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|S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r|
Directed by Anthony Page
At a Catholic boys' school,
domineering disciplinarian Father Goddard (Richard Burton,
The Medusa Touch,
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.
Two Catholic boarding school students (Dominic Guard and Dai Bradley) embark upon a carefully calculated campaign to drive their hated headmaster (Richard Burton) insane. The boys launch their scheme by cooking up the most bizarre and depraved of imaginary sins, then recite these infractions in the Confessional. This sadistic little game gets wildly out of hand, resulting in murder. It's a toss-up as to who is the most repulsive character; the headmaster or his two charges. One of a long line of 1970s stinkers barely redeemed by the presence of Richard Burton, Absolution was not released until 1988, long after Burton's death.…
Theatrical Release: December 1978 (St Martins Lane, London)
Review: Indicator - Region FREE - Blu-ray
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|Distribution||Indicator - Region FREE - Blu-ray|
|Runtime||1:35:26.720 / 1:25:35.129|
1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray
Disc Size:45,941,589,638 bytes
Feature: 27,246,680,832 bytes / 24,354,073,344 bytes
Video Bitrate: 34.88 Mbps
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1107 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1107 kbps / 24-bit (DTS
Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
|Subtitles||English (SDH), None|
1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray
Disc Size: 33,725,072,188 bytes
Feature: 28,441,482,624 bytes
Video Bitrate: 34.99 Mbps
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
• Alternative presentations of the main feature: the original 1978 Theatrical Version (01:35:26) and the 2018 Director’s Cut (01:25:35)
• Audio commentary with Kevin Lyons, editor of The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Film and Television, on the original theatrical version
• The Devil to Pay (2018, 12:03 mins): new and exclusive interview with director Anthony Page in which he reflects on the production of Absolution
• Them and Us (2018, 12:59 mins): new and exclusive interview with actor Dominic Guard
• Cutting the Cloth (2018, 08:57 mins): new and exclusive interview with costume designer Anne Gainsford
• Original theatrical trailer (03:04)
• Stills and posters gallery
• Press materials gallery
• Limited edition exclusive 40-page booklet with a new essay by Neil Sinyard, location report with Anthony Page, Anthony Shaffer on Absolution, cast and crew profiles, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits
• UK premiere on Blu-ray
• Limited Edition of 3,000 copies
Custom Blu-ray box
NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from theBlu-ray disc.
ADDITION: (September 2018) Indicator - Region FREE - Blu-ray: This is the UK premiere of "Absolution" on Blu-ray. This Region-Free disc houses the film on a dual-layered Blu-ray with a maxed-out bitrate. The image is impressive, with a good level of detail in most scenes. Colors seem to be correct, with skin tones looking warm. There is a nice wide gamut of contrast here, with darker scenes having various tones of black and not losing much detail. There is a fair amount of grain, and hardly any scratches on this print. Another great transfer by Indicator.
Absolution is presented in the original mono. This is a 24-bit 1.0 DTS-HD track. The dialogue comes through clear as day, with hardly any hisses and pops. The wonderfully creepy score sounds great here, even in mono. This score is thanks to the prolific Stanley Myers (Take a Girl Like You, The Wilby Conspiracy, Eureka, Cimino's The Deer Hunter, Roeg's Insignificance, Harold Becker's The Boost, Pete Walker House of Mortal Sin and Frightmare, etc.). There are optional English (SDH) subtitles on this Region-Free Blu-ray.
Indicator have added a few interesting extras to this Blu-ray. First off is a wonderful audio commentary with Kevin Lyons, editor of The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Film and Television, on the original theatrical version (There is no commentary for the shorter, 2018 "Director's Cut"). "The Devil to Pay" is a new 12-minute interview with director Anthony Page in which he reflects on the production of Absolution. "Them and Us" is a 13-minute interview with actor Dominic Guard. "Cutting the Cloth" is another new interview, this time a 9-minute piece with costume designer Anne Gainsford. Also included is the 3-minute original theatrical trailer, which is pretty wild. There is a stills and poster gallery, and a press materials gallery. This limited edition (3000 copies) also includes an exclusive 40-page booklet with a new essay by Neil Sinyard, location report with Anthony Page, Anthony Shaffer on Absolution, cast and crew profiles, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits.
Indicator have once again uncovered an often over-looked gem of a film here. Richard Burton is as strong as ever here, and the film benefits from the inclusion of a great commentary with Kevin Lyons. This is a wild and creepy film, Highly recommended!
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