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Possession of Joel Delaney [DVD] [1972] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Shirley MacLaine , Perry King , Waris Hussein    DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Actors: Shirley MacLaine, Perry King, David Elliott, Lisa Kohane, Lovelady Powell
  • Directors: Waris Hussein
  • Writers: Irene Kamp, Matt Robinson, Ramona Stewart
  • Producers: Martin Poll
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Legend Films
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Jun 2008
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0016LFG4C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,597 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Manhattan Soul Transfer 6 Sep 2010
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!!!WARNING. MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!!

Wealthy Manhattan socialite Norah Benson(Shirley Maclaine) visits a large party with her brother Joel(Perry King). They make arrangements for him to come round for dinner the following night. Joel doesn't turn up and concerned, Norah phones his flat. He answers but does not speak. Norah rushes over just in time to see Joel arrested for assaulting his landlord and carted off to a psychiactric unit. Norah is convinced that drugs are responsible for her brothers actions. He admits taking L.S.D and is released into her custody. However the words that her brother says to her at the psychiactric unit-"You only see what you want to"- come back to haunt her as Joel starts to behave very strangely indeed. However, Norah is blind to the true terrifying reasons for Joel's behaviour....
This highly entertaining middle class 'nightmare' predates the higher profile satanic chills of 'The Exorcist' and is a contemporary of 'Rosemary's Baby'. In many ways this is pretty groundbreaking stuff, a film before its time. After all it was Friedkin's film that caused the boom in satanic horror films. Shirley Maclaine delivers a terrific performance in a role that is initially dislikeable. Norah Benson is aloof, snobbish and self important, and it's only the terrible events that start to overtake her life that open up her cocooned existance. King, on the other hand gives a full blooded performance worthy of David Hess at his most loopy.
There are many brilliant set pieces, notably a real tour-de-force centred around Joel's birthday, and the overwrought climax with the possessed Joel threatening Norah and her children at an isolated beach hut.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seminal Horror Movie 23 Aug 2010
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This movie should have cult viewing status. It is wonderful in the way it slowly but surely cranks up the tension, and keeps the viewer rivetted to their seats. It is obviously a little dated, but so many modern horror movies could learn so much from the psychological terror that builds in this one, without relying on gratuitous gore.

Sadly this movie seems all but forgotten. A few reviewers here raise issues of whether it is cut or not (this is the full, uncut movie. It may be that scenes have been cropped, but if they have, few people will notice or care). Other than that there is not nearly enough discussion of how good this movie is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super creepy atmospheric possession in New York 24 Jun 2008
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I'm not going to spoil this for anyone with a synopsis of the plot, but if like myself you enjoy the fear and tension of such movies as Rosemary's Baby, The Exorcist, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, then give this your attention. This DVD is great value and the picture and sound quality are massive improvements over the old open-matte VHS tape.
I really enjoy the performances in this especially Shirley Mclaine as the increasingly concerned sister of title character Joel.
1970's New York looks as vibrant as it does in many other films of this era, but we are treated to some kinetic NY street scenes.
I feel emotionally engaged with this movie and the way in which the feeling of dread builds to an unforgettably creepy climax of desolation.
Horror fans please support this release, and we may get more such cinematic treats unearthed for our delectation.
Now if only the same company would release Fragments of Fear or Voices
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE DVD IS UNCUT. 10 Mar 2008
By Anthony
Format:DVD
I must comment on the previous amazon reviewer who states this DVD is cut. This DVD is in fact uncut. Here is an email i receive from the BBFC

The DVD classification of THE POSSESSION OF JOEL DELANEY is uncut. No cuts were required by the BBFC. Indeed, it is the restored version as cuts made to the film have been included -
please see below
THE POSSESSION OF JOEL DELANEY was classified 'X' for theatrical release in 1971 with the following cuts -
Reel 11 - The incident in which Joel menaces a woman with a
flick-knife was shortened.
Reel 12 - The scene in which Joel forces a woman to eat dog food
from a bowl was shortened.

Please note that these cuts were made in accordance with the classification policies prevailing at the time.

Get your facts right in future terence and do some research before you start dishing out reviews which are total lies.
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