- Format: NTSC
- Language: English, Spanish
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
- Number of discs: 2
- Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B001D5C1R6
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,889 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Pieces [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Label: ARROW VIDEO
Tranfer by: ARROW / (GRINDHOUSE)
Aspect Ratio: 1.66 : 1
Media: Bluray Set / Limited Edition (3 Discs)
Some Thoughts About The Movie (NOT a base for my rating):
Highly enjoyable „Krimi“ with elements lent from black gloved murder movies and slashers. PIECES „is exactly what you think it is“ as the tagline reads. No, it is not. How could it be? Set in Boston, nothing in this whodunnit flick looks like a US genre movie from that period. Indeed PIECES breathes European cinema air through each and every of its celluloid pores. And that is great because PIECES is exactly what you do not think it is. I neither can name it very good nor very bad. PIECES is something in between, what is exactly the reason I like this little Euro-Sleaze-Giallo-Style-Crime-Splatter-Fest. JUAN PIQUER SIMÓNs movie is entertaining. It manages to move audiences mood by using tension, drivel, gore, naked skin and goofy situations and dialogue. The makers had a big pot of ideas and influences. They stuffed that thing, stirred all ingredients, spilled it on the floor and somehow the brew tasted passably. It appears to be partially improvised on set, developed on the fly. Made by people who perhaps never shot a horror movie before and had to think about what a horror movie should contain to work properly. Borrowed Fragments of films like DEEP RED (1975) and THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974) come in mind, to name just two examples. This assumption may sound a bit harsh but I do not mean it in a negative way. Maybe PIECES draws much of its special charm out of this circumstances. The makers try to walk on new territory, sometimes they stumble but in the end they reach their goal.Read more ›
Although far from being a masterpiece of the horror genre, it is not surprising that this movie still has a certain cut following. It is an unintentionally funny piece of trash. The film opens with a little boy chopping up his mother after being punished for assembling a jigsaw puzzle of a pin-up girl. As is to be expected, he grows up to be a serial killer who just has to stalk female students on a university campus.
Badly dubbed (at least half of the actors spoke their lines in Spanish), with unbelievably cheap looking opening titles that look like they have been stolen from some student film, "Pieces" manages to deliver more than a few unintentional laughs. In it you'll find one of the most hilarious 2oh, I accidentally bumped into my friend" fake scare scenes of all time. This Italian-Spanish co-production also features a lot of cheesy gore effects, which nevertheless managed to garner the film an X rating when it first came out in the US. Well, there are a couple of nude scenes...
It is hard to pick what the most laughable scene or character is, because this film boasts so many. My personal favorite is the guy who plays the gardener. He looks like Bud Spencer's demented cousin, and instead of being scary (he is one of the suspects) he comes across as plain weird. Then, one of the investigators going undercover is a tennis champ(!) who just happens to have a desk job at the police station. In one of the wackiest scenes the killer walks into an elevator after one of his female victims with a chainsaw hidden behind his back! And there are quite a number of scenes like this.Read more ›
A nice solid box, so no creases down the spine, a nice revisable sleeve, plus a double sided poster, and a 36 page booklet.
But most important is the Blu-ray transfer which looks stunning, and you get loads of bonus features, so well worth upgrading.
Everything a giallo fan could hope for is here: the black gloved killer, the beautiful women, the unnecessarily extreme violence and pulsing synthesiser soundtrack etc. If you liked Tenebrae, New york ripper, Bird with the crystal plumage or any of that Italian horror () you'll adore this. This is much more violent and disgusting than any of them. Brimful with bad acting, incoherent dialogue and a laugh-out-loud script. It's even dubbed!
So to sum it up then, this is a wretched film. It's enough to drive you to God.
I would say the acting is standard and the DVD itself is not bad quality. Quite clearly video quality but it doesnt really bother me so hopefully it wont bother you either. It has a few extras as well.
The gore in Pieces is quite strong. It contains a woman getting stabbed to death plus a knife going through the back of a womans head. An arm gets sawed off and a woman gets sawed in half so yes the gore is quite strong.
The Film 2000 UK release is fully uncut so thats a positive thing about it. If your a fan of gory slasher films with some good music and twists then I recomend this. Its a good addition to your horror collection.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just ordered the Arrow Blu ray 3 disc set. Have already given it five stars because I know it's gonna be that good. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Demoni85
Pieces (Mil Gritos Tiene La Noche) 1982 Directed by Juan Piquer Simón, Starring Jack Taylor, Christopher George, Lynda Day George, Frank Braña and Paul Smith. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dallison
In features and details says that it has Spanish language and is not truePublished 4 months ago by Enrique López Ortega
I already have the U.S. Grindhouse blu-ray of PIECES which was reissued about 1 year ago
the Grindhouse blu-ray is ABC coded so U.K. Read more
limited edition buy while it is available i purchased a couple for my clients. great horror movie hope arrow do a good job on thisPublished 6 months ago by Jill Zarin
In 1941, a boy who is caught assembling a jigsaw puzzle of a naked woman gets punished by his mother and orders him to get rid of it. Read morePublished on 11 Jan. 2013 by Puzzle box
Any film which was promoted with the tagline "Pieces... It's exactly what you think it is!" and "You Don't Have To Go To Texas For A Chainsaw Massacre!" can't be all bad can it? Read morePublished on 22 Jan. 2011 by Bob Smith