I Spit On Your Grave, the 1978 rape revenge film Roger Ebert called “Sick, reprehensible and contemptible…,” has debuted on Blu-ray uncut and uncensored February 8th – tying into the 2010 remake’s release.
I Spit On Your Grave was self-released by director Mier Zarchi in 1978 after 2 years of editing. Now, more than three decades later, it has its Blu-ray debut uncut and uncensored.
Like the remake, this original is a controversial production. Where the remake was a little more gruesome with the murders, this 1978 production is more graphic with the rape scenes. There are frontal shots of both Keaton and the men, and all four rapes are portrayed on screen. It doesn’t cut off like in the remake.
After watching the remake, this original is a little disappointing when the kills come along as tortureporn has upped the scale a little bit these days. However, this film holds its own and is still a classic in the horror world.
The DVD and Blu-ray have been released unrated, and this film is controversial for a reason. So, watch it at your own discretion.
The visual aspect of the film is worth being appreciated. Anchor Bay did a good job with the Blu-ray upgrade. The 1080p transfer has as many solid details as this low budget 70s horror film can get. The grain that is still on the disc just portrays the sort of “era-feel”.
Dolby’s TrueHD 5.1. track doesn’t do as much for the film as the 1080p does for the picture. With the low budget microphones, the front speakers are what handle most of the audio. The sound quality isn’t the fault of the Blu-ray.
There are no Blu-ray exclusives – the bonus features are the same on each disc. These include:
- Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Meir Zarchi
- Audio Commentary with Author/Historian Joe Bob Briggs
- The Values of Vengeance: Meir Zarchi Remembers I Spit On Your Grave
- Poster and Still Gallery
- Radio Spots
- TV Spots and Trailers
- Alternate Main Title
The commentary with director Meir Zarchi is very insightful, and cool because the only interview the director had done previously was for a film magazine in 1982. He gives an overview of what he will talk about after reading a few published review of his film. Note that Zarchi is from Israel originally, so he does have an accent when he speaks. The Values of Vengeance feature is pretty much the same thing, but a little more structured and you get to see who is speaking.
Joe Bob Briggs’ commentary is interesting, but not as insightful as Meir Zarchi. He points out things about themes and such. He also has knowledge on the timeline of the film and previous acting jobs Keaton had.
I Spit On Your Grave is a controversial film for a reason, however, if you look past the horror, there is a film underneath it all that might even have a message to be had.
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