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(aka "Guardian of Hell" or "L'altro inferno" or "The Presence")

 

directed by  Bruno Mattei (as Stefan Oblowsky)
Italy 1981

 

At the peak of his ‘80s excess, Italian sleaze maestro Bruno Mattei – using the alias ‘Stefan Oblowsky’ – stunned audiences with THE OTHER HELL, a raging Nunsploitation shocker about a series of brutal murders in a depraved convent. And while his cinematic legacy may remain controversial, Mattei here delivers a surprisingly stylized yet undeniably blasphemous orgy of stabbings, stigmata, Satanism, sexual violence and graphic savagery that ranks among his very best. Franca Stoppi (THE TRUE STORY OF THE NUN OF MONZA), Carlo De Mejo (WOMEN’S PRISON MASSACRE) and Franco Garofalo (HELL OF THE LIVING DEAD) star in this “filthy nugget” (Mondo Digital) – written by the notorious Claudio Fragasso (RATS: NIGHT OF TERROR, TROLL 2) and featuring a score ‘borrowed’ from Goblin – newly transferred from a 35mm print discovered behind a false wall in a Bologna nunnery!

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Theatrical Release: 1 November 1985 (USA)

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Distribution

Shriek Show/Media Blasters

Region 1 - NTSC

Severin Films -

Region FREE - Blu-ray

Runtime 1:28:18 1:28:35.893
Video

1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 8.41 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.66:1 Disc Size: 24,546,361,276 bytes

Feature Size: 20,280,137,856 bytes

Total Bitrate: 20.26 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

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Shriek Show/Media Blasters

 

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Severin Films Blu-ray

 

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
LPCM Audio French 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
LPCM Audio Italian 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Commentary:

LPCM Audio Italian 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit

Subtitles None English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Shriek Show/Media Blasters

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.66:1

Edition Details:
� Interview with co-director Bruno Mattei (16:9; 8:37)
� Interview with actor Carlo de Mejo (16:9; 10:15)
� Theatrical Trailer
� Previews

DVD Release Date: 28 January 2003
Amaray

Chapters 12
 

Release Information:
Studio: Severin Films

 

1.66:1 Disc Size: 24,546,361,276 bytes

Feature Size: 20,280,137,856 bytes

Total Bitrate: 20.26 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

 

Edition Details:
Audio Commentary With Co-Director/Co-Writer Claudio Fragasso, Moderated By Freak-O- Rama’s Federico Caddeo (In Italian with English subtitles)
Sister Franca: Interview With Actress Franca Stoppi (13:13)
To Hell And Back: Archive Interviews With Director Bruno Mattei and Actor Carlo De Mejo (11:22)
Trailer (3:34)
Reversible Cover Art
 

Blu-ray Release Date: April 25th, 2017
Standard
Blu-ray case

Chapters: 12

 

 

 

 

Comments

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

ADDITION: Severin - Region FREE - Blu-ray April 17': The Severin 1080P is all about the grain - which is heavy and richly textured as part of the image. Colors shift - mostly for the better. There are imperfections (a few compression artifacts), but, overall, the new image is highly appealing if you are a fan of film-like grain. It's almost at the level of 16mm-transferred grain. In-motion this does look attractive in its own, stylistic, way.

For audio, we are given three, linear PCM transfers (16-bit) for English, French or Italian languages. There are production-related weaknesses but the quality-level is consistent and reasonably clean. The score is credited to the legendary band Goblin (The Bloodstained Shadow, Deep Red, Suspira) but is a bit repetitious. The uncompressed sound quality, though, is quite crisp. There are optional English subtitles and the Blu-ray disc is Region FREE - playable worldwide.

Severin include an audio commentary with co-director/co-writer Claudio Fragasso, moderated By Freak-O-Rama’s Federico Caddeo. It is in Italian with English subtitles - see sample. He admits where he had impact and when he wasn't involved in the production. I thought the questions posed were good. We also get Sister Franca - a 13-minute interview with actress Franca Stoppi (Mother Vincenza) and her recollection about the film and her role. To Hell And Back has 11-minutes of archival interviews with director Bruno Mattei and actor Carlo De Mejo (Father Valerio). There is also a trailer and the package has reversible cover art (see bottom of review).

There is a religious-based appeal here - not just the Nunsploitation but it's a bit scattered. I appreciated the atmosphere, costumes but it leads in some pretty dark areas if you are sensitive. Nice Blu-ray package by Severin - great covers. Those keen on this brand of cinema - don't require me to identify them - they know who they are and if this appeals to them.

 - Gary and Eric

 


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