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Don't Go in the House (aka The Burning)

original title: Don't Go in the House


  • Scorpion Extended Cut
  • Arrow/Severin Extended Cut
Release: Mar 04, 2022 - Author: Muck47 - Translator: Muck47 - external link: IMDB

Comparison between the US Blu-ray by Scorpion Releasing (Extended Cut) and the UK Blu-ray by Arrow Video (Extended Cut) (identical to the US Blu-ray by Severin).

A couple of additional master errors, each under 0.5 sec in duration, were not listed in the report.

- 9 changes + 8 instances of pure audio censorship
- Difference: 9.5 sec

Don't Go in the House (1980, alternate title: The Burning) is a delightfully nasty variation on Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. Long before his appearance in The Sopranos, Dan Grimaldi shines here as Donny Kohler, into whose sick psyche the viewer is swept for just under 90 minutes. Inexpensively produced, it is Grimaldi's acting, but also the gloomy score and some well-dosed shock effects as well as some quick ultraviolent bits that create a thoroughly eerie atmosphere.

In 2017, a very limited Blu-ray was released in the U.S. by Scorpion Releasing, which included a 10-minute longer extended version. Whether this is really worth an upgrade, we have analyzed in more detail in the dedicated report. In February 2022, a new Blu-ray was released in parallel in the UK by Arrow Video as well as in the US by Severin Video. On disc 1, this contains a new scan of the theatrical version and the US TV version. On disc 2 a newly created extended version can be found.

  • The new HD scan on Disc 1 corresponds to the theatrical version release on Blu-ray in Germany from Subkultur. It's in 1.78:1 though, while Subkultur had it matted to 1.85:1. Also, the logo at the beginning differs. The new scan shows the FVI logo.
  • The TV version on Disc 1 from Arrow/Severin has some additional scenes but is censored in several places. Details follow in a separate report.
  • The new extended version on Disc 2 also runs 92 minutes, but is not exactly identical to Scorpion's previous US Blu-ray. For example, in the alternate takes at the beginning, the 2022 Extended Version follows the more familiar theatrical version. This is because the 2022 Extended version is based on the new scan of the theatrical version. For the Scorpion Blu-ray, the TV version was the basis and a few instances of its audio censorship slipped into this extended version. Details will follow in a separate report.

Additionally, Arrow Video has exclusively released the "Nasty Edition" with a third disc in their in-house store as another special edition. There are 3 (or even 4) more versions included:

  • UK 35mm scan in...
    • a) original open matte form and
    • b) matted to 1.85:1 aspect ratio.
    • The latter is absolutely identical to the version Subkultur used on the German Blu-ray. Moreover, Subkultur had also filed the open matte version in the bonus material as "Rohschnitt".
  • UK VHS release in uncut form: A copy of Arcade's 1983 VHS release (no BBFC certificate), which was added to the infamous "Video Nasties" list and therefore banned. See our report.
  • UK VHS first issue in cut form: The censored 1982 edition with a BBFC X rating, which was described in a separate report.

In the following report, we will go into more detail about the differences between the two different releases of the extended version. In the 2017 version of Scorpion Releasing, as mentioned, a few examples for the censorship done in the TV version have slipped in. Both audio censorship and more innocuous alternate takes with a poster showing a naked woman, or shortened shots where you can actually still hear a curse word. Since other scenes of violence and also other cuss words were reinstalled in other places on the Scorpion cut, one can simply attest that this was involuntarily forgotten out of sloppiness.

The 2022 version of Arrow Video & Severin is thus the first quasi "correct" extended version, which supplements the uncensored theatrical version with the additional scenes of plot which were exclusive to the TV version. In combination with the other film versions without question the Arrow/Severin release is the absolute all-round package for anyone interested.

By way of introduction, here's a quick image comparison between the two extended versions.

Scorpion US-Blu-rayArrow Video / Severin Extended

The black screen can be seen a bit longer at the beginning of the Scorpion Blu-ray.

+ 2,1 sec

02:44 / 02:42-02:44

When the burning Ben is extinguished, the first shot of the motionlessly watching Donny is a little longer.

