The Devil Rides Out (1968) (Blu-ray Review)

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The Devil Rides Out (1968) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Terence Fisher
Starring: Christopher Lee, Charles Gray, Nike Arrighi
Rated: G/Region A/1:66/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Scream Factory

The debonair Duc de Richleau has been entrusted with the care of his deceased friend’s son, Simon Aron. The Duc discovers that the young man has been seduced into joining a satanic cult headed by the diabolic Mocata, who is intent on making Simon one of the Devil’s disciples. Having rescued Simon from a bloodied ritual, de Richleau is pursued by Mocata, who will stop at nothing to destroy the Duc and his friends, even summoning the Angel of Death itself.

The Devil Rides Out, comes to Blu-ray from Scream Factory with two different versions! One is the title on the cover (The Devil Rides Out) which is actually a Studio Canal restored version that can be found in the extras in a 1:66 formate. The other comes with the title The Devil’s Bride and is the default version on the disc. This one comes in a 1:66 ration also. So, either way, you go, the movie looks great! This Hammer film is a creepy one but also one that never seems to get in a big enough hurry. It tells the tale of two guys finding their friend is mixed up with a cult of devil worshippers and what follows from that can of worms. It has some solid moments to it but it’s a movie that at times I just wanted to get going. It does offer up some weird and eerie things along the way but I found getting to those parts could be a bit of a chore.

If you like Hammer horror then you know what to expect here. It’s a classy type of horror and it packs some of the best actors you will ever find out there along with women that are very easy on the eyes, but that also means we have negatives as well. As weird as things can get it can be a dull movie and that’s a problem a lot of Hammer movies have. A lot of folks won’t agree with me saying so, but that’s how I’ve always felt and I think this one is a good indication as to why I do feel that way. It has a nice plot, creepy moments, and some good acting, but the movie takes a bit to get going and then doesn’t want to stay going. You just got to hope that when you watch it the good is better than the bad as far as your opinion is concerned.

Extras

– NEW 2K Scan Of The 20thCentury Fox Interpositive (Also Included Is The Studio Canal Restored Master)
– NEW Audio Commentary With Author/Film Historian Steve Haberman, Filmmaker/Film Historian Constantine Nasr, And Author/Screenwriter Richard Christian Matheson
– NEW Satanic Shocks – Author/Film Historian Kim Newman Discusses The Devil Rides Out
– NEW Folk Horror Goes Haywire – Author/Film Historian Jonathan Rigby Discusses The Devil Rides Out
– Audio Commentary With Actors Christopher Lee And Sarah Lawson
– Black Magic: The Making Of The Devil Rides Out
– Dennis Wheatley At Hammer
– World Of Hammer Episode – Hammer
– Theatrical Trailers
– Still Gallery

Quality of Transfer: 100%

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