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Author Topic: Contronatura / The Unnaturals (Antonio Margheriti, 1969)  (Read 22399 times)

Stephen Grimes

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Classic gothic horror masterpiece set in 1920's England with Joachim Fuchsberger,Dominique Boschero and Luciano Piggozi (Alan Collins) at his creepy best,the English version of this appears to be very rare so we can only hope someone decides to take a chance and give it a SE dvd release.
There's a nice looking lbx vhs from Italian label Shendene.Anyone seen any other releases?

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Antonio Margheriti.com/Contronatura

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnnscYqJkOE




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Rogerio Ferraz

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Re: Contronatura / The Unnaturals (Antonio Margheriti, 1969)
« Reply #1 on: 24 Oct 2008 - 19:21 »

Nice one, Stephen!
This is definitely one of my favourite italian horror flicks ever! I didn´t know an english-dubbed version existed!  I was only aware of the German vhs release other than the Shendene tape!
Great atmospheric little film and criminally underated imo.
I consider it a classic example of why the italians were unsurpassed in the 60/70s when it came to delivering a great story on a low budget!  ;)
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Stephen Grimes

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Re: Contronatura / The Unnaturals (Antonio Margheriti, 1969)
« Reply #2 on: 24 Oct 2008 - 21:03 »

Great atmospheric little film and criminally underated imo.
Totally agree mate,he really was superb when it came to these period set films like SEVEN DEATHS IN THE CATS EYE which i think is quite similar in style to this.
I'll have to try and track down a copy of that German tape for a comparison,cheers Rog.

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Re: Contronatura / The Unnaturals (Antonio Margheriti, 1969)
« Reply #3 on: 25 Oct 2008 - 14:56 »

Like ANGEL FOR SATAN, THE UNNATURALS seems to have only had English language theatrical play in the UK before disappearing.  The English language version is not very rare, its simply unavailable until someone with deep pockets wants to deal with Movietime (as Medusa has apparently done with regard to HORRIBLE DR HICHCOCK).  The Italian cassette has English language credits.

Video Search of Miami used to sell an Italian dub and a Spanish dub but its no longer listed on their site.

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Re: Contronatura / The Unnaturals (Antonio Margheriti, 1969)
« Reply #4 on: 13 Jun 2009 - 11:50 »

The Italian cassette has English language credits.
The Italian language trailer also uses THE UNNATURALS title.
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Re: Contronatura / The Unnaturals (Antonio Margheriti, 1969)
« Reply #5 on: 14 Jun 2009 - 13:43 »

I agree, superb little film and dying for a decent DVD release. Great set of photobusta too.
I wonder whether the German print is cut? (Even though IMDB running times can be unreliable) IMDB lists 83 mins for it, whereas my Italian print runs for 87.
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Re: Contronatura / The Unnaturals (Antonio Margheriti, 1969)
« Reply #6 on: 15 Jun 2009 - 00:46 »

I agree, superb little film and dying for a decent DVD release. Great set of photobusta too.
I wonder whether the German print is cut? (Even though IMDB running times can be unreliable) IMDB lists 83 mins for it, whereas my Italian print runs for 87.

Since it's a German co-production, the German version may represent a different edit rather than being censored.

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Re: Contronatura / The Unnaturals (Antonio Margheriti, 1969)
« Reply #7 on: 15 Jun 2009 - 18:12 »

That's definitely possible. Does anyone have the German print for comparison?
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Re: Contronatura / The Unnaturals (Antonio Margheriti, 1969)
« Reply #8 on: 15 Jun 2009 - 18:43 »

That's definitely possible. Does anyone have the German print for comparison?

Afraid not.

I have the Shendene tape and from the looks of it, this might just be Margheriti's finest... if only I could understand what was going on in it! This badly needs an English-friendly DVD release.

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Re: Contronatura / The Unnaturals (Antonio Margheriti, 1969)
« Reply #9 on: 16 Jun 2009 - 11:59 »

I used to have the German version but binned it when the Shendene tape became available. It was definitely a lot shorter.
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Stephen Grimes

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Re: Contronatura / The Unnaturals (Antonio Margheriti, 1969)
« Reply #10 on: 12 Mar 2011 - 14:50 »

It appears that German label Red River Digital aka X Rated will be releasing this sometime in May.
No idea about English options though.


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Re: Contronatura / The Unnaturals (Antonio Margheriti, 1969)
« Reply #11 on: 12 Mar 2011 - 21:20 »

Great news. Fingers crossed for English options
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Re: Contronatura / The Unnaturals (Antonio Margheriti, 1969)
« Reply #12 on: 12 Mar 2011 - 21:45 »

Ooooh... nice! This is such a rarity. If this is a good-quality release I'll pick it up even if it turns out to be in German only.

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Re: Contronatura / The Unnaturals (Antonio Margheriti, 1969)
« Reply #13 on: 26 Mar 2011 - 16:35 »

Seems there will be a (limited?) big hardbox,a (unlimited?) small hardbox and an Amaray version (with reversible cover without FSK rating)...  ::)

No details on subs etc yet...

Here's some pics of the materials used (they're still working on the transfer I think)

http://forum.dvd-forum.at/attachment.php?attachmentid=51016&d=1300712718
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Re: Contronatura / The Unnaturals (Antonio Margheriti, 1969)
« Reply #14 on: 27 Mar 2011 - 09:11 »

Here's the artwork for the big hardbox and the Amaray versions,small hardbox artwork still has to be announced.

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