The Last House on the Left

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The Last House on the Left

#1 Post by domino harvey » Wed Feb 21, 2018 5:30 pm

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Re: Forthcoming: The Last House on the Left

#2 Post by M Sanderson » Thu Feb 22, 2018 5:57 am

Outstanding. A crucial release.

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Re: Forthcoming: The Last House on the Left

#3 Post by colinr0380 » Thu Feb 22, 2018 1:40 pm

I presume (given that it was a FAB Press publication) that some of the information in David A. Szulkin's essential Last House On The Left book will appear in the extra features (especially in lieu of interviews with a couple of the actors who apparently disowned their roles in the film afterwards!)

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#4 Post by FigrinDan » Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:34 pm

Perhaps Criterion will take this opportunity to release The Virgin Spring on blu-ray as a companion piece. Ingmar Bergman could use a little exposure.

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#5 Post by Robespierre » Thu Feb 22, 2018 4:03 pm

Awful, awful film. Hard pass.

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#6 Post by Orlac » Thu Feb 22, 2018 4:12 pm

I wonder how Louis B Mayer would feel that MGM no longer has The Wizard of Oz or Singin' In The Rain but it does have...

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Re: Forthcoming: The Last House on the Left

#7 Post by tenia » Fri Feb 23, 2018 6:48 am

Amazon Uk leaked :

MARI, SEVENTEEN, IS DYING. EVEN FOR HER THE WORST IS YET TO COME!

The directorial debut of Wes Craven, the man behind such horror favourites as A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Hills Have Eyes and Scream, The Last House on the Left justly retains its reputation as one of the most harrowing cinematic experiences of all time, nearly half a century on from its original release.

On the eve of her 17th birthday, Mari and friend Phyllis set off from her family home to the big city to attend a concert by shock-rockers Bloodlust. Attempting to pick up some marijuana on the way, the pair run afoul of a group of vicious crooks, headed up by the sadistic and depraved Krug (David Hess). Gagged and bound, the young women are bundled into a car trunk and driven to the woods, where the gang subject them to a terrifying ordeal of sexual humiliation, torture and murder.

Unleashed on an unsuspecting public in 1972, The Last House on the Left shocked audiences with its graphic and unflinching portrayal of interpersonal violence, paving the way for a whole host of cheap imitators looking to capitalise on its success. It is Wes Craven s original alone, however, that remains one of the true watershed moments in horror (and indeed, film) history.

LIMITED 2 X BLU-RAY EDITION CONTENTS

Three cuts of the film newly restored in 2K from original film elements
Original Uncompressed Mono Audio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork
6 x lobby card reproductions
Limited edition perfect-bound book featuring new writing on the film by author Stephen Thrower
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Paul Shipper
DISC ONE THE UNCUT VERSION

High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the Uncut Version
Brand new audio commentary by podcasters Bill Ackerman and Amanda Reyes
Archival audio commentary with writer/director Wes Craven and producer Sean S. Cunningham
Archival audio commentary with stars David Hess, Marc Sheffler and Fred Lincoln
Junior s Story a brand new interview with actor Marc Sheffler
Marc Sheffler in Conversation at the American Cinematheque
Brand new interview with wardrobe and make-up artist Anne Paul
Songs in the Key of Krug never-before-seen archive interview with David Hess
Celluloid Crime of the Century archival documentary featuring interviews with Wes Craven, Sean S. Cunningham, actors David Hess, Fred Lincoln, Jeramie Rain, Marc Sheffler and Martin Kove
Still Standing: The Legacy of The Last House on The Left archival interview with Wes Craven
Scoring Last House on the Left archival interview with actor/composer David Hess
It's Only a Movie: The Making of The Last House on the Left archival documentary
Forbidden Footage the cast and crew of Last House on the film s most controversial sequences
Deleted Scene
Outtakes and Dailies
Trailers, TV Spot & Radio Spots
Image Gallery
DISC TWO THE KRUG & COMPANY & R-RATED CUTS

High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the Krug and Company and R-rated cuts of the film
The Craven Touch brand new featurette bringing together interviews with a number of Wes Craven s collaborators, including Sean S. Cunningham, composer Charles Bernstein, producer Peter Locke, cinematographer Mark Irwin and actress Amanda Wyss
Early Days and Night of Vengeance filmmaker Roy Frumkes remembers Wes Craven and Last House on the Left
Tales That'll Tear Your Heart Out excerpts from an unfinished Wes Craven short
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Re: Forthcoming: The Last House on the Left

#8 Post by M Sanderson » Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:22 am

Robespierre wrote:Awful, awful film. Hard pass.
I do think it’s very good, but that the second half doesn’t live up to the first.

