Inquisition (1978) (Blu-ray Review)

Inquisition (1978) (Blu-ray Review)

Inquisition (1978) (Blu-ray Review)

📅14 June 2017, 01:50

Inquisition (1978) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Paul Naschy
Starring: Paul Naschy, Daniela Giordano, Mónica Randall
Rated: UR/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Mondo Macabro

A period film set during the Inquisition about a witch-finder general who falls in love with a village beauty who has made a pact with the devil to seduce and condemn the man who is killing off Satan’s servants. Starring Paul Naschy, Daniela Giordano, Mónica Randall, Ricardo Merino, Julia Saly, Tony Isbert, and Juan Luis Galiardo. Cinematography by Miguel Fernández Mila (All The Colors of The Dark, Disco Rojo).

It seems we are living in Paul Naschy mania at the moment, doesn’t it? Scream Factory just released a box set of the man’s films that I have to still watch and here we have another film of his, Inquisition, coming to us from Mondo Macabro. Now if you have never seen Inquisition before I think the best way to describe it to someone would be to say it is a whole lot like Mark of the Devil. But it would be more like comparing Coke to Pepsi, both are in the same ballpark but yet different. Here also have a story of people raiding a town and killing all the “witches” due to someone telling lie after lie. We also have one of the higher ups falling for one of the ladies. Only this time around we do have at least one woman seemingly dabbling into the occult and this leaves for moments where the devil himself is on your screen and despite the year of the film, is on here looking pretty freaky.

The movie packs some style and I’m sure director Paul Naschy would tell you we have a message. We also have a good deal of T and A with some blood to go on top of it. Some of the violence is pretty graphic in moments while other times it isn’t as well done. Paul Naschy doesn’t just direct this one, he’s also starring in it and I think all things considered for the time and such we have a good cast and a compelling enough story. I also like the fact that Mondo not only tossed on the original audio here but an English dub as well. Hey, I’m all about films being as natural and in their original form as they can be but sometimes I just don’t feel like reading and when I watched this movie it was one of those times. If you are thinking about diving into any Paul Naschy films out there this could be a good starting point. I enjoyed it well enough and I think it looks just fine here on Blu-ray.

Extras

– Region-free worldwide Blu-ray premiere
– HD transfer from the original negative
– Spanish and English Language Tracks- New created optional English subtitles
– Audio commentary by Rod Barnett and Troy Guinn of the Naschycast
– Archival video introduction to the film by Paul Naschy
– “Blood and Sand”, Eurotika! documentary on Spanish horror
– Mondo Macabro previews
– Brand new cover illustration by Gilles Vranckx

Quality of Transfer: 89%

 

 

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