Customer Reviews


11 Reviews
5 star:
 (7)
4 star:
 (4)
3 star:    (0)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 
‹ Previous | 1 2 | Next ›
Most Helpful First | Newest First

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Longer version, 1 Oct. 2010
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Wise Blood [1979] [DVD] (DVD)
This version of the film is slightly shorter than one that I owned before. The scenes that have been cut are all at the start of the film, perhaps upto five minutes of Brad Dourif visiting the abandoned farm of his childhood before he gets the train to town.
The dialogue in this film is plain and simply wonderful.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Appalling and Sad in Equal Measure. But also Mesmeric Viewing., 20 Dec. 2012
By 
Bob Salter "Captain Spindrift" (Wiltshire, England) - See all my reviews
(VINE VOICE)    (TOP 500 REVIEWER)   
This review is from: Wise Blood [1979] [DVD] (DVD)
How sad that such a brilliant and original film should be so forgotten. Nice to see that 30 years later there is a growing number of people to appreciate this rivetingly weird movie made by the legendary director John Huston less encumbered by Hollywood shackles in his twilight years. Set in Georgia it is the story of a young religious fanatic's rebellion against Christ. Brad Dourif plays Hazel Motes with astonishing intensity in his attempts to found "The Church Without Christ". Forget his best supporting actor in "One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest", this performance is far more oscar deserving, but as is often the case a smaller film got overlooked against glitzy bigger productions. Huston was briefly out of the Hollywood loop and gone indie. Motes inhabits a feral world of hucksters, whores, crooked preachers, used car dealers and lifes losers. One of these is a hilarious turn by Daniel Shor as a disturbed lonely teenager in search of friendship who in one memorable sequence dons a gorilla suit to shake hands with the shocked townsfolk.

Based on Flannery O'Connor's novel and filmed in Macon, Georgia, the film is described as "grotesque southern gothic" which is as good a description as any for a film that almost defies description. The film is anti everything and appalls and saddens in equal measure. No wonder it was difficult to find anyone to finance the film! Eventually it was made for peanuts. The entire crew was only 25 persons who all worked for a minimum wage. The film contains several outstanding performances, but only Brad Dourif, Ned Beatty in a brilliant cameo, and Harry Dean Stanton as a crooked preacher had any reputation to speak of. At the time of Huston's autobiography "An Open Book" in 1980 "Wise Blood" was the last film he had made. He went on to make a few others. In some of his last words he said 'nothing would make me happier than to see this picture gain popular acceptance and turn a profit. It would prove something. I'm not sure what...but something'. It was never going to be a money spinner but I have a feeling it will date far better than so many other films of the period. It is a strangely rich concoction that rewards viewing. It is also a brilliantly original piece of film making. Not a film you would have expected from Huston, which perhaps shows what a truly gifted man he was.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


4.0 out of 5 stars The All-Consuming Dourif, 4 May 2014
By 
Keith M - See all my reviews
(TOP 500 REVIEWER)   
This review is from: Wise Blood [1979] [DVD] (DVD)
Brad Dourif, star of this 1979 John Huston-directed southern gothic near-masterpiece, is one of those actors whose talents (I feel) were never truly realised (or exploited) on screen. Here, as the recently demobbed 'anti-preacher' (founder of the `Church of Truth Without Christ'), Hazel Motes (the creation of Flannery O'Connor, on whose novel Huston's film is based), Dourif comes as close as anything I've seen from him to delivering (what might have been) an Oscar-winning performance, to match his nomination for One Flew Over The Cuckoo's nest and other notable turns in the likes of Blue Velvet, Hidden Agenda and Mississippi Burning. Huston's film is impressively evocative of small-town southern USA, with its blatant evangelism ('Jesus Cares') and matter-of-fact racism, delivered via Gerry Fisher's muted cinematography and Alex North's haunting banjo/violin-based 'country' score. The film's mix of dark themes and oddball comedy (the former always more impressive than the latter, in my book) also calls to mind films like Charles Laughton's masterpiece The Night Of Hunter and (particularly quirky comedy-wise) Bonnie And Clyde.

