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Exorcism [Blu-ray] [1974] [US Import]

Jess Franco    Blu-ray
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  • Directors: Jess Franco
  • Format: Dubbed, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English, French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Redemption
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Oct 2012
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B008N2Z1GA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,218 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars At times uncomfortable to watch 29 April 2010
More sleazy Euro trash from the master Jesus Franco. Franco himself plays a deranged priest who witnesses a fake black mass and takes it upon himself to rid the devil from the people involved and save their souls. Sadly for them this means killing them. So we are treated to a heady mix of sex and violence. I have seen a great deal of Franco films. This is a pretty standard effort. True the sex scenes mainly involve S&M are quite extreme and at times uncomfortable to watch. But on occasion these scenes seem over long and make plot feel a bit disjointed. As always Franco's muse Lina Romay takes centre stage. This is good thing because she is exceptionally beautiful and spends most of the film naked. I could happy watch her on the screen for hours. She is involved in some of the best scenes. So I highly recommend Romay fans watch it. As for Franco fans? Although this is not as surreal as most of his films, or indeed one of his best. It's certainly one of his most perverted.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "You can't knock a good chimney scene." 1 Jan 2002
By Chasemouse - Published on
EXORCISM is a good but not great film. Like so many of Franco's films EXORCISM is at once brilliant and amatuerish. Franco stars as a kinky priest who serves GOD by ridding the world of sinners with his "Sword of the Lord." Crimes of Passion anyone? His best moments are shared with his lover/partner Lina Romay. It's always interesting to watch the couple interact together especially during sadistic scenes. Towards the end of the commentary track Producer Kevin Collins asks Franco how many times he has been killed on film? A more interesting question is how many times has Jess Franco killed Lina Romay on film?
Despite it's strong scenes of violence EXORCISM is not a gory film. The bloodiest scenes involve the beheading of a pigeon and the removal of a woman's entrails. Franco claims (on the commentary track) that the pigeon is a special effect. I seriously doubt that what Franco says is true. The film budget was much too small to afford such a fine effect and the disembowelment is further proof of Franco's meager budget. When the murdered woman is found by police her body (which should be mutilated) is smeared with thin blood. Not a single puncture wound to be found. Now, it is true that the excessive gore was added after Franco completed the film but a smear of blood on the body of a woman who has just been repeatedly stabbed to death is not quality special effects. You do the math.
The presentation of the film is not the best but it is superior and much clearer than its various video incarnations. EXORCISM is marred with bad edits (one abrupt edit even startled Franco), faded color, and unsteady frames. The commentary track by Jess Franco and his current producer Kevin Collins is a mixed blessing. Franco's English is a bit rough and the director is getting on in age. There are many moments when he gets on a roll but because of his low voice and difficulty with the language it is hard to understand him. During Franco's clearer moments he provides an insightful and often amusing commentary. The DVD also comes with an alternate clothed sequence which contrasts sharply with the nudity filled beginning, a trailer, and production photos. The keepcase is attractive and versatile. One side of the cover is the Synapse artwork for EXORCISM and the other contains the airbrushed art from the old Wizard Video case.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky and weird! 31 Oct 2001
By A Customer - Published on
If you have never seen a Jess Franco film, you are really missing something. (If you a "film-lover" who detests Franco, well to heck with you.)
"Exorcism" is quirky and weird, even by Franco's standards.
Franco's dual role as director and star give some extra punch to this work: Franco manages successfully (despite severely limited acting skills) to convey the pathetic and twisted character of a defrocked and homicidal priest who wreaks revenge on the participants of a "make-believe" Black Mass.
Lina Romay shines forth in all her sleazy glory.
The screenplay is sketchy , but this only adds to the enjoyment of the film.
Although there are rough patches here and there (including some faded color), the print as a whole stands up well and is more than merely presentable.
Along with extras, the DVD is quite an achievement. My thanks to the people at SYNAPSE for another great addition to their excellent series of strange movies.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'The Exorcist' - This Aint ! (and that's a good thing) 18 Dec 2012
By Ramm - Published on
Whereas most films based on the concept of 'exorcsim' deal with some sort of demonic possession and attempts by 'the clergy' to rid the inflicted individual of 'the devilish' influence - Spanish exploitation master Jess Franco managed to turn the concept on its' head in his (1974) version titled: "Exorcism". Apparently, 'this one' was potentially 'so much fun' that Franco wanted to 'play' as well as 'direct' - so he personally took on the lead role of the 'de-frocked' murderous priest who is the main protagonist of the piece. For those who 'appreciate' Franco's, somewhat clunky, style of serving up sexploitational 'thrills' this flik REALLY delivers! The film has barely started to roll when the screen is filled with a massive close up of a totally nekkid Lina Romay chained to a x-frame cross as another naked girl whips her then 'sacrifices' her in a satanic ritual in front of a room full of eagerly watching people. 'Fortunately' (because it would be a shame to dismiss the lovely Ms Romay so early on in the plot!) it turns out that this is just a 'show' put on to amuse a group of jaded 'libertines', and we are introduced to the various players who are involved in this on-going ritual of performing simulated 'Black Masses'.

