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Die Screaming, Marianne [Blu-ray]
(Pete Walker, 1971)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Pete Walker Film Productions
Video: Redemption / Kino
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 34,385,989,856 bytes
Feature Size: 28,808,598,336 bytes
Video Bitrate: 31.65 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: February 12th, 2013
Aspect ratio: 1.66:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Commentary: LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
• Commentary by Pete Walker and film critic Jonathan Rigby
• An Eye For Terror - Part 1(12:22) - 2012 interview with Pete Walker produced by Elijah Drenner
• 3 Pete Walker Trailers
Description: Marianne (Susan George, Straw Dogs), following the sudden death of her mother, stands to inherit the family fortune, along with several documents that could incriminate her corrupt judge of a father. Now, her sister and her father both want their hands on Marianne's inheritance and they'll stop at nothing, even murder, to get it!
The first horror film from notorious British director Pete Walker, this is a brutal but rather pedestrian pulp thriller about a fetching young go-go dancer (Susan George, in her first starring role) who is stalked in and around an isolated house by ruthless assassins determined to prevent her from reaching her 21st birthday. It seems Marianne is in line for a sizable inheritance from the man she claims is her father -- a crooked magistrate whose career is threatened by her very existence. As if that weren't enough, knowledge of the girl's newfound wealth inspires a team of would-be kidnappers who show up at the villa to beef up the body count. Fans of Walker's blood-drenched thrillers might detect a glimmer of burgeoning talent here, but the suspense is hampered by a clunky script and silly dialogue, and the lovely George is probably just warming up for the following year's Straw Dogs. Also known as Die Beautiful, Marianne.Excerpt from MRQE located HERE
Marianne (Susan George) is a go-go dancer in Portugal who flees her family. Stumbling down a hillside she is nearly run over by creepy Sebastian (Christopher Sandford) who just happens to be on his way to London. He offers her a lift and, a fortnight later, she is living with him in his flat when he springs a surprise registry wedding on her. Desperate to get out of the situation, she fills in the best man's name on the form and technically ends up marrying him instead. The best man, Eli, is played by the familiar baby-face of Barry (Doctor In The House) Evans who gives the film the unfortunate appearance of a 1970s' sitcom whenever he is on screen. Walker has since said that he would have preferred to have had his friend Ian McShane play the part instead if he had been free at the time. Or anyone else, really...Excerpt from VideoVista located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Die Screaming, Marianne came out as part of a British Horror Quadruple Feature of Pete Walker films on DVD, reviewed HERE, and late last year (2012) Redemption offered it as part of their The Pete Walker Collection on Blu-ray HERE. While it certainly looks better than the previous SD - there is still some minor digitization present. It is clean and a bit glossy. This is dual-layered with a strong bitrate and has many positives to the 1080P image quality. Colors seem brighter and truer than SD could relate, detail is surprisingly strong, notable in close-ups, and the contrast exhibits decent black levels. The many daylight scenes are bright and impressive. This Blu-ray is a bit flat but produces a worthy presentation.
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Audio comes in the form of a linear PCM 2.0 channel stereo track at 2304 kbps. I wouldn't say it was robust although a few effect instances stand-out for their depth. Cyril Ornadel's score isn't particularly remarkable but seems strangely suitable for the film and probably benefits a bit from the uncompressed rendering. There are no subtitle options and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
There is a commentary by Pete Walker and film critic Jonathan Rigby as the director reminisces about the production. There is also a 12-minute An Eye For Terror - 'Part 1' 2012 interview with Pete Walker and Elijah Drenner, as well as 3 Pete Walker film trailers.
February 9th, 2013
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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