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Shout at the Devil [1976] [DVD]
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 22 March 2015
All now restored to its complete length.Even the product details are wrong and are describing the cut release of this movie which was a complete hash up but still a good movie,well,now we have the WHOLE movie and with subtitles when the Germans speak and not being left to guess,the punch up between Moores character and Marvins character last delisiously longer and this is an all round restored,re-released and remasterd movie to be seen in its glorious full length.Brief storyline.Moores character is duped into spending time with drunken Marvins Character in fighting the Germans in Africa in ww1,Whilst falling in ove with Marvins daughter.Ian Holm is present and is ever reliable in his character role......this borders on classic status.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 3 November 2013
Ignore all older reviews for this movie!
The 2013 BluRay release is the full restored film at 150minutes and 2.35:1 aspect ratio
Both discs are labelled Region A and 1 but they are not region coded!
The BluRay disc played in my Region B player
The DVD disc plays in any unlocked DVD Player
Enjoy this movie!
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on 10 May 2007
I think this is the third DVD release in the UK for Shout at the Devil. Unfortunately all three are of huge disappointment to fans of this film, as they are edited versions of around 115 minutes. Hopefully, one day, someone will do this classic adventure film justice by releasing the original 147 minutes version, which is long overdue. At this moment in time what we have is not unlike a few years back when the same versions were available on video. For a fuller print of this film, try catching this on the BBC. I recall their version running approximately 10 minutes longer.
**UPDATE** As of the 8th October 2013, Shout Factory, a U.S. company, has released the much anticipated full version of this film. Although stated as Region A, it is in fact, Region-Free. The picture quality is very good; the best i've seen for this film.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
( A BLU-RAY REVIEW )
Most of the reviews are about the 'heavily 'cut' to shreds version which
lost around 35 minutes on the 'DVD' release.
However if you have access to a 'Region A' Blu-Ray player the film has
become available to buy ( 150 minutes )
The only question to be answered is.......'What is the picture and sound
quality like on the 'Blu-Ray' format ? ................................
Based on real events prior too and leading up to the outbreak of 'World
War 2'
The outline of the story see's 'Sebastian Oldfield' conned into helping
Gin-guzzling scoundrel 'Flynn O'Flynn' with his ventures.
His activity of some annoyance to German Commissioner 'Herman Fleicher'
you could say 'Flynn' has been a thorn in his side for some considerable
time.
When meeting 'Flynn's' daughter 'Sebastian' makes a play for her much to
her fathers disgust, leading to a string of comic scenes between 'Lee
Marvin' and 'Roger Moore' as 'Sebastian' strives to prove that he's worthy
of her hand in marriage.
Eventually as peace breaks out between the two men in 'Rosa's' life
now as partners tread on the 'Commissioner's' toes again and again.
When War is declared 'Fleicher' is given the reigns to exact a vicious and
vengeful revenge on the pair of chancers.
'Flynn' and 'Sebastian' along with 'Rosa' now go after the German, their
exploits come to the attention of the British, 'O'Flynn' is approached to
help find the 'German' Battleship' that is believed to be taking refuge in
a secret location to carry out repairs.
This is an action packed and often comical movie that is a joy to re-visit,
the chemistry between 'Lee Marvin' and 'Roger Moore' is electric adding to
the enjoyment of the film.
Answering the early question on Picture and Sound quality......the picture
quality has been enhanced considerably and is far superior to the shortened
'DVD' release......the sound remains 'mono' however the clarity is good, many
enjoy the extra's that are often on-board the Blu-Ray discs, to be honest there
is very little, only a 'photo' gallery.
The film in it's HD upgrade along with the missing 35 minutes is so worth a
viewing.
(Hopefully the 'Region B' release will be sooner rather than later for those
wishing to see the film on this format)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 5 March 2007
The film is a good, rip roaring tale based on fact as other reviewers have pointed out. The distortion of the truth can be excused if the film is considered entertainment. What was inexcusable, however, was the deletion of so many scenes. Buy the film on VHS rather than the DVD version. With a couple of flicks of his scalpel, whoever edited this film for DVD would reduce Tolstoy's works to a flimsy pamphlet. OK if you sell the product as an abridged version, bordering on scurrilous if you do not.

