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(aka "Oasis of Fear" or "Un Posto Ideale per Uccidere" or "Dirty Pictures" or "An Ideal Place to Kill")

 

directed by Umberto Lenzi
Italy 1971

British schoolboy Dick (Ray Lovelock, LIVING DEAD AT MANCHESTER MORGUE) and nymph Ingrid (Ornella Muti) head to Catholic Italy to deal Copenhagen-purchased pornography to pay their way. When their stock runs out, they produce some of their own using Polaroids and photo booths. When they run into trouble with the authorities and then have their remaining money stolen by bikers, Dick and Ingrid take to the road and run out of gas near the isolated villa of military wife Barbara Slater (Irene Papas) who has just murdered her husband. The initially apprehensive Barbara seems to warm to the free-love philosophy of the younger Ingrid and Dick (to whom Barbara seems attracted) but they soon discover that Barbara is trying to set them up and they turn the tables on her but the cat-and-mouse game is only just beginning. A departure from the previous Lenzi giallo films featuring Carroll Baker, OASIS OF FEAR incorporates elements from the Lenzi-directed ORGASMO with Carroll Baker but inverts the perspective by having the audience sympathies lie with the free-loving youngsters rather than the captive Barbara but it also looks forward to the more downbeat Lenzi thriller like SPASMO in which a not-so-innocent protagonists are hopeless trapped and manipulated (SPASMO's bird motif even echoes this film's stalk-and-chase sequence set in an aviary). There is much fun to be had here with the attractive presences of Muti, Papas, and Lovelock (with his iconic Union Jack jacket) - all three of which are provided some great close-ups and group Techniscope compositions by NIGHT PORTER cinematographer Alfio Contini - some teasing nudity, and Bruno Lauzi's loungy score is augmented by two versions of the main theme song, a trippy sitar piece, and a catchy dance number.

Eric Cotenas

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Her dirty pictures paid for their vacation, but all too soon the fun turned to terror!

Two free spirited teenagers, Dick and Ingrid (played by Ray Lovelock and Ornella Muti), set out to spend the summer together in Italy. To pay their way they sell Scandinavian porn mags and pictures of Ingrid posing nude. But then they get busted by the cops and are given 24 hours to get out of the country.

Instead of leaving they take to the road, where they come up against a thieving biker gang and then are mistaken for a pair of bank robbers. Heading south in a hurry, they run out of gas in the middle of nowhere and take refuge in the house of Barbara Slater (Irene Papas), a seemingly bored, middle aged housewife who appears to be up for some sexual shenanigans. The naive pair party with Barbara but soon discover she is hiding a terrible and deadly secret.

Directed by the legendary Umberto Lenzi of CANNIBAL FEROX fame, this sexy thriller in the Italian "giallo" style is a taut and suspense filled entertainment with a deviously twisted plot and all the trappings of the "hippie" 1970s, Euro style.

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Theatrical Release: August 18th, 1971

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Comparison:

Shameless Screen Entertainment - Region 0 - PAL vs. Alan Young Pictures - Region 2 - PAL vs. Mondo Macabro - Region FREE - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for all the DVD Screen Caps!

Box Cover

 

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Distribution

Shameless Screen Entertainment

Region 0 - PAL

Alan Young Pictures
Region 2 - PAL
Mondo Macabro - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:24:36 (4% PAL speedup)     1:23:45 (4% PAL speedup) 1:29:36.625  
Video

2.24:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.46 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s
 

2.37:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.85 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

2.35:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 22,130,677,774 bytes

Feature: 16,788,611,328 bytes

Video Bitrate: 22.93 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate: Shameless Screen Ent.

Bitrate: Alan Young Pictures

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono) Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1); Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono)

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1509 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio Italian
1509 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles None Italian, none English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Shameless Screen Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.24:1

Edition Details:
• Trailer (newly created)
• Shameless Fact Track (subtitle commentary)
• Trailers for STRIP NUDE FOR YOUR KILLER, BABA YAGA, WATCH ME WHEN I KILL, TORSO, THE FRIGHTENED WOMAN, and THE DESIGNATED VICTIM

DVD Release Date: 24 November 2008
Amaray

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio: Alan Young Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.37:1

Edition Details:
• none

DVD Release Date:
Amaray

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio:
Mondo Macabro

 

2.35:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 22,130,677,774 bytes

Feature: 16,788,611,328 bytes

Video Bitrate: 22.93 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Audio commentary by Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson
Exclusive interview with director Umberto Lenzi (23:44)
Deleted scenes (0:40, 0:09, 0:11 + 0:10)
Original trailer (4:07)
Mondo Macabro previews (13:46)


Blu-ray Release Date:
May 26th, 2020
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 10

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Mondo Macabro Blu-ray (April 2020): Mondo Macabro have transferred Umberto Lenzi's An Ideal Place to Kill (aka "Oasis of Fear" or "Un Posto Ideale per Uccidere" or "Dirty Pictures") to Blu-ray. It is advertised as "restored from the original negative, complete and uncut via a new 2k transfer". It's a massive improvement over the past DVDs. The 1080P has beautiful texture, richer colors (look at the red walls of the sex-shop) - including more accurate flesh tones (of which there are a lot!) It is on a single-layered disc with a modest bitrate but it a giant leap over SD.

