Euro Cult Movie Forum => Gialli => Topic started by: Ben Cobb on 26 Mar 2008 - 23:45

Title: Spasmo (Umberto Lenzi, 1974)
Post by: Ben Cobb on 26 Mar 2008 - 23:45
I have heard that the Dutch Filmworks DVD release of Spasmo has better picture quality than the US Shriek Show disc. Can anyone confirm this?
Title: Re: Spasmo (Umberto Lenzi, 1974)
Post by: Wim C. on 28 Mar 2008 - 10:00
I have heard that the Dutch Filmworks DVD release of Spasmo has better picture quality than the US Shriek Show disc. Can anyone confirm this?


I haven't seen the Shriek Show disc, but the Dutch release looks pretty good, I can imagine it looking better than the one by Shriek Show. Some soundtrack-problems though - there's a minutes-long part that has a rhythmic clicking in the background. No extra's, not even a menu.

Here's some screenshots : http://www.cultfilmsenkutfilms.com/reviews/spasmo.html

Title: Re: Spasmo (Umberto Lenzi, 1974)
Post by: Paul on 28 Mar 2008 - 12:02
I don't recall there being any issues with the US disc when I watched it.
Title: Re: Spasmo (Umberto Lenzi, 1974)
Post by: Jonny on 28 Mar 2008 - 12:05
I think he means there's issues with the Dutch DVD mate. At least that's how it reads to me.
Title: Re: Spasmo (Umberto Lenzi, 1974)
Post by: Wim C. on 28 Mar 2008 - 12:28
Yep - can't say anything about the Shriek Show - never seen it.

The audio-issues of the Dutch disc are not that big of a problem - just mentioned them 'cause they might be if you're annoyed by that sort of thing - didn't bother me much.
Title: Re: Spasmo (Umberto Lenzi, 1974)
Post by: Paul on 28 Mar 2008 - 12:41
I think he means there's issues with the Dutch DVD mate. At least that's how it reads to me.

I was replying to Ben, mate. I'm pretty sure the quality of the SS disc was pretty decent for a film of SPASMO's age and obscurity and not something that could be improved on greatly, IMO.
Title: Re: Spasmo (Umberto Lenzi, 1974)
Post by: Jonny on 28 Mar 2008 - 12:46
Ahh! Sorry sir!  :'(

Here's the awesome trailer...

Spasmo... Spasmo... Spasmo...

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x274a2_spasmo-trailer-umberto-lenzi_shortfilms
Title: Re: Spasmo (Umberto Lenzi, 1974)
Post by: Ben Cobb on 28 Mar 2008 - 13:54
I'll pick up the SS disc soon. At least it's got a Lenzi interview.
Title: Re: Spasmo (Umberto Lenzi, 1974)
Post by: ecc on 28 Mar 2008 - 23:38
I would still like to see the George Romero directed scenes for the US version.
Title: Re: Spasmo (Umberto Lenzi, 1974)
Post by: vigilanteforce on 29 Mar 2008 - 15:55
That trailer is a MASTERPIECE!!! I am going to watch this great film again tonight! Along with SEVEN BLOODSTAINED ORCHIDS!
Title: Re: Spasmo (Umberto Lenzi, 1974)
Post by: Jonny on 29 Mar 2008 - 22:13
I haven't seen the Shriek Show disc, but the Dutch release looks pretty good, I can imagine it looking better than the one by Shriek Show. Some soundtrack-problems though - there's a minutes-long part that has a rhythmic clicking in the background. No extra's, not even a menu.

Just watched the SS disc this evening and noticed a rhythmic clicking on the soundtrack at around the 47 minute mark. Sounds similar to a scratched vinyl record, only lasts for about 2 minutes though.