Note: In the TV version, this end of the shot is used as a cut shortly after to cover up the "son of a bitch" of the work colleague. In Scorpion's tinker version, however, this has again been added from another material source.

2 sec

Audio censorship
03:32-03:38 / 03:32-03:38

Vito yells at Donny: "...and you stand here like a faggot."
Only the last word was quite conspicuous redubbed for the TV cut with "nut case".
Donny's reply "I'm not a faggot" was consequently changed to "nut case" as well.

Image for orientation

03:41-03:44 / 03:41-03:44

An alternative switch to other workers, when foreman Vito criticized Donny for his lack of support. This was changed because you can see a poster with a nude girl besides Bob in the theatrical cut. As this is a no-go for US television it was changed in the TV cut. Unfortunately Scorpion didn't redo this censorship.

No time difference

Scorpion US-Blu-rayArrow Video + Severin Extended / Subkultur

04:14-04:17 / 04:14-04:17

We can see the alternative shot once again.

No time difference

Scorpion US-Blu-rayArrow Video + Severin Extended / Subkultur

04:25-04:29 / 04:25-04:29

And again.

No time difference

Scorpion US-Blu-rayArrow Video + Severin Extended / Subkultur

Audio censorship
05:06 / 05:06

Donnie comments "He's a faggot, not me", which obviously was redubbed to "nut case" again.

Image for orientation

Audio censorship
19:45 / 19:45

"She's a bitch" by one of the guys has been redubbed into "She's trouble".

Image for orientation

20:16 / 20:16-20:18

The guys on the corner can be seen a little longer and one comments: "Maybe you should try..."

Note: Right before that, one of the guys is supposed to say "You're too ugly, bitch" according to the Arrow/Severin subtitles, while the TV version is subtitled "You're too ugly, man" at that point. But in all uncensored audio tracks of the theatrical version you can't really hear the B-word and the TV version sounds identical here. So it's probably just a mistake in the subtitles and not another censorship of the TV version / Scorpion Blu-ray.

1.5 sec

27:07-27:12 / 27:09-27:14

The image cropping deviates noticeably here: The genital area can only be seen on the Severin Blu-ray (and of course the Open Matte releases).

No time difference

Scorpion US-Blu-rayArrow Video + Severin Extended / Subkultur

Note: When Kathy is killed with the flamethrower about two minutes later, however, you can briefly see the genital area in all other releases of the theatrical version and the extended.

Audio censorship
41:23 / 41:25

"You're all bitches" has been redubbed to "You're all witches."
Interestingly, this happens in a TV-exclusive scene. So it wasn't a matter of course that Arrow/Severin presents uncensored audio for this as well.

Image for orientation

52:19-52:21 / 52:21

A shot of the conversation between Donny and Priest Gerritty starts a little earlier in the Severin version. However, it looks as if only a small moment of the shot is duplicated here.

+ 1.8 sec

Audio censorship
62:42 / 62:42

Bob talks about the evening plans.

Theatrical Cut: "I got all the calls made, my ass is covered"
Severin Blu-ray: "I got all the calls made, OK, and I'm all covered"

Image for orientation

Audio censorship
72:14-72:19 / 72:14-72:19

Shortly after another a "Holy shit!" was changed to "Oh, geez!" and "(Hey you) motherfucker" was muted.

Image for orientation

Audio censorship
72:56 / 72:56

When Donny gets into the care, Bob's "(Hey) you sick son of a bitch" was muted.

Image for orientation

About a minute later, by the way, the drunk girl only uses the harmless expression "Ah, geez!" in any version of the film. Usually this is a common substitute for the more obscene "Jesus!", but not in this case.

76:05 / 76:05-76:06

The girl (Patty) comments to Jeff a little more detailed: "Oh, he's this real asshole."

1.7 sec

Audio censorship
77:37 / 77:39

As the girls entered the house, a "Jesus!" was rather rudely chopped off to a "Gee!" by Suzanne.

Image for orientation

84:11 / 84:13-84:15

Bob additionally exclaims "Holy Christ!"

2.2 sec