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Author Topic: The House That Screamed / La Residencia (Narciso Serrador, 1969)  (Read 19295 times)

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I haven't ordered this intrigued and would love more details after seeing this Amazon review ( poorly translated taboot )
Uncut Version is tucked available in WIDESCREEN ... but unfortunately not anamorphic :( ( i did not add this icon but left it on as it made me laugh)
From C. R on November 14, 2015
At first I was a bit skeptical because the uncut version was indeed given only "Extra" and in frame ... The shorter version is inflated anamorphic - dadurcht unfortunately qualitatively quite bad .... in German, Spanish or English - without subtitles. The uncut version, however, is also available in wide screen - not described in full-screen format on the packaging. For it but unfortunately in 4: 3 format ... from her picture but at least bearable. Why this complete version is not the same in 16: 9 were scanned me enigmatic. This version can also be seen in German or English. Because the film was shot in English and Palmer uses her own voice here, at least the good news.
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I haven't ordered this intrigued and would love more details after seeing this Amazon review


I've got this on order from Amazon so will post up some screens and give my opinion once it touches down.
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My copy arrived today. I've only had a few mins to skim through both versions but unfortunately a bit of a missed opportunity.


Looks like most of the effort and care has gone into the packaging which is very nice with some cracking artwork, sadly the presentation of the main feature isn't quite up to scratch.


The main (default) version on the disc (99 mins) looks horrible (see screens from the link Babybreeze posted), soft picture with blurry edges. It made my eyes water just looking at it for a few mins!


The 101 min version (I can confirm it does run for this length), although accessible as a bonus feature looks much sharper. Default aspect ratio is a little screwed up but with a bit of tinkering, in my opinion it's perfectly watchable. I haven't had time to check how complete it is, but judging by the various running times listed further down this thread, it may well be uncut.
I just wish they'd have used this version as the main feature and tried to tidy it up a bit. I can't see anyone wanting to watch the cut and inferior 99 min version...


More screens of the 101 min 'uncut' version found on the extras




Photo of the packaging
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Koukol

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Thanks, Luca (and Babybreese)
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Thanks for the screenshots, Luca!
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Blu-Ray coming from Scream Factory! No details yet though so we'll see what version but this is now one of my most anticipated releases.
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This news just made my summer!
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babybreese

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Here is today's announcement of a December 20th street. 
It curiously lists 99 min which will hopefully prove incorrect ( there is no 99 min variant ).
https://www.shoutfactory.com/film/film-horror/the-house-that-screamed

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Excellent spec update @ Shout's site today, and it's what I like to see.
Appears to be 2 versions, US cut and uncut export version. 
Sadly no other languages or subs but this shoudl be the full length version everyone has been waiting for.


https://www.shoutfactory.com/film/film-horror/the-house-that-screamed
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Thanks for this excellent info. Had my pre-order in long ago.
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Well, not what I Wanted to hear but this could still turn out to be the best presently available.  From Screams FB page
***THE HOUSE THAT SCREAMED Update***

We can officially announce today our final list of extras on our release of THE HOUSE THAT SCREAMED--a 1970 slasher film that clearly had some influence on Argento's Suspiria years later. Street date is December 27th.

• Two versions of the film:
- Theatrical version (in HD – 94 mins)
- Extended version (in HD with Standard Definition inserts – 104 mins)
• Interview with actor John Moulder-Brown
• Film Festival Q & A with actress Mary Maude
• Theatrical Trailer/TV Spot
• Radio Spots
• Still Gallery

Our new transfer was done from a CRI film element. The inserts came from an SD master, which was the only element we could find.

We hope you enjoy our presentation and we're very excited to be being this long-lost cult favorite in the best light possible.
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I think hardcore fans will find value in this,
but still hope ( like I do ) someone picks this up and does it justice. 
New viewers are likely to be less picky.

The CRI source looks extremely sharp providing great visuals, but audio could be much fuller,  the English track sounds a tad anemic.  I had never seen the US cut before outside of broadcasts ( always cut ), but the damage was worse than I feared as all scenes of violence are relieved of their highlights / climaxes.
The film's top 3 set pieces nutted in exchange an all ages GP rating  ???

Scream's Extended Cut is another frustration, as they use several minutes more of SD footage than required in their composite.  Why they chose not to use all of the HD transfer for the Extended I'll never understand, beyond a few seconds or so.   
One unnecessary 2 min section of SD material in the Extended Cut has a bad audio sync, not present in the HD version.  How this happened is not clear, Scream blames their source.  Whatever it was, it was fixable but possibly budget & / or time ran out?

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Well, buget and time shouldn't be much of an issue if anyone who likes this movie and with a little knowledge in the right software toolchains would have taken care of the composite version. At least they could have done some color corrections to the SD master to make it look a little more like the nice HD master. The following corrections took me about half an hour only using freeware tools:
http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/195232
And after spending a few hours more for a better upscale, I got these results for the SD inserts:







Not too bad for an upscale, huh?
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Great work, are you able to upload it somewhere for us? Thanks.
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