Does this sound similar to the audio problem on the Dutch DVD Wim?
Title: Re: Spasmo (Umberto Lenzi, 1974)
Post by: Wim C. on 30 Mar 2008 - 16:30
Yep - sounds like that - same master's been used, then. I've read that the US disc is interlaced, so if you're fussed about that, the Dutch disc would be a better option, as it's in progressive PAL. The Dutch disc misses out on all the extra's - no interview, no trailer - there even isn't a menu screen. I love that trailer - have it on another Shriek Show - Solange, I think. It's cheap here - costs about 5 euro's. Been about a year since I've last seen it in the shops, though.
Title: Re: Spasmo (Umberto Lenzi, 1974)
Post by: paperbag on 30 Mar 2008 - 18:41
Thats why I was a bit dissapointed with the movie.. because the trailer was so good, I don't usually watch it beforehand though. I'll see it again.
Title: Re: Spasmo (Umberto Lenzi, 1974)
Post by: Wim C. on 30 Mar 2008 - 21:42
I like Spasmo - its script is a mess, but for me, somehow it works as a hallucinogenic dreamscape - looks good, too.
Title: Re: Spasmo (Umberto Lenzi, 1974)
Post by: Jonny on 30 Mar 2008 - 21:56
You nailed it there when you said the script is a mess Wim! Watching it yesterday for the first time in a long time I was quite taken aback by how little I could understand about the first 20 minutes of the film!

It was all over the place, one minute they found Suzy Kendall on the beach, the next they're all friends and having drinks on a yacht... Next thing Hoffman's shaving his beard off ready for action with Kendall, a man comes through the bathroom window...

My head was spinning so much I stopped trying to keep track and just went with it.  :-\
Title: Re: Spasmo (Umberto Lenzi, 1974)
Post by: vigilanteforce on 31 Mar 2008 - 08:30
this thread inspired me to watch this movie again after many years. I got the SS disc when it came out but hadn't seen the movie since the VHS days. It is really great.
Title: Re: Spasmo (Umberto Lenzi, 1974)
Post by: mook on 31 Mar 2008 - 13:11
There's a 19 page essay on spasmo in a new book called Sleaze Artists, called 'Boredom, Spasmo, and the Italian system'. Apparently 'the boring film suspends us not betwixt and between, but in a perpetual state of waiting, thus providing a useful tool in combating the powers of mass spectacle'. lol what century was that written in, using words like betwixt and thus. Shit book, btw.
Title: Re: Spasmo (Umberto Lenzi, 1974)
Post by: KommissarX on 03 Feb 2009 - 23:20
Eyecatcher are working double shifts at the moment considering how many releases they have up their sleeves. Covers are still work in progress but anyway here they are (via italo-cinema.de):

Cover A:

(http://img89.imageshack.us/img89/72/spasmoabw2.jpg) (http://img89.imageshack.us/my.php?image=spasmoabw2.jpg)
(http://img89.imageshack.us/img89/spasmoabw2.jpg/1/w1181.png) (http://g.imageshack.us/img89/spasmoabw2.jpg/1/)

Cover B:
(http://img293.imageshack.us/img293/2408/spasmobdd4.jpg) (http://img293.imageshack.us/my.php?image=spasmobdd4.jpg)
(http://img293.imageshack.us/img293/spasmobdd4.jpg/1/w1181.png) (http://g.imageshack.us/img293/spasmobdd4.jpg/1/)

No specs yet but I am pretty sure they will as usual not provide any substantial extras (like the Lenzi interview from the Media Blasters and NEO release). If you are only interested in the film this might be a nice looking alternative, though.

Title: Re: Spasmo (Umberto Lenzi, 1974)
Post by: Ben Cobb on 03 Feb 2009 - 23:29
Thanks for the heads up KommissarX. Will definitely be bagging one of these when they come out. But who on earth would want cover A over B?
Title: Re: Spasmo (Umberto Lenzi, 1974)
Post by: vigilanteforce on 03 Feb 2009 - 23:32
Eyecatcher are working double shifts at the moment considering how many releases they have up their sleeves.

They should have tried releasing those early gialli by Lenzi- QUIET PLACE TO KILL, PARANOIA, SO SWEET SO PERVERSE etc... There are already nice-looking transfers of those out in Italy- without English options of course. If Eyecatcher released those and added English options, they'd definitely sell better than SPASMO which is already out in 3-4 countries.
Title: Re: Spasmo (Umberto Lenzi, 1974)
Post by: KommissarX on 04 Feb 2009 - 02:11
But who on earth would want cover A over B?