For those that have never seen the full version (which merits four or five stars), this version is still highly entertaining. Roger Moore is famous for being a wooden indian but his role, certainly during the early parts of the film, as a stuffy, naiive Englishman suited him to the ground. Lee Marvin used his undeniable talent to milk his part for all it was worth but the result is an amusing pastiche of the romanticised hard drinking, tough Great White Hunter and plantation owner. There is a grim part to the film, but it is still good, honest family entertainment and one which the whole family could sit down to enjoy on a Sunday afternoon. Sadly, there are too few films like that nowadays.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 November 2011
When I bought a previous DVD of this film back in 2011, I said that, "as many other reviewers have commented, the UK releases of this DVD to date have left a lot to be desired. I just hope that the shouts for a restored, widescreen release will be heard." I've now just viewed the Blu-Ray/DVD combo release, which addresses all the problems of previous UK DVD versions. Seeing the film in its full version, and in widescreen, shows it at its best. The restored scenes certainly improve the pacing of the film near the beginning - it's less jumpy - and flesh out the romance at the heart of the story. It's well worth getting hold of if you're a fan of the film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 February 2015
This is the long version does play on uk players blu ray that is .Very good picture 2.35.1 picture ratio.Just a good all round action/adventure/romance film if i have any real gripe is Barbera Parkins gives me the s##ts.Ian holm is good especialy as he does not speak a word Roger Moore is er well Roger Moore and lee Marvin played this sort of role with his eyes closed, cat balou, paint your wagon ,death hunt just to name a few a recommendaetion you wanna see Roger Moore act The Naked Face if one can find it.This film is in places is brutal stuff although i do not remember it being as rough unless toned down for the UK market.
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on 23 October 2013
SHOUT AT THE DEVIL [1976] [Blu-ray + DVD] [US Import] An Epic So Vast, It Took 2 Years To Create And A Whole Continent To Contain! The Greatest African Adventure Ever Filmed!

Screen legends Lee Marvin ['The Dirty Dozen'] and Sir Roger Moore [`Live and Let Die'] unite on `Shout at the Devil' in this epic tale of adventure and revenge. Set in German East Africa just prior to World War I. Shout at the devil is the story of Flynn O'Flynn [Lee Marvin] and Sebastian Oldsmith [Sir Roger Moore], where the two men have teamed up on a series of illicit poaching raids. Their actions soon catch the eye of the German Commissioner Herman Fleischer [Reinhard Kolldehoff], who uses his authority to enact a terrible punishment. Flynn O'Flynn and Sebastian Oldsmith embark on a personal campaign against Herman Fleischer, eventually being recruited by the allied forces to take on an even better target, an elusive German battleship.

Also starring Ian Holms [`Alien' and `Lord of the Rings'] and Barbra Parkins [`Valley of the Dolls']. `Shout at the Devil' is an exciting mix of Hollywood's finest stars. Lee Marvin and Sir Roger Moore on this grand adventure!

Cast: Lee Marvin, Sir Roger Moore, Barbara Parkins, Ian Holm, Reinhard Kolldehoff, Gernot Endemann, Karl Michael Vogler, Horst Janson, Gerard Paquis, Maurice Denham, Jean Kent, Heather Wright, George Coulouris, Renu Setna, Murray Melvin, Bernard Horsfall, Robert Lang, Peter Copley, Geoff Davidson, Simon Sabela, Shalimar Undi, Joe Mafela, Paul Mafela, Solomon Dungane, Ray Msengana, Nikos Kourtis, Nicole Boshoff (Baby Maria Oldsmith uncredited) and Derek Ware (German crewman uncredited)

Director: Peter Hunt

Producer: Michael Klinger

Screenplay: Alastair Reid and Stanley Price

Composer: Maurice Jarre

Cinematography: Michael Reed

Video Resolution: 1080p [Technicolor]

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 [Panavision]

