Customer Reviews


71 Reviews
5 star:
 (40)
4 star:
 (14)
3 star:
 (7)
2 star:
 (5)
1 star:
 (5)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 

The most helpful favourable review
The most helpful critical review


9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Pivotal Film Experience.
Every lover of film has had a pivotal film experience, the movie that made such an impact on them that they have never forgotten it. For me WITCHFINDER GENERAL is that film. I first saw it in 1969 as THE CONQUERER WORM (AIP's American release title designed to cash in on the Vincent Price/Edgar Allan Poe series although the movie has nothing to do with Poe).

I...
Published on 8 July 2008 by Chip Kaufmann

versus
32 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beware
The DVD, although having resonable picture quality, has been cut to fit with a 15 certifcate. At least with the previous version, it had the full uncut film, however poorly inserted they were. Therefore if like me, your studying this film, or maybe just want to see what all the fuss about the violence was, DO NOT BUY
Published on 21 May 2007 by tylordurdenthecoolest


‹ Previous | 1 2 38 | Next ›
Most Helpful First | Newest First

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VINCENT PRICE'S BEST PERFORMANCE, 6 Jun. 2014
By 
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
WITCHFINDER GENERAL, the 1968 cult classic starring Vincent Price in one of his best roles is finally available uncut, restoring all previous cuts.
Like MARK OF THE DEVIL and THE DEVILS, WITCHFINDER GENERAL deals with the inquisition, this time in England during the civil strife, but of the three it is the least controversial.
The cast is great, especially Vincent Price as Matthew Hopkins, the Witchfinder General, a stone-cold sadistic and cruel man. This is by far Price's best and most chilling performance.
Director Michael Reeves created a masterpiece here: the pacing is great, yet there is enough time to introduce and develop the characters thoroughly. The location is brilliant, it delivers the ultimate "being there" feel.
5.0 OUT OF 5.0 STARS.

THE BLU-RAY

Reviewed version: 2011 Odeon Entertainment UK Blu-ray
Feature running time: 87 mins. (uncut)
Rating: Unrated (MPAA) / 18 (BBFC)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audio: English 2.0 Mono
Subtitles: NONE
Chapters: 24
Extras: Audio commentary, Theatrical Trailer, Alternate credits, Alternate scenes, Featurettes, Short Film "Intrusion", Still Gallery, Interview with Vincent Price
Region: A, B, C

Both, picture and sound quality are surprisingly good. There is grain throughout but overall it's a B+. The audio is good for it's limited capabilities (B). Good extras, including a very humorous interview with Vincent Price.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Witchfinder General, 30 Aug. 2012
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Witchfinder General Digitally Remastered Special Edition [DVD] (DVD)
I saw this movie in 1968 with my then boyfriend who I later married for 41 happy years. Always loved the film, a little graphic but shows it how it was in those days of fear and evil carried out in the name of Christianity and how people died for what they believed in, and how the poorer people were treated in those dark days. The film has a great romance which is very poignant.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars England's "Seventh Seal", 24 Mar. 2002
By A Customer
This review is from: Witchfinder General [DVD] (DVD)
"Witchfinder General" is for England's film history what Bergman's "Seventh Seal" was to Sweden and Dreyer's "Day of Wrath" was to Denmark. Apart from the parallels in their subject (superstitious hysteria in anarchic times), "WG" bears a cinematic selfconsciousness that every other art movie is praised for - but "WG" is also an explicit genre film, which makes it difficult for reviewers to rank it as a "classic". And it has no hope to offer - the characters are either corrupt or being corrupted, no Van Helsing comes to rescue. Michael Reeves' pessimistic view of the human condition and ambivalent perspective towards religion as a relief are maybe somewhat similar to Bergman, but probably even closer to America's cinematic exorcist Abel Ferrara (Ferrara's "The Addiction" is a must see, and if for comparison only). It's a pity that Reeves died shortly afterwards of a mixture of barbiturates and alcohol, and yet fitting that the contemporary media exploited the seemingly accidental overdose as a "suicide".
Enough has been said elsewhere about "WGs" pros (camerawork, soundtrack, selfconscious direction) and cons (obvious budget restraints). In my eyes Vincent Price gives his best performance here. Bless Michael Reeves that he dared the confrontation with his star by insisting on "underacting" instead of giving one of his usual "camp" performances. The depicted violence is fully justified by the film's subject, and it proves Reeves' non-exploitational approach to his subject that he uttered his dissatisfaction with tacked-on explicit scenes for the export version which probably increased the film's "notoriety".
The DVDs contains both Reeves' preferred version and the export version, so the viewer may choose depending on his taste (if you consider this word fitting). Sadly, despite the picture's sharpness and rich colour, the dark parts are too saturated (a problem with many DVDs) which results in some virtually unwatchable night scenes. The restored censor's cuts (luckily not too many) are of ludicrous quality, obviously taken from a video master. The music soundtrack has been handled with great care, but the dialogue sounds distorted at times. Well, a documentary is included, and the whole thing still looks better than most video tapes that you'll find. 4 1/2 stars for the film, 3 1/2 stars for the DVD.
Henry-X
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seething with pain and suffering, 26 April 2000
By A Customer
One of the few horror films to be genuinely horrifying, Reeves' film is an overwealmingly dark examination of human suffering, religious hypocracy and political turmoil. Only comparable to The Texas Chainsaw massacre for the sense of doom which hangs over every scene and seeps into the very soul of the veiwer. However, whereas Tobe Hooper's suspense and terror masterpiece is shot through with the blackest of humour, Witchfinder General is a straight, disturbing shot to the very heart of human existence. There are no shock moments, no suspense sequenses or other tricks of the horror trade, there are simply scenes of grimy, painful death and torture which, while often veering towards the scholcky, shake the veiwer to the very core. Filmed almost entirely in the fading light of the evening, the English landscape has never looked so bleak and foreboding, a silent witness to the violent insanity spreading over it and through its inhabitants. Witchfinder General is nothing short of a masterpiece which shows up the majority of the rest of the films in the horror genre to be jaunty shockers. When Scream's jumps and jolts have long faded from the memory, Witchfinder General will have left a dark, unsettling feeling in the pit of your stomach, keeping your mind alive to what true horror is.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The bad scenes are now restored.Recommended!, 24 Jan. 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
For all the fans of this great classic:The Blu Ray is definitely better compared to the Dvd!

