Written by: Michael Den Boer on March 5th, 2009
Theatrical Release Date: Denmark / USA, 1974
Director: Vidal Raski
Writers: William Mayo, Harlan Asquith
Cast: Torben Bille, Anne Sparrow, Tony Eades, Clara Keller, Werner Hedman, Gerda Madsen, Jeanette Marsden, Lisbeth Olsen, Jane Cutter, Dale Robinson, Ben Haley, Ted Neumann, Peter Gaumont, Richard Wilder, Steve Brace, Richard Dalton, Berni Weiss, Jens Nilsen
DVD released: March 31st, 2009
Approximate running time: 92 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Severin Films
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $29.95
Looking over the film’s cast and crew, for many of them this is there one and only moment in the spotlight. The cast does feature in a minor role an actress named Gerda Madsen who has without a doubt the most distinguished resume out of anyone in the cast. Some of the more notable films that she has appeared in include Häxan and Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Once Upon a Time. One of this film’s strongest assets is its cinematography, Lasse Björne the cinematographer on for this film has also worked on the following films, The Lustful Vicar and Swedish Wildcats.
The film’s schizophrenic score was composed by Ole Ørsted. This is Ole Ørsted only film credit as a composer. He also worked on a handful of films as a director. The U.S. release of the film under the title “Abducted Bride” was produced by Harry Novak.
The film’s damsel in distress is an actress named Anne Sparrow in the role of Mary. She certainly fits the role with her voluptuous and most ample assets that are exploited to the fullest. One of her shining moments is a scene where she puts on a tight sweater and her hard nipples looks like they are bursting out of her sweater. Shockingly this film did not lead to bigger and better things for Anne Sparrow, who appears to have disappeared after appearing in this film.
Most likely the reason why most are drawn to this film is because of its star Torben Bille in the role of Olaf the Dwarf. Torben jumps in head first into the role of the misunderstood and slightly demented Olaf. His facial expressions are priceless as he lets the girls trapped in his mothers’ attic known who really is in charge. While he may have appeared in other films, The Sinful Dwarf stands out as his tour de force.
A sinful dwarf, his alcoholic mother, newlyweds, heroin smuggled in teddy bears and sex slaves being held prisoner in an attic. It is not hard to see in what direction a film with all these ingredients is going. The plot for The Sinful Dwarf keeps things simple and sleazy right up to the film’s bizarre climax.
Severin Films presents The Sinful Dwarf in a 1.33:1 full frame aspect ratio. This transfer has been flagged for progressive playback. There is noticeable grain throughout and some minor print damage in the form of nicks and cigarette burns at reels changes. Colors, flesh tones and black levels fare well. Outside of some minor instances where the image looks a tad soft, the transfer generally looks crisp and detailed throughout.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. The audio is in great with as it sounds clear and balanced. There are no problems with hiss, distortion or any other audio defects. Overall the audio mix fare exceeded my expectations.
Extras for this release include the U.S. trailer for the film (under the title “Abducted Bride”) and two radio spots. The main extra for this release is a ten segment titled “The Severin Controversy”. Last April this segment originally appeared on Severin’s website. This release also comes with a hidden Easter egg which can be found on the extras menu. It is a T.V. promo for the film (that is in pretty rough shape). Overall what this release lacks in extras it more than makes up for with its strong audio/video presentation.
Note: This DVD is the international cut of the film and it does not feature any XXX footage.