It's one of those films that have so much potential - a relatively original premise, plus a stellar cast (largely 'authentically southern') and outstanding series of performances - but which (for me, at least) does not quite carry it through to a satisfying whole. Dourif as the troubled and sinister Motes ('I don't believe in anything!') is never less than mesmerising, with staring (unblinking) eyes, subject to flashbacks of his preacher father (played by director Huston), as he sets himself up 'against' Harry Dean Stanton's 'blind' preacher, Asa Hawks, at the same time trying to resist the lascivious advances of Hawks' daughter, Amy Wright's Sabbath Lily. Both Stanton and Wright are impressive, as are each of Dan Shor's dreaming motormouth, Enoch Emory, and Ned Beatty's 'usurping conman', Hoover Shoates, though the latter two characters (in particular) are not really fully developed (or concluded). Similarly, Mary Nell Santacroce is excellent as Motes' landlady. Along the way, there are some (relatively) funny moments, as Enoch takes on the form of local attraction (and gorilla!) Gonga the Giant Jungle Monarch and Motes' patience is tested to limit via his deluded reliance on his clapped-out car.

But, for me, the film's most memorable moments focus on the dark side of Motes, as he resents Sabbath Lily's gift (Mary-like) of Enoch's purloined museum piece, chases down William Hickey's 'competitor preacher' (set up by Shoates) and finally embarks on his own journey of personal (and spiritual?) redemption - which rates with De Niro's Rodrigo Mendoza in The Mission in terms of its emotional power. Dourif's performance is one of those rare ones in cinema - once seen, never forgotten.

The recent Second Sight DVD has fascinating (and enlightening) interviews with Dourif, Amy Wright, and co-screenwriters Benedict and Michael Fitzgerald (recorded in 2009).
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece., 13 Nov. 2012
This review is from: Wise Blood [1979] [DVD] (DVD)
''Where you come from is gone. Where you thought you were going, wern't never there. And where you are aint no good unless you can get away from it''.
A sort of study in madness, this is a quirky and very funny film in places. Fantastic direction with unforgettable dialogue and a wonderful cast some of whom were ordinary people. Watch it over and over again. There is so much to see!
Hastings.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Quirky film, 18 Oct. 2011
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Wise Blood [1979] [DVD] (DVD)
I loved this John Houston film. Brad Dourif is a riot as a would be preacher in this black comedy. The film is full of quirky characters. You never quite know what is going to happen. HILARIOUS IN PLACES.
hIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


4.0 out of 5 stars Grandson of a Preacherman, 14 May 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Wise Blood [1979] [DVD] (DVD)
I'm rather surprised this film has been so difficult to get hold of. If I had my way, more people would see this film. A quirky film to say the least, this film (based on the book of the same name) tells the story of Hazel Motes (an army veteran and all-round sociopath) and his new church, "The Church of Truth Without Christ". My only criticism is that it's a film that does require a great deal of thought to truly understand, and it's not always clear what is going on. This has to be one of the finest performances that Brad Dourif has given, and that reason alone is reason enough to give this film a watch.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars Brad Dourif in a great performance as the unhinged soldier turned preacher, 9 Feb. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Wise Blood [1979] [DVD] (DVD)
Seminal film based on the Flannery O' Connor novel. Brad Dourif in a great performance as the unhinged soldier turned preacher. This is a very dark comedy , with an incredible cast, ably directed by John Huston .
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars Great film, 25 Feb. 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Wise Blood [1979] [DVD] (DVD)
I love the Flannery O'Conner novel on which the film is based.The film stays increadibly true to the original material and is a sadly overlooked gem which deserves a bigger audience.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


4.0 out of 5 stars Classic, 8 Feb. 2014
By 
B. L. Rudd "GUITARIST" (FRANCE) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Wise Blood [1979] [DVD] (DVD)
Excellent movie, superb classic. brilliant direction, casting, and a great performance from Brad Dourif. Definately one for anyones dvd collection.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 26 Jan. 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Wise Blood [1979] [DVD] (DVD)
Excellent product swiftly sent. packaging and product quality were second to non. I will be looking to use this company in the future.ThanQ.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


‹ Previous | 1 2 | Next ›
Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

Wise Blood [1979] [DVD]
Wise Blood [1979] [DVD] by John Huston (DVD - 2009)
£10.99
In stock
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Only search this product's reviews