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Directed by James Justice (as Harry Kirkpatrick), Umberto Lenzi (as Harry Kirkpatrick)
Italy 1989

 

From Umberto Lenzi, notorious director of such Euro-sleaze classics as Paranoia, Seven Blood-Stained Orchids, Spasmo, Eyeball and Cannibal Ferox comes Nightmare Beach, a shockingly gory tale of a madman in a motorcycle helmet who is taking out young co-eds all over the sparkling sands of South Florida during Spring Break. As the body count creeps up, Miami detective John Saxon (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Black Christmas, Evil Eye) tries to keep ahead of the curve in this carnage-packed slasher gem from the maestro of macabre. Featuring a rollicking score by Goblin’s Claudio Simonetti (Suspiria, Dawn of the Dead, The Heroin Busters) and co-starring the great Michael Parks (Kill Bill: Vol. 1 & 2 and TV’s Then Came Bronson).

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Now this is more like it -- a slasher flick featuring a leather-clad biker whose modified chopper comes complete with an electric chair accessory to fry those pesky, over-sexed Spring Break teenagers! This little-seen Umberto Lenzi-lensed effort (under the pseudonym Harry Kirkpatrick) plays most of the action by the book, with cardboard characters routinely partying, then dying, all for the sake of exploitation-style killing. So are the deaths any good? Oh yeah! Italian directors barely ever skimp out on the effects, and this sucker is no different. Sure, the fried heads that burst into flames look plenty goofy, but that's part of the fun. Of course, this also being a Spring Break flick, there's plenty of outrageous and drunken hijinks littering the background of most of the shots and, hey, a little bit of John Saxon in the cast goes a long way. With amazingly bad acting from the lead idiot (Nicolas de Toth -- now a tried and true Hollywood editor) and a hot soundtrack to keep things rolling, there's always something going on to keep a gore-loving kitsch fan amused. It might not be high art and it surely isn't a classic, but there's a sort of comfort in watching these by-the-book '80s slashers -- and the fact that the killer literally has an electric chair on the back of his hog surely does not hurt! Recommended for cheeseball-loving genre enthusiasts everywhere

Excerpt from B+N located HERE

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Video Premiere: September 1989

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Comparison:

Artisan Entertainment - Region 0 - PAL vs. Stormovie DVD - Region 0 - PAL vs. 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray vs. Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

Thanks to Eric Cotenas for the DVD screen captures!

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Distribution Artisan Entertainment - Region 0 - PAL Stormovie DVD - Region 0 - PAL 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:30:18         1:27:12 (4% PAL speedup)  1:30:54.490 1:31:26.272
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.38 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

 

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.5 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.78:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 45,500,379,907 bytes

Feature: 22,220,900,352 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.98 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 30,023,734,043 bytes

Feature: 26,668,812,288 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.91 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

Bitrate:

Bitrate Films 88 Blu-ray:

Bitrate Kino Blu-ray:

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono Italian DTS 5.1; Italian Dolby Digital 5.1; Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 mono; English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
LPCM Audio Italian 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1555 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1555 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio Italian 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -31dB
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -31dB

Subtitles None Italian, None English, None English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Artisan Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
� None

DVD Release Date:
Amaray

Chapters 12

 

Release Information:
Studio: Stormovie DVD

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
� Theatrical Trailer (1:41)
� Biographies

 

DVD Release Date:
Amaray

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio:
Kino

 

1.78:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 45,500,379,907 bytes

Feature: 22,220,900,352 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.98 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Limited Edition Gloss O-Card slipcase [First Print Run Only]
• Limited Edition Booklet Notes by Eugenio Ercolani [First Print Run Only]
Nightmare Rock: An Interview with Composer Claudio Simonetti (15:50)
• Alternative 1.33:1 Open Matte Presentation of the Film
• Theatrical Trailer
• Reversible Sleeve with Alternative Welcome to Spring Break Cover


Blu-ray Release Date:
October 22nd, 2018
Transparent Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio:
Kino

 

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 30,023,734,043 bytes

Feature: 26,668,812,288 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.91 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Audio Commentary by Film Historian Samm Deighan
• Nightmare Rock: Interview with Composer Claudio Simonetti (15:5)
• Includes both English and Italian Audio
• Reversible Art
• Theatrical Trailer (02:42)


Blu-ray Release Date:
October 1st, 2019
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 9

 

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Kino Blu-ray (September 2019): This new Blu-ray from Kino, featuring a 4K Master, certainly shows a finer picture in many categories. Though the 88 Films Blu-ray was a rather good-looking transfer, here we find that it was somewhat cropped. The Kino shows more information on all sides of the frame. Colors also benefit slightly here, note how the skintones (of the beach party-goers in the following captures) show a more varied range of red/orange/yellow sun-burned hues, as opposed to 88 Film's more unified reddish color. This new Kino Blu-ray image also benefits from a maxed-out bitrate, as well as the film taking up a larger file size on the dual-layered disc.