As the little Amazon review blurb states - Franco's character is presented (initially) as a contributing author to an erotic magazine who specializes in tales of sadism and inquisitional style tortures. His clerical 'roots' are revealed as the plot moves forward and the body count of attractive female participants in the Black Mass 'performances' starts to grow. At some point the police become involved and the bulk of the film follows the 'investigations' by both the forces of law & order, and the group of people who are being targeted by the serial killer. The 'exorcism' element seems to derive from the belief that Franco's deranged priest character has - that he is 'purifying' the 'evil' from the souls of his victims by 'dispatching' them to a pure 'afterlife'.

This is one of Franco's earlier films and there is a wonderful transgessive freshness to it that has helped to establish its' ranking among 'the favorites' of his fans. It certainly is loaded with more S&M imagery than some of his flix - the plot device of the 'satanic ritual' offers the perfect 'excuse' to have a fettered naked girl on view every few minutes, and when they aren't being 'faux sacrificed' the women in the film are busy engaging in other sexual dalliances of one permutation or another. There is even a (rare for Franco) scene of female domination enacted. Rabid Francophiles often have appreciated his use of the female pubic bush as a focal point for beginning and ending scenes and "Exorcism' offers numerous examples of this creative filmic device! This flick is just gleefully awash in naked female flesh & stage blood - in the tradition of the infamous Grand Guignol theatre, and presents Franco at his early peak - before he became somewhat jaded & formulaic in attempting to repeat his own exploitational 'successes'.

If you are a Franco fan, this film is a 'must have'... if you are new to the twisted world of Franco's cinematic vision "Exorcism" would be as good a place as any to sample his talents. BUT - be fore-warned... he can be 'addictive'!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Euro-trash porno/horror mishmash 24 Mar 2003
By ACS - Published on
Jesus Franco directs and stars in this story about a crazed ex-priest who witnesses a series of staged "Black Masses." Convinced the participants are possessed by Satan, he kills them in order to "exorcise" their demons. Although this storyline has a lot of promise, numbingly repetitive dialogue and Franco's amateurish acting keep the film from reaching its true potential. It's also padded with numerous sex scenes-featuring suggested autoerotism, bondage, sexualized torture, lesbianism and an orgy, among other things-none of which serve to advance the plot. The result is a film that tries to be both porno and horror film, but doesn't really succeed at either.
On the plus side, this DVD from Synapse Films features several worthwhile extras, including the first-ever commentary by Jess Franco, an alternate opening sequence, the trailer from the heavily-cut U.S. release (titled "Demoniac") and other goodies. According to the liner notes, this film was restored from a number of different sources, so you see color shifts and slight jumps throughout the movie. It's slightly annoying at times, but nothing major. The monaural soundtrack is less than perfect (not uncommon for rare, older films like this) but doesn't detract from the viewing experience too much.
Two out of five stars.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Subliminal Franco 26 April 2013
By William Amazzini - Published on
Director Jess Franco's 'EXORCISM' aka 'EXORCISME ET MESSES NOIRES' aka 'SEXORCISMES'-1974/1975 is a true anomaly in his repertoire. There are at least three different versions out there similar to his other release 'FEMALE VAMPIRE' aka 'LA COMTESSE NOIRE'-1973 and here Redemption has released both the softcore version and its Horror version which was recut in 1979 by the studio Franco was utilizing -Eurocine- and added a different storyline but including footage shot back in 1974 (sounds confusing? it is) and releasing it as 'THE SADIST OF NOTRE DAME' aka 'EL SADICO DE NOTRE DAME'. It doesn't stop there. Charles Band who owned Wizard Video in the Eighties released the Horror version in VHS as 'DEMONIAC' which trimmed the films running time to 79 minutes. Synapse films got a hold of the 'EXORCISM' version and released it on DVD in its 94 minute version and this is the transfer that Redemption has released. The quality is almost identical but since it is Blu-Ray, a bit sharper. 'SEXORCISMES' is available in bootleg copies and has inserted hard core footage not shot by Franco included in it. Redemption, however, does not have the audio commentary track between Franco and his muse, actress Lina Romay so you might want to hold on to your Synapse DVD. Franco's tale of an ex-priest turned horror novelist can now be appreciated because of the availability of his other titles on the home video market. It contains a performance act by Lina Romay and actress Nadine Pascal similar to the ones included in his films 'SUCCUBUS' aka 'NECRONOMICON'- 1967 and 'VAMPYROS LESBOS'-1970. Franco plays the main character and witnesses the performance Black Mass thinking its the real thing kicking his priestly brainwashing into high gear and psychotically cleansing all the impure women he can find. The 'DEMONIAC' version has the character excaping from an insane asylum and becomes a serial writer for a magazine causing him to write about his own crimes. 'EXORCISM' utilizes the music of composer Andre Benichou who was memorable with his guitar score for Franco's 'LORNA THE EXORCIST' aka 'LES POSSEDEES DU DIABLE'-1974 where as 'DEMONIAC' has Daniel White doing the music tonalities with photography credited to P.Van Leenart but it is obvious that Franco is behind the camera. 'EXORCISM' is in its French Language with optional English subtitles and 'DEMONIAC' is the English dubbed version. All in all, this release is wonderful in that it gives the viewer and Franco fans both versions of films that share his vision of censorship and sexual repression. If you have the Synapse DVD, you may not want to go the extra money for an upgrade but if you are a completist, this release is for you. Trailers for other Redemption releases are its only extras.
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