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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)


Coming to Blu-ray in the UK from 88 Films in May 2020:


Review by Gary Tooze



Theatrical: Selvaggia Film

Video: Severin Films



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



Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video



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



English, none


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)






Description: In perhaps his most rarely seen film, Godfather Of Gore Lucio Fulci takes on the thriller genre and unleashes the ultimate onslaught of glossy sperficiality: 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 adult thriller about 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.

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, adult 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.














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.




The Devil's Honey is an eccentric exploitation come-on from Fulci.  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

Coming to Blu-ray in the UK from 88 Films in May 2020:



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