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Murder Set Pieces (2007)

Sven Garrett , Cerina Vincent , Nick Palumbo  |  R |  DVD
1.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sven Garrett, Cerina Vincent, Tony Todd, Gunnar Hansen, Edwin Neal
  • Directors: Nick Palumbo
  • Writers: Nick Palumbo
  • Producers: Nick Palumbo, Andrew Piersante, Ehrlich Livingston, Herman Goering, Nancy Klein
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: January 9, 2007
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 1.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JMK6UI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,477 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Murder Set Pieces" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary
  • Deleted scenes

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A fashion photographer exposes his demented childhood and zooms his evil lens on the oldest profession under the quite possibly the most notorious serial killer film ever made.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
By dooby
I wasted $20 buying this Lion's Gate DVD from Amazon. Don't make the same mistake. This DVD is the severely mangled, MPAA-sanitized version with 22mins of footage cut out to achieve the required R-rating. There is no earthly reason to buy this R-rated version. Murder, Set, Pieces is not Shakespeare; it is not some great artistic masterpiece; it is a nasty, brutal slasher/gore flick. You are going to watch this for the nastiness and the gore, not for some deep psychological insight. It does deliver the goods but only in the unrated Director's Cut, not in this lame R-rated version which has every element of gore and nastiness painstakingly snipped out. In the end I had to fork out another $29 to order the original Uncut Director's Cut (Fright Flix Productions) from Xploited Cinema. For some unfathomable reason Amazon does not stock the Director's Cut.

Both versions present the film in its original 1.85:1 widescreen. Sadly both version are NON-anamorphic (not enhanced for widescreen TV). The sound quality is very good but there was a problem with the DD 5.1 mix on my Lion's Gate DVD. The audio seemed to skip repeatedly, with glitches and flubs especially prominent during the dialogue sequences. In the end I had to resort to the alternate Dolby Stereo track which was fine by contrast. No problems with the Fright Flix audio. Both versions feature a full-length commentary by Nick Palumbo and actor Sven Garrett, moderated by "Ultra Violent" managing editor, Art Ettinger. However the Director's Cut also comes with a separate video Introduction by Writer/Producer/Director Nick Palumbo. The Director's Cut also includes a Deleted Scenes segment which is absent from Lion's Gate's R-rated release.

Note: The 5-star reviews on this site refer to the uncut version. The MPAA-mangled Lion's Gate version belongs in the garbage bin.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Do NOT buy the R-Rated Version May 13, 2007
There is a UN-RATED version of this title available. If you want the real thing dont buy the R rated. Search other online shops for the other version.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
this version sucks.. there really isnt much to get out of it, the effects are well done when you actually see them. most stuff is off screen and feels extremely watered down. the killer usually just uses a shaving razor which is much better done in Sweeny Todd and House of 1,000 Corpses. the use of a chainsaw is done much better in countless movies, the Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake and TCM: The Beginning to name a couple. the whole "following a serial killer" thing is done immensely better in Henry:Portrait of a Serial Killer".

... and people say Hostel is watered down..

decent camera work and a pretty good soundtrack are the only redeeming qualities this movie has. other than that its just.. lame.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars amazon does carry th unrated April 25, 2007
only buy the unrated... would you buy porn with no sex.... why buy one of the most violent films... cut????
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A would be cult classic hacked to pieces January 10, 2007
By romir
I've read all the user reviews and it would really be nice if they would point out which version they watched cause it sure as hell was'nt the R version.I can't feel but shear disapointment after watching this version of the film.because it becomes quickly apparent that it was literally hacked to pieces.leaving what I assume is just enough to qualify as a movie.I would almost bet that you'll see more disturbing images and subject matter in saw 3 then this.

