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(aka "Demoni 2: L'incubo ritorna" or "Demons 2: The NIghtmare Returns")

 

directed by Lamberto Bava
Italy 1986

 

The demon plague from the first film apparently did not end the world, and the Chernobyl-esque effected area has been walled off; and the infiltration of this forbidden zone is the subject of a very cinematic television documentary that holds a number of the residents of a high-tech high-rise riveted to their television screens for the evening. Teenager Sally (Coralina Cataldi Tassoni, OPERA) is having a mini-meltdown over her appearance at her own birthday party, medical student George (David Knight) must tend to his pregnant wife Hannah's (BODY COUNT) food cravings, high-class prostitute Mary (Virginia Bryant, THE BARBARIANS) is visiting a client (Michele Mirabella, previously tarantula chow in Fulci's THE BEYOND), while Tommy (Marco Vivio of Bava's A BLADE IN THE DARK and UNTIL DEATH) has been left alone while his parents are out on the town. In nods to Cronenberg's VIDEODROME and SHIVERS, a demon comes through the TV screen and infects Sally, who subsequently spreads the contagion to her partygoers, and they to the rest of the building. Sally bleeds ALIEN-style acid blood that burns through the floor and shorts the building's electrical systems, trapping everyone inside. DEMONS' Lino Salemme (who also appeared in Bava's DELIRIUM and GRAVEYARD DISTURBANCE) and Bobby Rhodes are cast, respectively, as the building's security guard and its gym's physical trainer. Davide Mariotta, the dwarf under the heavy Sergio Stivaletti make-up for PHENOMENA'S mutant child, doubles for a child actor Vivio (who under demon make-up. Bryant would play the writer heroine of Bava's TV movie THE OGRE and the wife of a terrorized producer in Bava's THE PRINCE OF TERROR. Antonio Cantafora, the protagonist of Mario Bava's BARON BLOOD, has a supporting role here as the father of Ingrid (Asia Argento, THE STENDHAL SYNDROME). Stefano Molinari, plays the film-within-a-film (or TV screen) demon, later terrorized Tassoni as a zombie in Andreas Marfori's EVIL DEAD-ripoff (with some nods to Bava's DEMONS) EVIL CLUTCH. Lamberto Bava himself cameos as Sally's father.

While Geretta Geretta's Rosemary was
DEMONS memorable monster, that honor goes to Tassoni's Sally (named after DEMONS actress Sally Day) in the sequel. Besides the trapped-in-a-building with monsters scenario, similarities with the first film include events in the film-within-a-film paralleled in the "real world," a demonized human birthing a less-humanoid demon (this one looks like a cross between a gargoyle and a Gremlin), a central couple who tend to fade into the background amidst unintentionally colorful supporting characters, a daughter of producer Dario Argento cast prominently, and Bobby Rhodes taking charge. There's another road-tripping punk quartet, but their story ends differently. The compilation soundtrack is more pop-based this time around with songs by The Smiths, The Cult, Art of Noise, Peter Murphy, as well as a particularly fitting track by Dead Can Dance. Simon Boswell provides the original score this time around; but, aside from his arena-style main theme, the rest of the suspense cues sound like variations on his scores for Michele Soavi's STAGE FRIGHT and Lamberto Bava's DELIRIUM. Stivaletti's transformation effects are a bit more elaborate (although some of the camera coverage of them might evoke titters rather than terror), and Bava's regular cameraman Gianlorenzo Battaglia slathers on the blue gel lighting and exaggerates the features of the demons with wide-angle close-ups. Much of the haute coutre worn by Sally and her party guests was created by Nicola Trussardi (for whom Argento had directed a fashion show).

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: February 1987 (USA)

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Anchor Bay - Region 1 - NTSC vs. vs. Arrow Video - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the DVD Screen Caps!

1) Anchor Bay - Region 1 - NTSC - LEFT

2) Arrow Video - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

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Distribution

Anchor Bay

Region 1 - NTSC

Arrow Video
Region 'B' - Blu-ray

Demons and Demons 2 are sold on Blu-ray from Arrow as a Limited Edition Steelbook package together:

Runtime 1:31:06 1:31:05.459
Video

1.65:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.29 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 19,013,980,093 bytes

Feature: 16,453,933,056 bytes

Video Bitrate: 15.90 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

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Anchor Bay

 

Bitrate:

 

Arrow Video Blu-ray

 

Audio English Dolby Digital 5.1; English Dolby Digital 2.0 surround

LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
* LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
* LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
LPCM Audio Italian 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit

Subtitles none English HoH, English (for the Italian audio), none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Anchor Bay

