England is in civil war as the Royalists battle Oliver Cromwell's Roundheads for control. This conflict distracts people from rational thought and allows unscrupulous men to gain power by exploiting village superstitions. One of these men is Matthew Hopkins (Vincent Price), who tours the land offering his services as a persecutor of witches. Aided by his sadistic accomplice John Stearne (Robert Russell), he travels from town to town and wrenches confessions from "witches" in order to line his pockets.
Witchfinder General is one of those films we get into fights over who gets to review it here, so revered is the film. One of only four films directed by the late Michael Reeves, who died at the criminally young age of just 25, Witchfinder General is a dark and multi-layered portrait of true-life witchhunter who killed the innocent the name of Christianity, and features at its centre what Vincent Price regarded as the finest performance of his career. Who are we to argue?
Now Witchfinder General has been digitally remastered and is to get a UK Blu-ray release from Odeon Entertainment on 13th June 2011 at the RRP of £22.99.
Extra features will include:
- Audio Commentary with Michael Reeves biographer Benjamin Halligan and Director Michael Armstrong;
- Documentary: The Blood Beast: The Films of Michael Reeves (24 Mins);
- Documentary: Bloody Crimes: Witchcraft and Matthew Hopkins (24 Mins);
- Vincent Price on Aspel & Company (10 Mins);
- Intrusion: Michael Reeves Short Film with optional commentary (never before commercially released);
- Alternate Scenes from the Export Version;
- Theatrical Trailer and Stills Gallery;
- Alternate US Opening and closing Credits.