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(Anthony Page, 1978)
Release date: 24 April 2023 (Deleted: 30 September 2023)
Standard Edition Blu-ray

At a Catholic boys' school, domineering disciplinarian Father Goddard (Richard Burton, Look Back in Anger, The Spy Who Came In from the Cold) rules over his pupils with an iron hand. When one of his teenage charges confesses to murder, the dogmatic but deeply repressed Goddard finds his faith challenged and his life spiralling dangerously out of control.

Also starring Billy Connolly (in his first feature-film role), Dominic Guard (The Go-Between, Picnic at Hanging Rock), Kes star Dai Bradley, and the inimitable Brian Glover (Kes, Jabberwocky, Alien3), and written by the great Anthony Shaffer (The Wicker Man, Sleuth), Absolution is one of British cinema’s most underrated chillers, not least for a towering central performance by Burton.


  • 2K restoration
  • Original mono audio
  • Alternative presentations of the main feature: the original 1978 Theatrical Version and the 2018 Director’s Cut
  • Audio commentary with Kevin Lyons, editor of The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Film and Television, on the original theatrical version (2018)
  • The Devil to Pay (2018, 12 mins): new and exclusive interview with director Anthony Page in which he reflects on the production of Absolution
  • Them and Us (2018, 13 mins): new and exclusive interview with actor Dominic Guard
  • Cutting the Cloth (2018, 9 mins): new and exclusive interview with costume designer Anne Gainsford
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Stills and posters gallery
  • Press materials gallery
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

BBFC cert: 18
EAN: 5060697923230