Whereas the 88 Films'
Blu-ray featured uncompressed linear PCM English (24-bit) and Italian (16-bit) tracks, the new offering from Kino only features a DTS-HD (16-bit) English track and a basic Dolby Italian track. Though only really noticeable when playing these two discs back-to-back, the average person will probably be fine with either release, though the point certainly goes to 88 Films here. There are also optional English subtitles on this Region 'A' Blu-ray from Kino.

The only new extra here of note on the Kino
Blu-ray is an audio commentary by Film Historian Samm Deighan, and if this is anything like Deighan's previous tracks, you are in for a treat. I look forward to diving into this at a future date.

In brief, Kino's
Blu-ray outdoes 88 Films' already pretty decent picture with this new 4K master. Though the audio is slightly better on the 88 disc, they are both acceptable offerings. The score is thanks to Goblin's Claudio Simonetti, a true genius responsible for many classic Italian Giallo scores (Argento's Dracula, Tenebre, Opera, Deep Red , Suspiria etc.)). His score here is a little more Rock-and-Roll than usual, but the funky electronic music also makes an appearance. Fans of Giallo/Slasher/Cop-movie/Biker-Movie/Beach-Party-Movie/Rock-and-Roll-Movie mashups should be over the moon (myself included). Interesting side note, John Saxon (a fine character actor if there ever was one) seems to appear in many of these bizarre mash-up Italian/US productions (see Cannibal Apocalypse).

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ADDITION: 88 Films Blu-ray (November 2018): 88 Films present their 44th release in "The Italian Collection" with Umberto Lenzi's "Nightmare Beach" on Blu-ray. This is a brand new 2018 2k scan of the original negative and the film is presented in either 1.78:1 widescreen or in an alternative 1.33:1 open matte presentation. The choice of framing may depend on one's own taste, but I tend to prefer the widescreen. As far as image quality is concerned, this is a fantastic presentation, especially with regards to detail and contrast. The amount of detail in any given image is immense. The colors also benefit from this presentation, with a wide range reds, greens, blues, etc. Contrast has a very healthy spectrum of blacks. A top-notch Blu-ray transfer from 88 Films.

The original lossless stereo tracks are here in both English and Italian, with the former being a 24-bit linear PCM, and the latter being 16-bit.  Both tracks sound good to me, with the English being preferable. There are optional English subtitles on this Region-B Blu-ray.

The main extra here is "Nightmare Rock: An Interview with Composer Claudio Simonetti" this is a 16-minute interview with the musician discussing his career in composing for film, and otherwise. Near the end of the interview he discusses his memories of working on the score for "Nightmare Beach", notably mentioning that he never met director Lenzi, most likely because he had left the production at that point. The film's trailer is also available here. "Bloody Spring Break" is an interview (in the liner notes) with Lenzi by Eugenio Ercolani. There is a reversible sleeve with alternative Blu-ray cover art.

Though it's anyone's guess as to how much of this film is thanks to Umberto Lenzi, this is a fun time regardless. The Palm Beach spring-break setting lends itself to the Giallo genre rather well. The wild oscillating tone of the film is pretty laughable, though the film has some impressive special effects work and a great soundtrack. The quality of the Blu-ray image is fantastic. Good job 88 Films!

Colin Zavitz

 


Artisan Entertainment - Region 0 - PAL

 

 

Stormovie DVD - Region 0 - PAL

 

88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray


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1) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray  TOP

2) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

1) Artisan Entertainment - Region 0 - PAL TOP

2) Stormovie DVD - Region 0 - PAL SECOND

3) 88 Films (1.78:1) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray THIRD

4) 88 Films (1.33:1) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray FOURTH

5) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Artisan Entertainment - Region 0 - PAL TOP

2) Stormovie DVD - Region 0 - PAL SECOND

3) 88 Films (1.78:1) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray THIRD

4) 88 Films (1.33:1) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray FOURTH

5) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Artisan Entertainment - Region 0 - PAL TOP

2) Stormovie DVD - Region 0 - PAL SECOND

3) 88 Films (1.78:1) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray THIRD

4) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Artisan Entertainment - Region 0 - PAL TOP

2) Stormovie DVD - Region 0 - PAL SECOND

3) 88 Films (1.78:1) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Artisan Entertainment - Region 0 - PAL TOP

2) Stormovie DVD - Region 0 - PAL SECOND

3) 88 Films (1.78:1) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Artisan Entertainment - Region 0 - PAL TOP

2) Stormovie DVD - Region 0 - PAL  BOTTOM

 

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1) Artisan Entertainment - Region 0 - PAL TOP

2) Stormovie DVD - Region 0 - PAL  BOTTOM

 

 

1) 88 Films (1.78:1) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray TOP

2) 88 Films (1.33:1) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray MIDDLE

3) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


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Distribution Artisan Entertainment - Region 0 - PAL Stormovie DVD - Region 0 - PAL 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray


 


 

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