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.65:1

Edition Details:
• Audio Commentary with director Lamberto Bava, effects artist Sergio Stivaletti, and journalist Loris Curci
• Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 2:55)
• Trailers for DEMONS, PHENOMENA, TENEBRE, RE-ANIMATOR, and PHANTASM

DVD Release Date: September 25, 2007
Amaray

Chapters 16
 

Release Information:
Studio: Arrow Video

 

Aspect Ratio: - 1.66:1

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray
Disc Size: 19,013,980,093 bytes
Feature: 16,453,933,056 bytes
Video Bitrate: 15.90 Mbps
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

 

Edition Details:
• The audio recollections of director Lamberto Bava, Mechanical Creations & Transformation Artist Sergio Stivaletti and Journalist Loris Curci
• Creating Creature Carnage: Extensive Interview with makeup man Sergio Stivaletti (20:29)
• Bava to Bava: Luigi Cozzi tracks the history of the Italian horror film; from Riccardo Freda and Mario Bava to the end of the golden age with Michele Soavi and Lamberto Bava as well as considering recent Italian horror films
(16:49)
 

Blu-ray Release Date: May 21st, 2012
Four option reversible sleeve with original poster and video artwork with additional fifth artwork panel featuring all-new Jeff Zornow artwork

Chapters 13

 

Comments

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Arrow - Region 'B' Blu-ray - May 2012: I can't speak to the colors - I have no idea what Demons 2 looked like theatrically. But the 1080P transfer improves in a number of areas including (human) skin tones and background details. Is that one brown-eyed zombie's face originally reddish pink or green? Some colors on the 1.66:1 framed Blu-ray look faded - but, again, I plead ignorance. You are free to make up your own minds. However, information lost in the dark background of the Anchor Bay is now highly visible with the brighter Arrow Blu-ray. I should note that the 1080P is a tad cropped on the right edge although it is advertised as being 'Restored from the original camera negative by Cineteca di Bologna'. The DVD definitely looks to have some black boosting and looks video-like. The Arrow HD is single-layered with a modest bitrate (3x that of the SD) but I thought it looked good in-motion and it gave me a decent presentation.

Audio gives lossless 2.0 channels options for both English and Italian - no 5.1. I thought it sounded quite good with crisp screams and punchy effects. There are optional subtitles on the region 'B' Blu-ray disc.

Supplements include the same audio as found on the DVD - recollections of director Lamberto Bava, Mechanical Creations & Transformation Artist Sergio Stivaletti and Journalist Loris Curci. There is also a 20-minute interview with Sergio Stivaletti entitled - Creating Creature Carnage covering a lot of details of his craft and the film. Bava to Bava is 17-minutes of Luigi Cozzi tracking the history of the Italian horror film; from Riccardo Freda and Mario Bava to the end of the golden age with Michele Soavi and Lamberto Bava as well as considering recent Italian horror films - in Italian with English subtitles. The Arrow packaging itself is impressive - described as 'Four option reversible sleeve with original poster and video artwork with additional fifth artwork panel featuring all-new Jeff Zornow artwork'.

If possible this holds even more intensity than Demons and a little more cheese too. I had fun with this - you, honestly, get caught up in it and Bava fans will get a lot out of this complete Arrow Blu-ray edition.   

 - Gary Tooze

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ON THE DVD: DEMONS 2 was first released on VHS in the US by Imperial Home Entertainment in an MPAA-snipped mono version (the film did poorly on its initial US playdates and never went wide theatrically stateside). The uncut export version - with Dolby Stereo track intact - was released on VHS and laserdisc in Japan. The Roan Group laserdisc was the first domestic release of the uncut version, and featured a Chace Surround remix (also in AC3). Anchor Bay's 1999 DVD featured the same non-anamorphic transfer (with audio in Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 surround). In 2007, Anchor Bay reissued a couple of its Dario Argento Collection titles in 16:9. PHENOMENA and TENEBRE looked like poor upscales, but DEMONS and DEMONS 2 were new transfers. Their single-layer transfer of DEMONS 2 looks the better of the two, despite some serious image jittering during a couple exterior scenes (this is a fault of the original cinematography as it appears on the cassette releases). Carried over from the Roan laser and 1999 DVD is an audio commentary with director Lamberto Bava and effects artist Sergio Stivaletti moderated by Lori Curci (Bava's son Roy is present on the track to help out with his father's English). The film's trailer and some start-up trailers are the only other extras.

 - Eric Cotenas

 


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Distribution

Anchor Bay

Region 1 - NTSC

Arrow Video
Region 'B' - Blu-ray

Demons and Demons 2 are sold on Blu-ray from Arrow as a Limited Edition Steelbook package together:

 


 




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