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Scalpel

#1 Post by Ribs » Tue Nov 28, 2017 1:17 pm

HE LOST THE FACE OF THE WOMAN HE LOVED… SO HE GAVE IT TO SOMEONE ELSE.

US television staple Robert Lansing (Star Trek, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Twilight Zone) stars as a deranged surgeon in this twisty-turny psychological thriller from Blood Rage director John Grissmer.

In Scalpel, Lansing plays Dr. Phillip Reynolds, a man whose daughter Heather (Judith Chapman, As the World Turns, General Hospital) has run away from home a year prior following the suspicious death of her boyfriend. When he happens across a young woman one night, her face beaten beyond recognition, the unhinged Reynolds sees his an opportunity to put his trusty scalpel to use - hatching a plan to “reconstruct” her face in the image of his missing daughter, and so claim her sizeable inheritance.

Photographed by celebrated cinematographer Edward Lachman, who would go on to serve as DP on the likes of Erin Brockovich and The Virgin Suicides, Scalpel is an exemplary slice of Southern-fried gothic, filled finally rescued from VHS obscurity in this revelatory new Blu-ray edition from Arrow Video.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Original Uncompressed Mono Audio Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Brand new audio commentary by film historian Richard Harland Smith
Brand new crew interviews
Original Theatrical Trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by The Twins of Evil
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector’s booklet with new writing on the film by Bill Ackerman

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#2 Post by M Sanderson » Sat Dec 02, 2017 6:28 am

A lot of Arrow’s releases are worthy of inclusion in the American Horror Project, which has yet to get a second volume. Stephen Thrower, author of the brilliant Nightmare USA study, which is the genesis of the project, had planned a second volume with a feature on John Grissmer.

Grissmer obviously directed Blood Rage, released earlier by Arrow, a very subversive family horror of genuine artistic merit.

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#3 Post by Ribs » Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:12 am

I believe Fran Simeoni recently told someone at a convention or the like that they had hoped for AHP 2 to have come sooner, but they've carefully curated each set to fit well together and there's one problem holding up the restoration of one of the planned Volume 2 titles which has thrown the entire schedule out of order. I think they've also indicated they're greenlit a third volume as well.

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Re: Scalpel

#4 Post by What A Disgrace » Sat Dec 02, 2017 12:32 pm

I quite liked Blood Rage too, surprisingly, and that's why I have my eye on this.

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#5 Post by Cronenfly » Thu Feb 15, 2018 4:00 pm

Just got this and a funny little icon plays over the top right of the screen throughout the movie. It’s small but annoying, and I’m pretty sure it’s not a problem with my player, as I’ve never had another disc do this.

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#6 Post by David M. » Thu Feb 15, 2018 4:40 pm

Cronenfly wrote:Just got this and a funny little icon plays over the top right of the screen throughout the movie. It’s small but annoying, and I’m pretty sure it’s not a problem with my player, as I’ve never had another disc do this.
We authored this as a multi-angle title to allow the user to switch back and forth between the two different grades on the fly (unlike DVD, on Blu-ray, this doesn't damage picture quality).

Some players' default configurations "helpfully" show an angle icon on screen to remind you constantly that you're watching multiangle content. Look for an option in your BD player menus to turn this "feature" off.

Just in case there are some poorly made players that don't allow this, we added a secret menu that lets you play the versions of the film in isolation. On the CHOOSE VERSION screen, go to the back arrow (third option) and press the right arrow three times. You'll then be able to play the versions separately without the multiangle feature. We put this there in the hope it would never have to be used and that no player manufacturer would be that stupid, but we'd love to know if that's not the case.

By the way, which player is this? Name and shame please :)

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Re: Scalpel

#7 Post by Cronenfly » Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:46 pm

Thanks for clarifying David. I have a Seiki player with seemingly no option to turn off the angle icon, so I appreciate the hidden menu option. It looked like a player generated icon, but never having watched any multi-angle content before I was unfamiliar with it. It’s usually a fine player, but it regrettably does have this quirk/issue.

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#8 Post by David M. » Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:56 pm

Ahhh, Seiki. I'm not sure what those are doing to the picture. I'd love to check one out because I hear a lot of people using them as region free players. Which model? Do you know where I can buy one for analysis?

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#9 Post by Cronenfly » Tue Feb 20, 2018 12:21 am

My model number is SR4KP1, and I got mine from a local outdoors store. Other than that I’m not sure where to get one.

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#10 Post by ianungstad » Tue Feb 20, 2018 1:39 am

Is this any good? There's not a lot of information about this film available on the web.

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#12 Post by Murdoch » Sun Mar 11, 2018 12:34 am

Cronenfly wrote:My model number is SR4KP1, and I got mine from a local outdoors store. Other than that I’m not sure where to get one.
I just got mine from ABC Warehouse. That's the only place I've found it online, not even eBay had any.

Edit: It appears I got the last one online! Jeez, these things are hard to come by.

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Re: Scalpel

#13 Post by M Sanderson » Sat Apr 07, 2018 4:18 am

Stephen Thrower was going to write about this, and I believe Blood Rage, in his planned follow up to Nightmare USA.

I found Grissmer’s Blood Rage to be remarkable.

So, interesting that as with Thief, the film is presented with two different colour grades. The DoP wanted to give a feeling of Southern Gothic so used sickly yellows and greens? I didn’t know that these were the colours of Southern Gothic. Interesting that Tobe Hooper, in what I feel are some very undervalued late films in his career, used similar colour schemes.

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