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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/29/2003
UPC: 0827058101790
Original Release: 1981
Rating: R
Source: Blue Underground
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:32:00

Special Features

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

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
Hugh Lloyd Taxi Driver
Peter Porteous Hodges
Eric Richard Airline Clerk
David Sterne Driver
Michael Watkins Rogers
Paul Williamson Detective Sgt. Glazer
Alan Ford Peters
Tony Meyer Martin
Moti Makan Murkerjee
Mike Gwilym Detective Constable Dan Spencer
Edward Hardwicke Lord Dunning
Rita Webb Mrs. Lowenthal

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 Executive Producer
Louis A. Stroller Executive Producer
Gilbert Taylor Cinematographer
Alan Whibley Special Effects

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]

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