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Demons (Special Edition Box Set) [DVD] [1987]

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  • Actors: Urbano Barberini, Natasha Hovey, Karl Zinny, Fiore Argento, Paola Cozzo
  • Directors: Lamberto Bava
  • Writers: Lamberto Bava, Dario Argento, Dardano Sacchetti, Franco Ferrini
  • Producers: Dario Argento
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Platinum
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Mar. 2004
  • Run Time: 183 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001E5SOI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,504 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A double bill of Lamberto Bava (son of Italian horror-maestro Mario Bava) horror films. The first sees a bunch of cinemagoers invited to a special film show. The film in question is a gruesome slasher flick, and as the screening progresses members of the audience begin inexplicably transforming into hideous blood-thirsty demons. The rest of the audience tries to escape, only to discover that all the exits have been walled shut... In the sequel, the demons are back, spreading through the television screens of a modern apartment building, turning the residents into fanged, clawed monsters. The exits are sealed, the power has been cut off, and the number of human survivors grows smaller with every passing minute....

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Lamberto Bava, son of the Italian horror legend and giallo godfather Mario Bava, teamed up with modern master Dario Argent (co-writer and producer) for this slick gorefest, a triumph of style and special effects over movie logic. Set in a refurbished German movie palace, our hapless soon-to-be victims arrive for a sneak preview of a horror movie only to see the gore unfold in the audience, as well as onscreen. While the exposition remains murky, one patron finds that an infected cut leads to a gooey transformation, and every one of her victims follows suit until the snaggle-toothed monsters outnumber the humans. The survivors, trapped in the tomb of a cinema, must fend off attacks à la George Romero's Night of the Living Dead. Borrowing liberally from films such as Dawn of the Dead and The Tingler, Demons also anticipates Scream in its cinema-savvy references, not to mention its undeniably Neve Campbell-ish heroine. The blaring heavy-metal-hard-rock soundtrack and the carnival horror-house atmosphere helps remind us that this is all just stupid fun. Despite the overwhelming body count, excessive gore and rivers of green demon pus, the cartoonishly grotesque killings avoid the sadistic edge of many Italian horror films. By the climax of the film the premise is long forgotten in a ghoul apocalypse, but who's watching this for the story anyway? --Sean Axmaker, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Askey's Legs on 10 Feb. 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I first saw Demons uncut on VHS back in the eighties. I remember it being fast-paced, gory and a lot of fun. I am happy to learn that Demons still holds up pretty well as an energetic horror film.

Demons is firmly rooted in the eighties featuring new wave fashions, heavy metal and synthesized incidental music by Claudio Simonetti. The simple plot revolves around an audience trapped in cinema with the evil fiends of the title. The overdubbing leaves a lot to be desired, but the film is saved by great pacing, editing and make-up. Demons is from the zombie school of horror - However, where George A Romero's zombies were vacant and slow moving, these hellish creatures are fast and vicious. The body count is high. The killings are graphic & gory.

There are some inventive sequences. The minor sub-plot about the couple in the ventilation shafts has an unexpected twist in the tale. The film appears to be designed to make cinema audiences uneasy about their surroundings.

Demons has flaws but curiously these shortcomings add something to the film. The over-the-top acting of Bobby Rhodes as a superfly pimp will raise a few chuckles. It's never quite explained why a helicopter randomly crashes through the ceiling - But it's great fun. Also worthy of mention are the list of familiar rock bands featured on the soundtrack. There is plenty of eighties nostalgia courtesy of Motley Crue, Go West & Billy Idol (among others).

This edition of the film offers another great re-master by Arrow. It has been lovingly restored to look full and vibrant. It is also uncut and contains interviews with Claudio Simonetti and writer/producer Dario Argento. Overall, this is a very entertaining Italian splatter-fest. There's a good deal of momentum in Demons.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ben30 on 27 Mar. 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I already have the region 1 Anchor bay release of DEMONS DVD
but then i found out that Arrow films U.K. have also released on Demons on DVD and blu-ray
which i bought only cause there's more special features on this arrow films release than the Anchor bay release
any fan of DEMONS knows what the films about
so this review is about the different dvd releases between the Anchor bay release and this Arrow films release

both DVD release's have the films in perfect widescreen format anyway and the picture quality is excellent

but the Anchor bay release only has an audio commentary track by Lamberto Bava and Journalist Loris Curci
and also has behind the scenes footage of the make up department, that's it there are no interviews but the picture quality and audio is excellent on the Anchor bay release

on the other hand, Arrow films release has interviews with Dario argento and music composer Claudio Simonetti aswell as a Doco on italian Horror films
there's 2 audio commentary tracks on this arrow films version
the first commentary is with Lamberto Bava and Journalist Loris curci taken from the Anchor bay release
the 2nd commentary is brand new with some of the Actors from the film, the actors introduce themselves in English but there commentary is in italian
so your watching the film with english subtitles if you want to listen to the commentary
the actors were'nt interviewed for this arrow films version unfortunately for some reason.
as a fan it would've been Great to see 1 or 2 interviews with the actors from the film
i'm sure they speak english, but the commentary was done in italian

So the audio commentary will have to do with English subtitles

so the Arrow films has interviews with Dario argento etc and 2 audio commentaries
the Anchor bay version has less special features than that.

so it's up to what version you want.
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Format: Blu-ray
When Synapse Films announced they had acquired the US rights to release Lamberto Bava's cult 80's Italian horror flicks DEMONS and DEMONS 2, it generated a huge amount of global interest. These two films are very much loved amongst cult horror film fans, and are beloved for a very good reason: they're damn entertaining! In the UK, Arrow had recently released their Steelbook of the two DEMONS films, and it had had reasonable reviews. However, many hardcore fans mourned the fact that it only contained two soundtracks: the Italian Dub track, with English Subtitles, and the European English Dub track. The well-known and most popular American English Dub track, had mysteriously been omitted.

When Arrow was contacted by fans, they stated that the original audio materials for the American English Dub track weren't in a viable state, and that they could not afford to do the extensive restoration work on them, to bring them up to scratch. At the time, it was also stated in the Arrow-love-fest forums, over at Cult Labs, that it wouldn't be possible to sync the American English Dub track to the new HD restoration.

Alas, as is so common with Arrow's responses, one Cult Labs member managed to sync the Dub onto Arrow's new HD restoration, and it took him about an hour to do so. So, to be fair, Arrow seemed to be pulling-off another "We just can't be arsed" response, which is so typical of them.

Their Steelbook release, eventually came out in April 2013, and was reasonably good. I purchased it, and to be fair, it was a good version of the film. However, it was far from the best release. Both films came on 25gb Blu-Ray discs, rather than 50gb ones. Though not a major problem, it did mean that the films had a bit-rate averaging only 17mb per second.
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