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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 challengingperhaps more than most audiences can bearits depiction of the psychology of violence is undeniably powerful. Paul Gaita --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A woman's revenge! Best served cold or by any other manner.Published 4 months ago by starraine kaski
Not as shocking or gruesome as the recent re-make, but with a good degree of tension. Worth watching to compare. Read morePublished on Dec 1 2012 by W Lee
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 morePublished on Sept. 17 2010 by Kevin Barton
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 morePublished on Oct. 5 2005
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 morePublished on July 19 2004 by Amazon Customer
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 morePublished on July 4 2004 by Xanadu
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 morePublished on June 22 2004 by Mike Golen
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 morePublished on June 7 2004