Saturday, February 12

Romano Scavolini's Nightmare (1981) on YouTube...

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So what, right? What makes these nine segments interesting is that they're from a 1.85:1 print carrying the 21st Century Distribution logo, not a VHS source. The type of damage seen throughout is also reflective of this. The total runtime of all the segments is 1:32:52, so it's uncut with all the gore intact, but doesn't include the extended scenes that pad the film to around 98 minutes. Also notice the jump cut in the opening credits between "Introducing C.J. Cooke" and "Director of Photography Gianni Fiore". On the VHS editions, Tom Savini's credit is in between these as "Special Effects Director", so wherever these were originally derived has to be at a later point after Savini demanded his named taken off the feature.


7 comments:

Thomas Dukenfield said...

Is this the Code Red print I wonder?

Jayson said...

Okay, watching it more, the gore still seems uncut, but the shots of the masturbating stripper when Tatum is on the phone while having a flashback in the porn theater in the second video are missing.

Thomas Dukenfield said...

The sexy stuff may have been cut out by the poster due to Youtube's hatred of sex. Just an idea.

Jayson said...

I wouldn't think so, there are VHS editions that are longer with additional non-violent scenes. I'd think Code Red would at least release it fully uncut.

I'm also fairly certain CR's DVD will be unmatted full frame, not widescreen like these vids, since Scavolini wants it to be 1.33:1.

Jayson said...

Maybe, but the footage gets extremely rough with damage right then like it was manually scissored out (like Savini's missing credit). :)

Jayson said...

Missing stripper shot (two in total):

http://img826.imageshack.us/img826/4535/vlcsnap223456.png

Thomas Dukenfield said...

Scavolini's director's cut IS the 93 or so minute version. Code Red announced that this was the version they were going to release, and not the 99 minute version.

Good point about the aspect ratio. I thought he preferred 1.33:1 as well.

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