Venom (Force) (1982)

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Released 1-Oct-2001

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Horror Menu Animation & Audio
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 1982
Running Time 88:39 (Case: 92)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By None Given
Studio
Distributor
Morison Film Group
Beyond Home Entertainment
Starring Klaus Kinski
Oliver Reed
Sarah Miles
Sterling Hayden
Case Amaray-Opaque
RPI $19.95 Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (384Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Venom is a movie I had never heard of until this copy was sent to me for review. I have been a big movie fan for about twenty years now, which happens to be how old this film is, so I was intrigued when this DVD arrived as to how I had never come across this movie anywhere before, not even at the local video shop. Well, now I understand how I let this one slip through my weekly viewing habit - quite simply it is just a badly-made movie.

    Venom was shot in London, England in 1982 and is a movie that really does not explain itself properly. First off, we are introduced to Phillip, the young man of the house who has a strange assortment of pets caged up in his bedroom. Secondly, we are introduced to the hired help, the chauffeur and the nanny of the house, who have devised a plan to kidnap the young boy for money (I presume), although their true intentions are never fully explained - we are basically left to guess for ourselves. Lastly, we are introduced to the deadly black mamba snake which the young boy was incorrectly given at the pet shop instead of his pet carpet snake. Make sense? Well, it certainly did not to me. The story is badly written and full of holes. How does a snake escape from its box and manage to kill off the bad guys one by one without inflicting damage on anyone else in the house? It must have an extra special sense to be able to tell the good people from the bad ones... Anyway, for anyone interested, this film stars Oliver Reed, Sarah Miles, Klaus Kinski and Sterling Hayden.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video transfer of this movie is average. The picture is wanting in clarity and detail and is very soft. As a consequence, it looks very dated by today's standards.

    The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and is 16x9 enhanced.

    The sharpness of this transfer as stated before is poor, with a very soft looking picture. Shadow detail, surprisingly, is very good. Dark portions of the film are detailed quite well. Low level noise was noticed in only a few scenes and this aspect of the transfer held up quite well considering the age of the film.

    The colours were highly saturated and as a result looked unnatural. Skin tones looked oversaturated with the actors' faces looking as if they had spent a few too many hours in the solarium.

    There were a couple of MPEG artefacts noticed but nothing to be overly critical of. The worst artefacts I noticed throughout the movie were film to video artefacts which raised their head on a few occasions but never often enough to really distract.

    This disc was only single layered, and therefore there was no layer change.

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Audio

    The audio on this disc was not of good quality. The sound is harsh and strident and at times quite fatiguing when played at reference level. The soundtrack is very bright even with equalization engaged, making this not a pleasant movie to listen to. The sole audio track on this DVD is an English Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack.

    The dialogue quality was average. For most of the movie, it was not a problem. Only on a few occasions when there was music in the background did it become a little difficult to understand the actors. Audio sync was not a problem.

    The musical score played throughout the movie was extremely bright and annoying.

    The surround channel use was limited to only an odd piece of music or sound effect but basically the surrounds went unnoticed for most of the movie.

    There was no subwoofer use in this soundtrack.

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Extras

    Nothing, not even a trailer.

R4 vs R1

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    At this time, it appears that this movie is not currently available in Region 1.

Summary

    I really have trouble in recommending this disc to anyone. The movie is bad, the quality of the disc is below average and there are no extras. Give this one a miss.

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© Stephen Wilson (read my bio)
Saturday, February 02, 2002
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-737, using Component output
DisplayBarco 708mm CRT front projector (line doubled) onto a 2.5m wide 16x9 aspect screen. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderMeridian 568.
AmplificationAdcom 555 mk2 x3
Speakers3 Klipsch La-Scala speakers (left, centre and right); 2 Infinity sm122 speakers (rear); 2 Mirage bps 400 subwoofers with 400w built in amps

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