops up from time to time in the film belongs to a 1970's buddy cop film rather than this strange rip-off of 'The Omen'.

I love this film because its unique, and its entertaining. The young actress that played Katy Collins was a real stand out and definitely shined in what I think is her only film role to date. She could exude sweetness and a beguiling smile when in the presence of her mother and her would-be stepfather (played by 'Millennium' star Lance Henriksen), while her eyes reflected a certain mischievous amorality. This is very much in evidence in one of the opening scenes at the basketball game when she's watching the final seconds, and just for fun, to keep the other team from winning, by just lowering her sunglasses and with a mischievous look and a devilish smile, she causes the basketball to explode. Her amorality is also in evidence at her birthday party when she opens her birthday present, which earlier contained a mechanical bird, and pulls out a handgun which she thinks is a toy, she throws it on the table, it goes off injuring her mother, and she gives off a look as if to say 'oops, my bad'.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DVD looks great, while the film, well.... October 31, 2010
Format:DVD
Code Red used to show all the films they planned to release on their website, but they removed them, so I was told, because people were bugging them when the releases did not come through. And The Visitor was one of those films that they had listed SEVERAL years ago, and now it's finally out. The DVD looks great, and it's actually a visually stunning film at times. It's also of Italian origin and has collected certain themes from other films and has that Italian distinction for films of that time of not making much sense at all. But for me, that's OK, because I LIKE these kind of films. And Ovidio Assontis is involved (Beyond The Door, etc.) so you know it's going to be weird. I guess the gist of the film is that there's this woman that's given birth to a gifted little Bad Seed (Katy Collins) and while one group led by Mel Ferrer and Lance Henriksen want her to apparently give birth to yet another, John Huston and Shelley Winters want to deal with the one that she already has. The film does sport an all-star cast (including Glen Ford, Sam Peckinpaugh, even Kareem Abdul-Jabbar). It also seems to rip off everything from The Omen to Close Encounters. I still rather enjoy it though, and as I said the DVD looks great. And I can finally retire my aged VHS tape. Thanks Code Red!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Nonsense
the movie lost my interest after the first couple minutes
Published 2 days ago by David M.Hartness
4.0 out of 5 stars but a lot of fun.
Crazy movie, but a lot of fun.
Published 4 days ago by Matt B.
4.0 out of 5 stars "That Bugs Me Man! That REALLY Bugs Me!"...
THE VISITOR (aka: STRIDULUM) is the harrowing tale of ultra-wholesome goodness vs. ultimate eeevil. It's about a little girl named Katy Collins (Paige Conner) and her growing reign... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Bindy Sue FrÝnkŁnschtein
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie
Published 10 days ago by nisaozbay
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just What I Thought It Was
Published 16 days ago by jeff todd simmons
1.0 out of 5 stars We are all a little dumber for having watched this ...
We are all a little dumber for having watched this. I award you no points....and may God have mercy on your soul.
Published 1 month ago by Chelsea Benson
3.0 out of 5 stars Regular, when there is nothing else to watch
Not bad, not good either. Lacks a good story. Thought it was something else with more action.
Published 1 month ago by ARM
3.0 out of 5 stars Original, but a little strange.
OK movie, just for got how cheesy the effects were back then. the Alien part didn't make much since, was enough information to explain the reason for it, not history.
Published 1 month ago by David Byrns
1.0 out of 5 stars Good concept - very poorly executed
Good concept - very poorly executed. The audio is just terrible - numerous hi pitched sounds which were very annoying. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kenneth A. Capron
2.0 out of 5 stars This is not a good thing. Plot
This movie seems to be a mash up of Rosemary's Baby, The Omen and The Exorcist. This is not a good thing.

Plot: There is one somewhere. Read more
Published 1 month ago by JAMES
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