Starring: Max Von
Sydow, Liv Ullmann, Per Oscarsson
An escaped convict seeks revenge
on the family who caused his imprisonment.
resourceful inmate (Von Sydow) escapes from a remote top security insane
asylum and seeks revenge on the family members who caused his imprisonment
in this 1970 curio, which was shot in Sweden and Denmark.
film boasts a handful of excellent performances, an intriguing story and
atmospheric direction. Per Oscarsson, particularly, is outstanding, as the
man Von Sydow is trying to frame for a new series of murders. Given the
location and the nationalities of the leading cast members, itís
surprising to see a number of British character actors featured so
prominently, including Rupert Davies, Arthur Hewlett, Eastendersí
Gretchen Franklin, Hammer regular Andrew Keir (as the asylum governor) and
Trevor Howard (typically solid as the dogged police inspector).
picture is quite soft throughout, and drained of colour (this may be
intentional though). The full-screen transfer generally seems adequately
composed, but there are signs of patchy compression and digital video
noise suppression. The mono audio, which includes a moody score by Henry
Mancini, is generally acceptable. A handful of unrelated trailers are
included on the disc, including a montage from Gargoyles.