‘Ballad in Blood,’ ‘Forbidden Door’ Among Horror Films Due on Disc March 29 From MVD and Severin

Three horror films — Ballad in Blood, House on the Edge of the Park and The Forbidden Door — are being released on disc March 29 from MVD Entertainment Group and Severin Films.

House on the Edge of the Park (1980) will be available on both DVD and Blu-ray Disc. For his follow-up to Cannibal Holocaust, director Ruggero Deodato delivers one of the most disturbing exploitation films of all time. In the film, David Hess, of The Last House on the Left infamy, stars as a charismatic psychopath who, with his equally unhinged sidekick (Giovanni Lombardo Radice of City of the Living Dead), turns a get-together of chic New Yorkers into an ordeal of class warfare and sexual violence. Annie Belle (Absurd), Christian Borromeo (Tenebrae) and Lorraine De Selle (Wild Beasts) co-star in this notorious DPP 39 “video nasty” from the screenwriters of The New York Ripper with a soundtrack by Riz Ortolani.

The film is scanned uncut in 4K from the original negative. Special features in the limited edition, three-disc Blu-ray set include audio commentary by Bruce Holecheck (Cinema Arcana) and Art Ettinger (Ultra Violent); interviews with Deodato, cinematographer Sergio D’Offizi and Radice; “External Beauty & Internal Ugliness,” an archival interview with David Hess; “House Sweet House,” an interview with set designer Antonello Geleng; and Deodato Holocaust, a feature-length documentary by Felipe M. Guerra that explores the film-by-film triumphs, tragedies and controversies of Deodato; deleted scenes; and a CD soundtrack. Extras on DVD include audio commentary by Bruce Holecheck (Cinema Arcana) and Art Ettinger (Ultra Violent); interviews with Deodato, cinematographer Sergio D’Offizi and Radice; “External Beauty & Internal Ugliness,” an archival interview with David Hess; and “House Sweet House,” an interview with set designer Antonello Geleng.

Available on Blu-ray and DVD is Ballad in Blood (2016). For his first film in 23 years, Deodato — the director of such ItaloSleaze classics as Cannibal Holocaust, House on the Edge of the Park and Raiders of Atlantis — explored a different breed of butchery inspired by the Perugia exchange student murder that shocked the world. In the film, after a wild night of sex, drugs and clubbing, a young woman, her boyfriend and his dealer pal wake to find her straight-laced roommate brutally murdered. Special features include an interview with Deodato; an interview with Nina Burleigh, author of the New York Times bestseller The Fatal Gift Of Beauty: The Trials Of Amanda Knox; “It Happened in Perugia,” an interview with film historian Fabio Melelli; “Things to Do in Perugia When You’re Dead,” an interview with actress Noemi Smorra; an interview with executive producer Raffaele Mertes; a behind-the-scenes featurette; and trailers. 

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The Forbidden Door (2009) will be available on DVD and for the first time in North America on Blu-ray Disc. With his third disturbing feature, Joko Anwar, Indonesian writer/director of Impetigore and the remake of Satan’s Slave, became one of the most daring new genre filmmakers in the world. In the film, as a successful young sculptor increasingly loses his grip on sanity, he imagines his wife, friends and family are all conspiring against him and begins filling his best-selling works with unspeakable human matter, becomes obsessed with brutal hidden-camera abuse videos, and inches inescapably closer towards the most horrific final act of all. Special features include audio commentary with Anwar; an interview with Anwar; deleted and extended scenes with optional commentary by Anwar; a behind-the-scenes featurette; Herosase footage; a poster and still gallery; and trailers.