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on 30 May 2016
The Blu Ray DVD is nothing exceptional as far as quality is concerned. It looks very similar to the quality of the original VHS as far as I can see. I have an excellent TV and get great results for science fiction films but this looked normal. Not that it matters much as it was the film I wanted. There is a good documentary of behind the scenes which is in German but translated into English and of course the directors commentary is quite good too.

If you are buying this for superior quality then don't bother as it has not been 'digitally remastered' as they say in the trade like the original Star Trek series which looks like new.
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I first saw this film on BBC2 and thought it such a great film I bought the video and then the DVD. It stars Sean Connery and a young Christian Slater. It is set in a 14th Century Italian monastery where unexplained, evil and murderous happenings are taking place. Connery plays the part of Brother William, a kind of 14th century Sherlock Holmes, who attempts to solve the various murders before the inquisition arrives, by using his non conformist intellect. Through use of deduction and reasoning Bother William untangles various sub plots to get to who killed who and why. This logic is then ignored when Gui of the inquisition arrives and decides upon more a more sinister line of devil worship and satanic forces, as the reason for the murders. The climax of the film is gripping and needless to say right, triumphs over evil.

The plot and story line is gripping. It had me guessing until the very end. What makes this a great film is the cinematography, locations and acting. Connery is superb as the sometimes child like detective Monk. Slater is fantastic as Connery's novice. The directing of the film, the sets and of course the scripts all perfectly intermingle to make you feel a part of a 14th century Italian monastery. It has the most incredible atmospheric feel, even though the external shots of the monastery were actually studio shots according to IMDB.

If you are looking for a great who dunnit, with a plot that will keep you gripped to the end of the film, then this is the film for you. Great acting, directing, scripts and sets all add to make this film one of the best Connery films I have seen. Highly recommended.
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on 27 June 2017
Great who dunnit but beware!

This particular German import with the red sticker (digitally remastered) version sold by RAPIdisc does NOT have English audio or English subtitle options both on disc or blu ray player menu's.
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A real classic from the 80s. Its great to revisit again.
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on 27 April 2017
Great item, quick delivery, no problems.
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on 22 June 2017
A real slow burner but a great film
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on 23 January 2017
Several scenes were cut from this version.
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on 10 March 2017
Great who-done-it
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on 24 January 2013
This DVD was bought as a replacement for a well viewed video tape. The film is very atmospheric and does well by the book.
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on 28 June 2017
old story but still entertaining
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