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A view on Blu-ray by Gary W. Tooze

The Devil's Honey aka "Il miele del diavolo" aka "Dangerous Obsession" [Blu-ray]

 

(Lucio Fulci, 1986)

 

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Selvaggia Film

Video: Severin Films

 

Disc:

Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:22:47.879

Disc Size: 37,732,671,268 bytes

Feature Size: 18,537,185,280 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.98 Mbps

Chapters: 12

Case: Transparent Blu-ray case

Release date: September 26th, 2017

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
LPCM Audio Italian 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit

 

Subtitles:

English, none

 

Extras:
The Devil's Halsey: an Interview with Brett Halsey (7:26)
Wild Flower: interview with Corinne Clery (12:13)
Producing Honey: interview with producer Vincenzo Salviani (13:22)
The Devil's Sax: interview with composer Claudio Natili (9:51)
Stephen Thrower on The Devil's Honey (21:43)
Fulci's Honey:  Audio Essay by Troy Howarth (16:55)
Alternate Opening (2:33)
Trailer (2:40)

 

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Description: In perhaps his most rarely seen film, Godfather Of Gore Lucio Fulci takes on the erotic thriller genre and unleashes the ultimate onslaught of glossy depravity: Brett Halsey (ROY COLT AND WINCHESTER JACK, TOUCH OF DEATH), Corinne Cléry (THE STORY OF O, HITCH-HIKE) and Blanca Marsillach star in this insane saga complete with a jaw-dropping cavalcade of kink that Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci calls "Demented and hot...good sleazy fun and perhaps Fulci's last truly enjoyable film." Stefano Madia (BODY COUNT), Bernard Seray (HELL OF THE LIVING DEAD) and Fulci himself co-star in which is also known as DANGEROUS OBSESSION newly scanned from the original negative and transferred in HD for the first time ever!

 

 

The Film:

Horror legend Lucio Fulci directed this outrageous erotic thriller about sexual revenge. Jessica (Bianca Marsillach) loses her kinky boyfriend Johnny when he dies on the operating table after a motorcycle accident. She holds Dr. Wendell Simpson (Brett Halsey) responsible and takes him captive at a beach-front house. Simpson is a bit strange himself, painting prostitutes' pantyhose red before he can get excited, but Jessica outdoes him in every way. During the days of his captivity, Simpson must eat dog food, submit to hot wax torture, and -- worst of all -- listen to Jessica reciting ridiculous poetry in the nude. The audience also gets to see Jessica's flashbacks of life with Johnny, including a bisexual threesome in a movie theater, a rape by pistol, and a staircase sodomy scene intercut with images of a dog jumping against a house's back door. Compounded by dialogue like "My name is Jessica...but you can call me fear!," Il Miele del Diavolo stands as one of Fulci's most laughable failures, although the erotic content is steamy enough for undemanding viewers.

Excerpt from B+N located HERE

THE DEVIL'S HONEY is an odd outlier in the later years of Fulci's filmography, primarily because it's a Skinemax-ready 9 1/2 WEEKS knockoff that isn't the kind of film one usually associates with the beloved Godfather of Gore. Essentially a sort-of Fifty Shades of Fulci, THE DEVIL'S HONEY is an extraordinarily trashy, S&M-crazed erotic thriller that took five years to get a straight-to-video US release in 1991, shorn of several minutes and generically retitled DANGEROUS OBSESSION.

Excerpt from GoodEfficientButchery located HERE

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

The Devil's Honey comes to Blu-ray from Severin and is advertised as "Newly scanned from the original negative and transferred in HD".  Unfortunately it can look inconsistent and noisy with background artifacts occasionally surfacing. It was transferred to a dual-layered disc with a reasonable bitrate so its hard to know what the issues are unless the source was compromised to some degree. Colors look rich and deep, and after a while, you get used to the rough, disparate, textures. The visuals are flat without much depth. The  Blu-ray 1080P presentation is imperfect but seems to advance upon SD.

 

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Audio :

Typically flat, linear PCM mono tracks at (16-bit) in the option of English or Italian. The infrequent effects actually sound quite buoyant at times. The score is by Claudio Natili but is unremarkable. There are optional English subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A' disc.

 

Extras :

Extras include an Interview with star Brett Halsey entitled The Devil's Halsey, plus a dozen minutes with ex-hottie, but still bright and expressive, Corinne Clery entitled Wild Flower. Producing Honey is a new 14-minute interview with producer Vincenzo Salviani and The Devil's Sax gets input from composer Claudio Natili for 10-minutes. the last three in Italian with English subtitles. I appreciated Stephen Thrower's 22-minute take on The Devil's Honey and a revealing 17-minute audio essay by Troy Howarth. Included is the alternate opening 'Dangerous Obsession' title credit and a trailer

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
The Devil's Honey is an eccentric erotic come-on from Fulci.  Filled with perversity it is both fodder for the sexually curious and a morose examination of mental illness. Weird but highly watchable. This Blu-ray package has the prime value of seeing the film in HD - and the supplements. Fulci's unconventionally exploitive The Devil's Honey has value for those keen on this genre.

Gary Tooze

October 7th, 2017


 




 

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