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I Spit on Your Grave (1978) [Blu-ray]

Camille Keaton , Eron Tabor , Meir Zarchi    Blu-ray
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
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Writer-director Meir Zarchi's controversial story of rape and revenge has lost none of its ability to shock viewers since it first gained notoriety in the late '70s. Camille Keaton (grand-niece of Buster Keaton and, later, Zarchi's wife) stars as a young woman who is terrorized and then brutally assaulted by four men while on vacation. After slowly pulling herself together, she methodically tracks down and butchers each of the perpetrators. Zarchi's film has been consistently accused of celebrating violence against women, and while the rape scenes are graphic, they also lack the voyeuristic qualities that earmark other similarly plotted exploitation films. If anything, Zarchi is guilty of awkward scripting; the dialogue is leaden, and Keaton's transformation from victim to avenger is too swift. But to label him a pornographer is wrong, and while the film is challenging––perhaps more than most audiences can bear––its depiction of the psychology of violence is undeniably powerful. ––Paul Gaita

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Elite Entertainment's Millennium Edition DVD presents I Spit on Your Grave in anamorphic widescreen and with optional audio tracks (Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1, and DTS 5.1, the last of which best highlights the film's lonely soundscape). Fans will undoubtedly want to hear Meir Zarchi's commentary track, given that he's remained mostly silent about the film since its release. Zarchi provides a great deal of background information (including the events that inspired the film) and technical detail, as well as a bit of self-aggrandizement about its place in cinema history. His accent is difficult to understand at times, and less devoted viewers may enjoy cult critic Joe Bob Briggs's more lighthearted commentary as an alternative. The extras are rounded out by a wealth of international promotional art and trailers, as well as a collection of reviews, including Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel's damning write-ups, which helped to fan the flames of controversy surrounding the film. ––Paul Gaita

