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(aka "The Resurrection")

 

Directed by Daniel Petrie
USA 1980

 

In Resurrection, an unforgettable story of love and devotion, Ellen Burstyn delivers a tour-de-force performance as a woman who experiences clinical death and returns to life with the amazing ability to heal others. Attributing her powers to human love rather than divine intervention, she begins to aid the residents of her childhood town. After healing a zealous young farmer (Sam Shepard), she starts to fall in love with him. As their affair develops, he tries to make her confess that her powers come from God and not from within. Her refusal leads to a violent climax that will change the healer and all who touch her forever. Starring Ellen Burstyn, Sam Shepard, Richard Farnsworth, Roberts Blossom, Eva Le Gallienne.

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The story of a woman who survives the car accident which kills her husband, but discovers that she has the power to heal other people. She becomes an unwitting celebrity, the hope of those in desperate need of healing, and a lightning rod for religious beliefs and skeptics.

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Theatrical Release: September 6th, 1980 (Toronto International Film Festival)

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Review: Imprint - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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Runtime 1:43:06.680        
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1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 36,845,575,372 bytes

Feature: 30,506,637,312 bytes

Video Bitrate: 32.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
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LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit

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NEW Audio commentary by author and film historian Lee Gambin
NEW The Choice of Love interview with actress Ellen Burstyn (28:32)
NEW Born to be Wild: Resurrection and the Rise of the Divine Feminine video essay by film historian Kat Ellinger (19:21)
Theatrical Trailer (1:20)


Blu-ray Release Date: March 3rd, 2023

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ADDITION: Imprint Blu-ray (May 2023): Imprint have transferred Daniel Petrie's Resurrection to Blu-ray. It is cited as being "from a NEW 2K scan". There was a Universal Blu-ray of Resurrection released in 2019 HERE. We do not own it to compare. The Imprint is transferred on a dual-layered disc with a high bitrate. It is clean and a shade dull but carries minor texture and there is outdoor sequences of depth. It looks good if not dynamic and I suspect a decent replication via the less resilient film stock of the late 70's.

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On their Blu-ray, Imprint use a linear PCM 2.0 channel track (24-bit) in the original English language. Resurrection has a few aggressive moments (car crash, rifle fire etc.) exporting modest depth. The lilting score was by Maurice Jarre (Crossed Swords, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, Gambit, The Tin Drum, The Man Who Would Be King, The Black Marble, The Damned etc.) and adds to the film's mystery elements and drama. We also get Old Chisholm Trail (Come a Ti Yi Yippee Yippee Yay) sung a cappela by Richard Farnsworth and some Tanya Tucker, Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty as background music. The track has consistent dialogue in the lossless transfer. Imprint offer optional English subtitles on their Region FREE Blu-ray.

The Imprint Blu-ray offers a new commentary by author and film historian Lee Gambin. He shares what he has researched about the film's production, and provides analytical insight into what he judges "a poignant, touching, incredibly vivid, and memorable film". Lee is usually very good especially with films that have a supernatural edge. This is another effective commentary. There is also an interesting, new, 1/2 hour interview with 90-year old actress Ellen Burstyn entitled The Choice of Love. She discusses philosophical and spiritual concepts that are associated with Resurrection. Born to be Wild: Resurrection and the Rise of the Divine Feminine is a new 20-minute video essay by film historian Kat Ellinger who discusses cinema's focus on the 'metaphysical' mentioning films like Carrie and The Dead Zone, among many others focusing on ordinary people have extraordinary powers as well as the Divine Feminine concept. Lastly, a trailer for Resurrection.

Daniel Petrie's Resurrection has Ellen Burstyn - one of the few living actors to have won the 'Triple Crown of Acting' (Oscar, Emmy, and Tony awards.) It takes supernatural look, bridging the edges, regarding faith-healing while attempting to expand on a conflict from Edna's (Burstyn) insistence her 'gift' is associated with love rather than God. The more, devout, including her parents, feel this borders on heresy. I loved the conclusion and found the whole idea fascinating if a shade erratically expressed. The Imprint Blu-ray has good a/v for a highly interesting film plus a commentary, interview with, still lovely, Burstyn and observant video essay by Ellinger. There is a lot to appreciate here. Sure - recommended!

Gary Tooze

 


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