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Delirium (1972)

Mickey Hargitay , Rita Calderoni , Renato Polselli  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mickey Hargitay, Rita Calderoni, Tano Cimarosa
  • Directors: Renato Polselli
  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, Color, Widescreen, Subtitled, Anamorphic
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: April 29, 2008
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012IV3S2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,186 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews


"It Doesn't Get Much Sleazier Than DELIRIUM... Sure To Please Even The Most Jaded Fan Of Cult Cinema!" -- Monsters at Play

"WONDERFULLY SICK AND DEMENTED! A Shining Example Of Outrageous Psychosexual Perversity!" -- All Movie Guide

"Wallows In Sleaze And Perversion And Is All The Better For It!" -- Kinocite

Product Description

Contains Both the Uncut, Uncensored International Version and the Alternate American Version!

Criminal psychologist Dr. Herbert Lyutak (Mickey Hargitay of BLOODY PIT OF HORROR and THE WILD, WILD WORLD OF JAYNE MANSFIELD) is a deranged sex maniac who murders young women. His beautiful wife (the luscious Rita Calderoni of NUDE FOR SATAN and THE REINCARNATION OF ISABEL) is tormented by visions of medieval torture and lesbian orgies. But as their madness grows more twisted, they will descend even deeper into a nightmare of dementia, depravity and most of all, DELIRIUM!

You have never seen anything like DELIRIUM. Written and directed by the notorious Renato Polselli (under the pseudonym Ralph Brown), this disc contains both the Italian and U.S. versions of the film, which each feature radically different subplots and endings as well as additional scenes of sleazy sex and extreme violence. Both versions of this astonishing 1972 oddity are now proudly presented together - totally uncut and uncensored - for your viewing pleasure!

"The Theorem Of Delirium" - Interviews with Writer/Director Renato Polselli and Star Mickey Hargitay

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly a movie for the kiddies... October 22, 2002
Not exactly a movie for the kiddies, I would consider 1972's Delirium to be some what of a grade B Giallo. The production is okay, the acting not bad, the dialogue average, but the violence is over the top with several grisly murder scenes. There is also way more nudity than your average Giallo.
There are two versions, the American (85 minutes) and the European (102 minutes). The American version starts out with the main character, Herbert Lyutak, getting wounded in Vietnam. The movie mixes stock footage from the war with newly filmed scenes in a pretty ungraceful job of editing. But we do learn that Herbert was born in Hungary and immigrated to the US in 1961 and joined the army in 1962. He has done three tours of duty in Vietnam and is a decorated, model soldier. He has been wounded and is being taken away in a helicopter. He is looking at a nurse and she changes into another woman who we soon find out is his wife, Marcia, played by the lovely Rita Calderoni (The Reincarnation of Isabel, Nude for Satan). Right after the credits we get to see Herbert pick up a girl in a bar and drive her out to a remote spot, chase her into a stream and then strip her and beat her to death. It's a pretty violent scene and not for the squeamish. Of course that could apply to almost every murder in this movie.
The European version really is quite different than the American release and I thought it had a more coherent story. Both versions are a bit confusing but the European version is more consistent. It also skips the whole Vietnam segment which wasn't very well done anyway. The endings are both quite different as well and a couple murders are filmed differently also.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious! August 7, 2002
If you're a euro-trash junkie, this DELIRIUM is a must purchase. Renato Polselli, the man behind the ridiculously overwrought "Reincarnation of Isabel", directed this fun 1972 horror-sleaze epic which stars Mickey Hargitay and the beautiful Rita Calderoni (both also in "Isabel"). Never released on homevideo in the US (and not to be confused with another "Delirium" with a Vietnam subplot once released on VHS by Paragon and Academy Video), this DVD from Anchor Bay not only offers us the original uncut Italian version of the film (102 minutes), but also the alternate American version of the film (85 minutes) which is a completely different cut with additional scenes, a different ending and major changes to characters and their motivations. Although the Italian version contains more violence, sleaze and graphic material than the American version, it also contains more plot exposition and takes more time in unraveling the "mystery". The American version is a bit more "slap-dash", scenes are trimmed throughout, but it moves like lightning and contains at least one extra murder (of a character not even in the international version!) which leads to a completely modified ending to the proceedings. The American version also adds snippets of scenes here and there (the killer's mask, etc.) and contains a new "subplot" about Hargitay's character being a shell-shocked Vietnam War vet (through real and fake footage) which now opens and closes the film and this version has a completely different ending as well. So with all the added and deleted and re-edited scenes and plot and character modifications, you really need to watch both versions of the film....the International version is still the preferable choice overall and should be viewed first, but either way, it's a double-feature of Delirious Delights! Read more ›
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Bizarre! August 4, 2002
DELIRIUM (aka DELIRIO CALO) stars Mickey Hargitay who is a psychologist who is also a demented serial killer. He picks up young girls & kills them in some really brutal fashions. His sexy wife is subjugated to some really perverse sexual fetishes.
This is a truly bizarre film that almost defies description. I give it 3 stars only with hesitation because of the disturbing nature of the film, as well as some rreally graphic viloence & some graphic lesbian sex scenes. Anchor Bay has both the US & International versions on one DVD which makes this quite a bargain. Both versions have very different beginnings & endings.
DELIRIUM could have been better, but unfortunately, it wasn't. Still, it is a very bizarre & disturbing film that would please many a horror/giallo fan.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WHEW!!!! January 30, 2009
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Didn't know what to expect from this. It turned out to be a great little movie. Some of the dialogue was a bit hokie, but that is okay. There were some surprises and was a bit different. I watched the "International" version, and although there was ample nudity, the sex was to a degree muted. There was one instance of some groping that was somewhat explicit, but was central to the overall storyline and definately not gratuitous. It is not for everyone, but for those who like a quirky little film with a pretty decent storyline, they might find it worth a watch. I would rent it before deciding to add it to your library though. Charlie S.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delirium when you're near May 11, 2008
By C. Dunn
This is Euro-trash at it's 100% finest. There are two versions of the film on the dvd...the original subtitled version being the best and the sexually graphic sickest of the two.
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