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The Guardian : Special Edition [DVD]

Jenny Seagrove , Carey Lowell , William Friedkin    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jenny Seagrove, Carey Lowell, Dwier Brown
  • Directors: William Friedkin
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Second Sight Films
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Oct 2011
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005CNSIWM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,072 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Following The Exorcist, Oscar-winning director William Friedkin returned with another classic tale of supernatural horror in The Guardian.
Phil and Kate are a young couple living an idyllic life in their LA home. When Kate becomes pregnant with their first child they begin the search for a nanny to care for their newborn. The lovely young Camilla seems like the perfect candidate for the live-in role. She's a beautiful woman who devotes herself to looking after the baby, but it soon becomes apparent the nanny is not all she seems...

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Following 'The Exorcist', Oscar-winning director William Friedkin returned with another classic tale of supernatural horror in The Guardian. Phil and Kate are a young couple living in an idyllic life in their LA home. when Kate becomes pregnant with their first child they begin the search for a nanny to care fo their newborn. The lovely Camilla seems like the perfect candidate for the live-in role. She's a beautiful woman who devotes herself to looking after the baby, but it soon becomes apparent the nanny is not all she seems... Special features: Return To The Genre: An interview with director William Friedkin The Nanny: An interview with star Jenny Seagrove Don't Go Into The Woods: An interview with co-writer Stephen Volk


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5.0 out of 5 stars The Trees Have Eyes 28 Nov 2011
By All of them Witches TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I originally saw The Guardian during its cinematic release in 1990 (or so) it was and probably still is somewhat derided as to its quality but I've always really liked the quirkyness of it.
The sumptuous Jenny Seagrove plays 'Camilla' a nanny come evil baby sacrificing guardian tree spirit moving from placement to placement practising her unorthodox approach to childcare whereupon she arrives at the home of a young couple with their newly born son Jake.
There are some nice touches throughout the film; the idea in itself is very novel, good use is made of a particularly imposing tree out in the woods that Camilla is the guardian of; there are some good slaying scenes involving said tree as well as a pack of wolves and by horror standards it is just fundamentally a fun experience to watch.
Saying that the production issues surrounding the film are evident; some of the lighting I've always thought wasn't quite right leading some woodland set scenes to look too much like a studio set. All the performances are fine and the contemporary Grimm fairy tale imagery that Friedkin was attempting to create works really well.
The only extras on this special edition are 3 relatively short interviews (between 15-20 mins) with, individually, William Friedkin, Jenny Seagrove and co-writer Stephen Volk.
The anecdotes provided are interesting. Friedkin relays a bad experience he had with a nanny and discusses 'The Exorcist' also as well as his aims, problems etc with the script of The Guardian. Interesting stuff.
Jenny Seagrove does not appear over enamoured with the film, despite endeavouring to be diplomatic she comes across as a bit critical of it and refers to her participation as a 'mistake' although as she admits she is no horror fan anyway.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like A Willow, She Will Bend 9 April 2011
Format:DVD
This unique and little-known horror-thriller from 'The Exorcist' director deserves to be seen for that reason alone, and for me it's a much better movie, not least cos it doesn't waste meandering time on ponderous exposition and dull excavations around religious imagery to try and prove evil exists, but gets on with its very own brand-and following the most excitingly varied horror-boom of the 80s, it brings us something totally new-a creepy, salacious and murderous tree-druid, courtesey of our very own Jenny Seagrove, who plays it to the hilt.

Starting with the prologue of a snatched baby, the film then winds its way to affluent and attractive young couple Carey Lowell and Dwier Brown, first time parents who are looking to engage a nanny, and for anyone fearing a hired stranger's intentions, this piece of celluloid will not suppress your fears. But it is horror entertainment first and foremost and this should not be forgotten.

