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directed by Julian Richards
UK 2003

 

While director Julian Richards was making a documentary diary about his cousin, who is a male stripper, he thought of the idea, to make a similar approach for a male serial killer.

At times drawing heavy on "Man Bites Dog", with a touch of "American Psycho", "The Last Horror Movie" quickly becomes a bit boring. It lacks the psychopathic and erratic mise-en-scene of "Man Bites Dog" and more important its satire. But close to the end, Richards concludes the film with a unique and quiet frankly scary scenario, which in more than one sense suggests this to be the last horror movie.

Watching it for the second time, the film grows on you. Its humor, mainly thru psychopath killer Max, becomes more visible. A very likely candidate for a cult film, and quiet frankly, bloody good fun.

Henrik Sylow

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Theatrical Release: August 24, 2003 (London FrightFest Film Festival)

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DVD Comparison:

Hart Sharp Video (Fangoria presents Gorezone Video) - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Tartan Video - Region 0 - PAL vs. Jinga Films / MVD Visual - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas and Henrik Sylow for the Screen Caps!

(Hart Sharp Video (Fangoria presents Gorezone Video) - Region 0 - NTSC - LEFT vs. Tartan Video - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE vs. Jinga Films / MVD Visual - Region 0 - NTSC - RIGHT)

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Distribution

Hart Sharp Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Tartan Video
Region 0 - PAL
Jinga Films / MVD Visual
Region 0 - NTSC
Runtime 1:15:36 1:15:43 1:16:03
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.34 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.75:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 8.19 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.67 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.

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Hart Sharp Video (Fangoria presents Gorezone Video)

 

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Tartan Video

 

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Jinga Films / MVD Visual

 

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo

English DTS 5.1; English Dolby Digital 5.1; English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo

English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo

Subtitles English, Spanish, none none none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Hart Sharp Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Audio Commentary by director Julian Richards and actor Kevin Howarth
• Deleted Scenes:
• - 'The Nazi Woman' (4:3; 2:02)
• - 'The News Agent' (4:3; 0:56)
• - 'The Art Student' (4:3; 1:24)
• - 'Grandma' (4:3; 2:00)
• Behind the Scenes (4:3; 9:35)
• Cast Auditions (4:3; 5:10)
• Director's Friend's Short 'The Shoe Collector' (2:57)
• Trailers for 'Corn', 'Gypsy 83', and 'Virgin'

DVD Release Date: 7 December 2004
Amaray

Chapters 18
 

Release Information:
Studio: Tartan Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.75:1

Edition Details:
• Audio Commentary by director Julian Richards and writer Kevin Howarth
• Deleted Scenes (4:3; 6:36)
• Behind the Scenes (4:3; 9:37)
• Cast Auditions (4:3; 5:11)
• Theatrical Trailer (4:3; 1:25)
• Short Films:
• - Pirates (4:3; 21:41)
• - Self Help (4:3; 3:03)
• Tartan Trailer Reel

 

DVD Release Date: 24 October 2005
Amaray

Chapters 16

Release Information:
Studio: Jinga Films / MVD Visual

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Audio Commentary by director Julian Richards and writer Kevin Howarth
• Behind the Scenes (16:9; 9:58)
• Cast Auditions (16:9; 6:27)

 

DVD Release Date: July 22nd, 2014
Amaray

Chapters 11

 

Comments

Jinga Films' single layer disc reproduces the film's major extras in a domestic edition that features an anamorphic transfer (unlike the earlier release). Audio is Dolby Digital 2.0 only, but Henrik says below of the UK release that the 5.1 upmixes are inferior. While it's not comprehensive, this new edition is perfectly respectable.

 

Henrik on the Tartan release: Tartan presents the film in 1.78:1 (16x9), which differs from the two other formats, it has been released in: 1.85:1 theatrically US and UK, and 1.33:1 theatrically Germany.

Shot on DigiBeta and MiniDV, then adjusted with filters, the image is nothing less than beautiful. Totally crisp in sharpness, no visible artifacts. It just looks great.

As always, Tartan as added 2.0, 5.1 and DTS, which as most of the time, is overkill. Nothing is gained from the DTS, and if I have to be honest, the 2.0 sounds the best.

Additional material begins with an audio commentary by with director Julian Richards and leading actor Kevin Howarth. It is not that good a commentary, but for students of film, I can strongly recommend it, as Richards talk a lot about influences, about how he did this and that.

Two earlier shots by Richards are added, as well as a featurette, deleted scenes and more.

 - Eric Cotenas

 


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(Hart Sharp Video (Fangoria presents Gorezone Video) - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP vs. Tartan Video - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE vs. Jinga Films / MVD Visual - Region 0 - NTSC - BOTTOM)

 

 


(Hart Sharp Video (Fangoria presents Gorezone Video) - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP vs. Tartan Video - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE vs. Jinga Films / MVD Visual - Region 0 - NTSC - BOTTOM)

 

 


(Hart Sharp Video (Fangoria presents Gorezone Video) - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP vs. Tartan Video - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE vs. Jinga Films / MVD Visual - Region 0 - NTSC - BOTTOM)

 

 


(Hart Sharp Video (Fangoria presents Gorezone Video) - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP vs. Tartan Video - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE vs. Jinga Films / MVD Visual - Region 0 - NTSC - BOTTOM)

 

 


(Hart Sharp Video (Fangoria presents Gorezone Video) - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP vs. Tartan Video - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE vs. Jinga Films / MVD Visual - Region 0 - NTSC - BOTTOM)

 

 


(Hart Sharp Video (Fangoria presents Gorezone Video) - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP vs. Tartan Video - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE vs. Jinga Films / MVD Visual - Region 0 - NTSC - BOTTOM)

 

 


 

Report Card:

 

Image:

Draw - the Tartan and Jinga editions

Sound:

Tartan for the 5.1 upmixes (draw for original stereo mix)

Extras: Draw - The UK editions for the deleted scenes and short films
Menu: Draw

 
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Distribution

Hart Sharp Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Tartan Video
Region 0 - PAL
Jinga Films / MVD Visual
Region 0 - NTSC

 



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