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.
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.
on 23 October 2013
SHOUT AT THE DEVIL  [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
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