- Actors: Anthony Hopkins, Alice Braga, Ciarán Hinds, Toby Jones, Rutger Hauer
- Directors: Mikael Håfström
- Format: PAL, Subtitled
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 15
- Studio: Warner Home Video
- DVD Release Date: 20 Jun. 2011
- Run Time: 113 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (176 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B004LRO17Q
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,337 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
The Rite [DVD] 
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The Rite is a supernatural thriller that uncovers the Devil’s reach to even one of the holiest places on Earth.
Inspired by true events, the film follows seminary student Michael Kovak (Colin O’Donoghue), who is sent to study exorcism at the Vatican in spite of his own doubts about the controversial practice and even his own faith. Wearing his deep skepticism like armor, Michael challenges his superiors to look to psychiatry, rather than demons, in treating the possessed.
Only when he’s sent to apprentice with the unorthodox Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins)--a legendary priest who has performed thousands of exorcisms--does Michael’s armor begin to fall. As he is drawn into a troubling case that seems to transcend even Father Lucas’s skill, he begins to glimpse a phenomenon science can’t explain or control…and an evil so violent and terrifying that it forces him to question everything he believes.
Anthony Hopkins is a veteran exorcist who shows a novice the tricks of the trade, so to speak, in The Rite, a decidedly sober supernatural thriller about demonic possession that stands in stark contrast to the gymnastic pyrotechnics of The Exorcism of Emily Rose and The Last Exorcism. Colin O'Donoghue is the new-minted priest with a truckload of familial baggage (as a boy, father Rutger Hauer showed him his mother's corpse shortly before preparation in the family's funeral business) and a sincere crisis of faith. His adviser (Ciarán Hinds) ships him off to Rome, where he studies under Hopkins, who treats the dismissal of evil forces like a not particularly strenuous therapy session. But when a young pregnant woman turns up with a nasty case of the Devil inside, the tables are quickly turned, and O'Donoghue is forced to ply his training in an actual confrontation with demonic forces. Director Mikael Håfström has an extraordinary visual eye for malevolence in architecture, and his pacing and restraint in delivering full-bore shocks are admirable. Unfortunately, the result is somewhat stillborn, never quite fulfilling its promise as a thinking person's exorcism film, and instead hoping that meaningful glances and mounting shadows will suffice as atmosphere. Hopkins is also restrained in his performance, which works in its early stages--his post-Silence of the Lambs roles have hinged so often on operatic rages that one forgets what a subtle actor he can be--but falters in his later scenes, which require him to deliver the film's central chills. The Rite is a notable effort that simply doesn't translate beyond the page. --Paul GaitaSee all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
Simply put, this is a very good film tackling doubt in faith as much as the age old battle between good and evil.
This is not the Exorcist, their is no projectile vomiting and rotating heads. What you get though is a good suspense film, well acted and superbly shot.
Given that the basis of this film is based on fact with a fair helping of fiction, this film is thought provoking as well as entertaining. I am looking forward to seeing this again when the dvd is released.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent film, well worth a watch if you like the dark side of Hopkins, a side of his character he definitely plays so well :)Published 6 months ago by Lenny
I would like to kick this of by saying if you are looking for a film as good or as classic of the Exorcist then this is not that film but it is one to match it or as near as you... Read morePublished 7 months ago by marc7419
A fabulous film. I enjoyed it from start to finish and didn't want it to end. Anthony Hopkins, a favourite actor of mine, plays the role of the exorcist. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Caroline McCready