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3.0 out of 5 stars Outrageous psychosexual perversity playable?, 16 Jan. 2010
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This review is from: Delirium [DVD] [1972] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
I've been wanting to see this film for a while, but the pressing fault mentioned in the above reviews put me off. I wrote to Blue Underground and got this reply:

"There was a defect in one of the DELIRIUM pressings, which was recalled and replaced with a corrected version. Some defective copies did manage to make it out there before the recall, so we do offer replacement discs to customers who received the defect. Although the title is out-of-print, there are still limited amounts currently available. If you decide to purchase this title and do receive a defective copy, just write us back and we will give you information on obtaining a replacement.

Best regards,
Blue Underground, Inc."

So, although it seems a bit of a gamble, I ordered a copy as it was only about three pounds at the time. The copy I received played fine. This was the region 0 version with both cuts of the film on one disc.

My expectation were perhaps a little high for this film, its reputation as being 'wonderfully sick and demented' raising an eyebrow (or two). So I was a little disappointed when it failed to deliver on the same outrageous level as say, Island of Death. However, it's a well-made and interesting film, with a killer soundtrack from Gianfranco Reverberi and a bonkers performance from Mickey Hargitay. The opening murder sequence in which he perversely leers and fondles a young girl in his car, before chasing her to her death across some rapids, sets the bar high for the movie. Unfortunately, it never again reaches the heights/depths of psychosexual mania promised by this thrilling introduction.
As usual with this type of film, there are plenty of highly attractive, half-naked females walking around; Rita Calderoni looking particularly alluring, especially when revealing her beautifully proportioned mammary glands (as she does to similar effect in Polselli's enjoyably deranged Black Magic Rites and the Secret Orgies of the 14th Century). The lighting and cinematography are attractive, the period fashions and furnishings a tonic. Interestingly, the 'uncut' international version of the film I viewed misses a pleasingly sadistic strangulation contained with the alternate American version. As usual, it seems the American censors are happy to trim tame scenes of sex and nudity while allowing violent scenes of murder and mayhem.
All in all, I would recommend fans of exploitation cinema to get hold of this film - it's an essential for any collection. Sleazy and twisted, perhaps not as much as its reputation suggests, but then my palate is a trifle jaded.
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