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On their Blu-ray, Mondo Macabro offer DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel tracks (16-bit) in both English or Italian. It is another advancement in the film's audio and very good score by Bruno Lauzi (one of only two feature composition credits - the other being Ermanno Olmi's In the Summertime), sounding deeper. He was more of a singer. Both text and some Italian language in the English version are subtitle translated (see sample below). Mondo Macabro offer optional English subtitles for the entire film or just the Italian (brief language and text) on their Region FREE Blu-ray.

The Mondo Macabro Blu-ray has an audio commentary by Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson who are at their usual high standards of discussing a variety of facets of the film, cast, director and genre. Howarth mentions the 'twists' in the film that has a few strong giallo themes if they aren't extensive throughout. They discuss the budget (Carlo Pointi), the salacious and pornographic features of the film, the attractive leads - that Ornella Muti (The Most Beautiful Wife) was only 15, body-doubles - and much more. There is also an exclusive interview with director Umberto Lenzi for shy of 24-minutes. He is always good to hear from. There are also four more brief graphic deleted scenes, the original trailer and Mondo Macabro previews.

An Ideal Place to Kill is an interesting, and unconventional, part of the Giallo genre. It's has some exploitation aspects with the frequent nudity, oral sex, pornography etc. but also a decent, sly, murder thriller. The improvement over our old DVDs is reason for celebration and with the commentary it makes this Mondo Macabro Blu-ray an easy recommendation for genre aficionados. 

Gary Tooze

ON THE DVDs (2008): Picture quality-wise, Shameless' transfer of OASIS OF FEAR is not as good as the OOP Alan Young Pictures DVD but that transfer wasn't great in the first place. They likely uses the same master (except for the English credits which appear to be newly created on a textless background of the opening credits montage - actor Umberto Raho is credited twice) as the faded right edge of the frame suggests which might be indicative that this particular Carlo Ponti title has not been well-cared for through the years (or the licensors did not make use of the original negative). Shameless was able to restore one never-before-seen sequence featuring nudity from an Irene Papas body double (the same body double used for the underage Ornella Muti) but the sequence seems unfinished. Since the transfer is derived from the Italian version, it is missing a couple brief scene extensions that appear only in the English version and features an exchange between Ray Lovelock and Ornella Muti's characters that appears only in the Italian version.

Burned-in subtitles are provided both for the Italian-version-only scenes as well as for some exchanges that played in Italian even in the English version (which had optically printed subtitles on English language prints). The composited English language track on the Shameless disc is also missing Lovelock's opening narration which does not have an equivalent on the Italian tracks on the Italian disc. A Shameless Fact Track subtitle commentary is provided and imparts some interesting trivia but is also very jokey about the groovy seventies fashions, "bubble gum" music, and dancing (a similar but more informative track appears on Shameless's disc of BABA YAGA ). A newly-created trailer for the film along with trailers for 6 other Shameless releases are also included. The R2 Italian disc does not feature any extras other than a 5.1 upmix which sounds fuller but not very directional. Despite missing footage and so-so picture quality, the Shameless edition is a good overall presentation of the film (especially for English speaking viewers) but not as impressive as their restorations/special editions of BABA YAGA and FOOTPRINTS.

 - Eric Cotenas

 


(Shameless Screen Entertainment - Region 0 - PAL - LEFT vs. Alan Young Pictures - Region 2 - PAL - RIGHT)

 

 

Mondo Macabro - Region FREE - Blu-ray


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Text also subtitled on Mondo Macabro - Region FREE - Blu-ray  


1) Shameless Screen Entertainment - Region 0 - PAL TOP

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3) Mondo Macabro - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Shameless Screen Entertainment - Region 0 - PAL TOP

2) Alan Young Pictures - Region 2 - PAL - RIGHT)Universal - Region 1 - NTSC  MIDDLE

3) Mondo Macabro - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Shameless Screen Entertainment - Region 0 - PAL TOP

2) Alan Young Pictures - Region 2 - PAL - RIGHT)Universal - Region 1 - NTSC  MIDDLE

3) Mondo Macabro - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Shameless Screen Entertainment - Region 0 - PAL TOP

2) Alan Young Pictures - Region 2 - PAL - RIGHT)Universal - Region 1 - NTSC  MIDDLE

3) Mondo Macabro - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Shameless Screen Entertainment - Region 0 - PAL TOP

2) Alan Young Pictures - Region 2 - PAL - RIGHT)Universal - Region 1 - NTSC  MIDDLE

3) Mondo Macabro - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Shameless Screen Entertainment - Region 0 - PAL TOP

2) Alan Young Pictures - Region 2 - PAL - RIGHT)Universal - Region 1 - NTSC  MIDDLE

3) Mondo Macabro - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


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Region 0 - PAL

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Region 2 - PAL
Mondo Macabro - Region FREE - Blu-ray


 


 

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