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I Spit On Your Grave: Special Edition
(Camille Keaton, Eron Tabor, Richard Pace, Anthony Nichols, Gunter Kleemann, et al / Blu-ray / NR / (1978) 2021 / Ronin Flix - MVD Visual)

Overview: Camille Keaton (What Have You Done to Solange?, Tragic Ceremony) stars as Jennifer Hills, a young and beautiful career woman who rents a backwoods cabin to write her first novel.

Attacked by a group of local lowlifes and left for dead, she devises a horrific plan to inflict revenge in some of the most unforgettable scenes ever shot on film.

In 1978, one film changed the face of cinema forever. Now, four decades later, the original and notorious I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE (aka Day of the Woman) is back and still refusing to be buried!

In this new special edition Blu-ray, you can re-experience the phenomenon that shocked and divided the world - and influenced an entire genre and generation of filmmakers - with a new 4K HD scan and restoration of director Meir Zarchi’s 35mm original camera negative and a newly restored original mono soundtrack.

Also loaded with a new location featurette hosted by writer Michael Gingold, an audio commentary with writer / director Meir Zarchi and more, this blu-ray is a must own for cinephiles around the world.

Blu-ray Verdict: I Spit on Your Grave (also known as Day of the Woman, among other titles) is one of those infamous cult-classic exploitation films that has been hailed and hated, and is a very controversial piece of cinema - and deservedly so.

The film centers around Jennifer Hill (Camille Keaton), a soft-spoken New York writer who rents out a summerhouse on the edge of a beautiful lake to relax and work on her first major novel.

While on her way there, she stops by an out-of-town gas station where she meets a few back-woods men working at the place, has a small conversation, and is on her way.

One day, while relaxing in a boat on the lake, she is dragged away by a speedboat by the group of men she met earlier, taken on shore, chased into the woods, attacked, and gang-raped and violated repeatedly.

She manages to escape and return to the house, where she meets them again, and is again beaten and raped savagely. After recovering from the horrible incident, she decides to seek revenge on the men who hurt and violated her so relentlessly, one by one seducing them, and taking bloody revenge.

Probably one of the most infamous exploitation films of all time, I Spit On Your Grave is a grueling and disturbing movie. After viewing the first thirty minutes or so, I felt so sick and disgusted that I wanted to take a shower!

I had a similar feeling after seeing Wes Craven’s The Last House on the Left, but the violence (particularly the rape) is depicted much more graphically in this film, so I felt even more disgusted.

The group of degenerate men in this film are depicted as slummy pigs, and they prove their stereotype by so savagely raping and beating a young woman like they do.

The rape scenes in this film are rather lengthy, and are almost too realistic, which is in essence why they are so disturbing. They look unbelievably real, and I was beyond uncomfortable watching them. This film does a good job and showing how horribly human beings treat each other.

After the horrible mauling and violation, Jennifer takes a little revenge of her own, and cleverly (and brutally) murders each of the men involved. The revenge scenes are bloody, but not as brutal as the rape.

Honestly, I couldn’t blame Jennifer for doing what she did. Adding to the disturbing factor, is a scene where Jennifer goes to a church and asks God to forgive her for the murders she is about to commit.

The storyline in this film is thin and simple, but is nonetheless interesting and engaging. Camille Keaton plays the heroine well - she’s vulnerable enough, but also determined enough, and plays it perfectly.

The villains are all good at playing the degenerate men, and the audience is never sympathizing with them (even when Jennifer is enacting bloody revenge on them all).

The main reason I find this film so amazing is because of how simple but effective that it is. The cinematography in the film is beautiful. Filmed in Connecticut, the rural country backdrop is a perfect place for the film to take place.

The conclusion to the film is abrupt, and takes place on the lake where the initial terrifying situation began, and is satisfying in the end. Also to note, this is one of the few films I’ve seen without a musical score, but I’m glad that there isn’t one. This film doesn’t need music to help carry it, and it makes it feel even more gritty.

Overall, I Spit On Your Grave is a nasty, raw, and brutal revenge-themed horror movie. It is simple but disturbing, and includes some of the most unsettling scenes I’ve ever viewed in a film of this type.

The movie itself is very controversial, and it’s quite apparent why that is so. I understand that some people have considered this film misogynistic in nature, but in the end our determined female lead takes the revenge that she deserves, which has me questioning why people think this.

Yes, it displays violence towards a woman, but the woman doesn’t just sit there and forget that it ever happened - she fights back. This film has a reputation as a so-called video nasty, and that it is. It was even banned in many countries around the world! Recommended for fans of ’70s exploitation horror, but definitely not for the weak-stomached. Some scenes are really hard to watch, you have been warned! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs that comes with the Special Features of:

New 4K HD scan & restoration of director Meir Zarchi’s 35mm original camera negative!
Newly Restored DTS-HD Master Audio Mono and DTS-HD 5.1 Audio options
English Subtitles for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing
NEW Jennifer’s Journey - the locations of I Spit on Your Grave featurette hosted by writer Michael Gingold
Audio Commentary with writer / director Meir Zarchi
Audio Commentary with Film Critic Joe Bob Briggs
The Value of Vengeance - Meir Zarchi Remembers I Spit on Your Grave
Alternate ‘Day of the Woman’ Opening Title
Theatrical Trailers, TV & Radio Spots, and Stills Gallery
NEW Slideshow with Rare & Behind-the-Scenes Photos from the Set