As I understand it the first cover is the old German video cover but hell yeah, I feel your pain, mate! :) I really dig the artwork as used here:
(http://img21.imageshack.us/img21/266/spasmoplakuw6.jpg)
and on the soundtrack cover:
(http://img22.imageshack.us/img22/802/spasmoostla6.jpg)
In Eyecatcher's defence I'm gonna add that IMHO the Media Blaster's cover is dreadful and the NEO one (with the generic blood splash) looks very uninspired, too.

They should have tried releasing those early gialli by Lenzi- QUIET PLACE TO KILL, PARANOIA, SO SWEET SO PERVERSE etc [...] they'd definitely sell better than SPASMO which is already out in 3-4 countries.

I couldn't agree more. :) Also I wish they would at least try to get Robert Hoffmann to do an interview - he shouldn't be so hard to track down. Looking back on Eyecatcher's catalogue, however, I get the impression that their modus operandi always is to add the German/English dub to the best source dvd available worldwide and get rid of all the expensive extra materials. I like their output but it is a pity they will apparently never do some "pioneer work" themselves.
Title: Re: Spasmo (Umberto Lenzi, 1974)
Post by: Michael Blanton on 04 Feb 2009 - 02:46
the soundtrack cover:
([url]http://img22.imageshack.us/img22/802/spasmoostla6.jpg[/url])


A copy of the soundtrack just arrived yesterday from Exploited. :'(
Title: Re: Spasmo (Umberto Lenzi, 1974)
Post by: ecc on 04 Feb 2009 - 03:53
Eyecatcher are working double shifts at the moment considering how many releases they have up their sleeves.
They should have tried releasing those early gialli by Lenzi- QUIET PLACE TO KILL, PARANOIA, SO SWEET SO PERVERSE etc... There are already nice-looking transfers of those out in Italy- without English options of course.

QUIET PLACE TO KILL and SO SWEET SO PERVERSE are out but not ORGASMO.
Title: Re: Spasmo (Umberto Lenzi, 1974)
Post by: Diabolik on 04 Feb 2009 - 07:49
Hyper rare danish release;
(http://www.diabolik.dk/llol/spasmo.jpg)
/D
Title: Re: Spasmo (Umberto Lenzi, 1974)
Post by: vigilanteforce on 04 Feb 2009 - 08:23

QUIET PLACE TO KILL and SO SWEET SO PERVERSE are out but not ORGASMO.

You are right  :o
Title: Re: Spasmo (Umberto Lenzi, 1974)
Post by: K August on 04 Feb 2009 - 23:59
You nailed it there when you said the script is a mess Wim! Watching it yesterday for the first time in a long time I was quite taken aback by how little I could understand about the first 20 minutes of the film!

It was all over the place, one minute they found Suzy Kendall on the beach, the next they're all friends and having drinks on a yacht... Next thing Hoffman's shaving his beard off ready for action with Kendall, a man comes through the bathroom window...

My head was spinning so much I stopped trying to keep track and just went with it.  :-\

LoL...well, after lamenting that Susy Kendall convinced Robert Hoffman to off his beard, that's where I began to get confused X_x. But I do like the film.
It sure is an obtuse giallo, definitely requires patience.  :-\
Title: Re: Spasmo (Umberto Lenzi, 1974)
Post by: vigilanteforce on 05 Feb 2009 - 02:07

([url]http://img21.imageshack.us/img21/266/spasmoplakuw6.jpg[/url])



This one is the super-rare Greek VHS. I am proud to have it in my collection  :D
Title: Re: Spasmo (Umberto Lenzi, 1974)
Post by: Michael Blanton on 05 Feb 2009 - 04:35
You nailed it there when you said the script is a mess Wim! Watching it yesterday for the first time in a long time I was quite taken aback by how little I could understand about the first 20 minutes of the film!

It was all over the place, one minute they found Suzy Kendall on the beach, the next they're all friends and having drinks on a yacht... Next thing Hoffman's shaving his beard off ready for action with Kendall, a man comes through the bathroom window...

My head was spinning so much I stopped trying to keep track and just went with it.  :-\

LoL...well, after lamenting that Susy Kendall convinced Robert Hoffman to off his beard, that's where I began to get confused X_x. But I do like the film.
It sure is an obtuse giallo, definitely requires patience.  :-\

Well, ya know, the film is told from the point of view an unreliable protagonist, who is schizophrenic  :-*, who conveniently leaves out the fact that he's a serial killer who has murdered four women during the course of the film, till it's finally revealed near the end of the film. Moreover, Lenzi portrays Hoffman's character as sympathetic, which couldn't be further from the truth.