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Woman's Day June 30 2004
Format:DVD
A pretty young novelist rents a secluded cabin in the woods in order to have a nice, quiet place in which to hunker down and start writing the great American novel. But instead of peace and serenity, she ends up as the victim of brutal rape and torture at the hands of a band of semi-literate rednecks. She somehow survives the ordeal, though, and after regaining her physical and emotional bearing, she finds the inner strength to return to the scene of the crime and confront her attackers.... Thusly winds the plot of 1978's infamous and controversial revenge flick I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE (originally titled DAY OF THE WOMAN).
In the uncut version of this soupçon-budget flick--which is the version offered on the DVD from Elite--the gang-rape and torture sequence consumes an inordinate amount of screen time. Though this sequence has sometimes been compared to the sodomy scene in Boorman's DELIVERANCE (1972), it is more often criticized as being merely gratuitous and subliminally misogynistic. Unlike Boorman, who only slyly and skillfully SUGGESTS the sodomy and torture in his famous film, the director of I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE, Meir Zarchi, is unflinchingly graphic in his depiction of rape. He doesn't want to do anything that might candy-coat this bitter pill, because he wants the audience to see just how abhorring such personal violation actually is.
Lauded by loyal fans as a simple film that makes an important and abstruse point, I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE is admittedly neither complex nor deep. Yes, the plotting is rudimentary and subtext is virtually nonexistent. Yes, the film lacks a musical score. And, yeah, a few of the characters are trite, shallow, and one-dimensional, and some of the dialogue is hokey.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not what you'd expect! March 22 2003
Format:VHS Tape
A friend of mine and I watched this movie, expecting a cool horror movie, we had heard about the scene where she cuts off an attackers penis, and thought it would be a fun movie. well, we were about as wrong as we've ever been.
THE STORY: Jennifer, rents a cabin to work on her novel, she meets this cute but dorky guy who instantly falls for her beauty and charm. Later in the film, the dorky guy and his friends attack her and rape her brutally. The treat her cruelly like an animal, and the dork loses his virginity to her. She gets away, and plots her revenge. Each man gets his own, and she brutally murders each one.
This movie isnt a horror, and it certainly isnt an erotic film. the directing was cool, the acting could have been MUCH better. Though, Camille Keaton did a fairly good job. I think this movie is great because, it empowers women. I believe it says "sure you can knock us around, but you'll pay for it". And Jennifer definitely makes them pay for it!!!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
When movies first came out on video there were two legendary exploitation films I had to track down. One was "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and the other was "I Spit on Your Grave," which is actually the more memorable film of the pair overall (although I do grant the highest place to the "hook" scene in TCM). Director Meir Zarchi's 1978 film has become rather infamous, since critics hated it, audiences were outraged, and the film was banned in Germany and Great Britain. The story, such as it is, finds Jennifer Hill (Camille Keaton, Buster's grand-niece) out in the woods of Connecticut to work on a novel when she crosses the path of some local boys who decide she should be the first sexual partner for their mentally-disabled friend. When he cannot complete the rape, his friends do it for him. Then they decide that they are not done with Jennifer.
At issue are not Jennifer's specific acts of revenge, including the infamous bathroom scene, but rather the series of brutal rapes that precede them. I do not want to meet anyone who is not disturbed by these rape scenes and I think it is fairly obvious that Zarchi intended to make audiences uncomfortable. In retrospect you have to wonder about all those movies with rape scenes that do NOT upset the audience (the current obvious exception that proves the rule would be what happens in "Monster" right before the first murder). But Zarchi certainly pours it on thick, absolutely assuring that things go beyond the tolerance level of anyone who watches this film. So the bottom line is that this film will upset you and it is therefore effective at doing exactly what it wants to do. I have always considered this an "X" rated movie although I would not consider it pornographic in the traditional sense.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Attention all Joe Bob Briggs Fans! March 7 2004
Format:DVD
I bought this DVD for one reason and one reason only: Joe Bob Briggs. As an avid watcher of Monstervision, my Saturday nights have been dull and barren without my weekly Joe Bob fix (and yes, I know that makes me a geek and a loser -- ask me if I care!). So when I saw that he does a full-length commentary on this particular DVD, I really had no choice but to buy it. I was, of course, not disappointed with Joe Bob -- he was as incisive, informed, and funny as ever (and that's really saying something when it comes to a movie like this). As for the film itself, I found the rape scenes as brutal and offensive as anything I have ever seen...and that, again, is really saying something. The horror in this movie is that of man's inhumanity to man -- or in this case, to woman. The pain that one human being can inflict on another is what makes this movie shocking and offensive. The movie does NOT glorify rape -- quite the reverse. It shows rapists as what they are: mindless, stupid, brutal thugs. And in this movie, they get what they deserve. As I woman, I found the rape victim's revenge to be very satisfying, indeed. At the same time, however, this movie is not at all for the faint of heart. My suggestion: if you like Joe Bob, watch the movie and enjoy his commentary. If you are not a fan, choose another film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Original I Spit on Your Grave (1978) BD [Blu-ray]
Not as shocking or gruesome as the recent re-make, but with a good degree of tension. Worth watching to compare. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Wayne K. Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific for this movie to be on Blu-Ray
I love this movie so much, I want to have this on Blu-Ray to see the full high definiton version of the movie. That Camile Keaton is one revengful woman. Read more
Published on Sept. 17 2010 by Kevin Barton
5.0 out of 5 stars you can spit on my grave anytime you want
I'm not sure one could truely describe I Spit as "good" persay, I mean it's not something you sit down and enjoy, it's more like something you endure. Read more
Published on Oct. 5 2005 by "old_dirtysanchez"
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice and simple
I dig this movie. I remember seeing it for the first time back around 1979. It is perhaps the oldest movie I ever vividly remember seeing. Read more
Published on July 19 2004 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars There should be more to it....
I was intrigued by the synopsis of "I Spit on Your Grave", because I love movies about women getting revenge, like "Kill Bill", and "Sleepaway Camp... Read more
Published on July 4 2004 by Xanadu
4.0 out of 5 stars Extreme Cinema
This film may be regarded as sick, vile, and disturbing... which is exactly what it is in the minds of most. I enjoyed it. Read more
Published on June 22 2004 by Mike Golen
1.0 out of 5 stars Someone tell me....
WHY is this considered a classic? The script was imbecelic, the revenge scenes were amateurish and unbelievable and the rape scenes, which were supposedly what makes this film so... Read more
Published on June 7 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars It's seems unfair... but those are the Breaks.
Well... where do I begin....
I think it's a little well played, a lotta gore,.
do you wanna know why I give this Movie a 2 out of 5 rating? Read more
Published on May 6 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars SICK
movies like this shouldn't be made, it is just wrong. the rape sceens are just wrong, but for a slasher flick, the rest is below average. Read more
Published on May 6 2004 by Kyle Swetzig
1.0 out of 5 stars You have to be disturbed to enjoy this movie!
Im not going to lie to you, but you do have to be slightly disturbed and/or sick to actually enjoy this movie. Read more
Published on May 3 2004
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