Audio: 1.0 DTS-HD Master Audio Mono and 1.0 Dolby Digital Mono

Subtitles: None

Running Time: 150 minutes

Region: Region A/1

Number of discs: 2

Studio: Shout! Factory / ORION Pictures

Andrew's Blu-ray Review: A gratifying brilliant British War film. The title itself is an interesting choice since its meaning is never made entirely clear until the final moments. But when it does become clear, viewers will hopefully be left with a satisfying smile on their face, especially after waiting 150 minutes to finally understand its reference. 'Shout at the Devil' entertains mostly through its characters. A small but colourful, almost cartoonish cast of individuals, each pursuing their own egotistical goals, they are a memorable eccentric bunch, including the so-called protagonist.

German Commander Herman Fleischer [Reinhard Kolldehoff] German Commander of Southern Province is a caricature practically ripped off from some unknown comic strip. A dogged overweight oaf that rides a white donkey, the poor man is given little respect by African locals in his province, his military superiors and hilariously much less by the film's pair of reluctant heroes.

The first of which, and arguably the film's main attraction, is Lee Marvin in a noteworthy performance that easily justifies reasons for recommending 'Shout at the Devil.' He plays gin-guzzling, Irish-American poacher Colonel Flynn O'Flynn, a ridiculously silly-sounding name we're left to wonder if real or made-up because he's hiding from authorities. He's a lovable, defiantly unruly scallywag that understandably gets on everyone's nerves, but so much fun, you don't want to get rid of him altogether.

Working alongside him in an equally worthy performance is Sir Roger Moore as foolishly gullible British aristocrat Sebastian Oldsmith. Taking a break from his A-list turn as MI6 spy legend James Bond, Sir Roger Moore effortlessly plays the easily susceptible gentleman with cool haughtiness and the sort of self-confident, well-mannered chap that makes him an easy target for the drunken charms of Flynn O'Flynn. A wonderfully uproarious highlight is seeing Sir Roger Moore dressed in German garb to collective taxes from the African tribes, but to the dismay of Flynn O'Flynn's mute servant Mohammed (Ian Holm in a memorable portrayal), Sebastian Oldsmith's sympathetic side has him doing the opposite of the intended scam. Adding a dash of seriousness into the mix is Barbara Parkins as Flynn O'Flynn's understandably discontented daughter Rosa O'Flynn. Her presence is interestingly used as both a small wedge between Flynn O'Flynn and Sebastian Oldsmith's friendship, because the younger two eventually fall in love and marry, as well as the bridge that brings them closer.

A blend of silly farce that reminds me of classic Hollywood and family drama that enjoys exposing the domestic struggles of getting along with strangers, the film has no qualms of exploring the darker side. Indeed, switching from comedy to the sombre realities of war in the third act with ease, Alastair Reid and Stanley Price's script unexpectedly grows very dark as the narrative suddenly becomes an obsessed pursuit of vengeance. At the start of World War I, Fleischer goes from chasing after Flynn O'Flynn and Sebastian Oldsmith frantically hunting Herman Fleischer. Once the story has filmgoers hooked with laughter, the character's efforts change to hesitant participants in defeating the German Empire.

Like any Great War film, the best stories are those based on small, little-known events which contributed something significant in the battlefield. 'Shout at the Devil' is thankfully no different. Very loosely inspired by the sinking of the SMS Königsberg ("His Majesty's Ship Königsberg") and based on the novel of the same name by Wilbur Smith, much of the focus and attention is placed on the characters. And while the lead up to those events is engaging and amusingly entertaining, it does sadly feel somewhat slow and plodding in a few spots.

Director Peter R. Hunt, best known for his work as editor on several James Bond features but also for helming the oddball entry in the series was 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' and does a really reasonably good job behind the camera. With excellent, sometimes stunning cinematography by Michael Reed, wide landscape shots show the idyllic beauty of the land while also serving as an ironic backdrop to the horrors soon to come. 'Shout at the Devil' is a largely forgotten British war film and may not be in the top tier towards becoming a classic, but it deserves a wider audience, which hopefully it will find on home video.

