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directed by Ulli Lommel
USA 1983

 

In the late eighteenth century, the New England village of Devonsville sentenced three suspected witches to death. Three hundred years later, the damned town's male populace has barely evolved. When new schoolteacher Jenny Scanlon (Suzanna Love, THE BOOGEY MAN) arrives in town, she becomes the object of attraction to shop owner Walter (CHEERS' Paul Willson) - a widower who has just murdered his ailing wife - and a pair of brothers: gentle Matthew (Robert Walker Jr., PROZZIE) and aggressive Ralph (Michael Accardo, THE DEMONS OF LUDLOW), sons of Aaron Pendleton (Bill Dexter, TWISTER'S REVENGE), direct descendants of the witches' persecutors. Pendleton and the town's other elders are wary about the influence on their children when Jenny makes the supposition in one of her lessons that God could be a woman and opens the discussion to comparative religion, but it is her rebuffing of the overtures of Ralph and Walter that puts her in the bitch category with the town's two other independent females - scientist Chris (Mary Walden, SEX AND THE SINGLE ALIEN) and radio DJ Monica (Deanna Haas) - and give the men of Devonsville a thirst for some old time religion. Set in New England but lensed in snowy Wisconson - around the same time as the similarly-themed but much hokier THE DEMONS OF LUDLOW from Bill Rebane (who served as associate producer here) which also featured Acardo, Dexter, Haas, and Walden - Ulli Lommel's THE DEVONSVILLE TERROR is a horror film with a refreshingly feminist stance, emphasizing the sadism of the witch hunters and the chauvinism of the town's contemporary males in the face of liberated female sexuality combined with the female trio's intellectual superiority. HALLOWEEN's Donald Pleasance picks up a paycheck as local Dr. Worley whose family line suffers from a worm curse that he hopes to cure by bringing the town's centuries old sins to light.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: October 1983 (USA)

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Comparison:

Anchor Bay Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC vs. 88 Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray 

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Anchor Bay Entertainment DVD Screen Caps!

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Anchor Bay Entertainment

Region 0 - NTSC

88 Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:21:42 1:22:05.462
Video

1.67:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.9 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

Disc Size: 22,940,188,095 bytes

Feature Size: 19,160,936,448 bytes

Total Bitrate: 27.97 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

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Anchor Bay Entertainment

 

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88 Films Blu-ray

 

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit

Subtitles None None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.67:1

Edition Details:
• The Boogey Man on Side A

DVD Release Date: 16 February 1999
Amaray

Chapters 25
 

Release Information:
Studio: 88 Films

 

Disc Size: 22,940,188,095 bytes

Feature Size: 19,160,936,448 bytes

Total Bitrate: 27.97 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

 

Edition Details:
• Interview with director Ulli Lommel (7:06)
• Trailer Reel (18:05)

Blu-ray Release Date: December 26th. 2016

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Comments

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: 88 Films - Region FREE- Blu-ray - March 17': The BD is cited as "Remastered 2K Transfer from Original Film Materials" and is in the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio but is cropped on the top and bottom beside the 1999 DVD which shows less on the side edges (notably the left edge.) We presume the letterboxed SD it to be from an open matte print. the 1080P does not look stellar - it is so thick and almost seems like it might have been from 16mm. Colors warm but it has a blue-leaning that doesn't seem accurate.

88 Film use a linear PCM transfer for the audio and it still sounds a bit scattered and screechy - even in the score by Ray Colcord but some bass is exported. No subtitles on either release and that might have been a good idea. The 88 Films Blu-ray is region FREE.

Not much in the way of extras - a 7-minute interview with director Ulli Lommel and the usual 88 Films trailer reel.

I had trouble getting into The Devonsville Terror and my expectations, simply from the excellent title, weren't matched by my viewing. It can look quite amateurish at times - and in others it encourages interest. Bit of a mess, overall. 

 - Gary and Eric

 


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