From Juan Piquer Simón, director of the equally unhinged Slugs, Pieces(original title: Mil Gritas tiene La Noche) is the original sickening slasher classic, now restored in glorious 4K from Arrow Video. If you arent familiar with the film ‘Pieces’ from 1982 (and I wasnt until this reissue, although I had heard the name talked about on the wonderful horror podcast Bind Torture Kast a few times) then you will most certainly be familiar with the classic era of the slasher genre (70s and 80s) which gave us such glorious films such as The Last House On The Left, Hills Have Eyes and then films such as Halloween, Friday The 13th, Prom Night as well as dozens and dozens more. Well if you fancy revisiting (or visiting) that classic time period then you can do a far lot worse than checking out ‘Pieces’ a film that contains all the hallmarks of a classic slasher film such as chainsaws, masked killers, topless girls, blood spatter,axes and many more iconic things from the world of horror.
When a Boston college campus is being terrorised by a black-clad maniac who collects body parts from his unfortunate co-ed victims. As the corpses (and red herrings) begin to pile up, can Professor Brown (genre veteran Jack Taylor “Conan The Barbarian” ) unmask the murderer before his morbid puzzle is complete? Well by the end credits you might well find out the answer.
Boasting some of the most outrageous gore set-pieces ever to splash their way across the screen at that time (including a particularly memorable slow-motion evisceration atop a waterbed), Pieces is an essential slice of Spanish splatter and more gruesome than ever on Blu-ray with its awesome crisp 4k transfer. The film to me had a glorious nostalgic feel and reminded me of films such as Enzo Castellari’s Bronxs Warriors with its fun cheesy attitude and this could be the only downside to watching “Pieces’ If a new viewer checks the film out the 21st century eyes and a mindset of a modern film viewer. Perhaps the film might appear a little dated. But if the film is watched through the eyes of someone who wants to see a film from the 80s, then this film is a blast. I loved it. Crazy and fun. Just what a film though be when it sits in the horror genre.
As always. Arrow has once again done a fantastic job with the special features on a classic release, with over two and a half hours of documentaries (and thats not counting the full length commentary that features on this release.)
Check out this run down of the special features
LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS:
Brand new 4K transfer from the original camera negative
Two versions of the feature: Pieces, the US theatrical version, and Mil Gritos Tiene La Noche, the original uncensored director’s cut, presented in Spanish with original score by Librado Pastor [Blu-ray exclusive]
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
Original English and Spanish Mono Audio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
5.1 Vine Theater Experience
Alternate Re-score by composer Umberto
Brand new audio commentary with The Hysteria Continues
It’s Exactly What You Think It Is! – brand new featurette offering up an appreciation of Pieces by various filmmaker fans
Brand new interview with art director Gonzalo Gonzalo
Pieces of Juan – a career-spanning interview with director Juan Piquer Simón
The Reddest Herring – extensive interview with actor Paul Smith, including a discussion of Pieces
Audio Interview with producer Steve Minasian
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Marc Schoenbach
Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Michael Gingold
Soundtrack CD featuring the entire original score
Not too shabby is it! So treat yourself to this dual format release from Arrow Video and grab yourself some ‘Pieces
Its out now!