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The Devil Rides Out (Blu-ray + DVD) [1968]

Christopher Lee , Charles Gray , Terence Fisher    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Christopher Lee, Charles Gray, Nike Arrighi
  • Directors: Terence Fisher
  • Format: Import, Blu-ray, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Oct 2012
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008LU8MUQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,640 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Christopher Lee, long Hammer Studios' house villain, takes a rare heroic turn as scholar and occultist Duc de Richleau, the kind of role that Peter Cushing had made his métier. Lee plays Richleau with a dark elegance and intensity-he is a commanding figure with a trim goatee who discovers that the son of a war buddy has joined a satanic cult lorded over by the quietly malevolent Mocata (Charles Gray, best known as the narrator in The Rocky Horror Picture Show). Director Terence Fisher, working from a literate script by genre scribe Richard Matheson, creates a strikingly handsome period piece (set in 1920s rural England) dripping in dread as Richleau and Mocata battle for the souls of two young lovers on both physical and spiritual planes. The action scenes are well handled and the towering Lee cuts quite a figure leaping through hoards of robed devil worshippers to save a sacrificial victim, but the film peaks in an eerie supernatural battle in which Richleau and his sceptical party confronts Mocata's demons while protected in a giant pentagram. The effects are coarse and dated by today's standards, but the gorgeous period detail, vivid colour and unsettling imagery create a sinister ambience, and Fisher's mix of psychodrama and swashbuckling action makes for an engrossing thriller, a life-and-death struggle between two masters of the forces of light and darkness. --Sean Axmaker

Product Description

United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region B DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Dolby Linear PCM ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.66:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Blu-Ray & DVD Combo, Commentary, Documentary, Interactive Menu, Making Of, Photo Gallery, Remastered, Scene Access, Special Edition, SYNOPSIS: The debonair Duc de Richleau has been trusted with the care of his deceased friend's son, Simon Aron. The Duc discovers that the young man has been seduced into joining a Satanic cult headed by the diabolic Mocata, who is intent on making Simon one of the Devil's disciples. Having rescued Simon from a bloodied ritual, de Richleau is pursued by Mocata, who will stop at nothing to destroy the Duc and his friends, even summoning the Angel of Death itself. Starring Christopher Lee in one of his personal favourite roles and based on the celebrated novel by Dennis Wheatley, The Devil Rides Out is one of Hammer's most accomplished and thrilling mystery horrors. ...The Devil Rides Out ( The Devil's Bride ) (Blu-Ray & DVD Combo) (Blu-Ray)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Devil Rides Out Blu-Ray review 2 Nov 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I have both the Anchor Bay DVD and the new Blu Ray release, I have always thought the original effects let an otherwise brilliant film down. So the guys who re-mastered this edition have done a brilliant job, they have not ruined the film at all, total rubbish, they have enhanced it, if you watch the making of its only in small bits, blue flames behind the Angel of Death, when there was just a blue screen(as originally Hammer did not have the budget or/and time to do the effect), the Spider which always looked rubbish, its still there(no CG spider), just colour corrected and darkened so now it looks grounded and in the room, instead of a stupid super imposed spider. They also got a 4k print of it, did all the remastering of it on this, then took it down to Blu Ray resolution. Get this disc dont listen to the nay sayers, brilliant quality.

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Dave
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best adaption of a Wheatley book 24 Mar 2013
Format:Blu-ray
Christopher Lee sites this as one of his best films amd you can.certainly see why.It also asks the question.why he didnt play the hero as often as he is a tremendous presence in the role.Why on eart they didnt give him the Verney role in To the Devil a Daughter though he was tremendous as the follower of Astroth.The plot demonstrates excellent narrative and is compelling probably due to the faithful adaption by Matheson of I am Legend Shrinking Man fame.Terrence.Fischer proves again he is Hammers most cosistent Director.Whatever version you choose the original are the one with cgi this is a plot and acting driven film.and you will.thoroughly.enjoy it
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hammer Classic 31 Aug 2007
By JT
Format:DVD
Of all the British horror films it`s "The Wicker Man" that tends to get all the plaudits, but for my money The Wicker Man has no sense of fun with it unlike this. I remember first seeing this on late night TV all those years ago & thinking "Wow what a movie". Having spoken to many people over the years whenever we talk about horror films this is allways mentioned. This is beyond any doubt one of the most underated British horror movies ever. If your new to Hammer or you`ve never seen this film & your reading all these reviews you should now be thinking is this really that good ? Well actually yes it is. The use of music is outstanding in helping to set the atmosphere, the special Fx are`nt as naff as they usually are in Hammer films, the acting by everybody is 1st class, the screen play is perfectly ballanced between horror & adventure, the edititng is spot on & set at a good pace, and to cap it all it`s actually a bloody good story ! i mean what more could you want. Put this on when you & your mates get back from the pub, there`ll love you forever if you do !

A true British classic, worth every penny even Christopher Lee rates this as one of his best film moments. What better recommendation than that can you have ? Highly Recommended go buy !
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65 of 78 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Warning: New Non-Option Effects on Blu-Ray 27 Sep 2012
Format:Blu-ray
A word of warning: Hammer have announced that this Blu-ray will NOT contain the original theatrical version of The Devil Rides Out. Instead it will replace old special effects with new CGI scenes. These will be mandatory, with no choice of opting out.

