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

original title: Don't Go in the House

Comparison:

  • US TV version
  • Arrow/Severin Extended Cut
Release: Mar 23, 2022 - Author: Muck47 - Translator: Muck47 - external link: IMDB

Comparison between the censorded TV cut on Disc 1 and the Extended Cut on Disc 2 (both available on the UK/US Blu-ray by Arrow/Severin).


- 27 changes + 8 instances of pure audio censorship
- Difference: 154.5 sec (= 2:35 min) [in 24fps]

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


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.
  • 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 are listed 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 go into more detail about the differences of the US TV version. The approximately 10 minutes of additional action scenes in the Extended Cut are all from here. These were already described in the old report on the theatrical version and here the TV censorships should be in the foreground. Hence we have used the extended version as a basis for comparison.

Unsurprisingly, the flamethrower scene in particular has been extensively censored. Here you also get to see some harmless alternate takes, while for the extended cuts the more explicit material from the theatrical version was used. A few additional lines of dialogue censorship are also to be found. Curious are several cuts during the clothing advice in the second half. Possibly it was intended to reduce the homosexual innuendos.

By the way: According to the booklet, no actual television broadcasts of this version are known. Apparently it was put together hastily, but broadcasters were not interested. Since 2021, an approximately 90-minute version has been available on VOD from Amazon Prime US. Presumably that's the TV version as well.

02:42-02:45 / 02:42-02:46

When the burning Ben is extinguished, the first shot of Donny watching motionless is somewhat cut short. This end of the shot is used shortly thereafter as a recut to cover up the "son of a bitch" from foreman Vito.

Note: In contrast to most of the following audio censorship, this cut was reconstructed on the 2017 Scorpion Blu-ray after all. So Vito's complete insult can still be heard there.

Uncut 1 sec longer




02:48 / 02:49-02:51

The follow-up shot of Donny is shortened at the end. Along with this, part of Vito's further commentary has been brought forward.
Instead of "You hear me, you crazy bastard?" you can immediately hear "Come over here and help us!"

2,5 sec




Identical to Scorpion Blu-ray / Audio censorship
03:29-03:35 / 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.

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Identical to Scorpion Blu-ray / Alternative
03:38-03:41 / 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




Identical to Scorpion Blu-ray / Alternative
04:11-04:14 / 04:14-04:17

We can see the alternative shot once again.

No time difference

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




Identical to Scorpion Blu-ray / Alternative
04:22-04:26 / 04:25-04:29

And again.

No time difference

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




Identical to Scorpion Blu-ray / Audio censorship
05:03 / 05:06

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

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Identical to Scorpion Blu-ray / Audio censorship
19:42 / 19:45

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

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Identical to Scorpion Blu-ray
20:14 / 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




20:26 / 20:30-20:32

One of the guys makes an obscene hand gesture at his crotch at the end of the shot.

1.9 sec




20:32 / 20:38-20:39

Same thing at the beginning of the subsequent setting.

1.6 sec




Alternative
26:38-26:46 / 26:45-26:56

An alternative shot of Kathy. In the TV version she is seen from behind, in all uncensored versions you can see her from the front.
Note: Only in Open Matte you can also see the breasts at the bottom. TV versions at that time would have surely run in full screen, hence the adjustment.

Uncut 2.4 sec longer

TV versionArrow Video + Severin + Scorpion Extended / Theatrical Cut




Alternative
26:48-26:50 / 26:58-27:00

Another alternate shot of her.

No time difference

TV versionArrow Video + Severin + Scorpion Extended / Theatrical Cut




Alternative
26:52-26:55 / 27:02-27:05

Once again when you see her feet.

No time difference

TV versionArrow Video + Severin + Scorpion Extended / Theatrical Cut




Alternative
26:58-27:02 / 27:08-27:14

Another shot from the back vs. the front in full glory.
Again, there is a bit more to see here in Open Matte below. Scorpion had moved the widescreen crop a bit so that you can still see the genital area at the bottom.

