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Larry Cohen's Rarely Seen Directorial Debut Now Fully Restored For The First Time Ever

Welcome to Beverly Hills, where upper class white married couples like Bill and Bernadette (Andrew Duggan and Joyce Van Patten) enjoy their happy life of wealth and privelege. But when a violently unstable black criminal (Yaphet Kotto) invades their home, each will be forced to explore their own nightmares of lies and desire where every perverse secret is exposed and nothing is ever really black and white. This is the daring, disturbing and still controversial directorial debut of one of the most audacious talents in modern American cinema.

Oscar nominee Jeannie Berlin co-stars in this black comedy that could only come from the mind of maverick Writer/Producer/Director Larry Cohen (GOD TOLD ME TO, Q-THE WINGED SERPENT). Also known as BEVERLY HILLS NIGHTMARE, DIAL RAT FOR TERROR and HOUSEWIFE, BONE is now presented completely uncut, uncensored and loaded with fascinating Extras for the first time ever on DVD!


'Bold And Biting... BONE Is On Target!' --New York Magazine

'Bizarre... Stingingly Provocative!' --Chicago Reader

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Larry Cohen
  • Jack H. Harris on Bone
  • Selected scenes from aborted first shoot
  • Radio Spot
  • Poster and Still Gallery

Product Details

  • Actors: Yaphet Kotto, Andrew Duggan, Joyce Van Patten, Jeannie Berlin, Casey King
  • Directors: Larry Cohen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: August 26, 2003
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AGQ5B
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,567 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bone" on IMDb

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kasey G on September 13, 2011
Format: DVD
1972's "Bone" is one of those films that actually feels like a stage play--at least for the first half, with the characters trapped in uncomfortable settings and situations.

Set in Beverly Hills, the black titular character (Yaphet Katto) invades the upscale home of middle-aged couple Andrew Duggan and Joyce Van Patten with intentions of extortion, robbery and rape. But slowly, Bone's arrival peels back layers of a disintegrating marriage and unhappy, delusional people.

The movie is nothing if not open to interpretation, right from the opening scene, which is a virtual automobile graveyard with TV car-salesman Duggan doing a live sales pitch among blood-soaked crash victims still behind the wheels. It's a WTF moment if there ever was one. This is a film that could only have been made in the 1970s and it has funky Me-decade background music, odd camera angles and cuts and "deep", introspective dialogue. Those looking for non-stop action will likely be bored with this movie. I admit it was slow-moving to start, but draws you in so that you can't tear yourself away by the last ten minutes or so. There's several LOL moments as when an old lady on the bus drops an F-bomb. Considering its overuse today, this must have been 10x more effective in 1972!

For those who appreciate vintage black comedies with surprise endings, this one's a keeper. And for such an obscure film, the print looks sensational. Four stars for the movie, five for the DVD itself.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By feltonfan on September 18, 2011
Format: DVD
Interesting debut film by Larry Cohen. Has a fascinating spin on race relations in the 1970's. Worth getting for fans of Cohen's work and the excellent performance of Yaphet Kotto. But there's also a real surprise in this disc in the form of a hidden "easter egg". From 1965, an unsold (but probably aired) TV pilot, "You're Only Young Twice" starring Ed Wynn,Ethel Waters,Andrew Duggan,and Kathryn Hays! This disc is worth it just for this TV rarity alone!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael R Gates VINE VOICE on July 19, 2004
Format: DVD
This 1972 comedy-drama marks the directorial debut of popular and prolific B-movie auteur Larry Cohen, who also wrote the screenplay. Though Cohen is known today for penning and directing well-crafted but low-budget indie flicks in the science-fiction, horror, or fantasy genres, BONE is a brilliant and biting Juvenalian satire that astutely dissects the issues of race relations and economic stratification in the United States. Part of the film's intelligence comes from the fact that Cohen's script is not one-sided. Not only does he take lunges at average white folks and their stereotyped views of themselves and those of darker-skinned ethic persuasions, he also uses his dark rapier-like wit to flay the typical black citizen's equally stereotyped attitudes towards upper-class whites. But Cohen doesn't end it there. BONE is a complex, multi-layered story in which one can find many subtle comments and observations above and beyond the primary theme. Addressed are socio-economic issues such as honesty, avarice, marital ennui, contemporary sexual mores, familial trust, the consequences of acting on one's personal fantasies, and lots more, and it definitely requires multiple viewings to peel back the layers and take it all in.
Though some socio-political pundits will rightly argue that race relations and the social standing of non-whites have improved since the era in which this film was made, there are still palpable gaps between the social and economic classes in America, and recent notorious racial hate crimes demonstrates that there is certainly a lot of ground yet to cover where racial issues are concerned. This being the case, BONE still seems just as fresh and relevant--and just as satirically witty--as it did in 1972.
The principal actors in BONE are phenomenal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By cookieman108 on January 24, 2004
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Well, here it is, in all its' wide screen glory. Blue Underground presents writer/director/producer Larry Cohen first film Bone, also known as Housewife, Dial Rat for Terror, or Beverly Hills Nightmare completely uncut and uncensored with a whole lot of juicy extras.
This is truly a bizarre film. The title, Bone, refers to the character played by Yaphet Kotto. The movie opens by the pool of a seemingly affluent, older couple that lives in a rather large house in Beverly Hills. Bone, an unstable, unpredictable violent criminal forces his way into the lives of this couple, looking for some easy money, and we are treated to one wild ride as the plot veers into the uncharted waters of absurdity.
The very nature of perversity is explored, as the characters are forced to confront hidden desires, exposing the seamy underbelly of modern life. The material presented here may have been tamed over time, thirty years after its' inital release, but the I think the film still commands the effect to disturb, shock, and make one laugh through its' use of imagery and dialogue. Yes, I said laugh, as I would call this a black comedy of sorts.
The movie can be hard to take at times, but the use of jump cuts and incidental music are used very effectively. What may seem insignificant at times later reveals it to be of some importance. Probably my favorite performance in this film was that of Oscar nominee Jeannie Berlin (The Heartbreak Kid) who played The Girl. Her character was truly fascinating even though she had little screen time compared to the rest.
As I said, Blue Underground provides a wealth of extras on this, up until now, rare movie. There's a wonderful commentary with Larry Cohen, a short interview with distributor/director/producer Jack H.
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