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#9 Post by Banasa » Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:08 am

Needs more presence of "wacky" cop comedy on the cover.

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Re: The Last House on the Left

#10 Post by domino harvey » Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:12 am

I'm no Craven fan but I did find myself shocked by how much I liked this. You can read my write-up and comparison with the far worse I Spit On Your Grave here

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Re: The Last House on the Left

#11 Post by Boosmahn » Fri Feb 23, 2018 11:47 am

How uncut is the first version? I know there are some extremely graphic and controversial shots, such as
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#12 Post by Big Ben » Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:04 pm

There are only few films I can think of that I dislike more than this one. I suppose it has to do with the fact that it lacks any sort of wit that Craven's later films would have and because of that it's just grossly unpleasant to me in every way because of this. What's really remarkable is that this version is actually somehow worse in my opinion than the remake. The fact Bergman's The Virgin Spring was an inspiration for this only makes it even worse in my mind.

To answer Boosmahn's question yes this is the fully uncut version. The BBFC site states that the film was finally given a full clearence for release in 2008. I've chosen to link the Case Study the BBFC did regarding the whole affair. Not safe for work obviously. It's an interesting article for sure if you're down for this kind of history.

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#13 Post by Boosmahn » Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:04 pm

Big Ben wrote:To answer Boosmahn's question yes this is the fully uncut version. The BBFC site states that the film was finally given a full clearence for release in 2008. I've chosen to link the Case Study the BBFC did regarding the whole affair. Not safe for work obviously. It's an interesting article for sure if you're down for this kind of history.
Thanks. This sort of thing is very interesting to me... it puts into perspective society's views of violence and sex in film and how they have evolved over time.

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#14 Post by Robespierre » Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:28 pm

I personally thought Craven's film was way more uneven and at least ISOYG can have a feminist reading placed onto it whereas Last House is just cruel, tonally schizophrenic garbage. Granted, it's been about 8 years since I've watched ISOYG but I watched Last House a few months ago and absolutely despised it. Arrow will do their typically amazing job on it so I'm happy for the film's fans.

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#15 Post by M Sanderson » Sat Feb 24, 2018 4:39 am

I felt the first half had a raw, harrowing power. But that the second half was a bit of a wasted opportunity, as the avenging parents became cartoon villains. A landmark but Craven still finding his feet and I felt Hills Have Eyes was more tonally and thematically consistent.

Still never seen I Spit on Your Grave but I heard the remake had a very good and provocative second sequel...

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#16 Post by tenia » Fri Mar 02, 2018 7:03 am

Does anybody know how many copies will be produced for this LE ?

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#17 Post by Ribs » Fri Mar 02, 2018 10:57 am

I assume based on the fact that it's not listed that Arrow's maybe adopted an approach of waiting to see how a few weeks of pre-orders go before settling on a number. Though I'd imagine 5,000 for both US and UK is likely.

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#18 Post by tenia » Fri May 18, 2018 4:34 am

Delayed to June 18th in the UK and July 3rd in the US, but will include more extras and the "complete newly remastered film score on CD".

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Re: The Last House on the Left

#19 Post by tenia » Fri Jun 15, 2018 6:14 am

Interestingly, my copy was dispatched 2 days ago from Arrow but the product page still shows "Pre order" and not "In Stock".

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Re: The Last House on the Left

#20 Post by M Sanderson » Sat Jun 16, 2018 5:44 am

Got mine. Flicked through it. Looks raw yet fresh with appropriately heavy & swarming grain field yielding strong enough detail - & colours appear alive and intact. Craven would of course go on to create films with greater sophistication and subtlety. But this is certainly his strongest, most concentrated piece of work & a fantastic start. Seems to draw on source materials of varying quality. Some sceneshave what people refer to as a “dupey” look with some shadow detail going into blue murk and some into chunky yellow. But, on the whole highly impressive- and does look alive and healthy for a roughly put together 16mm film. Surely the best Blu ray by far of a Craven film.

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