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4.0 out of 5 stars German blu-ray review - but, don't buy just yet!!
German bluray is uncut and has an excellent picture quality. The film has English audio and so does Michael Armstrong's director commentary (both with optional Germany subtitles). There is a trailer with English audio too but apart from these everything else - including a Picture-In-Picture commentary from cast members - are in German with no subtitles...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not just a load of old warlocks
This is a horror movie very much in the vein of movies such as Witchfinder General and Blood On Satan's Claw but it goes even further in terms of its scenes of graphic torture and violence.

The inimitable Reggie Nalder plays local witch finder Albino who pretty much rules the roost doing as he pleases, accusing various people of practising witchcraft and...
Published on 9 April 2007 by Jeremy W. Newbould


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3.0 out of 5 stars Not just a load of old warlocks, 9 April 2007
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This is a horror movie very much in the vein of movies such as Witchfinder General and Blood On Satan's Claw but it goes even further in terms of its scenes of graphic torture and violence.

The inimitable Reggie Nalder plays local witch finder Albino who pretty much rules the roost doing as he pleases, accusing various people of practising witchcraft and administering gruesome tortures and punishments, until Lord Cumberland (Herbert Lom) arrives with his assistant and protege Christian (Udo Kier) to take over.

One of the ladies on trial for witchcraft just happens to be the woman that Christian is in love with so he is torn between following his mentor and trying to save her from certain death if she is found guilty.

This love story plot element really runs secondary to a series of pretty nasty scenes involving genuine instruments of torture. People are stretched on racks and have their fingers and thumbs broken in thumb screws and, in perhaps the film's most famous scene, one woman has her tongue torn out with a pair of tongs.

Although these scenes are strong and uncomfortable to watch the film on the whole lacks the punch that Michael Reeves's far superior Witchfinder General has. For me, the acting is far better in Witchfinder General and the plot is far more involving.

Despite all the onscreen violence and carnage, there is some humour and irony to be found in Mark Of The Devil. Lord Cumberland (as in the sausage) is a good name for a character who is impotent and it is ironic that Udo Kier's character, who is drawn into the practice of dishing out punishments and supervising the various methods of torture, should be called Christian.

No review of this movie would be complete without mentioning Michael Holm's beautiful, if often inappropriate, music score. The main theme running through this film is a haunting Mantovani-esque love theme which contradicts the frequent nastiness taking place on the screen. I do not know why, but it seems to be a general rule of European horror films that the more bloody and brutal the film is then the lovelier the music has to be!

This DVD presents the film in widescreen format and is generally a decent enough print. However, I have two problems with this version, released by Anchor Bay. Firstly, although it is a much more complete version than the one released by Redemption Video in the 1990s, it is not an uncut version. It seems that certain scenes in this film still cause a bit of a problem for the film censors in Britain. I have heard that the version released in the USA by Blue Underground is uncut though. The second problem I encountered was with the sound. Occasionally I found that the sound was a bit wobbly in places but this did not occur too often and certainly not enough to spoil my overall viewing of this film.

There are a few extras on this disc including an interesting documentary where director Michael Armstrong gives us an insight into the problems he had making this movie and of his clashes with executive producer and actor Adrian Hoven. So, all in all, not a bad package for horror fans although I was slightly disappointed that no vomit bag was included - cinema goers were treated to this free gift when the film was first shown. How about releasing Mark Of The Devil 2 on DVD? - Over to you Anchor Bay or any other DVD company.
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4.0 out of 5 stars German blu-ray review - but, don't buy just yet!!, 15 Aug 2013
German bluray is uncut and has an excellent picture quality. The film has English audio and so does Michael Armstrong's director commentary (both with optional Germany subtitles). There is a trailer with English audio too but apart from these everything else - including a Picture-In-Picture commentary from cast members - are in German with no subtitles.

Packaging is a nice digipack which is about an inch taller than normal bluray cases and twice as thick. rEGION B friendly.

BUT before you spend 50+ on this release, be aware that the BBFC have just passed the film uncut and Arrow will be releasing it on UK bluray in early 2014. I suspect the same master will be used and quite possibly the same extras.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Burn, witch, burn, 11 Mar 2014
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Mark of the Devil created quite a bit of controversy in its time, and remained heavily censored in the UK up to the present day. It was directed by Michael Armstrong, who directed the earlier British horror flick The Haunted House of Horror. I think Mark of the Devil was a German production though. It's obviously influenced by the classic Witchfinder General, and outdoes that film with its depictions of sadistic torture. It has the superb Herbert Lom in the main role as the misogynistic witchfinder, and Udo Keir as his troubled young assistant. The rest of the cast are made up by faces that are unfamiliar to me, but they all do a fairly good job. The film looks very authentic with great use of sets, costumes and genuine implements of torture. I'd recommend the Blue Underground DVD as it's fully uncut, and comes with some nice extras. It also seems that Arrow Video are putting out an uncut Blu-ray edition that will no doubt be packed with extras and feature excellent picture quality. If you're a fan of 70s horror, pick it up.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rated 'V' for Violence, 23 July 2013
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This was one of those late 60s/early 70s euro-horror flicks that resembled the likes of Blood on Satan's Claw and Witchfinder General. It appears to be the one that every cult movie fanatic is drawn to, mostly due to the commotion and general hype caused by both the promotion of the film (handing out barf bags at the cinema, using other traits like the 'v' for violence gimmick - listed as the films classification on the original poster)and the lurid acts of violence/mutilation depicted. It is by no means 'the most horrifying film ever made' as the advertisement suggests but the scenes of violence are pulled off reasonably well - there is a fair bit of gore if that's what the viewer is searching for. Having said this, they may wish to brace themselves as the film mostly consists of the story, the characters and the style - it is a historic piece with some impressive production values as far as costume and location are concerned. This is odd for exploitation cinema but not entirely uncommon - some movies are invested in more than others and thats just the way it works. I did enjoy this one, go on...at least give it a watch (Blue Underground DVD - Highly Recommended).
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5.0 out of 5 stars NOT A HORROR MOVIE - BUT A HISTORICAL MOVIE, 30 May 2014
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This review is from: Mark of the Devil [Dual Format DVD & Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
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The 5 stars for the MOVIE itself. Since Arrow Films is very unlikely to disappoint, I seriously doubt the rating will change.

MARK OF THE DEVIL is one of the very very few movies made in Germany that one can actually watch. Usually German movies feature HORRIBLE acting.
Not Mark of the Devil, which features some of the best German and Austrian actors.
MARK OF THE DEVIL, although marketed as a horror movie, isn't really one. Causing much uproar in some countries (being banned in Germany 32 years after its release and being heavily cut in England) this movie has scenes of extreme violence and torture that even can compete with some of today's films in the torture porn genre, still there is much more to it!
This one's actually got a story! And a gripping one, too. You care for the characters - which I can't say about many movies. It critically examines the inquisition and all its insanity and the violence shown is never simply exploitative, but necessary to show how decadent the so-called witchfinders were. Another important message this film clearly brings across is that these men were anything BUT religious, often committing their deeds simply to satisfy their sexual desires.
I can only highly recommend this masterpiece of the history /inquisition genre, although it is intense and requires some nerve to watch. The US version by Blue Underground is the fully uncut version, dubbed in English. Unfortunately the original language track is not present on this DVD. Both, the picture and sound quality are excellent.

The upcoming Blu-ray will be the fully uncut international version. It also promises "Newly created and exclusive content including interviews with cast and crew" - which I will check if it differs from the extras released on the US Anchor Bay DVD. It will also have to be seen if this edition features the original German audio track or the dubbed English track.
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