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Rasputin The Mad Monk (Blu-ray + DVD) [1966]

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  • Actors: Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley, Joss Ackland
  • Directors: Don Sharp
  • Format: Import, Blu-ray, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Studio Canal
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Oct. 2012
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0085MXQ7Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,340 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Product Description

Beware his deathly gaze for it will render you powerless! Beware his mystic touch for you will never be free from his evil grasp!

In pre-revolution St Petersburg, Russia, sinister monk Grigori Rasputin proves that he has the unearthly power to ease the deranged and heal the sick, but at what price? Aided by his hypnotic powers Rasputin begins his ruthless and depraved pursuit of power and wealth, determined to give God sins worth forgiving. He must be stopped, but how do you rid the world of a man who defies death?

Horror legends Christopher Lee (Dracula Prince Of Darkness) and Barbara Shelley (Quatermass And The Pit) star in a controversial film about one of history’s most notorious figures.

Bonus Features

- Two brand new documentaries: 'Tall Stories: The Making of Rasputin the Mad Monk'  and 'Brought to Book: Hammer Novelisations'
- World of Hammer Episode 'Costumers'
- Gallery
- Commentary featuring Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley, Francis Matthews & Suzan Farmer

Customer Reviews

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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Yes, I agree with the previous customer regarding the poor audio for this otherwise fine release of Rasputin The Mad Monk by Studio Canal. The picture quality is great, certainly the best I've ever seen for this awesome Hammer Film, but the audio, well it gets NO stars, which reduces my rating of the overall package to three stars. It sounds like they did nothing to the audio in the remastering process! It sounds bland, two much treble and no bass. Of course this is most noticable with the musical soundtrack. What can be done to improve the audio is limited with these 1960's films, but this one falls way short of the work that went into Canal's blu ray releases of Dracula Prince of Darkness and Plague of the Zombies. From the very opening of the 20th Century Fox fanfare, this one sounded like something was very wrong. It, of course, sounds worse playing through a full theater system.

I can't believe Canel carelessly released it this way. There are even very noisy parts [like an old 78 rpm record] noticable here and there throughout the disc; and in writing this review I haven't yet listened to the audio commentaries or other extras. As for a replacement release--well I hope so. I've never been involved in having to request one. By the way this audio problem exists, to a lesser extent, on their same day release of The Mummy's Shroud.
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Format: Blu-ray
The audio on this release has been botched, I'm afraid, and this disc should be recalled. The problems may not be noticeable to those watching through TV speakers but this comparison between an old DVD and the new release illustrates the difference:

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Once you have a comparison, you can hear that something has gone badly wrong, with no bass present at all. The new transfer sounds like it's playing on a transistor radio. Hammer themselves have a youtube clip of the main titles, which sounds bassy and full, so this was obviously an error in encoding. Despite being an otherwise good product, I can't recommend it for this reason.
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Format: DVD
Made back to back with Dracula Prince of Darkness, using the same sets, and most of the same actors, it was made on the cheap, and looks it too. Historically, its a duff. Entertainment wise, its not bad. The story covers the emergence of Rasputin into Romanov society before the Russian Revolution. The script is rather weak, but the fine actors do carry it though. Christopher Lee made a great effort in his role as Rasputin. Francis Matthews; Dinsdale Landen and Richard Pasco play the conspirators who finally kill Rasputin believing his influence on the Tsarina could lead to the downfall of the Romanovs which of course does happen in 1917. In supporting roles are two lovely Hammer actresses Barbara Shelley and Suzan Farmer who were also in Dracula Prince of Darkness. Overall, its not a bad effort. It has enough material to while away an evening, but dont expect any shocks though. Picture and sound arent too bad on DVD. However, as far as extras are concerned, there are none whatsoever. Still, its cheap enough to buy, and maybe if you are a die hard Hammer fan, am sure you will add this to your collection.
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The decade old Anchor Bay release of this title on DVD has superior audio, that's all there is to it. This is not a sublte difference. There has been a tranfser error clearly. Please note the picture is superp,...stunning! I know we all appreciate any effort to get Hammer Films onto a consumer format that allows us to view the films in the highest quality possible. Whoever did the dvd authoring needs to make good on this. Hammer Films has paid for a product that is faulty. We know the Dracula Prince of Darkness Blu-ray had sync issues, it appears this is the same outfit that created that problem (and made good on it with a recall) so this is looking like a trend. Hammer Films/Amazon please take note and issue a recall.
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"Rasputin the mad monk" is another glorious effort from Don Sharp, who in my view was carrying the torch left abandoned by Terry Fisher after "Phantom of the Opera". All the movies made by Sharp for Hammer were great artistic successes, starting with "Kiss of the Vampire", which rejuvenated the Hammer Horror genre, swiftly followed by "The Devil-Ship pirates", one of the best pirate movies of Hammer at the time, followed again by this "Rasputin", a grand-scale epic that is a thousand times better than the film it was shot back-to-back with: Dracula, Prince of Darkness.
The BluRay offers the opportunity of watching the unique 2:55:1 version of the film, and I would recommend watching it in this format to appreciate the scope of the effort, one of the most brilliant-looking Hammer films at the time.
Credit for the success of the film, apart from Sharp's precise direction (this would be his last effort for Hammer), have to go to two people: the first one is Bernard Robinson, legendary Hammer set designer. The sets on "Rasputin" are gob-smacking, lavish, ample and feel like they were much more expensive than they really were.
The second of course if Christopher Lee, making quite an incredible character study, and resurrecting Rasputin in front of our eyes.
To be fair the cast (largely similar to "Prince of Darkness") is much more exciting in this movie: Francis Matthews shows a neat evolution from loyalist to conspirator, Barbara Shelley is very erotically-charged, and Richard Pasco is simple genius.
Overall this is a great film, served by a very beautiful BluRay. I personally did not feel the sound was a problem. The documentaries are fascinating as always, while the commentary is still dominated by Lee but stays pleasant.
An absolute triumph.
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