Deliver Us from Evil (2006)
|Category||Documentary||Theatrical Trailer-Theatrical Trailer|
|Year Of Production||2006|
|Running Time||99:05 (Case: 101)|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Ads Then Menu|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Amy Berg|
Roadshow Home Entertainment
Mary Gail Frawley-O'Dea
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (384Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.85:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Deliver Us From Evil is a fascinating and horrifying documentary. We begin by being introduced to the Father and some of his victims, describing him before his crimes came to light, then we follow a timeline as the church covered up his actions and moved him from place to place, denying all of his behaviour without question. Just some of the many families and lives ruined by his abuse are presented, intercut with actual interview footage of Oliver O'Grady, who shows sympathy for what happened but no empathy for his victims at all, as if he has little understanding of what he did. Additional courtroom footage of Cardinal Roger Mahoney, who is presented as being just as much to blame for the crimes as he refused to protect the children and families placed in danger, as well as other members of the Catholic Church who refused to even admit the occurrence of said crimes to protect themselves from controversy. Finally, the film follows some of the victims to Rome, where they want an apology or even some kind of recognition from the Catholic Church as to what happened to them and where they are quickly turned down.
This film is one of the few to receive a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and it isn't hard to see why - its subject is particularly painful and hard-hitting, and the documentary does it justice, never resorting to shock tactics or gratuitous material; it also avoids discriminating against Catholicism as a religion, presenting a voice of reason in Father Tom Doyle, who follows the victims to Rome to oversee an apology from the church, and then delivers one himself when the Pope refuses. However, it is not perfect, and its imperfections are maddening - the film often seems unfocussed and doesn't always clearly deliver the facts; footage will often be cut up and presented out of sequence, when it would be much more effective to show entire portions of interviews and courtroom scenes and so forth. However, the scenes that are incredibly emotional and impactful work well enough to overcome any issues, and I believe it is an important film to see.
Deliver Us From Evil is not an easy film to watch, but it is one worth seeing, as a document of how far corruption and human evil can go, unstopped by an institution claiming to be divine.
The video transfer is good, remaining constantly sharp and detailed, but it is unfortunately often plagued by grain and interlacing. Many scenes have heavy aliasing (3:35) because of this; it appears a lot of the film was transferred from NTSC.
As there are lots of different video stock used in this documentary, the quality of the transfer often changes from scene to scene, but in general even the low-grade video looks good. There are no film artefacts, and any issues present do not affect the viewing experience.
There are English subtitles, which are accurate and readable.
Even though the 5.1 mix is preferable to the 2.0, there is little usage of a full surround or the subwoofer. The quality of the audio is just a little better in the 5.1, presenting a more engrossing experience, though only a direct comparison will reveal the differences.The music, effects and dialogue are all well-mixed and audible. The music, composed by Joseph Arthur and Mick Harvey, is very effective, featuring a lot of religious music and themes that keep the film emotional and on subject.
|Surround Channel Use|
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
- Commentary by writer-director-producer Amy Berg and editor-producer Matthew Cooke
- 11 deleted scenes
- Alternate ending
- Featurette "Bible vs. Church"
I recommend acquiring an R1 DVD to view this film.
The video and audio transfers are good, but not spectacular.
Aside from the theatrical trailer, there are no extras, which is deeply disappointing, especially considering the controversy surrounding this film. I would have very much liked to have seen more about the making of this film.
|DVD||LG LH-D6230, using Component output|
|Display||Benq PE7700. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device has a maximum native resolution of 720p.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to DVD Player, Dolby Digital and DTS. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL).|
|Speakers||B&W LCR 600 S3 (Front & Centre); B&W DM 600 (Rears); B&W ASW500 (Sub)|