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Madhouse (Special Edition) Blu-Ray Review

Arriving on Special Edition Blu-ray this week is Ovidio G. Assonitis’s 1981 Italian slasher, “Madhouse”.   Originally titled “There Was a Little Girl”, but renamed upon home video release, the film had garnered a cult following over the years from fans of Italian Horror.  Although there are times where I found the film unintentionally funny, especially during the close-ups of a fake dog, “Madhouse” remains quite chilling.

The acting is sub-par at best, but Assonitis is able to bring some of the same low-budget pleasure as he did with “The Curse” “The Visitor” and “Piranha II” (which he co-directed with James Cameron). Fans of “Madhouse” will want to pick up this release as the 2K restoration looks fantastic.

Special Edition Content

  • Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition presentations
  • Original Stereo Audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Brand new audio commentary with The Hysteria Continues
  • Brand new interviews with cast and crew
  • Alternate Opening Titles
  • Theatrical Trailer, newly transferred in HD
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Marc Schoenbach
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Booklet featuring new writing on the film

By: Marc Ferman

Order: Madhouse: Special Edition (Blu-ray)