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Strip Nude for Your Killer

#1 Post by DarkImbecile » Wed Apr 03, 2019 5:13 pm

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As the 1970s wore on and audiences began to tire of the tried and tested giallo formula popularized by the thrillers of Argento, Fulci and their contemporaries, filmmakers sought to reinvigorate the ailing movement by injecting elements from other genres. Some took inspiration from the then-burgeoning crime thriller movement, with tales of organised crime and corrupt police officials… while others decided to sex things up by crossing serial killer thrills with salacious softcore antics.

A spate of highly sexualized murders is rocking a prestigious Milanese fashion house. Ambitious photographer Magda (Edwige Fenech, Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key) and her on-off boyfriend, love rat Carlo (Nino Castelnuovo, The English Patient), team up to crack the case. But, with the motorcycle helmet-wearing killer clearing bearing a grudge against the agency’s employees, it’s surely only a matter of time before they too end up feeling the force of his wrath…

So roll up for a Euro cult experience like no other, with kitschy fashion shoots, back alley abortions, blow-up sex dolls and some very indelicate humor, as one of the most notoriously sleazy gialli ever produced gets the red carpet treatment from Arrow Video!

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
• Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative
• High definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
• Original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks
• English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
• New audio commentary by HORRORPEDIA.com’s Adrian J. Smith and David Flint
• Sex and Death with a Smile, a new video essay by author and critic Kat Ellinger on giallo and sex comedy icon Edwige Fenech
• A Good Man for the Murders, a newly edited video interview with actor Nino Castelnuovo
• The Blonde Salamander, a new video interview with actress Erna Schurer
• The Art of Helping, a new video interview with assistant director Daniele Sangiorgi
• Jack of All Trades, a new video interview with actor and production manager Tino Polenghi
• Two versions of the opening scene: tinted and untinted viewing options
• Original Italian and English theatrical trailers
• Image gallery
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Rachael Nisbet

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Re: Strip Nude for Your Killer

#2 Post by colinr0380 » Wed May 29, 2019 4:49 am

"If you see Carlo again you'll be in big trouble!"
"That's none of your business. You think you own me or what? I want to be a fashion model, not a kept woman or a slave"

Major spoilers:

My goodness, this is certainly quite an eye-opening experience! It is absolutely terrible as a murder-mystery film, with not enough attention paid to sketching in a cast of potential suspects and a weak motive for the killer to be doing what they are doing (that are very like the motivations of the killer in the much later Argento film Trauma, though it felt that the motivation was handled better there). We barely even get the chance to focus on the incriminating group picture from the past that the killer is apparently using to systematically kill each person off, and as the audience we are just given that motivation in basic sketched in terms that all of the characters have no inkling as to the significance of until the very end of the film, because enough related people have to have been bumped off for the photograph to mean anything to them! However we as the audience get the, also characteristic of a giallo, explicit and blunt opening historical trauma scene of an abortion gone wrong being covered up to look like a suicide that all of the other characters similarly seemingly have no memories of until the very end of the film.

But I think that these flaws in the murder-mystery aspect of the film are entirely tied in with the themes of giallo. It is just that this is a more 'advanced' giallo film in which the core idea of murder-mystery is almost entirely pushed aside to focus on other characteristics of the genre more nakedly! (The J&B product placement reaches hilarious levels in this film!)

In a way though the characters having no particular clue as to what trauma that they were responsible for causing a killer to be revenging is the ultimate damnation of them that the film has to offer. The reveal of the killer is someone we barely remember amongst the flurry of models in the studio from early on in the film (and this is a film that takes pains to provide us with a mid point recap scene of the latest soon to be victim watching a news report about the five murders so far!) and has an inconsistent, or rather too wide ranging, motive for committing the murders that appears to have dragged a lot of innocents into the situation as well. For example she kills the doctor who performed the abortion on her friend/lover first, which makes a lot of sense, and then during the film murders the (lesbian, seducing all of the models) dominant wife and (cuckolded, impotent except with a plastic doll, which we perhaps significantly only ever see in its withered and deflated state!) cuckolded portly bad driver of a husband.

