Thursday, June 10, 2021

 A Scream in the Streets – Severin Films (Blu-ray)

Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1973
Directors: Carl Monson, Dwayne Avery, Bethel Buckalew, Harry H. Novak
Writer: Eric Norden
Cast: Joshua Bryant, Frank Bannon, Rosie Stone, Linda York, Brandy Lyman, Con Covert, Colleen Brennan

Release Date: March 30th, 2021
Approximate Running Time: 90 Minutes 31 Seconds
Aspect Ratios: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC, 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Rating: R
Sound: DTS-HD Mono English
Subtitles: English SDH
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $34.95

"From infamous producer Harry Novak - whose Box Office International Pictures brought the world such classics as AXE, MANTIS IN LACE and WHAM BAM THANK YOU, SPACEMAN - comes the still-startling sickie about a pair of L.A.P.D. detectives hunting a transvestite psychopath through a polyester jungle of massage parlor perverts, suburban sex fiends, violence-crazed cops" - synopsis provided by the distributor

Video: 3.75/5

Here’s the information provided about this release's transfer, "2k remaster scanned from the original camera negative".

A Scream in the Streets comes on a 50 GB dual layer Blu-ray.

Disc Size: 45.6 GB

Feature: 22.3 GB (1.85:1 Widescreen), 22.3 GB (1.33:1 Aspect Ratio)

The sources used for both transfers look very good and any source related debris is minimal. Image clarity, colors and black levels look strong throughout. It should-be noted that there are few compression-related moments.

Audio: 3.75/5

This release comes with one audio option, a DTS-HD mono mix in English and included with this release are removable English SDH subtitles. The audio sounds clear and balanced.


Extras for this release include reversible cover art, three trailers for A Scream in the Streets: trailer #1 (3 minutes 29 seconds, Dolby Digital mono English, no subtitles), trailer #2 (3 minutes 29 seconds, Dolby Digital mono English, no subtitles) and trailer #3 (1 minute 44 seconds, Dolby Digital mono English, no subtitles) and two sexy shorts produced from A Scream in the Streets outtakes: The Peeper Part One (10 minutes 34 seconds, Dolby Digital mono English, no subtitles) and The Peeper Part Two (9 minutes 30 seconds, Dolby Digital mono English, no subtitles).


Harry H. Novak's production company released A Scream in the Streets. Other notable films released by Harry H. Novak include sleazy exploitation films like Toys Are Not For Children and The Sinful Dwarf, and horror films like The Child and Rituals.

Though A Scream in the Streets has many elements that have become synonymous with 1970’s exploitation cinema. The result is a film that can’t make up its mind if it's a in your face crime film or a soft-core sex film. With A Scream in the Streets strongest moments revolving around a cross dressing killer. That said, A Scream in the Streets is ultimately a film that fans of 1970’s exploitation cinema are sure to enjoy. 

Written by Michael Den Boer

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