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Ed Gein: Special Version [DVD] [2001]

Steve Railsback , Carrie Snodgress , Chuck Parello    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Steve Railsback, Carrie Snodgress, Carol Mansell, Sally Champlin, Steve Blackwood
  • Directors: Chuck Parello
  • Writers: Stephen Johnston
  • Producers: Bill Cross, A. Brooks Medoff, Charles Adelman, Hamish McAlpine, Karen Nicholls
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL, Widescreen, Colour
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Tartan
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Nov 2001
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005RY96
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,539 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

DVD Special Features:

Star and Director Filmographies
Scene Selection
Alan Jones Production Notes
Original Trailer
Deleted Scenes
Tartan Terror Trailer Reel
Language: English
Subtitles: none
Dolby Digital
Anamorphic Widescreen

From the Back Cover

Plainfield, Wisconsin in the late 1950s. Not much happens in this quiet town of 642 people. Until the population drops to 641.

Ed Gein (Steve Railsback) is a simple man trying to lead a simple life on the family farm. But the farm is remote, all his family have gone, and the crops perished long ago. The ghosts of Ed's past are returning to haunt him.

Ed's only support and sole influence in life was his domineering mother Augusta (Carrie Snodgrass), and she loved Ed to a fault. Raising him with a mix of strict discipline and daily Bible readings, Ed is no stranger to the concept of sin and the terrible repercussions for those who indulged in the weaknesses of the flesh.

But since his mother died a few years ago things have never been the same and Ed now has the time and space to indulge his peculiar interests. Reincarnation. Head-shrinking. Cannibalism. And the endless delights of female anatomy

Spending evenings in the local cemetery, he returns to burn the midnight oil back at the farm. With the guidance of Gray's Anatomy and human remains Ed creates his own interior d cor, a lampshade, soup bowl and boxes of trinkets. His finest work is the human-skin suit he wears on special occasions.

Trying to block out the voices he hears in his head, Ed just cannot ignore the pleas of his mother, which are becoming louder and more insistent. Augusta doesn't like the look of the promiscuous barmaid Mary Hogan (Sally Champlin), or the owner of the local hardware store Colette Marshall (Carol Mansell) and her directives must be followed to the gruesome end


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Acting & Realistic... 4 April 2010
Format:DVD
No need to just this insight into a fascinating psychotic Killer Ed Gein. I could talk forever about the perplexed mind and speculated motives from books as well. But this Movie is one of the best in style with BTK killer (SERIAL KILLERS IN FANCY MOVIE STYLE shooting we see here). Not same style, BTK in Kansas and more hyped modern movie style there, also worth checking out.

Ed Gein derives from a Northern Farmer Desolated realm of Winconsin. much more obscure, alittle town with around 632 citiziens only. Plainfield Cemetary surely must be forever haunted.
Well I will not reveal too much, but its a "Must" too see!
seen it many times, perhaps ten?

However find it stupid to READ the movie front DVD cover, Ed Gein described as First serial killer in America. Ohh they always been there, BTW. you forgot H. H. Holmes from Chicago, in the turn of the 1900 century, who killed in hundreds and Albert Fish operated before Ed Gein, The vampire of Brooklyn, a man with abnormal psychopathic S/M Sadistic mind, a Cannibal devouring children. Jane T. or the unknown infamous house-invasion Axe Butcher, crawling at night into houses from the streets of New Orleans, more than 100 years ago, plus countless clandestine Killers, often unknown to many people and medias and such!

Ed Gein was more of a collector and tried to ressurrect the dead. But killed only few compared to others?. And the psychosis and indoctrinating of his Mother played a huge role in this yearning within him. Very perplexed that there are not more valid information about this real living man, once upon a time. there are gateways to annihilation within this abyss.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Original "Psycho" 23 Mar 2006
Format:DVD
Well, I know this isn't the most fun film to watch, afterall it tells the real life story of Ed Gein, the man who inspired the films "Psycho" and "Silence of the Lambs".
But it is a brutally honest look at the life of this famous serial killer (the first person to be given that label).
I think this film is very well put together, giving a balanced look at the man, both from his point of view and the point of view of other people. This man was clearly insane, and we see that if this had been noticed earlier, lives would've been spared.
I have to say, at one point I did feel sorry for Ed Gein. Although I do not, in any way shape of form, condone what he did, this man was lonely, troubled and mentally ill. He had a bad childhood, full of death and pain, he idolised his mother (who was always nasty to him) and her death was the final straw. He felt like his world had collapsed around him. It got to the point where he even tried Vodoo to bring his mother back to life. Eventually he did, but it was all in his head.
A brutal look at a very troubled mind.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Serial Killer Fun 26 April 2004
Format:DVD
Ed Gein was notorious in the 1950's for his crimes against people. Theseincluded digging up dead people, making them into attractive interiouritems and shrinking their heads, as well as then going on to kill peopleand eat them/make fetching suites out of their skins. Inspiring suchcharacters as Norman Bates, Buffalo Bill and The Leatherface clan, thisstory differs in that it's REAL. The story sticks to the facts, onlydramatizing them where nessessary. Perhaps the american censoring board,coupled with a compact special effects budget meant we don't get to seethe crimes in their full horrific glory, but still a good film, underratedin it's popularity. One for serial killer fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror Fan 15 May 2007
By Beebs
Format:DVD
This film is really well done. It doesn't need to be gory or even scary, it simply tells Ed Gein's story as it really happened. Terrific acting and every scene is beautifully shot. Ed Gein had a level of weird that is still unsurpassed and the scene where he dances in his skin suit banging his little drum is really freaky. It's a creepy, intelligent film which I thoroughly enjoyed.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Innacurate portrayal. 22 July 2009
Format:DVD
This film was a very innacurate portrayal of Ed Gein. I base this on the fact that I've read a lot of credible sources with information about his life, including the book 'Deviant'.

I suppose the aim of the film was to entertain, so I give it the benefit of the doubt for creating a character that may fit in with a traditional horror flick, however I didn't find this film particularly entertaining, and if they'd depicted him accurately maybe they could of salvaged this film.

Not everything about this film was incorrect, but it just didn't feel right. I didn't really get the feel for the dreary wisconsin town either, which is something I always picture when thinking of Ed Gein, as it only adds to the creepyness of the situation.

I think the actor did an alright job, and the actress who played his mother seemed to be okay too. But if you're interested in the history of Ed Gein better go watch a documentary. If you want to watch a good film, go watch something else.

Two stars because the makers of this film tried hard, and the acting was alright.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very good book 4 May 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is a very good book to read. It arrived on time and in good nick. I would suggest this to others
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