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(aka "Perversion Story" or "Una Sull'Altra" or "One on Top of the Other" or "Una Historia Perversa" or "La Machination" )

 

directed by Lucio Fulci
Italy/Spain/France 1969

 

George Dumurrier (Jean Sorel, A LIZARD IN A WOMAN'S SKIN) runs a San Francisco transplant clinic and is unhappy with ailing wife Susan (Marisa Mell, DANGER: DIABOLIK). He leaves his wife with a nurse - and clear instructions NOT to mix up her medications - to go on a business trip (actually a Vegas trip with his fashion photographer mistress Jane [Elsa Martinelli, THE 10TH VICTIM]). George is called back to discover his wife dead and that he is the recipient of her life insurance policy. At a strip club, George sees a dancer Monica (also Mell) who is a dead ringer for his well... dead wife and he begins to suspect that she is indeed Susan. With the police, private detectives, and other shady types suspecting George of murder, he and Martha must seek out the truth before George ends up in the gas chamber.

The first of Lucio Fulci's quartet of gialli (which was followed up by A LIZARD IN A WOMAN'S SKIN, also an Italian/French/Spanish co-production with Sorel and Alberto de Mendoza who here plays George's brother/business partner), PERVERSION STORY (released in the US in a longer cut as ONE ON TOP OF THE OTHER) is a breezy affair with VERTIGO-esque doubling (not to mention the San Francisco setting and sub-Saul Bass sliding credits opticals) with American supporting actors John Ireland and Faith Domergue (who later teamed up in the American horror sleeper HOUSE OF THE SEVEN CORPSES), a jazzy Riz Ortolani score and wild-angled photography by Alejandro Ulloa (NIGHT OF THE WEREWOLF). It has much in common with the pre-Dario Argento jet-set giallo films before the PSYCHO-influenced film genre (the original giallo paperbacks encompassed such whodunit authors as Agatha Christie and hardboiled detective titles by Dashiell Hammett) turned towards the distorted realities and fantasies of the warped human mind (which the remainder of Fulci's giallo output reflected with the aforementioned LIZARD, DON'T TORTURE A DUCKLING [which carried over LIZARD's Florinda Bolkan], and finally THE PSYCHIC [which carried over DUCKLING's Marc Porel]).

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: April 1973 (USA)

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DVD Review: Severin Films - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Review!

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Distribution

Severin Films

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:37:09
Video

1.83:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.5 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

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono; Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Severin Films

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.83:1

Edition Details:
• DISC ONE:
• U.S. Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 4:19)
• DISC TWO:
• Riz Ortolani Soundtrack CD (11 tracks; 30:58)

DVD Release Date: February 27th, 2007
Amaray

Chapters 16

 

Comments

Originally announced as an HD-mastered release from Anchor Bay that was scrapped because of, supposedly, unsatisfactory materials, Severin's transfer has earned some criticism because it is not the English export version. It is supposedly the French version which features more erotic footage. The English export version ran about 105 minutes and featured several bits of expository dialogue and some exclusive scenes. The French version does indeed feature some extended erotic footage (a French theatrical reissue appeared to have had access to all of the footage since - although it ran only 90 minutes - it featured the extended erotic footage as well as other footage exclusive to the English cut and the footage that was cut also ran across both versions). If this is indeed the French cut, it has been partially reconstructed. Firstly, the opening logo is German and the credits are in Italian (the French reissue version proves that French credits had been created using the same sliding opticals as the Italian originals).

 

The French track is absent but both the English and Italian tracks had to be re-edited to synchronize to this cut. Mastered in HD, the transfer is of course a massive visual improvement over the previous cassette releases (although the British pre-cert cassette was fully letterboxed and looked nice apart from some fading). The encoding seems faultless - apart from some minute edge enhancement - with the image quality only sometimes marred by an occasional scratch and one splice. Occasional shots are soft and may have come from other sources. PERVERSION STORY is also the English export title of the Italian/Spanish thriller LAS TROMPETAS DEL APOCALIPSIS and the British title for Lucio Fulci's BEATRICE CENZI (both 1969). The theatrical trailer is the only extra on the first disc (judging by the optical effects, it seems to have been based on the export trailer but the "color by Movielab" card suggests that the export trailer was incorporated into the US advertising). Disc Two features the CD soundtrack composed by Riz Ortolani (it is a nice offering but not at all rare as the soundtrack has had at least two issues on CD and was in print on LP before that). The CD is the 11 track album version (Dagored released an extended 15 track version in 2001). Severin's PERVERSION STORY is also available in a 2-pack with Fulci's THE PSYCHIC available HERE.

  - Eric Cotenas

 



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