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Eyes Without a Face (Dual Format Edition) [DVD+ Blu-ray] [1960]

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Product details

  • Actors: Pierre Brasseur, Alida Valli, Edith Scob
  • Directors: Geroges Franju
  • Format: Dolby, Limited Edition, PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Aug. 2015
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00I5QVTIS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,155 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

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EYES WITHOUT A FACE (Dual Format Edition – DVD + Blu-ray)
A film by Georges Franju

Pierre Brasseur (Les Enfants du Paradis) is Dr Génessier, a brilliant and obsessive plastic surgeon driven by the need to restore his daughter s disfigured face and push the boundaries of his field. Aided by his loyal assistant Alida Valli (Suspiria), who lures young women to his secluded chateau in pursuit of his dark quest. Eugen Schüfftan's (The Hustler) stunning cinematography lends the chateau an almost Cocteau-esque life of its own, and Edith Scob (Judex) is quite remarkable as the ravaged beauty.

Eyes Without a Face is at once cruel and tender, highlighting Georges Franju's unique blend of pulp, horror and poetry. In the decades since its release it has been a major influence on filmmakers as diverse as Jesús Franco, John Carpenter and, more recently, Pedro Almodóvar.

Special features
  • Remastered in High Definition
  • Feature-length audio commentary by film expert Tim Lucas (Video Watchdog)
  • Monsieur et Madame Curie (Georges Franju, 1953, 14 mins): a study of the life and work of the Curies, told through the words of Marie Curie
  • La Première nuit (Georges Franju, 1958, 20 mins): a young boy spends a night in the Métro
  • Les Fleurs maladives de Georges Franju (Pierre-Henri Gibert, 2009, 50 mins): an overview of Georges Franju's career
  • For Her Eyes Only - An interview with Edith Scob (L P Hugo, 2014, 17 mins)
  • Fully illustrated booklet featuring essays from Kate Ince, Isabel Stevens, Roberto Cueto Llera, Raymond Durgnat, Kevin Jackson and Michael Brooke; and full film credits

UK | 1960 | black & white | French language, with optional English subtitles | Original aspect ratio 1.66:1
Disc 1: BD50 | 1080p | 24fps
Disc 2: DVD9 | PAL

Review

'Sharp as a scapel, soft as a caress, this is a weird masterwork' --Empire

'A highly charged blend of visceral excess and visual poetry' --Time Out

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This is an eerie exercise in psychological horror by a true French auteur, Georges Franju. There is much to love, not least the gruesome depiction of the operating theatre (and its aftermath), the manner in which Franju elicits sympathy for both victim and 'villain' and the way in which his camera glides in doleful observance of the mysterious surroundings throughout the film. It is perhaps a little dated at times and there are moments where an illumination of the context to these characters could be made more substantial and would have been most welcome. However, if you enjoyed the likes of 'Judex' and 'Nuit Rouges', then you will certainly enjoy this melancholy tale.
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A unique horror movie with a ghostly atmosphere and horrifying storyline. A true classic. The restoration on the bluray makes ths the best available versionof Franju's classic shocker. The edition is chock full of interesting extras, including commentary by expert Tim Lucas, interviews with members of the crew and the star of the film, Ms. Edith scob, and 2 beautiful short films by Franju. A very, very beautiful edition of a truly great film.
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This review is for the product itself; reviews of the film can be found elsewhere.

Many of us know it has been over a year since Amazon were taking pre-release orders, but now the product is finally available - yay! I have not seen the Criterion print so I cannot compare it (and I don't know if the BFI used the same print as Criterion), but this is beautifully clear and crisp. There is one brief scene, however, that seems rather grainy and soft(ish) focus - namely near the beginning when Dr. Génessier arrives to identify the body. Maybe other purchasers would like to comment on this, too? Audio is great with no fluctuations in volume. There is a very substantial, informative and well-produced booklet, all of which make this a must-buy purchase. I haven't had time to view the extras as yet.

One thing, though: I had forgotten just how long the infamous surgery scene actually is! And it still packs a punch today, even in a post-Saw and -Hostel torture porn era!

10/10
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Firstly, it's rated 4 stars because 3 tools have decided to rate it a 1 star because the release was delayed. They are obviously such fans of the film that they would do this.

Eyes Without A Face epitomises "horror" probably more so than any other horror film I have seen. I don't think I have ever seen it feature in lists of the Top Horror Films Ever Made alongside the likes of The Shining, The Exorcist, Night Of The Living Dead, Psycho, etc. It should be. Sure there are no boogey men, no stalking and slashing, no one gets possessed, there are no zombies, no ghosts, no extreme torture or gore (although for it's day it must have seemed pretty extreme). But it is still a downright horrific, haunting, creepy experience that buries itself into one's subconscious and refuses to let go. It also has one of the best, most satisfying conclusions of any horror film I have ever seen. For that, and I don't throw these around very often, it gets a perfect 5.
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To all of the hysterically impatient and petulant customers posting bad ratings due to the delay on this release - you're absolutely pathetic. The film itself - a masterpiece of cinema - is blameless here, and should not be the victim of emotional outcries. Blame the BFI, and complain to them, rather than posting ratings that only hurt the film that you love. Many of us pre-ordered this and had to wait over 15 months - so what? Grow up . . . oh, and kindly remove your ratings that have nothing to do with the film.
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Obviously special effects have moved on but I really enjoyed the genuinely creepy vibe.
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Pushed back to a November release now? Is this a joke? First the release date was July, then September, now November.:/ If I could get away with it then I'd curse all the expletives under the sun. This is so frustrating. I've been excited about this release since I heard it was coming out back last Christmas & I'm getting really impatient now. This sucks!:( The five stars is because this film is awesome, but not for this infuriating wait for this BFI release.
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Quite simply put, this is excellent
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