Venom

Overview

Blue Underground continues its exceptional coverage of underappreciated genre films with the black mamba thriller Venom. Image quality is presented in a soft grain, but sharply colored 1.85:1 widescreen picture, with a 16 x 9 enhancement for widescreen televisions. Audio tracks range from Dolby Digital Surround EX and 2.0 Surround to even a stellar 6.1 DTS ES track. Extras start with Blue Underground's David Gregory moderating an audio commentary with director Piers Haggard, which includes mention of everything ...
See more details below
DVD (Wide Screen)
$13.58
BN.com price
(Save 9%)$14.99 List Price
Other sellers (DVD)
  • All (9) from $9.23   
  • New (7) from $9.23   
  • Used (2) from $20.85   

Overview

Blue Underground continues its exceptional coverage of underappreciated genre films with the black mamba thriller Venom. Image quality is presented in a soft grain, but sharply colored 1.85:1 widescreen picture, with a 16 x 9 enhancement for widescreen televisions. Audio tracks range from Dolby Digital Surround EX and 2.0 Surround to even a stellar 6.1 DTS ES track. Extras start with Blue Underground's David Gregory moderating an audio commentary with director Piers Haggard, which includes mention of everything from the original Tobe Hooper footage that was canned to the on-set feuds between the two controversial stars Oliver Reed and Klaus Kinski. Forever the British gentleman, Haggard doesn't spill the beans on each and every squabble, but does point out the time constraints and the improvements he would have like to have seen made at numerous points. The talk never gets dry, as there were more than enough setbacks during filming for the famed stage and television director to discuss. Also included is the theatrical trailer and four TV spots, each of which are classic in their own right. Finishing off the disc is a quite-packed poster and stills gallery, which not only includes some of the amazing one sheets (including the original Hooper pre-production ad), but also a collection of French lobby cards and the film's original publicity stills and press book. Add in two talent bios for Reed and Kinski and you have yet another stellar disc from William Lustig and the fine folk at Blue Underground.
Read More Show Less

Special Features

Audio commentary with Director Piers Haggard; Theatrical trailer; TV Spots; Poster & Still gallery; Talent bios
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Animal attack films aren't known to be the most inspired of the bunch, so 1982's Venom is a slight breath of fresh air when compared to the endless post-Jaws knock offs. Essentially a psychological thriller, the snake (a black mamba in this case) is mostly thrown in to catch the audience off guard in the midst of a siege-type hostage situation. Yes, it's clearly a plot device, but one that is used quite well in regards to the overall film. Known mainly for its impressive performances despite its B-film roots, Venom includes two of the most famously difficult actors of their time: Klaus Kinski and Oliver Reed. Virtually at each other's throats during the shoot, the tension between the two heavies plays out onscreen just as it did in real life. Reed's seething paranoia is remarkable, as is his infamous death scene (truly, a grisly way to die). Also worth mentioning is Sterling Hayden's effortlessly warm grandfather role and Nicol Williamson as the strong, but sly British cop Bulloch. Combined with the appearance of Sarah Miles and deft direction by last-minute replacement Piers Haggard, the production is ultimately classier than the script it follows. Sadly, with little meat to flesh out the thrills, Venom's bite isn't nearly as deadly as it could have been. Still, it's a classy thriller and worth checking out, if only to hear Reed spout out his amazing "cheeky little bastard" line.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/29/2003
  • UPC: 827058101790
  • Original Release: 1982
  • Rating:

  • Source: Blue Underground
  • Region Code: 0
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 15,822

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Klaus Kinski Jacmel
Oliver Reed Dave
Nicol Williamson Comd. William Bulloch
Sarah Miles Dr. Marion Stowe
Sterling Hayden Howard Anderson
Lance Holcomb Philip Hopkins
Cornelia Sharpe Ruth Hopkins
Susan George Louise
Michael Gough David Ball
Maurice Colbourne Sampson
Cyril Conway Man in 17
Charles Cork Driver's Mate
Arnold Diamond Headwaiter
Nicholas Donnelly Police Superintendent
John Forbes-Robertson Sgt. Nash
Alan Ford Peters
Mike Gwilym Detective Constable Dan Spencer
Edward Hardwicke Lord Dunning
Hugh Lloyd Taxi Driver
Moti Makan Murkerjee
Tony Meyer Martin
Peter Porteous Hodges
Eric Richard Airline Clerk
David Sterne Driver
Michael Watkins Rogers
Rita Webb Mrs. Lowenthal
Paul Williamson Detective Sgt. Glazer
Technical Credits
Piers Haggard Director
Harry Benn Associate Producer
Michael Bradsell Editor
Martin Bregman Producer
Robert Carrington Screenwriter
Denys Coop Cinematographer
Tony Curtis Art Director
Richard Dean Special Effects
Dominic Fulford Asst. Director
Michael Kamen Score Composer
Simon Kaye Sound/Sound Designer
Basil Newall Makeup
Roy Scammell Stunts
Richard St. Johns Producer
Louis A. Stroller Producer
Gilbert Taylor Cinematographer
Alan Whibley Special Effects
Read More Show Less

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Program Start/Main Titles [3:23]
2. Staff Conspiracy [4:05]
3. Bedtime Story [4:40]
4. Rendezvous [3:34]
5. Philip's New Pet [4:34]
6. The Black Mamba [4:33]
7. "Cheeky Little Bastard" [3:45]
8. Cop Killer [4:34]
9. Hostage Situation [4:40]
10. Blockade [2:52]
11. Snake Hunt [4:25]
12. Snipers [3:41]
13. Negotiations [3:02]
14. Extraordinary Creature [:44]
15. Antivenom [4:55]
16. Secret Entrances [6:10]
17. Bloody Fingers [4:45]
18. Ruthie Returns Home [3:17]
19. Dead in the Cellar [3:30]
20. Unfortunate Mishap [5:13]
21. "The Money's Here" [2:56]
22. "It's All Over" [4:32]
23. End Credits [1:47]
Read More Show Less

Menu

Side #1 --
   Chapter Selections
   Audio Setup
      Dolby Digital Surround EX
      6.1 DTS-ES
      Dolby Surround 2.0
   Extras
      Commentary
      Theatrical Trailer
      TV Spots
         Spot #1
         Spot #2
         Spot #3
         Spot #4
      Poster & Still Gallery
      Talent Bios
         Oliver Reed
         Klaus Kinski
   Play
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously