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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you make one impulse film purchase this year, make this it., 14 Aug. 2013
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D. N. Kelly "Exiled Brummie" (New Orleans, LA USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Deranged [Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD] (Blu-ray)
I come across so few people who have seen this film, which really suprises me as it is in my eyes one of the finest grindhouse classics out there. Needless to say I cannot recommend this film enough to horror fans who haven't seen it. If you make one impulse purchase this year make this it. So incredibly atmospheric, you can almost smell the grottiness emanating from the screen and the morbid low key organ music helps set the mood as the corpses and Esra's sanity continue to decay. I've also not known a film that teeters so closely between the darkest of horror and the darkest of humour, it has some genuine laugh out loud moments, and Roberts Blossom is fantastic in the lead.

Technically speaking, the transfer is immense. I was worried it may lose some of it's grittiness compared to the old grainy prints previous versions were produced with, but thankfully it doesn't. The main feature alone is enough to make this a great, long awaited release on DVD and blu-ray, however the vast special features really make this such an amazing package. As a big, longtime fan of the movie, it really has been slim pickings when I've tried to find out anything about the background or making of the film so the commentary and featurettes really are a godsend and fill a big hole, particularly the excellent commentary with the ever enthusiastic Tom Savini and Scott Spiegel's great tribute to Blossom (our star, not the TV show). Certainly my favourite Arrow release yet, hopefully this will introduce many more fans to what is an absolute gem of a movie.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent Arrow disc, 23 Aug. 2013
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A. Moncrieff (up your a s s) - See all my reviews
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In between the unbelievably tiresome Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Thing [DVD] [1972] [US Import] and the wonderful and unconventional familial Vietnam zombie horror-drama Deathdream [DVD] [1974] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC], producing duo Bob Clark and Alan Ormsby made this picture. Clark did not direct this one but produced it (uncredited), but it shares Deathdream's wonderful small town ambience and ingenious use of a low-budget to add to the intimate atmosphere. What sets it apart from both Deathdream and Children...is a distinct lack of supernatural elements. This film, in case you did not know, is based on the real life nutter and sometime-killer Ed Gein, who also inspired Psycho, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, The Silence of the Lambs and many more movie crazies. Unlike most, this film presents an extremely faithful version of the story so while it may not be as good of a movie as any of those (it's not, frankly), it is VERY good none the less and is easily the most honest.

Using very simple elegant cinematography and a repeating Christian hymn on church organ as it's aesthetic, the film manages to also play with mood in a way that some may find disrespectful but shouldn't. Black comedy in this film is NEVER at the expense of a victim or real crime, but rather the absurdity of an OBVIOUSLY CRAZY person in the midst of a town who (as Gein really did) repeatedly confesses the bizarre and deeply abhorrent things he is doing only to be met with ridicule and dismissal. Frankly, the real case was pretty absurd too!

I didn't bother looking at the DVD but the Blu-ray here is wonderful - very natural, slightly grainy transfer of either a very high quality print or the original interpositive. The sound is lossless two channel stereo and sounds fantastic.
Extras include an intro and commentary by Mr Tom Savini (engaging and charming as always, though I've heard much of it before in other anecdotal scenarios and in his books), a kind of behind-the-scenes thing with archive footage of the director, a deeply awkward interview with Scott Spiegel (writer of the classic Evil Dead 2, director of the not-so-classics "From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money" and "Hostel III") where he now appears to be a witch, an interview with the guy from Human Centipede 2, a trailer and a stills gallery plus the usual reversible sleeve (new art is great and may lure new punters and those who prefer it, but the original poster art is the way to go for me!) and booklet (one of their best so far - 40 excellent pages!).

Overall this is THE definitive release of this classic. The only possible extras that could give another release even a remote edge is an Alan Ormsby commentary but that doesn't seem likely.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DATED BUT STILL DISTURBING, GHOULISH AND QUITE HARD TO RATE., 25 Sept. 2014
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THE STORY

Ezra Cobb (excellent: Roberts Blossom), a grown man lives with his dominant and sickly mother. Since he was young, the religiously fanatic woman has indoctrinated Ezra to hate women - all except for her of course.
When his mother dies, the already deeply disturbed Ezra becomes very lonely and isolated. He becomes delusional and imagines his mother talking to him, telling him to bring her back home. One night he drives to the cemetery and digs her up.
Slipping away more and more from reality with each passing day, he begins to dig up more bodies of deceased women restoring them from their decomposition even using some as home decor.
His obsession soon grows stronger and goes far beyond merely digging up the dead, as he begins to kill the women himself, finding more and more creative ways to decorate his home.

THE MOVIE

DERANGED is based on the real life serial killer Ed Gein, as are THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, PSYCHO and THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, but neither of them are as close to the real Ed Gein as DERANGED. Perhaps that is the reason why DERANGED is probably the most disturbing of the lot.
I personally find DERANGED just as good as the original TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE. It has less action than the CHAINSAW MASSACRE but has the better acting.
DERANGED is very macabre and has a lot of dark humor. It is definitely not for everyone's taste, despite not being overly violent or gory, most of the more graphical scenes are kept off-screen. The setting will definitely offend most people as it deals with murder, grave robbing and necrophilia.
The acting, is top notch, all actors are convincing and the movie is rather slow-paced and well directed by Jeff Gillen and Alan Ormsby. The story was written by Alan Ormsby.
Another thing about DERANGED that deserves mentioning is the music: a sombre church organ tune that is repeated over and over again without getting boring adds to the dark and depressing setting very effectively.
The movie is often times interrupted by a narrator speaking into the camera, giving it more of a "documentary" feel.

