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Mark of the Devil [Dual Format DVD & Blu-ray]

Herbert Lom , Udo Kier , Michael Armstrong    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Herbert Lom, Udo Kier, Olivera Katarina
  • Directors: Michael Armstrong
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Arrow Video
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Sep 2014
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00KHRI37S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,813 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Product Description

Once proclaimed as positively the most horrifying film ever made , Mark of the Devil finally arrives uncut in the UK.

A bloody and brutal critique of religious corruption, Mark of the Devilsees horror icon Udo Kier (Flesh for Frankenstein, Suspiria) play a witchfinder s apprentice whose faith in his master (Herbert Lom) becomes severely tested when they settle in an Austrian village. Presided over by the sadistic albino (a memorably nasty turn from Reggie Nalder), the film presents its morality not so much in shades of grey as shades of black.

Written and directed by Michael Armstrong, who would later penEskimo Nell, The Black Panther and House of the Long Shadows, this classic shocker has lost none of its power over the years especially now that British audiences can finally see it in one piece.

Special Edition Contents:

  • High definition digital transfer
  • Newly created and exclusive content including interviews with cast and crew!
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
  • Collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film and more!
  • More to be revealed closer to the release date

Review

One of the signature examples of 1970s exploitation at its most grueling. It's been over 40 years, but it still retains a few squirm inducing moments to leave its MARK on modern audiences --Cool Ass Cinema

Hunt it down, as Mark of the Devil lives up to its reputation and then some --Oh, the horror

stands as one of the true pioneers of the exploitation movement --HorrorNews.net

Hunt it down, as Mark of the Devil lives up to its reputation and then some --Oh, the horror

stands as one of the true pioneers of the exploitation movement --HorrorNews.net


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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not just a load of old warlocks 9 April 2007
Format:DVD
This is a horror movie very much in the vein of movies such as Witchfinder General and Blood On Satan's Claw but it goes even further in terms of its scenes of graphic torture and violence.

The inimitable Reggie Nalder plays local witch finder Albino who pretty much rules the roost doing as he pleases, accusing various people of practising witchcraft and administering gruesome tortures and punishments, until Lord Cumberland (Herbert Lom) arrives with his assistant and protege Christian (Udo Kier) to take over.

One of the ladies on trial for witchcraft just happens to be the woman that Christian is in love with so he is torn between following his mentor and trying to save her from certain death if she is found guilty.

This love story plot element really runs secondary to a series of pretty nasty scenes involving genuine instruments of torture. People are stretched on racks and have their fingers and thumbs broken in thumb screws and, in perhaps the film's most famous scene, one woman has her tongue torn out with a pair of tongs.

Although these scenes are strong and uncomfortable to watch the film on the whole lacks the punch that Michael Reeves's far superior Witchfinder General has. For me, the acting is far better in Witchfinder General and the plot is far more involving.

Despite all the onscreen violence and carnage, there is some humour and irony to be found in Mark Of The Devil. Lord Cumberland (as in the sausage) is a good name for a character who is impotent and it is ironic that Udo Kier's character, who is drawn into the practice of dishing out punishments and supervising the various methods of torture, should be called Christian.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rated 'V' for Violence 23 July 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This was one of those late 60s/early 70s euro-horror flicks that resembled the likes of Blood on Satan's Claw and Witchfinder General. It appears to be the one that every cult movie fanatic is drawn to, mostly due to the commotion and general hype caused by both the promotion of the film (handing out barf bags at the cinema, using other traits like the 'v' for violence gimmick - listed as the films classification on the original poster)and the lurid acts of violence/mutilation depicted. It is by no means 'the most horrifying film ever made' as the advertisement suggests but the scenes of violence are pulled off reasonably well - there is a fair bit of gore if that's what the viewer is searching for. Having said this, they may wish to brace themselves as the film mostly consists of the story, the characters and the style - it is a historic piece with some impressive production values as far as costume and location are concerned. This is odd for exploitation cinema but not entirely uncommon - some movies are invested in more than others and thats just the way it works. I did enjoy this one, go on...at least give it a watch (Blue Underground DVD - Highly Recommended).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
German bluray is uncut and has an excellent picture quality. The film has English audio and so does Michael Armstrong's director commentary (both with optional Germany subtitles). There is a trailer with English audio too but apart from these everything else - including a Picture-In-Picture commentary from cast members - are in German with no subtitles.

Packaging is a nice digipack which is about an inch taller than normal bluray cases and twice as thick. rEGION B friendly.

BUT before you spend 50+ on this release, be aware that the BBFC have just passed the film uncut and Arrow will be releasing it on UK bluray in early 2014. I suspect the same master will be used and quite possibly the same extras.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Burn, witch, burn 11 Mar 2014
Format:DVD
Mark of the Devil created quite a bit of controversy in its time, and remained heavily censored in the UK up to the present day. It was directed by Michael Armstrong, who directed the earlier British horror flick The Haunted House of Horror. I think Mark of the Devil was a German production though. It's obviously influenced by the classic Witchfinder General, and outdoes that film with its depictions of sadistic torture. It has the superb Herbert Lom in the main role as the misogynistic witchfinder, and Udo Keir as his troubled young assistant. The rest of the cast are made up by faces that are unfamiliar to me, but they all do a fairly good job. The film looks very authentic with great use of sets, costumes and genuine implements of torture. I'd recommend the Blue Underground DVD as it's fully uncut, and comes with some nice extras. It also seems that Arrow Video are putting out an uncut Blu-ray edition that will no doubt be packed with extras and feature excellent picture quality. If you're a fan of 70s horror, pick it up.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT A HORROR MOVIE - BUT A HISTORICAL MOVIE 30 May 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
PREVIEW (will update once Blu-ray is released)
The 5 stars for the MOVIE itself. Since Arrow Films is very unlikely to disappoint, I seriously doubt the rating will change.

MARK OF THE DEVIL is one of the very very few movies made in Germany that one can actually watch. Usually German movies feature HORRIBLE acting.
Not Mark of the Devil, which features some of the best German and Austrian actors.
MARK OF THE DEVIL, although marketed as a horror movie, isn't really one. Causing much uproar in some countries (being banned in Germany 32 years after its release and being heavily cut in England) this movie has scenes of extreme violence and torture that even can compete with some of today's films in the torture porn genre, still there is much more to it!
This one's actually got a story! And a gripping one, too. You care for the characters - which I can't say about many movies. It critically examines the inquisition and all its insanity and the violence shown is never simply exploitative, but necessary to show how decadent the so-called witchfinders were. Another important message this film clearly brings across is that these men were anything BUT religious, often committing their deeds simply to satisfy their sexual desires.
I can only highly recommend this masterpiece of the history /inquisition genre, although it is intense and requires some nerve to watch. The US version by Blue Underground is the fully uncut version, dubbed in English. Unfortunately the original language track is not present on this DVD. Both, the picture and sound quality are excellent.

The upcoming Blu-ray will be the fully uncut international version. It also promises "Newly created and exclusive content including interviews with cast and crew" - which I will check if it differs from the extras released on the US Anchor Bay DVD. It will also have to be seen if this edition features the original German audio track or the dubbed English track.
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