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A delivery of perversion

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My review copy of the long-awaited DVD release of Lucio Fulci’s first giallo, Perversion Story (although I still prefer the more literal translation from the Italian Una Sull’Altra, One on Top of the Other), arrived this morning. First impressions suggest that it’s a very good release. Extras are minimal, with nothing more than a theatrical trailer on the first disc, while the second disc is a CD of Riz Ortolani’s score - a very welcome inclusion to be sure, but not as welcome as an insightful commentary and/or documentary would have been. The transfer, however, looks to be solid, with minimum filtering and noise reduction (although there does seem to be a little going on here and there). This version of the film, meanwhile, is not the slightly trimmed version released in Italy and English-speaking territories, but rather the raunchier French edition (and yet, on this DVD, the on-screen logo before the film is in German, while the opening credits are in Italian - confused yet?). As far as I’m aware, there are no real changes to the narrative, but the the sex scene between Jean Sorel and Marisa Mell now goes on for what seems like forever. Yowza!

Hopefully a full review will be ready for DVD Times within the next week or so.

 
Posted: Saturday, February 24, 2007 at 4:05 PM | Comments: 5
Categories: Cinema | DVD | Gialli

 
Comments

1.

Excellent! I was going to buy it anyway, but glad to hear they've done a good job.

Posted by: Philly Q, February 24, 2007 8:35 PM

2.

Yeah, I was a little concerned when I saw the heavily filtered Cinerama logo at the very start, but it clears up immediately after that. I’m really looking forward to sitting down and watching it through - I’ve only previously a seen a widescreen but VHS-sourced (and cut) dupe.

Posted by: Whiggles, February 25, 2007 1:29 AM

3.

Any news on the supposedly "cut" status of this version?(compared to the grey market,fullscreen DVDr release)
Or was it re-editing?Is this the version Fulci intended?
Mine is on its way.Will arrive in a couple of days I suppose.
I know I'm going to like this one!
Cheers,
CP

Posted by: Crystal Plumage, February 25, 2007 9:02 AM

4.

It’s not clear, but the sex scene I mentioned certainly plays more coherently in its longer version than in the shorter English version I previously owned (which, as far as I’m aware, is the same cut as the Italian release). In my previous copy, the music jumped and cut out abruptly on a number of occasions, which doesn’t seem to be the case here. I haven’t had a chance to watch the whole thing, yet, but the impression I get is that the French release isn’t missing anything that’s included in the other cuts.

Posted by: Whiggles, February 25, 2007 10:53 AM

5.

Actually, on second thoughts, it looks like bad news:

I’m so disappointed. I thought we could trust Severin to release an uncut version of this classic Fulci giallo. But I immediately noticed that a sequence filmed in Reno, Nevada has been abbreviated (after Jean Sorel meets Elsa Martinelli at the train station - the scene where they’re talking in the car while driving from California to Reno, the scene where they drive into downtown Reno, and part of their scene in a casino has been cut). In short, the Severin DVD is 5 minutes shorter (97 minutes) than the fullscreen English language Greek version (which runs 102 minutes).

(Operaman35 at Latarnia)

Posted by: Whiggles, February 25, 2007 10:55 AM

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