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Absolution (Blu-ray)


Compelling thriller set in a Catholic school, starring Richard Burton

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At a Catholic boys' school, domineering disciplinarian Father Goddard (Richard Burton, Look Back in Anger, The Spy Who Came In from the Cold) rules over his pupils with an iron hand. When one of his teenage charges confesses to murder, the dogmatic but deeply repressed Goddard finds his faith challenged and his life spiralling dangerously out of control.

Also starring Billy Connolly (in his first feature-film role), Dominic Guard (The Go-Between, The Picnic at Hanging Rock) Kes star Dai Bradley, and the inimitable Brian Glover (Kes, Jabberwocky, Alien 3), and written by the great Anthony Shaffer (The Wicker Man, Sleuth), Absolution is one of British cinema’s most underrated chillers, not least for a towering central performance by Burton.

  • High Definition remaster
  • Original mono audio
  • Audio commentary with film historian Kevin Lyons, editor of The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Film and Television
  • Interview with director Anthony Page (2018): a new interview with the great theatre, film and television director
  • Interview with actor Dominic Guard (2018): a new interview with the young star of the film
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery: promotional photography and publicity material
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Neil Sinyard, an overview of contemporary critical responses, historic articles, and film credits
  • UK premiere on Blu-ray
  • Limited Edition of 3,000 copies
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More Information
SKU 5037899071762
Catalogue Number PHILTD120
Product contents 1 disc
Year 1978
Director Anthony Page
Format Blu-Ray
Publisher(s) Powerhouse Films
Colour Colour
Sound Original mono
Subtitles English Hard of Hearing
Language(s) English
Running time 90 min
Blu-ray region A,B,C
Certificate 15
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