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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Arrow Video - DERANGED on Blu-ray

From frame one, DERANGED has the look and feel old Wisconsin home movie footage. Creepy backwoods stuff. Very fitting as it is based on the life of Ed Gein(like PSYCHO and several other films). It even has a warning at the beginning delivered by a journalist declaring the film as something not for the faint of heart.
Roberts Blossom plays Ezra Cobb here, the Ed Gein stand-in. This is particularly creepy to me as my biggest memory of him is from HOME ALONE where he played the shovel-wielding misunderstood neighbor to Macaulay Culkin's family. Makes me wonder if John Hughes was playing some sort of joke by casting Blossom in that role at the time. Was Hughes a big DERANGED fan? If so, kudos to him for casting based on that. That's pretty funny in this macabre way. My other big memory of Blossom was of his role in ESCAPE FROM ALCATRAZ. He plays a guy who cuts off his own fingers in one of the movies most disturbing scenes. He's a very solid character actor, but he was given few opportunities to play a lead role like this. It's a very effective portrayal of a sick mind. The familiar Norman Bates-y talking to himself in his mother's voice is pretty unsettling. The movie has a few very disturbing scenes. One has Ezra bring an unsuspecting waitress back to his house and she is beyond terrified to find corpses and Ezra himself wearing a mask made of human flesh. Following this scene with a truly dark "dinner table" scene works very well as far as making one's skin crawl. The choice to use the journalist 'narrator' character and have him appear throughout the film is an odd one. Makes it feel like a Twilight Zone or something with a Rod Serling-type popping up intermittently to make comments and 'tell the tale'. It's a decent horror film and the performance by Roberts Blossom as well as the effects(by Tom Savini) make it somewhat memorable.

Special Features included on this Arrow Video Blu-ray include:
-High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the unrated version, featuring the infamous ‘brain-scooping scene’, available uncut in the UK for the first time!
-Audio commentary with special effects artist Tom Savini
-Introduction to the film by Savini.

-"A Blossoming Brilliance":
Scott Spiegel (Intruder, Evil Dead II) speaks about Deranged star Roberts Blossom and the lasting legacy of this gore-soaked gem.
-"Ed Gein: From Murder to Movies" -
Laurence R. Harvey (The Human Centipide II) discusses the lurid legacy of the Wisconsin serial killer and the secrets of portraying a cinematic psychopath.
-"The Wages of Sin" –
Making of featurette comprising newly transferred 16mm production footage plus an archive interview with director Jeff Gillen.

This disc can be purchased via Amazon UK or Arrow's Website:

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