Bit by bit the nanny's true intentions get a little clearer, but there are any number of decent jumps, some delightfully excessive gore scenes, a charged Macbethian atmosphere and much suspense. When a character, intrigued by nanny leaving a warm, inviting house for a trek across a field to the woods on a windy, uninviting night, a real shock should await the audience, even moreso as the tracker (whom we'd be yelling at not to follow her in the first place) actually makes it back to the house alive, no mean feat as it was some trek to and from.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SPECIAL EDITION DVD Second sight films 9 July 2013
By Ben30
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I already have the original Anchor bay release of this film from 2000
which only has an audio commentary track by William friedkan as an extra

but Second sight films a U.K. DVD Distributor finally reissued this film
so I knew I had to buy it
and you get all new interviews with Jenny seagrove and also interviews with William friedkan
and the writer of the film aswell plus the Audio commentary by William friedkan from the Anchor bay release
all brand new interviews are very in depth about 15mins long
William friedkans is longer
the picture and audio quality on this second sight films version is excellent
the audio is remixed into 5.1 surround sound better than the Anchor bay version
the picture is really good quality Widescreen better than the Anchor bay version

any fan of this film or William friedkan's movies
that have the 2000 Anchor bay version, you might aswell get rid of it
cause it's definitely time to upgrade to this all new second sight films reissue
better picture and audio quality than the Anchor bay release no doubt about it.
you won't be disapointed
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "..FANTASTIC HORROR.." 3 Aug 2013
Format:DVD
William Friedkin is an amazing director with classics like the Exorcist and Killer Joe under his name, The Guardian was made in 1990 and is one of his best, a strange and supernatural story about ancient druids and tree worship and evil, directed very well with a great cast especially the lovely Jenny Seagrove as the guardian, its creepy throughout and has some nice little gore moment and some nudity, this is one of his smaller movies back at the time but it's a cult classic now and a must see, the special edition DVD is very good quality and there are bonus interviews with Jenny and Friedkin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I first watched this film years ago and enjoyed watching it again. A good story.
Published 1 month ago by Janet L Greeves
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing To get excited about
It's not a great film lets face it and the 'special' edition turned out to be not that special. It's worth a watch and then a scan at the three shortish interviews to see how it... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Paxton Milk
2.0 out of 5 stars I can understand why Friedkin disowned this film
Although most other reviewers have also given a plot summary/rundown, I will also contribute briefly. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Man of the Third Eye
5.0 out of 5 stars Good storyline.
Love the storyline. Am a Jenny sea grove fan and love this horror film to bits. A must buy for all horror fans
Published 13 months ago by K. R. Barnes
2.0 out of 5 stars crap
bboring and not scary just plain daft wuldent recommend it also dident realise it was an oldfilm until put it on
Published 14 months ago by Rachel
3.0 out of 5 stars Cross between The Omen & The Evil Dead
Another of those caring nanny isn't who she seems films. It reminded me of a cross between The Evil Dead, with the trees & The Omen/Hand That Rocks the Cradle with the seemingly... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Lorna
5.0 out of 5 stars guardian
not a bad movie i think it will get your attention.it is a great location,acting is very good.if any of the ladies have children, you might start to really protecting your... Read more
Published on 24 Jun 2012 by PAUL JR.
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but highly patchy supernatural baby-snatcher drama
Directed by William Friedkin, this supernatural version of The Hand That Rocks The Cradle has some fun moments, mostly courtesy of Jenny Seagrove as the icily perfect and enigmatic... Read more
Published on 31 Jan 2012 by Benminx
5.0 out of 5 stars A good thriller
The show is unusal and the cast bring it to life, Very entertaining and worth watching, Jenny Seagrove plays a very convincing role. Read more
Published on 30 Jun 2011 by Robyn B. Mcgorm
5.0 out of 5 stars The Guardian
Not to be confused with our National daily newspaper but a Film of the twisted au pair ilk ~ with a great twist in the form of jenny Seagrove being a malignant wood nymph out to... Read more
Published on 19 April 2011 by Mr. I.V. Creeper
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