Buyers beware, the US DVD features the cut R-Rated version of the film, missing the notorious brain scooping scene, the UK 18 Certificate version as well as the German FSK 16 version (also includes the English audio track) are the fully uncut and unrated version of the film.

I find it rather hard to rate this movie. It is a classic, but I am sure most people will disagree with my rating because this definitely is NOT mainstream entertainment. If you liked the (original) TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE you will most probably like DERANGED as well, if you thought TCM was sick and disgusting, don't bother with DERANGED. If you prefer the later TCM movies for their visceral gratification you might also want to give DERANGED a pass - the effects are 70s level and rather poor and scarce compared to today's blood fests.

THE BLU-RAY

Reviewed version: 2013 Arrow Video UK DVD / Blu-ray Dual Format
Feature running time: 84 mins. (uncut)
Rating: R (MPAA) (cut) / 18 (BBFC)
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 / 16x9
Audio: English 2.0 PCM (stereo)
Subtitles: English HoH
Extras: Introduction by Tom Savini (0:12 mins.), "A Blossoming Brilliance" interview (10:22 mins.), "Ed Gein: From Murder to Movies" (14:52 mins.), "Wages of Sin" (12:00 mins.), Theatrical Trailer (1:33 mins.), Trailer with intro/commentary by Adam Rifkin (1:54 mins.)
Region: B (locked)

Picture Quality: B
Audio Quality: B
Extras: B (considering the age of the movie)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mama? Mama?, 10 Nov. 2014
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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Deranged is brought to us by Alan Ormsby and Jeff Gillen. It's a telling of the Ed Gein story, the Plainfield Ghoul who in the 1950s shocked small town Americana to its very core.

The names have been changed to, protect, well no that's not true, it's a product of its time is why, but this is an Ed Gein film, and it's a troubling and worthy piece of art in equal measure.

Certain instances have been spruced up for poetic licence, but the core essence of Gein and his madness exists wholesale. Roberts Blossom plays Gein (as Ezra Cobb), a man so tied to his mama's apron strings that when she leaves the mortal coil he refuses to acknowledge said fact. Cue grave robbing, morbid scenario settings and murder.

Operating on a low budget, Gillen and Ormsby do a sterling job of not letting their film come off as cheap exploitation. Tom Savini's effects work is a little crude when viewed now (he would become a legend in his field soon afterwards), but this unfurls in stylish and professional manner. With great acting by Blossoms, nifty camera work, a dark sense of humour and a chilling underplaying of key scenes leading the way, this is a fine entry in the serial killer movie pantheon. 7/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent copy !, 24 Jan. 2014
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This is an excellent , high quality blu-ray version of this classic movie , including the "brain-scooping" scene which was cut in previous VHS and DVD editions , and with a very interesting booklet ! Recommended !!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A minor classic. A tale of the grotesque., 1 Sept. 2013
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I clearly remember seeing stills from Deranged in House of Hammer magazine back in the day. Sadly before I could see it the video nasty purges took it from the video shops. I always wondered what the film was like and now thanks to Arrow films I have finally seen it. What a little cracker of a film and what a super performance by Roberts Blossom (the creepy old guy in Home Alone [DVD] [1990]as the killer. It's a gory, grotesque and ghoulish and tells the story Ed Gein, the Wisconsin serial killer. Visually it obviously was a massive source of inspiration for Rob Zombie but the film is nice and low key. Fans of '70's American horror should love this and snap up this excellent uncut Arrow Blu Ray.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Truth is stranger than fiction., 5 Aug. 2014
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A film based on the real life psycho Ed Gein retelling his story in appropriately sick fashion.However whatever tension is built up is totally lost by having an Alan Whicker style reporter walk into shot and start talking about the events on screen.The story itself is bizarre enough and the TRUE use of skin & body parts is the inspiration to Texas Chainsaw Massacre,Hannibal Lecter et al.Some good extra's about the real murders and a Tom Savini commentary.A good package but not a bundle of laughs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 9 July 2014
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Really good movie, well directed and acted.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dvd, 25 Jun. 2014
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Don't know if this is any good as was a gift but recipient was delighted with it. Fast dispatch too
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5.0 out of 5 stars DERANGED, 8 May 2014
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WHAT A MOVIE. THIS ONE REMINDS ME OF NORMAN BATES. I'M NOT TELLING TO MUCH ABOUT THIS MOVIE, YOU WILL ENJOY THIS ONE, AND SWEAR IT'S NORMAN BATES AGAIN. THE ACTING, LOCATION AND THE PLOT WAS PERFECT. IT'S REALLY SAD THAT SOME PEOPLE ARE LIKE THIS, YOU CAN'T EXPLAIN WHY THIS IS. BUY THIS DVD FOR YOUR COLLECTION, THE COPY HAS GREAT SOUND AND PICTURE. THE MAN WHO PLAYS THE MAIN CHARACTOR, DID VERY WELL. I'VE SEEN THIS ACTOR IN OTHER FILMS, HE WAS IN CHRISTINE, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND.
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