But why kill the latest model that Carlo has brought into the modelling studio? I guess that she may have been killed because she was in the wrong place at the wrong time (the lesbian bosses home, post coitus and pushing things by demanding work instead of being just a sex object from her). That might explain why exactly the same sequence occurs in the murder of the portly husband a scene or two later, just with a slight variation in where the killer leaps out from! I really like the idea that the killer is setting up all of these brilliant metaphorical situations by running water from first the kitchen and then the bathroom taps to make the guilty victim remember about the running water in the bathtub that the abortion gone wrong girl was put into to fake her suicide, only to have people not realise the significance behind doing that! And then go to all that effort of stalking and hiding in wait for victims only to murder the wrong person a couple of times over! (And ironically out of the two people who would understand the significance of running the taps, the first is killed quickly early on with no water motif and the other survives because they were being 'saved for last')

I guess what I'm saying is that the killer would not be that interesting a character even if the film paid them more attention than it barely does! (Also why does the murderer suddenly turn into Jack the Ripper in the last couple of murders and start mutilating the bodies as well? That suggests even more that their motives for what they are doing are insanely inconsistent). Domino often says that murderers and their motivations in a giallo film are arbitrarily chosen, but here that literally feels like the case and that arbitrariness (just another model with a grudge, living in the past rather than the present) feels like it ties into the theme of casual modelling lifestyles with a lot of comings and goings and new blood to shed.

Kudos to the film however for having someone with a woman's build in the biker leathers and helmet actually be a female character as well! Some later films with the same type of set up (I'm thinking of the killer in Night School) just use a male body double before the female reveal, which rather negates any sense of being able to work out the mystery even more! In some ways this film is a predecessor of the figure in Nail Gun Massacre.

Also why have the killer in biker leathers and helmet only to have them drive everywhere! Could they only afford the biker gear and not the motorcyle itself? Or did they just pick it up as the perfect cool outfit for a killer to wear, as the early flamboyant homosexual victim (and obvious Scorpio Rising fan) notes a little excitedly before the 'biker' has the bad manners to purposefully spill their bottle of J&B everywhere!
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I do think that whilst the film does not work as a murder-mystery, to the point of undermining the entire core of the subgenre, it is kind of brilliantly subversive as a giallo though. Both the film and characters are far too horny and distracted by sex for their own good, and so much of the scant investigative elements and police interviewing members of the modelling agency (including a very explicit version of one of the inspectors getting sweatily excited by one of the models uncrossing and crossing her legs which precedes Basic Instinct by seventeen years!) just get overwhelmed by people disrobing, whether for business or pleasure! All of the characters seem to be acting as if they are in a sex film, yet so much happens that is disturbing and horrific that isn't just the murders!

A lot of the action swirls around Carlo, an absolute bastard of a photographer, introduced cruising a local health club and getting excited by a latest lady to walk by in her swimsuit, stalking her down a corridor as she shows no interest whatsoever all the time taking lots of close up photographs of her without asking if he can, and shoving his camera about an inch from her face (and bottom and breasts), all the while exclaiming about how horny she is making him (there are a few straight faced "Mamma mia!"'s uttered here, at least on the Italian soundtrack!). But despite saying he is an irritation at first, and despite no change in his cocky demeanour, she likes it in the end and he convinces her to join him in the sauna and take off her 'restrictive' bikini before getting in for a closer look. I was rather appalled at this scene until the brilliant moment at this stage where Carlo tries to take another picture of her, as she lies splayed out entirely nude for him, only to find that he has used all of his photos up in the stalking sequence just before! Carlo came far too soon, with his camera at least, and has to just set it aside to focus on sex itself instead without the pretext! (Which on reflection ties him together with the portly cuckolded husband trying to brutally force himself on another model, only to find that he is impotent with an actual flesh and blood woman, all whilst she has gone from having to consent to be raped to having to console the potential attacker that 'it happens to all men sometimes', before leaving him with only his flaccid blow up doll and the murderer for company!)

Sex here isn't particularly fun. Everyone is driven by their urges but its deeply entwined within their business as well. In fact it seems a bit wasteful (and definitely more dangerous!) to be having sex when it is not for work! The other (arguably) main character Magda, played by Edwige Fenech, for example is introduced as a photographer in the modelling agency like Carlo, so about on his same level and briefly suggested to be kind of a professional His Girl Friday-style rival, and seemingly annoyed that he can bring back his latest conquests to the studio on the pretext of employment (but seemingly more for his boss to sample) whilst she cannot. Magda immediately undermines herself however by coming into the dark room and stripping nude and asking him if she could be a model too. Carlo says why bother when she has a career and models only last for a year or two before they are discarded, which is a very good point, but there is a suggestion that the compulsion towards exhibitionism and sex is a stronger pull for Magda than even maintaining a professional status. And by going down on Carlo right there in the darkroom, she has already shifted her status in their relationship to something different.

