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Nightmare 4K (1981)

Nightmare 4K (1981)

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 Actors: Baird Stafford, Sharon Smith, C.J. Cooke, Mik Cribben, Danny Ronan, John L. Watkins
Director: Romano Scavolini
Language: ENGLISH: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
ENGLISH: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 (48kHz, 24-bit)
Subtitles: English
Region: Untested
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Number of Discs: 3
Rating: Not Rated
Orig Release Date: 1981
Studio: Severin Films
Release Date: 1/30/2024
Run Time: 97 Min.
Special Features: Disc 1: UHD
  • Audio Commentary With Star Baird Stafford and Special Effects Assistant Cleve Hall, Moderated By Lee Christian and David DeCoteau - this feature-length track was originally recorded by Code Red for the label's 35th Anniversary Edition DVD and Blu-ray releases in 2014. He recalls many scenes shot and also what occurred on set. Stafford additionally remembers working with director Romano Scavolini, who he reunited with on the Italian's next film, Dog Tags (1987). Special f/x artist Cleve Hall delves into how he pulled off some of the kills. One of the moderators points out that because the camera negative was deemed too smelly, it was deemed unusable and probably destroyed. He said the Code Red transfer was likely sourced from a 35 mm print. In English, not subtitled.
  • Audio Commentary With Producer William Paul - initially recorded by UK label 88 Films for its 2015 Blu-ray. He laments the studio execs, fellow producers, and actors who were obstreperous during the making of Nightmare. He delivers his remarks sardonically and with irreverence. Paul discusses the picture's filming locations, budgetary disputes, conflicts during filming, and relationships between actors and crew members. Paul delivers several anecdotes and production stories. In English, not subtitled.
  • Trailers (2:31, 1080p) - They appear in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen.

Disc 2: Blu-ray
  • NEW Kill Thy Father and Thy Mother – Interview With Director Romano Scavolini (1:11:44, 1080p) - Severin recorded a lengthy interview with Scavolini instead. He proceeds to tell in chronological fashion the genesis of Nightmare, meeting producer Bill Paul, and his various encounters with producer John Watkins while making the picture. Scavolini also discusses the actors who auditioned and were later chosen to play adult George, Susan, C.J., and young George. He has a completely different take than Savini, who Scavolini says failed to divulge the residuals he coveted after Nightmare became a box-office success in New York. Scavolini speaks in his native Italian, subtitled in English.
  • Dreaming Up a Nightmare (39:09, 1080p; some interviews were recorded at lower resolutions and have been upconverted here) - this program is a compilation of older and more recent interviews with Nightmare's cast and crew. We hear from the former President of 21st Century Distribution, Arthur Schweitzer, as well as actor/unit production manager Mik Cribben, production supervisor Simon Nuchtern, Florida producer/special effects artist William Milling, and uncredited editor Jim Markovic. In addition, there are archival interviews with star Baird Stafford as well as special effects artists Edward French and Cleve Hall. In English, not subtitled.
  • NEW The Nightmare of NIGHTMARE – Interview With Erroneously Credited Special Effects Director Tom Savini (7:34, 1080p) - Savini sits down with Michael Felsher to clarify exactly what role he had on Nightmare. He makes belated news by discussing the late Lester Lorrain's contribution to the film. In English, not subtitled.
  • NEW The Stuff That Nightmares Are Made of – Interview With Makeup Artist Robin Stevens (12:18, 1080p) - Stevens explains the circumstances that led to her hiring on the Nightmare film. She shares several memories of working with Cleve Hall, Ed French, Romano Scavolini, and Gianni Fiore. She also has recollections of Tom Savini. Stevens shows several of the photos that were taken during Nightmare's production. In English, not subtitled.
  • NEW A Nightmare on Many Streets – A Locations Tour With Rue Morgue Writer Michael Gingold (11:05, 1080p) - Before he visits several of the locales where Nightmare was filmed, Gingold first stops by the New York theater where the movie was shown. The revisited locations include the same street scenes where George strolled in the film, the Carnegie Hall Tower where Bill Milling and John Watkins's scenes were likely shot, Staten Island, Coco Beach, a Florida marina, and Susan's house from the outside. In English, not subtitled.
  • Open Matte Peep Show Sequence (2:45, 1080p) - George's appearance at the peep show is presented here in 1.33:1.
  • Deleted Scenes (1:18, upconverted to 1080p) - two omitted scenes from Nightmare that Severin was able to recover. The first is culled from the Australian and Dutch videocassette releases. It has pops and crackles on the audio track. An additional scene contains ten extra frames that are not present on any other version except for the Dutch VHS. Both are presented in 1.33:1. The first doesn't display any subtitles. Second presents Dutch and English subs.
  • Still Gallery (10:14, 1080p) - a slide show (with wipe effects) that presents 175 images showcasing the promotion and controversy surrounding Nightmare's release. The gallery has a section for publicity in the US, UK, France, Mexico, and Argentina. It also boasts an extensive home video gallery with VHS covers from the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Holland, Spain, Sweden, Portugal, Australia, Mexico, and Argentina. "Press" in the US contains ads and critical reviews. The UK section has lots of articles on the "Video Nasties" case. "Special Effects: Ed French" displays photos that were shot on the set of Nightmare. Lastly, there's "Make Up: Robin Stevens" with photos preserved in the said makeup artist's collection. The gallery also sports photographs from the US press kit and lobby cards from foreign markets.
  • Trailers (2:31, 1080p) - two theatrical trailers for Nightmare. They appear in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen.

Disc 3: Blu-ray
  • NEW Damaged: The Very British Obscenity of David Hamilton-Grant (1:11:45, 1080p, DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0) - Sarah Appleton produced, directed, and edited this documentary on notorious UK video distributor David Hamilton-Grant. Appleton does an excellent job of providing a historical overview of British censorship and how content producers have circumvented anti-obscenity laws since George Bernard Shaw did with one of his plays in the early twentieth century. The middle of the doc discusses Hamilton-Grant's early career as a pornographer from his so-called sex-education films to his sex comedies and sexploitation flicks. The next part covers his tenure at World of Video 2000, which distributed Scavolini's 1981 film (re-titled Nightmares in a Damaged Brain). The last second examines the Video Nasties court case and Hamilton-Grant's prosecution for failing to abide by the BBFC's mandated cuts for Nightmare. Hamilton-Grant emerges as a nefarious and enigmatic figure. Appleton interviews over a dozen people. They all speak in English. The doc isn't subtitled. Severin has provided twelve chapters.
  • NEW Rare David Hamilton-Grant Productions - The Office Party (53:50, 1080p, DTS-HD MA 2.0), Under the Bed (52:16, 1080p, DTS-HD MA 2.0), You're Driving Me Crazy (53:10, 1080p, DTS-HD MA 2.0), and Escape to Entebbe (8:13, 1080p, DTS-HD MA 2.0)
  • Violent Nature: The Selling Of A NIGHTMARE Booklet (8 pages) - an illustrated booklet with an essay by Mondo Digital's Nathaniel Thompson, who examines the slasher movies and Italian horror pictures that were made in the same period as Nightmare. Thompson also documents Nightmare's video release history. The booklet also includes poster stills and a production photograph of a possible scene that didn't make into any cut of the film.
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