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Directed by Nico Mastorakis
USA 1990

 

High profile fashion photographer Scott Bruin has been suffering from a series of increasingly disturbing and violent dreams in which he savagely attacks and murders a young woman. Fearing for his sanity, Scott begins to investigate these strange visions, but slowly starts to believe that these all-too-real seeming nightmares might not be dreams after all and that the woman in them is in imminent danger. As his investigation progresses, Scott unwittingly finds himself in the center of a sinister conspiracy much stranger than his wildest nightmares.

An ultra-stylized, DePalma-esque, neo-noir erotic thriller from cult filmmaker Nico Mastorakis (Island of Death, Blind Date), IN THE COLD OF THE NIGHT stars Jeff Lester (Star Trek IV), Adrianne Sachs (Robocop), Brian Thompson (Cobra), David Soul (Starsky & Hutch), and Shannon Tweed (Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death), along with a guest appearance from Tippi Hedren (The Birds) and striking cinematography by Andreas Bellis (Thriller - A Cruel Picture).

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In the Cold of the Night is an above-average erotic thriller, directed with superb visual style by Nico Mastorakis, but plagued by an uneven, derivative plot. Photographer Scott Bruin (Jeff Lester) is very successful but begins to have frightening visions of himself murdering a beautiful woman. When he meets the woman in those dreams, Kimberly (Adrienne Sachs), they begin a highly charged romance. When Scott becomes suspicious, he finds out information which leads to a "surprise" ending. In the Cold of the Night generated a great deal of controversy when it was originally released, and director Mastorakis had to cut the film to avoid an X rating. Despite the cuts and the weak plot, the extraordinary visual style of Mastorakis, and the haunting cinematography make In the Cold of the Night a treat for fans of erotic thrillers or anyone who appreciates technique and style in filmmaking.

Excerpt from B+N located HERE

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Theatrical Release: July 16th, 1990 (video premiere)

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Review: Vinegar Syndrome - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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Distribution Vinegar Syndrome - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:52:45.800       
Video

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 36,829,721,612 bytes

Feature: 34,707,409,536 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.89 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 2233 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2233 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1645 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1645 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles English (SDH), None
Features Release Information:
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Vinegar Syndrome

 

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 36,829,721,612 bytes

Feature: 34,707,409,536 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.89 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Archival behind-the-scenes featurette (04:24)
Archival image gallery (02:49)
Original trailer (03:16)
Reversible cover artwork


Blu-ray Release Date:
March 26th, 2019
Standard Blu-ray Case with embossed slipcover

Chapters 6

 

 

Comments:

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

Newly scanned and restored in 4k from its 35mm original camera negative is Nico Mastorakis' 1990 Skinemax "In the Cold of the Night", fully uncut in its NC-17 form. The 1.85:1 HD image benefits from the 4k scanning, showing an impressive amount of detail in every shot. The film is housed on a dual-layered (BD-50) Blu-ray disc with a maxed-out bitrate. Colors almost jump off the screen, with reds and blues showing a wide spectrum of hues, thanks to a solid contrast. This is quite possibly one of the most impressive transfers from Vinegar Syndrome in some time, granted the film is not that old. The captures speak for themselves.

We are given the option of watching "In the Cold of the Night" with either a 5.1 or 2.0 24-bit DTS-HD Master audio track. That classic sexy saxophone music, so omnipresent in soft-core films of this ilk, is front and center. Though there is some impressive separation in the 5.1 track, the 2.0 gets the job done, so to speak. There are optional English SDH subtitles on this Region Free
Blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome.

Vinegar Syndrome have included only a small amount of extras here, starting with a 4-minute archival behind-the-scenes featurette mostly consisting of footage from the film. There is a 3-minute image gallery and the film's original trailer. There is also some steamier reversible cover artwork on this
Blu-ray.

While thematically nowhere near Mastorakis' bonkers "Island of Death", "In the Cold of the Night" is way more entertaining than it has any right to be. Peppered throughout the nudity and sexual setpieces are some pretty clever and silly lines of dialogue. Though only sporadically rising above the typical 90s soft-core Skinemax trappings, Mastorakis' film is worth checking out. I would recommend to those curious.

Colin Zavitz

 


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