And whilst everyone is still pretending to be in a sex film even after five or six people have been murdered, perhaps the most disturbing moments are the ones where the sex film turns violent such as when the plumper husband coerces a model back to his home for sex (via the most queasily dangerous car ride ever committed to film! It beats the one in The French Connection!) and then attacks her until she gives in (until, after all that huffing and puffing, he is impotent. Maybe he prematurely climaxed during the dangerous driving scene? Much as Carlo shot his roll of film too quickly before it actually counted). Or when the same model before her own murder sequence turns out to live with an even more abusive boyfriend who slaps her around a bit before he himself gets murdered too(!). In particular it is there in Carlo, feeling insecure when the girl he brought to modelling agency is killed early on that it might make the police might think he is the killer which leads to him threatening his female boss that he would tell the police about her 'sampling the merchandise' if she told them he brought her; along with the lovemaking scene with Magda in her apartment turning into him strangling her when she casually tries to start doing some giallo-style investigation of the murder!

Carlo is both the main character and the most unsympathetic one possible, which makes the film fantastically disturbing in the way that it affords him a certain status by making him the lead and does not seem to be entirely condemning his actions perhaps because of the milieu in which he operates such wild behaviour is expected (even Magda after almost being strangled to death returns to a calm demeanour and goes back to reading the paper! She does not even put any clothes on or try to get out of bed to move away from him!). But it does make the film seem weirdly moral in its utter amorality, if that makes any sense, as it lets the viewer themselves feel disgust and hatred of the character even without any other character condemning him for his actions!

This all comes to a head in the fantastic (and horrific) resolution:
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After the murderer has been uncovered and revealed that they were a lover of another model who died whilst getting an abortion, with it being covered up by both the doctor and Carlo to look like a suicide and that the killer had been 'saving Carlo for last' in her revenge plot (maybe trying to turn him into the pariah by making him look like he was the murderer? Which also suggests the killer's complete wrongheadedness in their actions, as that would only have worked if we were in a 'moral' world where anyone particularly cared about models being killed!), we get to the wrap up scene of Carlo and Magda in bed together for a relaxed coda now that all of the horror is over. But is it? In the absolutely astonishing final moments Magda jokingly says that she'd never find herself in that position of needing an abortion anyway as she is on the pill, to which Carlo says that he's 'learnt his lesson' and is taking no chances from now on, then proceeds to flip Magda over as she protests and begins to anally rape her. Freeze frame as credits play over Magda's look of shock!
What a gobsmacking ending! It is both extremely flippant and disturbing but also the perfect way to end a film where the murders are in many ways the least upsetting element of an overall sleazy milieu, and to underline that the biggest monster of the film is our lead character who only took away one lesson from everything that transpired, and it was a terrible one!

So I think this is a very interesting film, though it most definitely should not be approached casually (the rather explicit title perhaps helps in that respect), and perhaps should not be one's first experience of a giallo film as it trades so much on a foreknowledge of how events normally occur in the subgenre. It also takes a fair bit of reading between the lines to get past the sleazy, superficial surface casual about the cruelty being inflicted on women often passively accepting it into the truly disturbing aspects underneath where the male characters are perhaps the most pathetic of all, even if they are often in the position of being able to inflict that pathetic behaviour back onto women.
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Re: Strip Nude for Your Killer

#3 Post by tenia » Wed May 29, 2019 4:57 am

I skipped this one because I kept reading it's not very good, but the description you make of it makes it look like an unwillingly hilariously interesting movie !

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#4 Post by colinr0380 » Wed May 29, 2019 5:13 am

Its not very good (and borderline appalling) if watched on the surface level, as the murders do not make much sense, it is rather impossible to play 'who's the killer?', and the treatment of women is 'problematic' (though it is amusing that the stripping nude element is applied as much to the male characters as the female ones, as much as you may wish that they kept their clothes, or at least hideous gaudy 1970s swimming trunks, firmly on instead!). Yet there is more than enough going on beneath the surface to suggest it knows what its doing, and just how subversive it is being by playing with all of these tropes and pushing things to such an extreme that it acts as its own damning commentary on casual sex, and perhaps more importantly on casual usage and discarding of other people once their bodies are not perfect anymore. Which includes all of the characters, models and photographers, not being full time employees of the agency but instead on short term contracts that keep being renegotiated by the exploitative managers!

(Plus it is interesting and rare to see an Italian film so casually talking about abortion and contraception just as concepts! Even if Carlo messes up the application of both of them!)