I mean come on, there are mannequins in nearly every scene of the film and they're treated as if they belong there, as if they're something normal.  Watch the Lenzi interview on the Shriek Show disc for his take on what is going on.

David Lynch's WTF (in a great way) recent films, LOST HIGHWAY, MULHOLLAND DR., INLAND EMPIRE mine the same territory, they are presented from the POV of unreliable protagonists.  :-X
Title: Re: Spasmo (Umberto Lenzi, 1974)
Post by: K August on 07 Feb 2009 - 03:06
You nailed it there when you said the script is a mess Wim! Watching it yesterday for the first time in a long time I was quite taken aback by how little I could understand about the first 20 minutes of the film!

It was all over the place, one minute they found Suzy Kendall on the beach, the next they're all friends and having drinks on a yacht... Next thing Hoffman's shaving his beard off ready for action with Kendall, a man comes through the bathroom window...

My head was spinning so much I stopped trying to keep track and just went with it.  :-\

LoL...well, after lamenting that Susy Kendall convinced Robert Hoffman to off his beard, that's where I began to get confused X_x. But I do like the film.
It sure is an obtuse giallo, definitely requires patience.  :-\

Well, ya know, the film is told from the point of view an unreliable protagonist, who is schizophrenic  :-*, who conveniently leaves out the fact that he's a serial killer who has murdered four women during the course of the film, till it's finally revealed near the end of the film. Moreover, Lenzi portrays Hoffman's character as sympathetic, which couldn't be further from the truth.

I mean come on, there are mannequins in nearly every scene of the film and they're treated as if they belong there, as if they're something normal.  Watch the Lenzi interview on the Shriek Show disc for his take on what is going on.


Re: Lenzi,  I never take his word seriously. 

The way this was structured was a serious mind fuck, probably the most convoluted of any giallo I've ever seen.  And ultimately one of the most clever because of it.  I'll have to watch it more closely the next time I view.

And btw, Eyecatcher cover B would be my choice. That's great art.

I'm not familiar with David Lynch's work.
Title: Re: Spasmo (Umberto Lenzi, 1974)
Post by: bizarre_eye on 18 Feb 2009 - 21:37
Both Eyecatcher releases (Cover A + B) are available for pre-order @ tele-movie-shop.de

Cover A looks different to the initial scan proposed earlier in the thread: http://www.tele-movie-shop.de/product_info.php?products_id=14726 - I like this better than the initial one.

Cover B looks pretty much the same as in KommissarX's post: http://www.tele-movie-shop.de/product_info.php?products_id=14727

Both are priced at 14,99 Euros a piece, and have a proposed release date of 27.02.

Looking at the descriptions, audio and video formats are not available at the moment but I am guessing German and English Dolby 2.0 language tracks and 1.78:1 Widescreen for each as per most of Eyecatcher's releases.
Title: Re: Spasmo (Umberto Lenzi, 1974)
Post by: bizarre_eye on 18 Feb 2009 - 21:45
I'm not familiar with David Lynch's work.

Lynch is one of my favourite Director's... I particularly love Lost Highway - it's one of my all-time favourite films.  ::)
Title: Re: Spasmo (Umberto Lenzi, 1974)
Post by: Nuno on 06 Apr 2012 - 00:47
(http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p55/Gialli/PORT0001-2.gif)
Director: Umberto Lenzi
Spasmo
★ Portugal Imavideo
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072196/ (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072196/)

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(http://i43.tinypic.com/2z9ea8i.jpg)
Title: Re: Spasmo (Umberto Lenzi, 1974)
Post by: Strigoyu on 07 Jan 2013 - 19:16
I really liked this movie a lot when I first watched it long time ago! It was very "Lenzian", very intriguing, confusing, mind-blowing... One of the finest films he ever shot, Kendall, Hoffmann and Rassimov were superb!!!
Title: Re: Spasmo (Umberto Lenzi, 1974)
Post by: the blob on 13 Nov 2014 - 01:43
Blu-ray from Scorpion Releasing next year!

