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At a Catholic boys' school, domineering disciplinarian Father Goddard (Richard Burton, Look Back in Anger The Spy Who Came In from the Cold) rules over his pupils with an iron hand. When one of his teenage charges confesses to murder, the dogmatic but deeply repressed Goddard finds his faith challenged and his life spiralling dangerously out of control. Also starring Billy Connolly (in his first feature-film role), Dominic Guard (The Go-Between, The Picnic at Hanging Rock), Kes star Dai Bradley, and the inimitable Brian Glover (Kes, Jabberwocky, Alien 3), and written by the great Anthony Shaffer The Wicker Man i, Sleuth), Absolution is one of British cinema's most underrated chillers, not least for a towering central performance by Burton.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Package Dimensions : 7.1 x 5.42 x 0.58 inches; 2.93 Ounces
- Director : Anthony Page
- Media Format : Import
- Release date : October 5, 2018
- Actors : Richard Burton, Dominic Guard, David Bradley
- Studio : Powerhouse Films
- ASIN : B07FB3X36N
- Number of discs : 1
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I do not blame Movie Mars for this since I bought it brand new & factory sealed, and because I buy more stuff from Movie Mars than any other dealer on Amazon, and will continue to whenever possible. I believe the fault lies with the company who manufactures this particular DVD.
It played fine for about 30 minutes but then started to stop for 5 to 10 seconds and go black and then starts again in 2 to 5 minute intervals and then becomes more frequent the further into the movie it goes.most of the other movie DVD's I have purchased have played fine, but the manufacturing quality of this one totally sucked.
It is put out by Cheesy Flicks Entertainment instead of the original company that made the film.
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The movie’s setting of a Catholic boys’ school in idyllic countryside helps shape some of these themes, such as the hypocrisy of religious leaders and the expectations inherent within the boundaries of social status (both at the higher and lower end of the scale). This makes Absolution never less than interesting, helped by some great performances from Richard Burton (giving it his whole ‘fire and brimstone’ shtick) and the younger actors. There’s also a naturalistic turn from Billy Connolly, basically playing himself as he was at the time of the film’s production, and he also contributes a rather charming score on banjo that adds to the feel of the movie and its countryside setting.
The version of the film I watched was the Blu-ray release from Powerhouse Indicator and I can confirm that this presentation is as fine as one would expect from this particular company – there is a fair bit of filmic grain on show, especially during scenes set at night, but for me this is only to be expected from a film made in the late 70s and this grain would have been on the original print of the movie shown in cinemas at the time anyway. Extras on the disc are a tad thin, though interesting, and the booklet included as part of the release is particularly informative.
This blu-ray is a superb package, with a thick booklet containing essays and interviews which highlight the film's troubled history (Originally planned in the early seventies, it was eventually made in 1978 and barely released, and ended up with the director and writer coming into conflict.) and the disc itself is full of extras - the interview with director Anthony Page is fascinating.
A fantastic release, and a film that stands up to repeated viewings.
This is a pretty decent psychological thriller, with good perfromances, especially by the younger members of the cast,Richard Burton is also good, reverting to eye rolling mode after being rather understated for the first act of the film. Scripted by the brilliant Anthony Schaffer, the plot is a little thin for the running time allocated to it, but despite dragging a bit, its still a fascinating study into religious hypocrisy and the sancity of the confessional. There are a couple of touches that push the film into horror film territory as well.
The main negative aspect is the DVD release, with a very poor, washed out and jerky picture transfer being a real let down. This lowered my score, as it did with a previous viewer, as surely with a film only 30 years old, a better restoration job could have been done. 4 out of 5 for the film, 2 out of 5 for the release, rounded up to 3 out of 5.