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Oasis Of Fear [1971] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Ornella Muti, Irene Papas, Ray Lovelock
  • Directors: Umberto Lenzi
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Shameless
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Nov. 2008
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AHKGYC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,064 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Also known as Dirty Pictures', this fabulously trippy sexploitation thriller from Umberto Lenzi (Paranoia, Cannibal Ferox, Nightmare City) is a lost classic long unavailable to fans of classy kinky flicks. In the now increasingly common madness that appears to grip Shameless they've dug-up never-before-seen lost footage of the eye-popping kind to present this world-first complete edit of Oasis of Fear. In addition to that the movie is being made available for the first time with the long-sought after and thought-to-be-lost English sound dub.

Two young sexually free hippies, Dick (Ray Lovelock) and Ingrid (Ornella Muti) finance their travels by selling naked snaps of Ingrid until their plan is brought to an abrupt end by the Police. Forced on the run the two seek refuge at a seemingly empty isolated large villa. As it turns out the house is inhabited by the middle-aged Barbara (Irene Papas) who invites them in for some potential three-way hanky-panky that soon locks them into something far more twisted and chilling!

Set to a toe-tapping catchy pop score and filled with deliciously naked female flesh this is also an intriguingly dreamy giallo from the underrated Lenzi that chills into a suspense-ridden climax.

Oasis of Fear (cert. 18) is released uncut on DVD by Shameless Screen Entertainment. The film is presented as a world-first Shameless rebuild edit, remastered in 2.35:1 with English 2.0 sound, in Region 0. Also included on the disc is a comprehensive Shameless subtitle commentary fact track, an original trailer gallery & collectable reverse artwork.

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Don't miss this movie...it would be shameless ! It's an excellent movie directed by Umberto Lenzi. Between giallo and sexploitation. The story is quite simple : two young hippies are involved in the murder of a husband... Ornella Muti looks gorgeous, but also Irene Papas... very erotic. Ray Lovelock is one of my favourite actor in this kind of movies from the seventies... Thanks for bringing out this rare movie from one of the Italian B-Masters !
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"Oasis of Fear" aka "Dirty Pictures" is a well made, tense little thriller loosely fitting into the Giallo bracket I suppose. The cast are uniformly good with Irene Papas stealing the show. Shameless have done well to re-discover this little gem but I must make a point of alerting potential purchasers to the quality of this dvd.
I've rarely seen such a poor transfer in this modern dvd era. This film (as good as it is) is almost unwatchable - certainly on a 55 inch LCD. The transfer is barely VHS quality - in fact it wouldn't surprise me to learn that perhaps the Shameless release had orginated from a VHS master.

Shameless have a great catalogue and from what I've seen thus far titles available range from good to excellent transfers (with "Venus in Furs" being magnificent). I'd really have to question whether "Oasis of Fear" was even satisfactory for a dvd release at all in this state.
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The film itself is a slightly above average contribution to the Italian Giallo genre which could, on a sociological basis and from a contemporary point of view also be seen as a portrait of the lifestyle of the early 1970s European hippie culture. The plot is somewhat of an intimate play and mainly revolves around three different characters portrayed by Irene Papas, Ornella Muti and Ray Lovelock. Papas gives Lovelock a nasty lesson in French skills. Muti has one indecent scene in "Oasis of Fear" which can clearly being looked at when freeze-framed - it might also have been an inspiration for Verhoeven's infamous interrogation scene in "Basic Instinct" (if you know what I mean).
The only point of criticism I have found are the comments which are not an optional choice but a dreadful nuisance and can really get on your nerves if you want to concentrate on the film. Shameless has some other, better publications so just in case this should be your first Shameless buy please don't let this one have any influence on later purchases because Shameless is really a very good and stylish publisher when it comes to sleazy Italian movies of the 1970s.
All in all, check this one out if you have a thing for: 1970s, Italy, stylish fashion, beautiful colors, hot and willing chicks, Umberto Lenzi's work as a director, movies about hippies in general.

Some other films I would like to see published at Shameless include Bazzoni's "The Fifth Cord", Cavara's "Black Belly of the Tarantula", Luci's "Don't Torture a Duckling, Massi's "Five Women for the Killer", Barilli's "Perfume of the Lady in Black" and both of Luciano Ercoli's Giallo movies. Just some suggestions because I think that there are still so many movies of the Giallo genre left which all deserve a decent publication on DVD in my opinion!
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I wanted to echo the previous comments about the quality of the transfer. Its pretty bad-itd be acceptable for a downloaded bootleg but for a DVD release its pretty poor, mainly due to lack of clarity and looking more like a VHS copy of a copy. Except for that, what a great film. Kind of like an ode to the late 60's and free love and youthful rebellion, with a great soundtrack, and mixed with a suspense thriller. I always like Umberto Lenzi films because he casts good, likeable actors in the leads which makes his films very watchable. His style of filmmaking is also direct and tight which benefits this movie also. Unexpected plot developments make for a tense ride and a fitting ending for the youthful rebels.
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