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directed by Clive Barker
UK 1973

 

Writer/director Clive Barker had a following with his "Books of Blood" volumes and the less-than-satisfactory UNDERWORLD and RAWHEAD REX (respectively, an original screenplay by Barker and an adaptation of his own short story) before being dubbed "the future of horror" by Stephen King with HELLRAISER, but the appearance on videotape in the mid-nineties of his two seventies shorts SALOME and THE FORBIDDEN provided a look at his beginnings as a filmmaker at a time when his short filmography seemed increasingly gentrified and compromised compared to his more audacious works elsewhere in the arts. The less interesting SALOME (1973) is a loose, silent telling of the biblical story shot in the basement of a florist shop with an early appearance by Pinhead himself Doug Bradley more of a novelty than the glimpses of nudity. Not to be confused with Barker's short story "The Forbidden" - the basis for CANDYMAN - the 1978 experimental film THE FORBIDDEN actually anticipates themes and imagery from Barker's novella "The Hellbound Heart" which he would then adapt as HELLRAISER. In a cell (prison or monastic), an artist (Barker associate Peter Atkins, HELLBOUND: HELLRAISER II) designs or recreates a mosaic which seems to summon forth entities both sensual and demonic who proceed to tattoo the same design onto his flesh and peel it away. Although the closing shots of the skinned man is effectively realized through printing the image in negative, the film is perhaps most notorious for featuring Barker himself dancing around with a bouncing erection.

Eric Cotenas

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Runtime 55:00 53:15
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.1 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.37 mb/s
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Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

Subtitles none none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Image Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
� Introduction by Eileen Daily (4:3; 7:21)
� Shorts:
� - 'Salome' (4:3; 16:34)
� - 'The Forbidden' (4:3; 37:40)
� Interviews with Clive Barker and the Cast (4:3; 17:40)

DVD Release Date: 8 December 1998
Snapper Case

Chapters 12
 

Release Information:
Studio: MVD Visual

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
� Shorts:
� - 'Salome' (4:3; 17:35)
� - 'The Forbidden' (4:3; 35:40)
� Interviews with Clive Barker and the Cast (4:3; 16:12)

 

DVD Release Date: August 25th, 2015
Amaray

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Although THE FORBIDDEN appears to run shorter, these appear to be the same interlaced masters from 1995. The MVD has a higher bitrate, seems minutely sharper, and seems to have deeper blacks possibly at the expense of some detail in the highlights. The interview also runs shorter but appears to be the same in terms of content.

 - Eric Cotenas

 


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