Uncut 1.5 sec longer

TV versionArrow Video + Severin / Theatrical Cut




27:28 / 27:39-27:44

After the shot of Donnie in front of the box, another shot of Kathy is missing.

4.9 sec




27:38 / 27:54-28:09

More cuts between Kathy screaming for help and the door.

15.3 sec




Alternative
27:48-27:50 / 28:19-28:22

Again, another shot of Kathy.

No time difference

TV versionArrow Video + Severin + Scorpion Extended / Theatrical Cut




27:56 / 28:27-28:31

Kathy is seen a moment longer after Donny passes her.

3.2 sec




Alternative
28:00-28:06 / 28:35-28:40

Again Kathy from behind in the TV version. Also a shot of the hands.

No time difference

TV versionArrow Video + Severin + Scorpion Extended / Theatrical Cut




Alternative
28:08-28:12 / 28:42-28:46

A different frontal shot of Kathy.

No time difference

TV versionArrow Video + Severin + Scorpion Extended / Theatrical Cut




28:20 / 28:55-29:02

Another wide shot with bare butt as Kathy is doused with gasoline. Donny moves to the side with the canister.

7.4 sec




Alternative
28:20-28:28 / 29:02-29:10

Oddly, both the grab for the flamethrower and the following close-up of Kathy use alternate takes.

Uncut 0.4 sec lšnger

TV versionArrow Video + Severin + Scorpion Extended / Theatrical Cut




28:34 / 29:16-29:18

The next shot of Kathy starts a little earlier.

1.4 sec




28:43 / 29:27-29:32

Donny uses the flamethrower and Kathy starts to burn.

5.1 sec




28:46 / 29:35-30:30

After a short shot of Donny, the scene is already over in the TV version. Actually, this shot of Donny is longer, you can see the flames slowly dying out. To ominous music, he gradually enters the room. Kathy's torso is already burned black in the meantime.

55.3 sec




31:01 / 32:46-33:01

After screams are heard during the exterior shot of the house, the view of a charred victim inside is missing. Donny goes to her and slowly lifts her off the hook.

15 sec




Identical to Scorpion Blu-ray / Audio censorship
39:25 / 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.

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Identical to Scorpion Blu-ray / Audio censorship
60:42 / 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"

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64:11 / 66:11-66:18

After Donny accepts the salesman's offer for the choice of a complete suit, there is a little comment from the salesman: "Great, just come this way. I can make a new man of you in no time."
They both walk away to the side.

7.5 sec




Alternative
64:22-64:23 / 66:29-66:35

The TV version prefers a re-cut to an employee (Alfredo) here.
Thus, another comment of the salesman is suppressed: "It's specially made for dancing, there's elastic thread in the seams. You'll look terrific in this."

Uncut 5.4 sec longer

TV versionArrow Video + Severin + Scorpion Extended / Theatrical Cut




64:28 / 66:40-66:58

The consultation is a bit longer and thus there are more homosexual hints to see.

Donny: "I'll try them on at home."
Man: "Well , fine. We'll get you a new pair of shoes then , shall we? Alfred? Could you fix this gentleman up with a pair of 1432s, please? Oh, your size, sir?"
Donny: "I don't know. Nine, I think."
Man: "Measure him , Alfred"

17.8 sec




Identical to Scorpion Blu-ray / Audio censorship
69:44-69:49 / 72:14-72:19

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

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Identical to Scorpion Blu-ray / Audio censorship
70:26 / 72:56

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

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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.



Identical to Scorpion Blu-ray
73:34 / 76:05-76:06

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

1.7 sec




Identical to Scorpion Blu-ray / Audio censorship
75:08 / 77:39

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

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Identical to Scorpion Blu-ray
81:42 / 84:13-84:15

Bob additionally exclaims "Holy Christ!"

2.2 sec