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Perversion Story

3.8 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Product Description

In a controversial career that flayed every envelope of cinematic excess, nothing can prepare you for this stunning thriller from the infamous director of ZOMBIE and THE BEYOND. Jean Sorel (BELLE DE JOUR) stars as an arrogant San Francisco doctor trapped between his sultry mistress (Elsa Martinelli of BLOOD AND ROSES) and an amoral stripper (Marisa Mell of DANGER: DIABOLIK) who bears an uncanny resemblance to his recently deceased and possibly murdered wife. What follows has been called Fulci's first true masterpiece, where sexual obsession, cruel deception and depraved murder all come together in one unforgettable PERVERSION STORY.
John Ireland and Faith Domergue co-star in this gripping giallo - also known as ONE ON TOP OF THE OTHER - that features eye-popping nudity, provocative locations (including the gas chamber at San Quentin) and a badass jazz score by Riz Ortolani (MONDO CANE, KILL BILL). Severin Films is proud to present PERVERSION STORY in a startling new transfer from the original vault negative thought to be lost for more than 35 years!
Special Features:
  • Rare CD Soundtrack With Music By Riz Ortolani
  • Theatrical Trailer


"AN EXQUISITELY CRAFTED THRILLER... Guaranteed To Keep You On The Edge Of Your Seat!" -- The Spinning Image

"AN EXQUISITELY CRAFTED THRILLER...Guaranteed To Keep You On The Edge Of Your Seat!" --The Spinning Image

Special Features

  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Lucio Fulci Bio
  • Rare bonus CD featuring music by Riz Ortolani

Product Details

  • Actors: Jean Sorel, Marisa Mell, Elsa Martinelli, Alberto de Mendoza, John Ireland
  • Directors: Lucio Fulci
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Severin Films
  • DVD Release Date: December 9, 2010
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LC3IWY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,518 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Perversion Story" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

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Having recently seen Quentin Tarantino & Robert Rodriguez' Grindhouse I was reminded of the look and feel of their little films while watching "Perversion Story." It's a B-movie that takes place in San Francisco, yet is in Italian (although there's an option to watch it in dubbed English); It has the music of a 1980's film-noir (i.e., "Body Heat"), but the look of a B-movie/early 70's porn. But it's actually a pretty interesting mystery story that's worth watching.

It's about a doctor named George DeMurrier, whose wife Susan suffers from asthma. Going on a "business trip" George leaves his wife in the company of a nurse...When he returns, Susan is dead and she has left him a $1 million dollar insurance policy that he had no idea about. As he comes to the realization that his wife is actually dead, he ends up at a stripclub (called the Roaring Twenties, how is that for cheesy?) where he sees a woman that looks exactly like her. Well, almost. This woman just has a different hair and eye color, but the resemblance is incredible. Intrigued, George begins having an affair with the woman, Monica, while the police begin investigating George into whether he had a little more to do with his wife's death than he lets on.

Despite it's shabby look and provocative title "Perversion Story" is actually a pretty tame and entertaining movie. The movie isn't rated, but it would be an 'R' for "Some Nudity." It's title is really just a ploy to get people to rent the movie (and let's face it, it works). It's not the best film ever made, but if you can look past the cheesy-ness of it, it's not bad.

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This is a interesting giallo thriller that is well done in every respect.
There is some debate as to what a giallo is; but all a giallo has to be is a thriller , or a mystery film , it doesn't need black gloved killers or even one killing on screen. Those are the most popular but they really exploded onto the world in 1970 onward a year after this movie was made. The term is related to film noir directly and that's what this movie is in substance. So this is a giallo or thriller about a set up murder plot. And the films perfect jazz score adds alot of class to the precedings.
Fulci frames each scene with the hand of a master cinetographer and the performances are top notch. This is a great B movie but it is no means a gory film that would predominate giallo thrillers in the 1970's in Italy. It has a good story and the nudity and title suggest a lurid flick but in fact it is similiar to many American film noir movies from the 1940's onward. Only there is some nudity and love scenes, these type of scenes would be scene frequently in American movies during the 1970's so this predates them as well. Severin films does everything right with this film , they remastered it and it looks awesome. Other companies need to learn from Severin on how to release a older movie with style and a excellent print. Too many old movies are put out in a shabby print that is almost unwatchable. I guage b movies on their own scale and this one is at the top of that scale for it's time period of the late sixties. So if you want a well made thriller with limited violence but a engaging murder plot then you will enjoy this flick from the late great director Lucio Fulci. However if you want a wilder ride then grab Fulci's giallo classic 'lizard in a woman's skin" . It was made a few years later and it shows how much cinema had opened up by then.
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The plot: Jean Sorel stars as Dr. George Dumurrier, director of a failing medical clinic in San Francisco. When George's wife Susan dies under mysterious circumstances, leaving him beneficiary of a $1 million life insurance policy that will save his business, the insurance company on the hook for the payout places George under surveillance, and soon finds him in the company of Monica Weston, an exotic dancer who looks just like the late Mrs. Dumurrier. Suspecting fraud, the insurance company calls in the police, who come to believe George murdered his wife with Monica's help. As the cops doggedly gather enough evidence to send him to the gas chamber, George and his mistress Jane race to uncover the ties between Monica Weston and Susan Dumurrier.

The good: Alejandro Ulloa's superb cinematography provides an effective showcase for San Francisco circa 1968. Location work in New York and Paris grants the film a richer appearance than it's budget likely warrants. Riz Ortolani's score (included here on a separate CD) is terrific, with a swinging title theme and a poignant love theme that linger in the mind. Marisa Mell gives a witty performance as both the uptight Susan Dumurrier and the swinging Monica Weston. Elsa Martinelli as Jane looks fantastic--those eyes!--and dresses beautifully.

The not-so-good: Though effectively constructed to keep the audience guessing until the end--the last twenty minutes are particularly suspenseful--the plot makes little sense. (Warning: spoilers ahead!) When George, at an impromptu dinner date with his girlfriend, is summoned by an anonymous phone call to his first encounter with Monica, Jane asks him how the caller knew where he was, a question that's never answered.
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