The House on the Edge of the Park

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Shriek Show's edition of House on the Edge of the Park is slightly disappointing because it feels like it is less than the sum of its parts. The letterboxed, anamorphic transfer offers a decent level of detail but the colors look faded, particularly the levels of black a problem for a movie that takes place entirely at night. The mono sound is decent but suffers from hiss in spots, especially during the music that plays over the end credits. In terms of extras, there is a gallery of trailers for Shriek Show discs...
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Shriek Show's edition of House on the Edge of the Park is slightly disappointing because it feels like it is less than the sum of its parts. The letterboxed, anamorphic transfer offers a decent level of detail but the colors look faded, particularly the levels of black a problem for a movie that takes place entirely at night. The mono sound is decent but suffers from hiss in spots, especially during the music that plays over the end credits. In terms of extras, there is a gallery of trailers for Shriek Show discs including the original European House on the Edge of the Park trailer and a trio of video interviews with director Ruggero Deodato and stars David Hess and Giovanni Lombardo Radice. The interviews are a mixed bag, all three being hurt by the awkward technique of the interviewers and the fact that they should have been edited into a single, cohesive interview piece. Thankfully, each interview subject has interesting things to say, particularly Hess, who freely discusses his theories on acting and his opinions of his fellow cast members. All in all, this is a decent edition of House on the Edge of the Park but still far from the definitive edition it could have been.
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Special Features

Interviews; Original theatrical trailer
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The premise of House on the Edge of the Park promises sleaze and the film certainly delivers on that promise. The script capitalizes on all the nasty sexual and violent situations offered by the plot and the characters and Ruggero Deodato films it all in a cool, unflinching style. The result is a hard-hitting affair that is certain to offend the squeamish and the politically correct. That said, exploitation film fans who can stick with its grim excesses will discover that it is made with skill and care. Both David Hess and Giovanni Lombardo Radice deliver strong performances as the home-invading duo. Hess is effortlessly convincing as the sadistic, domineering leader and Radice is unexpectedly sympathetic as his idolizing, easily-led sidekick. The script relies on a high amount of contrivance (including a questionable final twist) but does an effective job of manipulating the audience's sympathy towards its characters. Finally, Deodato handles the proceedings with flair, using the sparse musical score to ironic effect and maintaining a steady level of tension throughout. Ultimately, one's appreciation for House on the Edge of the Park will depend on one's taste for brutal exploitation fare, but those who can withstand its cruel style will find it a stylish, effective exercise in the Grand Guignol.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/17/2002
  • UPC: 631595022896
  • Original Release: 1980
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  • Source: Shriek Show
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:29:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Hess Alex
Annie Belle Lisa
Giovanni Lombardo Radice Ricky
Lorraine de Selle Gloria
Christian Borromeo
Marie Claude Joseph
Brigitte Petronio
Technical Credits
Ruggero Deodato Director
Gianfranco Clerici Screenwriter
Sergio D'Offizi Cinematographer
Massimo Antonello Geleng Costumes/Costume Designer, Production Designer
Vincenzo Mannino Screenwriter
Franco di Nunzio Producer
Riz Ortolani Score Composer
Franco Palaggi Producer
Vincenzo Tomassi Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Assault/Opening Credits [4:08]
2. Alex and Ricky [7:27]
3. The Gathering [6:16]
4. Taking Advantage [7:18]
5. Gaining Control [6:22]
6. First Pick/Ground Rules [15:52]
7. Going to Bed/Lesbians [10:01]
8. Cindy/Escape [5:35]
9. Carve/Deflower [10:38]
10. Voice of Reason? [3:35]
11. The Plan All Along [1:08]
12. End Credits [9:46]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Scene Access
   Extras
      Interviews
         Ruggero Deodato
         David Hess and Family
         Giovanni Lombardo Radice
      Stills Gallery
      Trailers
         Eaten Alive
         7 Blood Stained Orchids
         Original Theatrical Trailer
         Zombi 3
         Zombi 4
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