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"High Tension" to Get Uncut U.S. Release

Alexandre Aja's horror thriller "Haute Tension" is familiar to American gore fans under the name "High Tension," but it's been difficult to find a copy of the film that hasn't had some of its violence cut or that hasn't been dubbed in English. Another combination I've come across is finding it in the original French, but with no English subtitles. Terrific for the student of French, but what about the rest of us?

It turns out the wait is almost over for a proper American release of the film. Retailers seem pretty confident that October 11 is the day of reckoning, just in time for Halloween. It remains to be seen whether there will be any mention in the special features about all the scene-for-scene lifting from Dean Koontz's best-selling novel "Intensity," but there is going to be a commentary track with the director and writer, as well as a making-of featurette. Will they finally come clean on the derivation of the film's first half? Time will tell, but my guess is no. Why invite a lawsuit, especially a painstakingly deserved one?

Now, if we could just get someone to release the miniseries that was openly based on Koontz's terrifying thrill ride ...--Pete Mesling

Posted by Pete on August 24, 2005 1:27 PM
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