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Burnt Offerings [DVD] [1976] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009PY32
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By Captain Clegg TOP 100 REVIEWER on 19 Oct. 2016
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I must agree with most reviews on amazon, Burnt Offerings is a great horror and the acting all round is brilliant.

Now the Blu-ray transfer is just ok i have seen better from Arrow films it gets a 3/5, but i am just happy to have this film in my ever increasing Arrow collection. May it continue.
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By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Aug. 2003
Format: DVD
A family rents an isolated house for a summer vacation. Part of the deal is that they must look after the little old lady in the attic. Almost from the start, sinister thing start happening. One of the most effective techniques is the husband's flashbacks to his mother's funeral, in particular, a vision of a grinning hearse driver. Other memorable scenes include a swimming pool that behaves like a storm at sea and the house renewing itself by replacing its tiles. This is one of the most disturbing movies I have ever seen and it sure beats most popular horror movies for drawn-out suspense and psychological terror. This one stays with you weeks after you've watched it.
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This is a review of the REGION B Spanish Blu Ray - and it is very good. One reviewer has said it has been edited by 10 mins, but having watched this version I cannot see it. It appears to be exactly like the old copy I had recorded from TV sometime ago. I do not put too much store in the info written on the back of Spanish or Italian blu rays as I have quite a few of them (ALL ENGLISH LANGUAGE WITH ENGLISH CREDITS AND TITLES) and none of the prited details ever match up to the content on the disc. Rest assured this version is VERY GOOD. Picture quality has a slight filmic grain (but not too heavy or distracting) though the colour pallette could be a bit richer - nevertheless it is a definate improvement on any other version yet seen and the sound is Dolby Digital 2.0 and very clear.

The film is very similar to The Shining - even though it was made several years befor (and the plot probably borrowed by Stephen King as the novel of Burnt Offerings also came before The Shining) Oliver Reed and Karen Black together with their son and Old Aunt Elizabeth (Bette Davis) agree to look after an old mansion estate (and the Alladyce's aging mother) for the summer for the Allardyce family but slowly the house posseses them and feeds off them and in so doing revitalises and rejuvinates itself. I wont give too many plot spoilers away except to say it is full of creepy moments and builds to a good shock climax. Recommended unless you wish to wait for the more expensive UK release at Christmas
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When I picked up Burnt Offerings a few years ago, I had reason to think that I found a horror gem from the seventies and I was right. Burnt Offerings became one of my favorite horror movies of all time. It was a very memorable haunted house movie, and had some of the best and most intense scenes I've ever seen (the swimming pool was probably my favorite) and had some really creepy characters like the Chauffeur, the film was truly horrifying, had a mesmerizing plot, good acting, great direction by Dan Curtis and well portrayed emotions. Another incentive to check out this film was the fact that the late Oliver Reed (a favorite of mine) had a fine leading role. Unlike many of the modern horror movies, this is not a film dedicated to graphic sequences and meaningless scare tactics, rather this story concentrates on the more subtle and more sinister forms of horror. I also found it to be more disturbing and more realistic than many of the easily forget-able movies of today.

It all begins when the Rolf family rents an ancient house for the summer with the only conditions being that they must care for "dear mother", a disturbingly silent old woman who dwells in the attic. They happily anticipate having their dream vacation. Of course, they cannot see the dark clouds of doom piling on the horizon, ready to rain down their menacing poison. All too soon, inexplicable occurrences begin to transpire and the cheerful vacation soon becomes a living nightmare that seems to have no end. Will anyone be able to survive this house of pain or will it reek its murderous revenge? The emotions and despair of the characters was well portrayed through all of the actors. I was able to feel as they felt and to understand how circumstances appeared through their eyes.
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I recently read the book and thought I would buy the film. My wife and I loved it. It was genuinely spooky and followed the book's storyline really well (for most of it any way). It is a film crying out to be remade and using special effects that are available now it could follow the book even more closely.
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Format: Blu-ray
It may sound like a round of toast gone wrong but it’s actually a religious term: a “burnt offering” occurs when an animal is incinerated on an altar as a sacrifice. The consumption is absolute – soul and all – which may give a clue as to where this 1976 gem, written and directed by horror veteran Dan Curtis, will ultimately go.

Marian (Karen Black) and Ben (Oliver Reed), along with their son Davey (Lee H. Montgomery) and Aunt Elizabeth (Bette Davis) move to a rundown California mansion for the summer. The landlords are creepy siblings whose reclusive mother, Mrs Allardyce, is locked in an upstairs room. For a knock-down rent, the incoming family need only take care of the building and leave a tray of food each day for the mad woman in the attic.

The tenants move in and initially enjoy the peace and majesty of the great old house. But tempers quickly flare. Ben becomes uncommonly angry; Marian increasingly obsesses about the unseen Mrs Allardyce; and Elizabeth falls prey to a terrible manic illness. Is Mrs Allardyce the cause of all these tensions? Or could it be the house itself, which seems to bloom into life as its inhabitants succumb to mutually assured destruction?

For fans of The Haunting (the Robert Wise version, obviously) and The Shining, this is a must-see psychological horror which has been relatively “overlooked” (Shining joke). In a way, Burnt Offerings is a relic from a time where scares were more understated whilst, paradoxically, performances were more melodramatic. It doesn’t parody these genre aspects in the way that Kubrick’s monolithic milestone would do four years later, but instead plays everything straight.
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