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Pieces (2 Blu-rays + CD)
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YOU DON'T HAVE TO GO TO TEXAS FOR A CHAINSAW MASSACRE!
Grindhouse Releasing is proud to present the sickest and most violent of all the early '80s slasher movies. A psychopathic killer stalks a Boston campus, brutally slaughtering nubile young college co-eds, collecting body parts from each victim to create the likeness of his mother who he savagely murdered with an axe when he was ten years old! PIECES is a wild, unrated gorefest, with enough splatter and sleaze to shock the most jaded horror fan.
- TWO complete versions of this shocking gore classic
- PIECES (83 minutes) - the original, unrated U.S. theatrical version, presented in English
- MIL GRITOS TIENE LA NOCHE (86 minutes) - the original uncensored director's cut, presented in Spanish with original score by Librado Pastor
- Spectacular new 4K transfers - scanned from the original camera negative
- Brand new audio commentary by star Jack Taylor
- Special 5.1 audio option - the Vine Theater Experience!
- In-depth interviews with director Juan Piquer Simón and genre superstar Paul L. Smith
- 42nd STREET MEMORIES - all-new feature-length documentary containing interviews with Sam Sherman, Bill Lustig, Larry Cohen, Frank Henenlotter, Buddy Giovinazzo, Jeff Lieberman, John Skipp, Lynn Lowry, Terry Levene, and many other exploitation icons
- Extensive gallery of stills and poster art
- Exhaustive filmographies
- Liner notes by legendary horror journalist Chas. Balun and Rick Sullivan
- BONUS CD - original soundtrack - newly remastered from the original studio tapes
- Beautiful embossed slipcover
- AND OTHER SURPRISES!
"One of my top horror films of all time! Not only is this the ultimate chainsaw movie, it's the ultimate slasher film. It has everything you could possibly want, by the bucketful. Full on chainsaw violence, absurd amounts of nudity, and the greatest ending in horror history. A masterpiece of early '80s sleaze."
- Eli Roth, director of HOSTEL and THE GREEN INFERNO
"A barrage of great, graphic entrail-spewed slaughter executed in super-gross European gore technician style."
- Rick Sullivan, GORE GAZETTE
"One of the most shocking exponents to hit the Deuce in the 1980s. PIECES went straight for the jugular... one of the few movies at the time that silenced the most raucous grindhouse audiences."
- Bill Landis, SLEAZOID EXPRESS
"a PERFECT 10!"
- Chas. Balun, THE GORE SCORE
"The best chain-saw flick since the original TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE. Head roll before the titles roll. Splatter City.
- Joe Bob Briggs
"PIECES is one scary flick that changed 42nd Street forever. Nothing will ever top PIECES."
- Rick Sullivan, GORE GAZETTE
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Top Customer Reviews
Let's get this out of the way: PIECES is stupid. Really stupid.
It's the kind of film that you put on with some friends and have a good laugh. The pacing is insane and the gore effects and nudity are plentiful. Just don't expect any logic. You won't find it here. What you will find is delicious over-acting and a sense of gleeful abandon. As the tagline says, "It's exactly what you think it is."
Still with me? Then let's talk about the 2016 Blu-ray release by Grindhouse Pictures. Grindhouse doesn't release a lot of films. What that means, however, is that they lavish unfathomable amounts of attention on these crazy, often forgotten films when they do decide to release them. They gave PIECES a 4k restoration from the original negatives. Read that sentence again. They also ported over the excellent supplemental features from their previous DVD release. Because Grindhouse isn't a label that likes to sit on its laurels, they also included a very nice sounding CD of the library music used for the soundtrack and a feature-length rumination on the heyday of the 42nd Street grindhouse cinemas in the 1970s and 1980s. Finally, if you were lucky enough to get one of the first 3,000 copies of the Blu-ray, (I was not, sadly.) they threw in a small replica of the jigsaw puzzle that plays such a major part in the film.
In short, they care about PIECES. With the slow death of physical media, it's rare to see a studio who still gives a damn. If you're a fan of low-budget slasher films that will have you laughing as much as you are cringing, then you absolutely cannot go wrong with this release of PIECES.