It also has a great funky Berto Pisano soundtrack over the opening titles of driving at night through the bright lights of the city!
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Re: Strip Nude for Your Killer

#5 Post by colinr0380 » Wed May 29, 2019 8:28 am

Oh and here's Mr Sausage's write up from when he wrote up lots of giallos in the Horror project list back in 2012, which might balance out my praise a little:
Mr Sausage wrote:Strip Nude For Your Killer (Andrea Bianchi, 1975): There is so much that's god awful about this movie that I thought I'd put it all into a helpful list:

1. Pre-credits abortion scene.
2. Turns out starting at the bottom does not mean the movie can only go up from there.
3. Photographer lures a woman into sex through false pretenses. Afterwards, he refers to her exclusively as 'merchandise,' eg. "this is pretty good merchandise I found, no?" To be fair, she does have the personality of an inanimate object.
4. He's the hero(!).
5. The lovely Edwige Fenech mercifully shows up, but they've given her a really ugly haircut, presumably to limit the possibility of the audience accidentally enjoying themselves.
6. Hairy fat man coerces female character into his car, frightens her half to death with reckless driving, shoos her into his house, then offers to pay her for sex. When she refuses, he tries to rape her; when this doesn't work, he threatens to beat her to death with a sculpture or something if she doesn't take off her clothes.
7. This seems to do it for her because she's suddenly all over him. Fat man can't get it up, tho', and in the midst of weeping declares himself a virgin, which is weird 'cause he's married, though not so weird because he's plainly a fat hairy maniac.
8. Fat hairy and mostly nude maniac dries his tears and waddles to his closet from which he removes a deflated blow-up doll that he caresses while cooing romantic sentences like "you're the only one who does it for me, baby." I contemplate bailing.
9. Killer's signature is to turn on the taps in your house.
10. Why? Because once there was this traumatic moment involving a running faucet whose only witnesses turn out not to be the killer.
11. In order to divert his girlfriend from suspicions she's plainly not entertaining, our hero violently chokes her while threatening her well-being. This strengthens their relationship.
12. The killer is unmasked! And it turns out to be...um, who is that again?
13. Ohhhh, the killer's sister was the one who died at the beginning. Ok, that explains everyth...oh, no, wait, they were lovers as well?! I don't, um...what?
14. Credits.

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#6 Post by tenia » Wed May 29, 2019 8:52 am

Looks even more amazing for all the wrong reasons (that might make me keep my money, though).

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#7 Post by Adam Grikepelis » Wed May 29, 2019 9:11 am

Given that list, I’m surprised Mr Sausage didn’t mention the final scene ; )

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#8 Post by Mr Sausage » Wed May 29, 2019 9:21 am

Clearly I was too upset the killer didn’t turn out to be Marv from Home Alone to notice the last scene.

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#9 Post by colinr0380 » Thu May 30, 2019 5:42 am

And here's the Mondo Digital review of all of the various Blu-ray releases of the film so far.

I should also note that I found highly amusing that moment during the photoshoot where one of the models is wrapped up in a fur coat and then once the shoot is called off for the day she takes off the heavy furs and is given her 'robe' to wear to seemingly protect her modesty(?), which turns out to be the most diaphanous see through piece of whispy fabric possible to wear! That was very funny in suggesting that as soon as the (already sexy enough [-( ) job is over that the clothes somehow immediately come off even further! That definitely feels intentionally funny and adds to the sense that the film is meant to play even more obviously like a sex comedy mixed with giallo (which makes Edwige Fenech, who starred in both types of films, the key presence here even if she is not really in the lead), not fully satisfying purists of either genre but instead playing elements of both off against each other to make something deeply unsettling.

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#10 Post by domino harvey » Thu May 30, 2019 10:15 am

Adam Grikepelis wrote:
Wed May 29, 2019 9:11 am
Given that list, I’m surprised Mr Sausage didn’t mention the final scene ; )
I picked up the slack for him:
domino harvey wrote:
Sun Oct 16, 2016 1:52 am
Strip Nude For Your Killer (Andrea Bianchi 1975) Not that I expected much from a film with a title like that, but this is one exceptionally ugly experience. A series of murders are centered around a modeling agency and our protagonist is literally the worst character in film history, a rapey piece of shit that makes Donald Trump look like Cary Grant. To give you some idea of his charm, allow me to relay to you the final “comic” scene of the film:
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Our Hero, having just killed a woman enacting revenge for a failed abortion, prepares to bed his girlfriend. She tells him he doesn’t have to worry about that since she’s on the pill. He says he can’t be too safe and then flips her nude body over and against her protestations sodomizes her. After a few thrusts he tells her he was just kidding. Ha?
Mr Sausage’s epic takedown in his Giallo Roundup was too kind!

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#11 Post by zedz » Thu May 30, 2019 5:03 pm

Is this the film where the hero 'playfully' tries to strangle his girlfriend and then it's like it never happened to either character or the film? (Though I feel like I've seen that in more than one giallo.)