Walter seems a bit more diverse and perceptive than others. If this does okay and he can get the rights for a good price, maybe he can be convinced to have a go at some English-friendly unreleased ones.
Title: Re: Spasmo (Umberto Lenzi, 1974)
Post by: Paul on 13 Nov 2014 - 08:31
Walter is releasing some good stuff. Was stoked to finally get Seizure.
Title: Re: Spasmo (Umberto Lenzi, 1974)
Post by: logboy on 13 Nov 2014 - 10:17
Blu-ray from Scorpion Releasing next year!

Walter seems a bit more diverse and perceptive than others. If this does okay and he can get the rights for a good price, maybe he can be convinced to have a go at some English-friendly unreleased ones.

in two minds. personally, i'm old enough to have had chances with many giallo films on DVD - missed many as couldn't always spot what they were at the time, and that includes spasmo for some reason - but lots of people are always coming along and want to avoid inflated prices for older releases, so (what will hopefully be) a better master on a blu-ray is pretty welcome.

right now, it seems germany and italy both have a certain amount of these films, but can't find it easy to work around lack of subs (preference, even if english dubs are contemporary) or repetition of familiar films at high prices not far off what old noshame discs can go for.
Title: Re: Spasmo (Umberto Lenzi, 1974)
Post by: Jonny on 28 Nov 2014 - 14:33
Blu coming from 88 Films next year too. Any further news on the Scorpion one?
Title: Re: Spasmo (Umberto Lenzi, 1974)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 28 Nov 2014 - 16:11
Blu coming from 88 Films next year too. Any further news on the Scorpion one?
As they're getting released so close together it wouldn't surprise me if they were the same transfer. I'll no doubt get the Scorpion one myself.
Title: Re: Spasmo (Umberto Lenzi, 1974)
Post by: Kevin Coed on 28 Nov 2014 - 16:18
I can think of a shitload of gialli I'd sooner have on bd than SPASMO.
Title: Re: Spasmo (Umberto Lenzi, 1974)
Post by: demented_uk on 28 Nov 2014 - 16:44
They are releasing the BLOODSTAINED SHADOW too. Pity they'll be marred by the involvement of a certain genre 'journalist'.
Title: Re: Spasmo (Umberto Lenzi, 1974)
Post by: Jonny on 28 Nov 2014 - 17:51
I can think of a shitload of gialli I'd sooner have on bd than SPASMO.
Any giallo on Blu is fine by me
Title: Re: Spasmo (Umberto Lenzi, 1974)
Post by: Kevin Coed on 28 Nov 2014 - 18:20
Yeah, but I'm not that fussed on SPASMO. Watched it again today to see if my opinion had changed. It hasn't.
Title: Re: Spasmo (Umberto Lenzi, 1974)
Post by: Jonny on 28 Nov 2014 - 19:57
Yeah, but I'm not that fussed on SPASMO. Watched it again today to see if my opinion had changed. It hasn't.
Spasmo, spasmo, spasmo...
Title: Re: Spasmo (Umberto Lenzi, 1974)
Post by: Kevin Coed on 28 Nov 2014 - 20:00
Torso, torso, torso...
Title: Re: Spasmo (Umberto Lenzi, 1974)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 28 Nov 2014 - 21:07
MRS.WARDH, MRS.WARDH, MRS. WARDH...
Title: Re: Spasmo (Umberto Lenzi, 1974)
Post by: Paul on 28 Nov 2014 - 21:43
I like Spasmo, think it's good. It's a top Lenzi gillao, IMO.
Title: Re: Spasmo (Umberto Lenzi, 1974)
Post by: broonage on 28 Nov 2014 - 22:09
Go back 5 or 6 years and imagine seeing this on blu!! Impossible...great news!  :P
Title: Re: Spasmo (Umberto Lenzi, 1974)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 22 Mar 2015 - 21:49
Glad that Scorpion are releasing a Blu Ray of this in July.  ::)

Will definitely be grabbing this edition.

(http://i437.photobucket.com/albums/qq98/spara73/Blu%20Ray/10411255_423816437777813_9201921969259174209_n.jpg)