New Release: Death of the Virgin DVD and Blu-ray

Release Date: Sept. 20, 2011
Price: DVD $24.99, Blu-ray $29.99
Studio: Indican Pictures

Death of the Virgin movie scene

There are supernatural happenings whirling about the art of Caravaggio in Death of the Virgin.

At first glance, the horror-thriller film Death of the Virgin looks like it could appeal to both lovers of 16th Century Italian art and devilish and violent supernatural movies. Hmmmm….

Here’s what the movie’s all about:

In 1432, an apparition of the Virgin Mary appears in the sleepy town of Caravaggio, becoming the inspiration for the gruesomely beautiful paintings of the artist, Michelangelo Merisi — better known as Caravaggio.

Five centuries later, in modern-day Italy, three women travel to Caravaggio: Lisa (Jennifer Healy), an aspiring art student; Claudia (Maria Grazia Cucinotta, The Rite); a sexy Italian translator; and May (Natasha Allan, Blue Bird), a young woman about to enter the nunnery. Their world is quickly turned upside down when the apparition reappears and May becomes plagued by premonitions of shocking murders. The three women must discover the connection between the premonitions, the apparition and the murderously effective paintings of the legendary artist.

Reportedly based on a true story, Death of the Virgin is a 2009 Italian/Canadian co-production (it was shot in both countries) directed and co-written by young Italian filmmaker Joseph Tito, his second feature film.

The movie takes its title from a well-known 1606 painting by Caravaggio, but we didn’t have to tell you Art 101 lovers that, did we?

No bonus features are on the DVD or Blu-ray of Death of the Virgin, which supplier Indican Pictures touts  as “The Da Vinci Code meets The Exorcist.”

Check out the film’s trailer:

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.