Why the current owners of Hammer think there is a need for this, or even that they have the moral right to alter Terence Fisher's work, is beyond me. They obviously have no clue about what the fans actually want.

Someone Tweeted about wanting the original version and they were directed by Hammer to the pre-existing DVD. I too will stick with the older SD version until the film is given a proper Blu-ray release.
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43 of 52 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not the original film 29 Sep 2012
Format:Blu-ray
For some baffling reason the producers of this edition have chosen to add special effects to various sequences including light beams, a wall of blue flames, lighting bolts... in an effort to modernize the films appearance. I loathe such tampering, but wouldn't care if they included the original version as well (they aren't). I'll retract this review if they do, if not, I suggest you add your own to the list if this practice bothers you as well.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scarcely in the name of God... 16 July 2007
Format:DVD
Probably the greatest horror movie of Christopher Lee's long career, the 1967 Hammer adaptation of Dennis Wheatley's The Devil Rides Out is one of the most overlooked and underrated films in British cinema. Along with Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969), it was one of the last really first-rate movies the company produced, and features all of the Hammer personnel working at the top of their game. Alongside Lee, in what might be his very finest movie performance as the stern aristocrat who finds himself battling a terrifying supernatural evil, the film notably showcases Diamonds Are Forever's Blofeld, Charles Gray, in an excellent, award-worthy turn as a master of black magic.
Effortlessly streamlining Wheatley's sprawling novel, I Am Legend author Richard Matheson contributes an excellent script, enabling director Terence Fisher to deliver one of his paciest, most exciting horror flicks, which is further enhanced by possibly James Bernard's finest ever score. A couple of dodgy special effects aside, the film is a literate, thrilling adventure into the occult, and one of Fisher's greatest triumphs. A must-see, despite being another Hammer movie released onto DVD utterly devoid of extras.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Hammer Horror 3 Aug 2009
By Su TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This film is based on the book of the same name by Dennis Wheatley. The Duke du Richeleau (Christopher Lee) and his friend Rex Van Ryn (Leon Greene) had been expecting to meet up with their young ward, Simon Aron (Patrick Mower), for a pre-arranged meal.

They go looking for Simon to find out why he didn't turn up, only to discover that he had joined an exclusive "astronomical society". Du Richeleau believes that the young man has fallen in with a Satanist Cult, which is leady by a man called Mecata (Charles Gray). At the party Rex takes a shine to a young woman called Tanith, who it turns out is the medium that Mecata requires for his occult practices.

The Duke must fight time, evil and scepticism to save his friends.

Christopher Lee is excellent as de Richeleau, and is matched by the malevolence of Charles Gray as the evil Mecata. Of the entire cast, the weakest for me has to be Patrick Mower (but he was only at the start of his career in this film).

This film was made as part of a deal with Christopher Lee (who was a fan of Dennis Wheatley's work), and is said to be one of his favourite films. Mr Lee is one of my favourite actors, so I may be a little bias.

I have to say that I have been a fan of Wheatley's work since I was a child, but when ever I managed to save enough to get a book my father would find it and, when I came home from school, we would have a ritualistic destruction of the text, along with comments about witch-craft, black magic and the occult. I hate to think what he'd do to my collection if he could see it now.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Dated
When I first saw this film ages ago on British TV as a kid, I loved it. I found it to be quite scary, which I'm sure it was mean to be. Read more
Published 6 days ago by the Knight
1.0 out of 5 stars A missed opportunity
I was very much looking forward to this Blu-Ray release of "The Devil Rides Out" because it is certainly one of Hammer's best films, with superb performances by the cast and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mycroft
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Horror Film
Films are never as good as the books they are based on, but The Devil Rides Out makes a very good attempt. Read more
Published 3 months ago by B. Cooke
4.0 out of 5 stars DVD The Devil Rides Out (1968)
Enjoyed this very much, playing it back through the computer: not exactly hi-tech compared to Star Wars standards, but then I was always a bit of a 'sucker' for Dennis Wheatley's... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Doug
5.0 out of 5 stars Great transfer
Yes they digitised the spider and the devil running through the door but to be fair it doesn't ruin the movie it makes it look slicker - nice documentary and great performances to... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Spacecadet
3.0 out of 5 stars A Battle of Wits between Christopher Lee and Charles Gray
The Devil Rides out, (1968), is perhaps the most remembered and famous film from Hammer Horror. It's the one that terrified audiences when first released and was in grained on the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Colonel Decker
5.0 out of 5 stars VHS tape of Hammer classic The Devil Rides Out
A compelling performance by Christopher Lee as Mocatta the leader of a sect of devil worshippers make this film a real chiller among Hammer productions. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Spindrift
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
Great film - worth a watch. Of course it's complete tosh but great performances from all involved. Strangely Patrick Allan dubbed the voice for Rex van Ryn
Published 6 months ago by Paul McGuinness
4.0 out of 5 stars The Devil Rides Out [DVD] [1968]
Tried it out on the Mac Pro, and due to some up-grading still outstanding there wasn't very happy 'cos the picture wasn't produced full screen; however when run on the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by D. Vere-dresser
5.0 out of 5 stars Hammer's finest hour -
Even with some poor special effects (Mainly the Spider that keeps changing size) TDRO is without a doubt the best HH film ever made - I love Horror and am fond of many Hammer films... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Persona
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