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(aka "A Quite Place to Kill" )

 

directed by Umberto Lenzi
Italy/Spain 1970

 

After narrowly surviving a crash, race car driver Helen (Carroll Baker) gets a letter from her gigolo ex-husband Maurice (Jean Sorel) suggesting she come down to his villa on the Riviera to recover. She arrives to discover that he has married the rich Solange (Lisa Halvorsen). It seems that not only does Maurice want to continue their relationship but Solange is also interested in Helen. Solange reveals to Helen that it was she who wrote asking her to come and that she wants Helen to help her kill Maurice. Things do not go exactly as planned due to some double-crossing which is then further complicated by a judge-playing-detective (Luis Davila), a possibly-incriminating roll of 8mm film, and the arrival of Solange's inquisitive daughter from a previous marriage Constance (Anna Proclaimer). Not to be confused with Lenzi's ORGASMO (1969) also with Carroll Baker which was released in the US with an X-rating as PARANOIA, this PARANOIA (1970) was subsequently released in the US as A QUITE PLACE TO KILL (again, not to be confused with Lenzi's UN POSTO IDEALE PER UCCIDERE which was released in the states as DIRTY PICTURES and is better known as OASIS OF FEAR) and is one of a quartet of provocative jet-set giallo thrillers directed by Lenzi starring Carroll Baker (and capitalizing on the Hollywood starlet's now rather tame nudity) that included the aforementioned ORGASMO, KNIFE OF ICE, and SO SWEET SO PERVERSE (along with THE SWEET BODY OF DEBORAH - also featuring Sorel - from the same production team but directed by Romolo Guerrieri). Guglielmo Mancori's Techniscope photography zips and zooms across the Majorca locations (the film also recycles the memorable Weiss and the Airdales song "Just Tell Me" previously heard in ORGASMO for a zoom-happy nightclub scene).

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 1973 (USA)

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DVD Comparison:

Millenium Storm - Region 2 - PAL vs. Trash Mountain Video - Region 2 - NTSC

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for all the Screen Caps!

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Distribution

Millenium Storm

Region 2 - PAL

Trash Mountain Video
Region 2 - NTSC
Runtime 1:29:57 (4% PAL speedup) 1:29:51 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

2.40:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.53 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.29 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

 

Millenium Storm

 

Bitrate:

 

Trash Mountain Video

 

Audio Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono)

Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono)

Subtitles none Japanese, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Millenium Storm

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.40:1

Edition Details:
• none

DVD Release Date:
Amaray

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio: Trash Mountain Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• Trailers for L'HAREM (4:3; 2:35) and KNIFE OF ICE (4:3; 2:55)
 

DVD Release Date: 30 July 2004
Amaray

Chapters 9

 

Comments

PARANOIA was one of a handful of Italian genre titles that got coveted though expensive DVD releases in Japan several years ago with their equivalent Italian DVD releases coming about a few years later despite the availability of digital masters. The Japanese transfers were PAL-NTSC transfers with Italian audio options only as is the case here. The Italian Millenium Storm option is similarly not English-friendly but the same PAL master looks better (and is cheaper) here minus the conversion artifacts (although a few shots exhibit some combing).

The cover of the Italian disc incorrectly cites a 5.1 track and a 1.85:1 aspect ratio. The English version has yet to make its digital bow (it was released on cassette twice in the US; the first in its R-rated US version and the second more widely seen edition as a cut TV print, both cropped form their scope ratio).

 - Eric Cotenas

 



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Report Card:

 

Image:

Millenium Storm

Sound:

Trash Mountain Video

Extras: Trash Mountain Video
Menu: Draw

 
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