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Based on the director s experiences in a monastery, repressed desires meet Christian doctrine head-on. Winner of five Australian Film Institute awards, including Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Film (1976).
Special Features include:
Retrospective documentary on the making of Devil s Playground
Commentary by Fred Schepisi
Schepisi on film making
Top Customer Reviews
It's astonishingly beautiful, an economically and beautifully executed movie, full of well-developed, richly varied, entirely believable characters, a fascinating, deeply satisfying story that is never tedious or boring and yet never exploitative, melodramatic or cheap, and photography and music that are so extraordinarily perfect and beautiful that each frame could hang in a major museum. That this was any director's first full-length movie is nearly incredible--it would be a major accomplishment for any director even at the peak of his career.
Before I bought this DVD, I'd only seen it on an old VHS tape from the library, where it was cropped to fit a 4:3 TV screen and the sound was so poor I couldn't understand about half the dialog. I loved it anyway, but it was hard to watch. In fact, much of my reluctance to buy the DVD was fear that it might just be that old taped version transferred to disc. When I saw that there were two DVD versions available, but neither one with subtitles (which I was convinced it needed), I didn't know which one to order, so I just picked the newer one almost arbitrarily. Boy, am I glad I did. This one is a treasure.
The case notes don't make any claims about being newly remastered or anything like that, but they could.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this is a rare film. It tells a story that is very revealing about religious orders and the persons in them.Published 4 months ago by Stephen P. Clark
Here is sadly an overlooked masterpiece of the coming of age reality and the ultimate emotions, urges and tension with the idea of human sexuality. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Seeking New Things
I like it...a lot. I would have gone for 5 stars but sometimes it is very hard to hear, I'm not talking about the Australian accents either, just the sound quality. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Russell S
Great film, classic coming of age drama. Must see film if you love coming of age movies or recall the days at a catholic biarding school.Published on April 16, 2014 by Bear
In the U.S. Armed Forces, as an officer, I have traveled in several foreign countries, developed a cosmopolitan regard for different cultures. Read morePublished on October 4, 2013 by Gary W. Phelps
Once again we have a film where the need for honesty is overpowered by the need for secrecy. The power of society is such that it forces people into living a lie which produces... Read morePublished on September 23, 2013 by John Gosset
I don't even recall ordering this video and have never watched it. Perhaps my wife ordered it, but doubt it as she was nearly blind at that time.Published on August 4, 2013 by William E Reynolds