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Absolution [DVD] [2008] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DM3QRS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 202,748 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Jonathon T. Beckett on 22 Jan. 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Father Goddard(Richard Burton) is a dour, pious Latin teacher in a Catholic Boarding School. He denies his pupils any luxury, denying them football on television and discarding the devil's aftershave. Among the pupils are confident, aloof teacher's favourite Benjie Stanfield(Dominic Guard),nervous, needy Arthur Dyson(Dai Bradley, rather wonderful) and posh, snobbish Cawley(Robert Addie). A travelling Biker called Blakey(Billy Connelly) comes into their lives, first being turned away from the school after looking for work, then setting up camp in the nearby woods, befriending Stanfield, much to Goddard's chagrin. Recriminations follow, leading to a series of dubious confessions, a psychological game of cat and mouse and worst of all the discovery of a body in the woods.
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.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By .kramsie on 17 Jan. 2009
Format: DVD
one of the best movies from the master Richard Burton,with an unusual Billy Connoly playing a serious part for a change,it doesnt get the 5 stars as the picture quality is of video cd taken from a VHS tape.Wy was it not digitally remastered or cleand for our DVD??
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By One view on 2 Oct. 2013
Format: DVD
This is a hidden gem in Burtons cannon of work a dark morally ambiguous film set in the secluded world of a prestigious Catholic boys school.
Those looking for a neat film which eventually stitches the actions and desires of the characters into some neat morale order need look elsewhere. Burton is cast against type as a pious man of the cloth who must contain his own feelings for two students one he holds in unfair contempt due to the boys disability the other he holds in high esteem due to the boy representing everything the other does not. So much of Burton film carrier was consumed with acting in popcorn fodder which often betrayed the genius he possessed as one of Britons greatest actors , Nowadays remembered more for his marriage to Elizabeth Taylor and his endless thirst for booze as a pose to his artist talent which got him into the Hollywood A list in the first place.
Burton came back to Britain to make this movie in the late seventies and was a last minute replacement in the part which had been intended for Christopher Lee a thankful occurrence since Lee was never a great actor and nobody does pain and simmering fury better then Burton did.
This is a Hitchcock type thriller to a point but puts more emphasis on character interaction and emotional motive then providing a easy to piece dramatic jigsaw puzzle for the viewer. Billy Conolly is well cast as more or less a big screen depiction of himself in an early dramatic role the two boys act well and the secluded setting really adds an air of threat to proceedings.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Davy L on 18 Jun. 2011
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i like the curious mixture of actors in this film. the clash of Richard Burton's classical acting and Billy Connelly's easy style translates to their characters too. a decent story and good production values make it well worth watching. good banjo playing as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 5 Mar. 2013
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what a good film so good is Richard Burton, one of many great films that he stared in 100% good
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Winston on 4 April 2008
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A well-told story combined with superb acting and convincing characters. Certainly worth it. It's also interesting to watch Billy Connolly in a serious role - a challenge to which he rises.
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