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House On Straw Hill (Blu-ray + DVD Combo)
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Fiona Richmond was a "glamour model" and seems right at home here, but Hayden and Kier really seem to be slumming it. In the interview with Hayden included in the extras, she spends quite a bit of time bashing the movie, even saying it's the only movie she's ashamed of making. And she worked mostly in B movies that were often lacking in quality.
This is one of those discs where the extras actually were more interesting than the movie, especially if you can get a copy with the documentary about the Video Nasties scare. I'd heard of the nasties scare but had no idea how far the censors went, even raiding the homes of some movie collectors to make examples of them.
It really made me appreciate being an American. Yes, there's censorship here too, but it's never come close to going that far in my lifetime. The MPAA can be bad, but they don't have the ability to ban a movie outright and when it comes to the home video market, there isn't much government censorship. That's mostly limited to stuff that involves crimes being committed, like child pornography.Read more ›
It's almost impossible to believe that any clean up was done on this transfer. Even if these were the best prints they could find then why are there verticle scratches--which can be removed almost automatically nowadays, and film reel change punch holes which can also be removed. And the color timing you almost have to say, what color timing? The menu explains the prints used were water damaged and they certainly are but though that would be hard to correct it's very hard to believe much time was spent trying to get the best out of bad materials.
It's just a warning, yes the film is worth your time, but expect a drive in quality print not something you'll be thrilled to see in 1080.
Extras also are distractingly poor looking, like they came from an old video master or dub of a master. So sorry I have to say find a copy for as little as you can spend on it, then enjoy an obscure movie you'll then want to see somehow someday come out in a much better form.
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apparently the film originally was 117 minutes long before the bbfc got hold of it.would be nice to see the directors cut.Published 3 months ago by darren shackleton
This film caused a stir when it was classed as a "Video Nasty" in the mid 1908s. but before then I don't remember it being reviewed or mentioned in most reference sources. Read morePublished 18 months ago by A. Griffiths
This movie is one of the video nasties so I expected more. The plot isn't that strong and the acting is mediocre. The DVD's picture quality is below what I would expect. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Old Man
First of all, this Bluray release is one of the worst I've seen. Horrible picture and sound quality. Very unstable print. This was the reason I regret buying this. Read morePublished on January 27, 2014 by Jay
This movie is terrible, I didn't like it at all. Way too boring and did not look very good on the blu ray. I would not recommend this movie at all.Published on December 4, 2013 by bsblurr
Kudos to Severin Films for bringing this cult classic back! "House On Straw Hill" is a classic example of mid-70's european exploitation thrillers. Read morePublished on October 16, 2013 by John Rieber