so hey dont worry watch on cause there's nothing controversial left in the R version unless your easily offended by subject matter or shots of the burning trade towers.cause as far as explicit violence goes it's not here.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
All the other reviewers are correct: if you've ever wanted to see the justly-hyped, infamous MURDER-SET-PIECES for yourself, the one DVD to get is the original (now sadly OOP) Fright Flix Director's Cut Version, NOT...I repeat NOT...the severely censored Lionsgate version. In its origial form, MSP is truly one of the most graphic, brutal, creepy, disturbing, yet incredibly effective horror movies ever made - at least in the slasher genre. MSP makes "Maniac" look like "Happy Feet!" It's not art, but it's not a hack job either. For what it's worth, you can't fault director Nick Palumbo for delivering the goods: you will cover your eyes and cringe as he depicts some of the most bloody, intense sexual violence/torture sequences ever inflicted on an audience - rape, yup, decapitation, yup, cannibalism, yup, chainsaw to the head, yup, multiple stabbings, yup, shootings, child murder, yup, nail-through-the-arm, yup, should I go on? NONE of this, alas, can be found in the Disney-fied Lionsgate DVD - what is the point of proclaiming on the DVD cover "the most graphic horror movie ever made" and then proceeding to hack out all the "offensive" content? Better to check other websites or ebay to find a copy. I'd like to see what up next?!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst movie ever March 14, 2009
This is one of the most over-hyped and deceptively marketed pieces of unredeemable dreck ever. The talentless "director" knew that he could never make a quality film, so he set out to make a "controversial" film, evidently so that he could get free press from all the protests against his film. When a film is this small, ratings can be skewed by a handful of people creating fake accounts and giving it 5 stars, which is reportedly what happened with this disaster. The director made claims that 3 photolabs refused to develop the film because it was too graphic, yet I can't understand how they could know what was on the negative until AFTER they developed it. Sounds like an outrageous claim to pique one's curiosity. The dvd case is covered with warnings of "shocking, disturbing, controversial, most graphic film ever..." which is a real crime on this chopped up Lionsgate version as it is false advertising in this context. I've seen more shocking episodes of Gilligans Island. What I don't see on the cover are accolades to the skill and craftsmanship which went into this film, because there wasn't any. The sound cuts out in spots due to a bad mic connection during filming and most of the dialog had to be looped in post and doesn't match up very well. The "actors" are mostly strippers, prostitutes and porn stars, some literally pulled off the street the day before shooting. Since there is no plot and the script sucks, acting wasn't really required. Just scream and die covered in blood. Oh, and get naked first.

This was just an utterly pointless movie with a poser nazi wannabe who was supposed to be the Grandson of some top Hitler aide as the serial killer.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Descent slasher/horror/serial killer movie... don't believe the hype.
I had to write a review because it seems like a bunch of "know it alls" just want to trash this movie (the R rated version). Read more
Published 2 months ago by TheycallmeBruce
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, wondering on track info....
Was wondering exactly what song plays in the part where he is with the two women in the hotel room...
Isnt really a review, I know, but I've exhausted all of my options. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Robin D. Pepin
1.0 out of 5 stars i just watched the uncut that sucked 2 lol
I cant imagine how stupid the r one is I mean the unrated is not much gorier than hatchet lol. and the torture is complete R edited. Read more
Published 6 months ago by martyrs fan
2.0 out of 5 stars I give two stars for effort.
Rated or Unrated (I have seen both) this film doesnt work. I give the director credit for trying to make something extreme but strange enough the movie is boring. Read more
Published 17 months ago by D E S T R O Y E R 2037
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
The movie is what it is. If you buy this be sure to view the "commentary" and you will like the movie even more. I would buy the movie again.
Published on October 1, 2012 by Efess
1.0 out of 5 stars Please Stay Far Away!
I bought this movie from Walmart, because I was looking for something different. I got it too. Except it sucked so bad I couldn't believe my eyes. Really. Read more
Published on April 10, 2012 by David W. Francis
2.0 out of 5 stars Bloody but boring
I bought this movie because it was on a horror movie list called "Top 40 goriest American movies". I think it was #17 on the list. Read more
Published on March 2, 2011 by the horrormovie reviewer
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible
Please, please do not buy this version of the movie! I was so disappointed with this "R" rated version. Read more
Published on April 28, 2009
1.0 out of 5 stars A BUNCH OF NOTHING.
Published on March 21, 2009
1.0 out of 5 stars Not the one you think it is...!
This version of the movie is the slaughtered, highly edited version. I rented it from the video store believing I was getting the real, original version and ended up with this. Read more
Published on January 16, 2008 by AmarasMama
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