-The ''Bad'' scenes on the dvd look like the poorest video quality.Here the scenes are original without loss.To me the most important upgrade this film could make.

-The night scenes look a lot better,remastered indeed.A tiny scratch here and there but not disturbing anymore.

-The colours look more vivid and there is more contrast.

-Sound is DTS decoded but still 2.0 stereo.Sound is Ok,nothing more.

Conclusion(as do other buyers):Great Blu Ray,this is the ultimate edition indeed,buy with confidence!

A tiny film company can still release great quality discs.Keep the faith!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror of a different kind, 5 Dec. 2003
By A Customer
This review is from: Witchfinder General [DVD] (DVD)
Michael Reeves conjures up a cynical,bleak classic from historical fact in 17th century England.
"Witchfinder General" tells the tale of sadistic oppurtunist Matthew Hopkins who roams Suffolk persecuting innocents as witches for financial gain, the moral viewpoint on this is not reflected on as he weaves his evil path.
The plot involves a Roundhead soldier seeking revenge after he finds his lover has been abused by Hopkins and his ruthless sidekick John Stearne.
Brilliant,brooding cinematography and the bleak,eerie story make this a unique classic of the horror genre much like the more subtle "Wicker Man".
Reeves makes his point on the disturbing glorification of violence in cinema by making some of the scenes truly shocking but not by overdoing it...mainly by showing how cynical the villains truly are.
This Special Edition comes with a short documentary,some gimmicks and two versions of the film(one is less explicit).Beware,though, that the extra scenes added are of rather poor quality.
Overall, a great well priced package, although I really dont know what the pointless heavy metal video is doing amongst the extras!!!.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Witchfinder General, 24 Oct. 2011
An excellent film but what really makes the blu-ray is the extras. A retrospective on the director, Michael Reeves, and a documentary on witches in Essex, Anglia and Norfolk are a highlight. The Michael Aspel interview with Vincent Price is also a gem. Highly recommended.
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 Superb horror classic, 23 Dec. 2012
This review is from: Witchfinder General Digitally Remastered Special Edition [DVD] (DVD)
I first saw this film on late night TV a long time ago. I then managed to get it on video a few years later and I loved it all over again. I now have it on DVD and it is better than ever. The picture quality is almost perfect and it is easy to forget that it is an old film. You also may be interested to know that this new version is also the Director's Cut version, so it includes all of the violence that was cut for cinema and video releases, though it is still missing the nudity that was featured in the Export Cut version. It is an extremely downbeat and grim film and lacking any obvious humour. Anyone who watches it and expects the usual Vincent Price camp-comedy performance from him will be very shocked and disappointed. It is not an easy film to watch, it is quite graphic and will probably not be for everyone. Still, I regard it as a horror classic, in the true sense of the term and it is a superb film, with excellent acting from everyone in it. I give it the full five stars. Excellent!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A gripping portrayal of a grim period., 14 Oct. 2001
By 
John Standish (London, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
This review is from: Witchfinder General [DVD] (DVD)
Though historically inaccurate (Matthew Hopkins died when he was subjected to his own 'tests'), 'Witchfinder General' gives some idea of what it must have felt like to be a victim of the witch hysteria between 1500 and 1650. Shot at Lavenham, Suffolk, in the area where many of Hopkins' activities took place, the film recreates both the claustrophobia of East Anglia and the distorted worldview which made witch trials, hangings and burnings possible. The madness of Salem, Massachusetts, is well known and well documented; too little attention has been paid to England's own atrocities. With a stunning performance by Vincent Price, who oozes evil at every turn, this film, despite its' historical shortcomings, deserves more attention and showing.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic old horror still chills the blood, 8 Sept. 2008
This is a story of persecution and revenge filled with Vincent Price's manic leering, which has never been better. This is great entertainment, dark brutal fun.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


‹ Previous | 1 2 38 | Next ›
Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

Witchfinder General Digitally Remastered Special Edition [DVD]
£14.99
In stock
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Only search this product's reviews