The forbidden door
March 25, 2022
Three horror films — Ballad in the blood, House on the Edge of the Park and The forbidden door – are out on disc on March 29 from MVD Entertainment Group and Severin Films.
House on the Edge of the Park (1980) will be available on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. For his follow-up cannibal holocaust, director Ruggero Deodato delivers one of the most disturbing exploitation films of all time. In the film, David Hess, of The last house on the left infamy, stars as a charismatic psychopath who, along with his equally unhinged sidekick (Giovanni Lombardo Radice of city of the living dead), transforms a meeting of chic New Yorkers into a test of class struggle and sexual violence. Anne Belle (Absurd), Christian Borromeo (dark) and Lorraine De Selle (Wild animals) co-starred in that infamous DPP 39 “nasty video” from the screenwriters of The New York Ripper with an original soundtrack by Riz Ortolani. The film is scanned uncut in 4K from the original negative. Special features of the limited edition three-disc Blu-ray set include audio commentary by Bruce Holecheck (Cinema Arcana) and Art Ettinger (ultraviolent); interviews with Deodato, cinematographer Sergio D’Offizi and Radice; “External Beauty & Internal Ugliness,” an archival interview with David Hess; “House Sweet House”, an interview with scenographer Antonello Geleng; and Deodato Holocaust, a feature-length documentary by Felipe M. Guerra that explores film-by-film the triumphs, tragedies and controversies of Deodato; deleted scenes; and a soundtrack on CD. Extras on DVD include audio commentary by Bruce Holecheck (Cinema Arcana) and Art Ettinger (ultraviolent); interviews with Deodato, cinematographer Sergio D’Offizi and Radice; “External Beauty & Internal Ugliness,” an archival interview with David Hess; and “House Sweet House”, an interview with set designer Antonello Geleng.
Available only on DVD is Ballad in the blood (2016). For his first film in 23 years, Deodato, the director of ItaloSleaze classics such as cannibal holocaust, House on the Edge of the Park and The Adventurers of Atlantis — explored a different breed of butchery inspired by the murder of an exchange student in Perugia that shocked the world. In the film, after a wild night of sex, drugs, and clubbing, a young woman, her boyfriend, and her dealer pal wake up to find her straight roommate brutally murdered. Special features include an interview with Deodato; an interview with Nina Burleigh, author of New York Times Bestseller The Fatal Gift of Beauty: The Essays of Amanda Knox; “It Happened in Perugia”, an interview with film historian Fabio Melelli; “Things to do in Perugia when you’re dead”, an interview with actress Noemi Smorra; an interview with executive producer Raffaele Mertes; a behind-the-scenes featurette; and trailers.
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The forbidden door (2009) will be available on DVD and for the first time in North America on Blu-ray Disc. With his disturbing third feature, Joko Anwar, Indonesian writer/director of Impetigore and the remake of Satan’s Slave, has become one of the most audacious filmmakers of the new genre in the world. In the film, as a successful young sculptor increasingly loses his grip on sanity, he imagines that his wife, friends and family are all conspiring against him and begins to fill his best-selling works with a indescribable human matter, becomes obsessed with the brutal abuse of the hidden camera. videos, and inevitably draws closer to the most gruesome final act of them all. Special features include audio commentary with Anwar; an interview with Anwar; deleted and extended scenes with optional commentary by Anwar; a behind-the-scenes featurette; Images of Herosase; a gallery of posters and still images; and trailers.