It all begins in Boston in 1942 where some 10 year old boy named Timmy is fitting together a pornographic puzzle in his room. No sooner does his hard-a** mother barge in and threaten to burn everything pornographic that her son has. Unable to handle being scolded and having his mags and such destroyed the boy grabs an axe and murders his mother in cold blood. The police soon arrive to try and sort out what happened as someone close to the boy tells the cops of his aunt being the person to send Timmy to as the boy seems to be upset by his mothers death. 40 years pass and some darkly clad mystery person is rummaging through boxes containing Timmy's mother's blood covered clothes, a picture of Timmy's mother, and that nude jigsaw puzzle with some of his mother's blood on the puzzle pieces as the mystery person fits it together. Soon a college campus is starting to lose female students to some mysterious killer. As the police officers Lt. Bracken and his partner Sgt. Holden find themselves baffled they seek the help of a male student named Kendall and a beautiful undercover cop/ex-tennis player named Mary Riggs to be their insider people so as to help the cops trap the killer. The possible suspects are the Dean, creepy and eerie Professor Brown, and Willard the groundskeeper. They all have things about their personalities and mysterious behaviors that make them seem as if any one of them could be the killer.
Some Facts About The Film: It comes from Italy. It was directed by Juan Piquer Simon, produced by Stephen Minasia, Edward L. Montoro, and by Dick Randall(of whom also co-wrote it), the other writer of the film is John W. Shadow. The original title is Mil gritos tiene la noche translated to English that means A Thousand Screams in the Night or The Night Has 1000 Screams. Musical score was done by Librado Pastor. Cinematography was done by Juan Marine`. It was distributed by Artists Releasing Corporation Film Ventures International. Its theatrical releases were August 23, 1982 in Spain, September 23, 1983 in the U.S., and December 7, 1983 in France. It made 2,032,311 in the domestic box office. It stars Christopher George(Graduation Day), Paul L. Smith[Popeye, Crimewave, Maverick(1994)], and Edmund Purdom(Don't Open Till' Christmas).
This movie is just brilliant. The pacing is comfortable in terms of its not moving extremely fast but not so slow that one would have a chance to get bored with it. The musical score by LIbrado Pastor aka CAM is effectively creepy, eerie, has an atmospheric feel to it, doesn't overtake what's going on in its simplicity, and can go from calm and eerie tones to quite intense whenever the scene calls for it. For sure the acting is bad but the performances by the major characters are indeed memorable. The dubbed voices actually fit the actors that they're given to. Many times the dubbed voices that are used for foreign movies is absurd and doesn't fit the actors at all so this is unique. The gore is brilliant and realistic looking to have no trouble suspending disbelief. Not Tom Savini gore but still holding its own and is beautifully done. The intensity of the kills doesn't hurt either. The cinematography and beautiful and masterfully shot. The feeling of isolation with the rooms in the school and the dark and foreboding look to the killers rooms are effectively creepy. The whole murder mystery element of this movie works as their is enough mysterious and in some cases odd and suspicious behavior to the characters that the movie keeps you guessing as to who the killer is. The nudity is great also. For all of this you get a gorgeous Blu-ray transfer that's cuts above any of the DVD transfers. It has brighter colors, less confounding shadows, and has a more 3d feel to it.
A couple of my top favorite kills in this movie are: The scene where the killer kills one of the sexy women he targets by stabbing at her on a waterbed. Another one would we when he victimizes another sexy victim while she's showering as he slices his chainsaw right through her torso.
All in all, I would say that this movie was a tremendous masterpiece. It features everything that makes a slasher great; as it has a killer with a traumatic backstory, brilliant and very realistic looking gore, great nudity, sexy and gorgeous victims, a genius score, a feeling of isolation with the setting, dark and foreboding rooms, a taut mystery that will keep you guessing, a nice body count, memorable characters, the killer has a chainsaw and wears a black and creepy outfit the pacing is nice and even, and besides getting 2 versions allowing the viewer to view the movie uncut and uncensored, and as if all of that wasn't enough, this set includes a second disc of bonus's, the movie's great score, a second disc, and best of all it has the best transfer ever. A must see for every slasher fan!! 10 stars out of 10!!
Overall this is an excellent Blu-Ray set & is well worth the buy!