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#12 Post by colinr0380 » Thu May 30, 2019 5:23 pm

Yes, its the film where the girlfriend brings the 'hero' a cup of coffee and the paper in bed (after he chides her for not having milk in the fridge but letting her off with a warning because it was the first time he'd been over and she would not have realised, but luckily for her the milkman has been in the meantime and left some on the doorstep so his coffee is saved) and then when she sees the girl he'd brought to the studio the day before has had her body found and casually asks about where he met her, he violently chokes her whilst telling her never to tell anyone that he brought the girl to the agency or it could be very awkward for him. Then he stops and she goes back to perusing the story in the paper as if nothing happened.

(It is also the first non-Jess Franco film I have seen with a striptease show being played to a roomful of jaded couples! I mean I could see that the lesbian strip tease might appeal to the main characters of the bisexual boss of the company and her impotent husband, but why does the husband take his potential new girlfriend/current unwilling crush to the cabaret club instead and then act surprised when she walks out bored? And why are all of the other couples going to that show? Perhaps it was just the in thing to do from around 1970-1975!)
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#13 Post by tenia » Tue Jun 18, 2019 4:11 pm

Just watched it and it lives up to the descriptions you guys made of it. It's appallingly non-sensic in its "character" writing, with a whodunit kinda running in the background but it'd be easy to forget there is also this stuff going on. The actors don't seem to have much of a blast at it either since they all look like they're thinking about their groceries most of the time. I wonder if they too were appalled by their characters' inconsistencies. I've never seen a movie whose characters are going so widly from violence to calm and no one seemed to care.
There's also tons of totally gratuitous nudity (and not just TnA but also a hefty amount of full bush frontal).

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#14 Post by colinr0380 » Wed Jun 19, 2019 1:30 am

I have been slowly going through the extras on this for the past week or so. The commentary by Adrian J. Smith and David Flint, in which they often say how poor the film is and challenge anyone out there to even attempt to wrongheadedly defend it, felt as if it did the film a bit too much of a disservice! Its a better film than they leave it as from their comments, just one that has little to no interest in its killer or any wish to portray any particularly sympathetic characters.

The Kat Ellinger video essay is a great rundown of Edwige Fenech and the Italian sex comedy in general, though clips from many of those films from that neglected subgenre are presented in such a distressingly poor condition that suggests that they probably are not existant in a quality suitable for DVD, let alone Blu-ray. The Nino Castelnuovo interview is interesting, and he is well aware of how much of a bad guy the character he was playing comes across! Even better is the interview with Erna Schurer (the actress in the most vivid scenes of the film, getting molested by the portly boss of the company and then being abused and killed back at her own apartment), who spends her entire interview holding a pipe!

A lot of the interviews are taking the opportunities to be career retrospectives as much as focusing on this particular film, which is great for getting information about a lot of rather obscure films out there but in some cases, such as the almost fifty minute interview with the assistant director Daniele Sangiorgi, it can be a little disorienting to have a lot of jumping around from film to film going on. Though that interview has some interesting footage from the trailer of the Miklós Jancsó film The Pacifist with Monica Vitti, whilst Sangiorgi inevitably talks about the logistical difficulties of having to co-ordinate all of the action within long ten minute takes!

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#15 Post by Adam Grikepelis » Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:31 am

tenia wrote:
Tue Jun 18, 2019 4:11 pm
There's also tons of totally gratuitous nudity (and not just TnA but also a hefty amount of full bush frontal).
I take it you’ve not seen Slaughter Hotel, then? :wink:

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#16 Post by tenia » Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:34 am

I haven't indeed.

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#17 Post by Adam Grikepelis » Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:41 am

I’d provide a link to a clip to explain why I mentioned it but all the clips I found seemed to be censored.
colinr0380 wrote:
Wed Jun 19, 2019 1:30 am
The Kat Ellinger video essay is a great rundown of Edwige Fenech and the Italian sex comedy in general, though clips from many of those films from that neglected subgenre are presented in such a distressingly poor condition that suggests that they probably are not existant in a quality suitable for DVD, let alone Blu-ray.
On the recent American Tiger episode of The Projection Booth (I think), she spoke about the difficulty of tracking down copies of Martino’s comedies, of which barely any of that sub-genre’s been released in english-speaking markets. A few films, she had to get help (along with Martino’s biography) on translating them in order to write about/quote them.

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Re: Strip Nude for Your Killer

#18 Post by colinr0380 » Wed Jun 19, 2019 11:05 am

I suppose that the lack of availability of films is when you know that you are doing important research into an area that people cannot otherwise see and evaluate for themselves!

The Sangiorgi interview has some brief clips from the trailer for Batton Story (NSFW) in full screen, so maybe that is in slightly better condition!

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