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Revenge aka "Inn of the Frightened People" [Blu-ray]
(Sidney Hayers, 1971)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: George H. Brown Productions
Region: 'B' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 20,314,534,753 bytes
Feature Size: 19,529,601,024 bytes
Video Bitrate: 26.00 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: May 20th, 2016
Aspect ratio: 1.66:1
Resolution: 1080p / 24.0 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
English (SDH), none
•Original Theatrical Trailer (2:46)
• Image Gallery (4:00)
Joan Collins, James Booth and Kenneth Griffith
star in this sensational, X-rated thriller in which an
ordinary family turn to vigilante justice in the wake of
their daughter's murder. With taut direction from Sidney Hayers and a tense script from The Saint screenwriter John
Kruse, Revenge was a notable success in both Britain and the
USA; it is featured here in a brand-new High Definition
transfer from the original film elements in its original
theatrical aspect ratio.
A barnstorming melodrama in which two grieving fathers (Booth and Barrett) kidnap the slimy recluse (Griffith) they suspect of being the rapist who murdered their pre-teen daughters. Having beaten him up somewhat over-enthusiastically, they stash the corpse in the cellar of Booth's pub pending disposal, only to find that he is still alive and an acute embarrassment, since they dare neither let him go nor despatch him in cold blood. Cue for some wild loony tunes as everybody concerned gets hysterically caught up in rape and violence. 'I don't know what's come over us' says Booth's wife (Collins), as she eagerly submits to sexual assault by her stepson.Excerpt from TimeOut located HERE
When pub owner Booth's daughter is murdered and the police are unable to come up with enough evidence to convict the suspected culprit, Booth and a buddy who also lost his daughter take their own brand of revenge. They kidnap the youth they believe is responsible and subject him to various tortures in an effort to get him to confess. But the kid doesn't budge, and when he turns up dead the theme switches to Booth's guilt and the possibility of having killed the wrong man. A sexual undertone is kept bubbling beneath the surface, with the potential ingredients present for the exploration of complex and important themes.Excerpt from TV Guide located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Revenge, also known by the many, less accurate, titles; After Jenny Died, Behind the Cellar Door, Inn of the Frightened People, and Terror from Under the House, gets an HD transfer to Blu-ray from Network. It's single-layered - but looks superior to SD. Colors and flesh tones seem authentic and there is some minor depth in the 1.66:1 frame. It's clean - showcasing some pleasing detail and there are really no flaws or prevalent damage with the rendering.
CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION
Network use a linear PCM 2.0 channel at 1536 kbps (16-bit) and its clean and clear.
Eric Rogers (famous for many Carry On... film scores as well as the Quest For Love - coincidentally also with Joan Collins and also made in 1971) wrote and conducted the music but it's fairly unremarkable. There are optional English subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'B'-locked.
Not much. There is an original theatrical trailer, an image gallery with posters and title cards. In the root of the disc has the film's script as a PDF and the package has a liner notes booklet with text by Professor Neil Sinyard.
July 30th, 2016
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.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I
find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
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