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Author Topic: Absurd / Rosso sangue (Aristide Massaccesi as Peter Newton, 1981)  (Read 17799 times)

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So, what's the best version of this one? I would imagine there's a German DVD out there, how does it look?
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Well...like a patchwork job really. :-\

The quality varies drastically based on different source material, which was added to the original German cut of the film. Back in the 70's/80's a lot of exploitation movies lost scenes, which the distributors considered "boring"/"unneccesary" etc over there...and it didn't get better when the first flicks arrived on German VHS. :o
On the "plus side" (for German fans anyway ::)) , a lot of these releases got additional dialogue or sound effects/music in the German releases missing from any other world wide version.
For instance, George Eastman's cannibal in "Antropophagus" has a small "monologue" just before the flashback to his wife and son. my fave though is "The Beyond" with added spooky sound effects and slightly alternate use of music, not to mention the glorious opening in colour instead of sepia! :P
Back to "Absurd": The biggest minus for any non German speaking fan is the absence of an English/Italian audio track. It's only offered in German and the sound isn't much better than on the old VHS, same goes for the overall picture, which is still far from the worst early German DVD releases of "banned movies". The first "Antropophagus" DVDs looked like a nightmare compared to "Absurd", which is not really good, but watchable, considering the lack of alternate releases :) :)
The "Astro" DVD also contained a fairly interesting documentary on D'Amato, which basically only consists of shots/scenes from his films and an informative narration, sadly also only offered in German.
Sadly, they also changed the opening credits to suit their idea of marketing the DVD as "Antropophagus II", since the movie was already banned as "Absurd" and "Ausgeburt der Hölle" on a couple of earlier VHS releases. Naturally it didn't take the DVD too long to suffer the same fate. :-[

Some might also find the change of language in the added scenes annoying, mostly sudden bursts of Italian, but there's also one additional scene in English. Most irritating though is the inclusion of a banal scene at the party with NO dialogue or suitable sound, for which the sound of the FOLLOWING scene with a prowling Eastman was used, probably because this sound mostly consists of the film's music (with Eastman's footsteps in the back).

It's a shame this movie has to linger in obscurity, "thanks" to it being owned by a major who probably couldn't care less... ??? ??? :-[ :-* :)

The dub is pretty good though, but I doubt that would make the viewing for non German speakers any more pleasant. >:(
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José, when you post the Spanish cover art, could you also include the exact running times of each tape? This would be really helpful.
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You have reason Marc....But the problem is that not you where they are !!!!!!!!!!....I have hundred of original at two home that I have.....

A great problem that now has me overflowed !!!!!!!!!!    :-[


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I have checked the Italian Schendene tape and - it's cut badly.
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I have a fan-made widescreen, uncut composite that an American trader once sent me. Looks very good and its in English. Its from the German DVD and some other VHS source. 
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I have a fan-made widescreen, uncut composite that an American trader once sent me. Looks very good and its in English. Its from the German DVD and some other VHS source. 

Possibly the US tape from Wizard Video under the title MONSTER HUNTER in one of those big fancy boxes you don't see anymore. I used to have it but not anymore. The quality was good on it.
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I still have that tape! Great cover but unrelated to the movie LOL
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I've only seen this once, back in the early 1990s. I bought the Medusa VHS from a nearby secondhand shop, along with ANTHROPOPHAGOUS. I remember it being very deliberately paced, punctuated with some spectacular gore scenes that really interrupt the narrative (much like Woo's HARD BOILED has a fairly middling narrative that is punctuated at regular twenty minute-or-so intervals by some spectacular shootouts). At the time, I lent it to a friend who absolutely hated the film.

I transferred my VHS onto DVD-R about two years ago, but I still haven't got round to revisiting the film.
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I watched this movie for the first time last Saturday night, after some good samaritan uploaded a VHS-rip via Rapidshare*...At the risk of sounding film-school, this movie has some of the worst art direction I've ever seen in an Italian film - that's not neccessarily a bad thing - watching the characters drifting through the most horrid interiors and badly-lit spaces, gives the film a strange, grim power. And George Eastman is pretty fantastic in this. I would even say that if You took the money shots out, the film has enough juice to survive a viewing...

*If the Mods are okay with it, I'll post the link where You can download the entire film...uncut I believe, with English dub....

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*If the Mods are okay with it, I'll post the link where You can download the entire film...uncut I believe, with English dub....


No links to downloads please.  :-X
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