This rollicking adventure film features a rather odd pairing of cinematic stars. Lee Marvin and Sir Roger Moore. At times you might say it’s Lee Marvin vs. Sir Roger Moore. Especially when the two engage in one heck of a comical brawl that brings to mind that was featured in ‘The Quiet Man’ between Duke Wayne and Victor McLaglen.

Blu-ray Video Quality – 'Shout at the Devil' takes a cheap shot at Blu-ray with an excellent 1080p encode image with an aspect ratio of 2.35:1 that shocks and amazes you considering its age. Despite showing one or two moments of average resolution, the majority of the video image is highly detailed. Facial complexions are surprisingly revealing, exposing every wrinkle and blemish in the faces of actors, while fine lines in the furniture, clothing and surrounding foliage are sharply defined and distinct. Contrast is spot on throughout, allowing for outstanding clarity and visibility in the distance, and giving viewers a chance to appreciate Michael Reed's wonderful cinematography. Blacks are rich and deep, which provide the high-definition transfer with an attractive cinematic appeal. Colours are vibrant and richly-saturated, wonderfully complements the story's comic aspects while also contradicting its darker features. Overall, it's a fantastic picture quality, for a little remembered British war film.

Blu-ray Audio Quality – The 'Devil' also shouts loudly and impressively with a strong 1.0 DTS-HD Master Audio Mono soundtrack. Dialogue reproduction is precise and crystal-clear in the centre, delivering every intonation in the voices and making every conversation perfectly audible. Imaging is wide and welcoming, creating a nice and wonderfully engaging soundstage, with mid-range that's detailed and very well-defined. Every instrument and note in the musical score of Maurice Jarre is clear and distinct, while atmospherics in the background broaden the sound field with amusing effectiveness. Low-bass is generally limited and on weaker end but appropriate with good response for a film of this vintage and calibre. In the end, the sound mix does the film justice and is a fitting complement to the story.

Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:

Photo Gallery [1080p] Limited amount of promotional photo images, though the pictures are great and in high-definition. This feature runs by itself, automatically advancing the still pictures every few seconds.

Finally, a largely forgotten British War film that honestly deserves a bit more attention and love, 'Shout at the Devil' is an entertaining mix of farce and drama about the ways in which war interrupts idyllic pursuits of happiness. From director Peter R. Hunt, the film stars Lee Marvin and Sir Roger Moore in wonderfully memorable performances as two polar opposites who find a happy middle ground. The Blu-ray arrives with a surprisingly excellent audio and video presentation, but supplements are sadly lacking, as I am sure there are some behind-the-scenes documentaries. In the end, the overall package is still good and the film makes up for the lack of any extras and despite this I have always loved this film when I saw it in the cinema, now everyone can enjoy it on their Home Cinema set-up when you feel like watching a big budget blockbuster film and if you have never seen this film, then you are in for a real treat and it made my dreams come true now it has been released on a fantastic Blu-ray disc. Very Highly Recommended!

Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 24 January 2010
If you're a fan of the story, don't go for this edition of the movie.
There are so many leaps in the continuity that the editing must have been done with a breadknife and, to add insult to injury, all the German dialogue is in, well, German. There's no option in the menu to activate subtitles either - despite what it says in the product description; on the DVD case itself it states the movie language is English. And as there's rather a lot of German dialogue it leaves you feeling bewildered.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 28 January 2010
I'm too young to remember this film when it came out, in fact its marginally older than I am. I'm a big fan of Sir Roger as an actor and regard him as my favourite 'Bond' of all time. Sadly this movie isn't one of his best. I found the storyline to be extremely clumsy, a bit too far-fetched and quite difficult to follow. Having read some of the other reviews, the reason why may be obvious. It would appear around 30 minutes of the original footage has for some strange reason been cut/edited out of this DVD. Perhaps I need to see the full 144 minute version of this movie to fully appreciate and will look out for it being on TV, so I can do just that. As for the 'edited' version, my advice would be to avoid this, as it really isn't that good at all. North Sea Hijack is definitely a much better Roger Moore movie....
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