Press Release from Quartet:
Quartet Records, in collaboration with Cinevox, presents the premiere CD edition of the cult score composed by Daniele Patucchi (LOS AMIGOS, EUTANASIA D’UN AMORE, PANE E CIOCCOLATA) for the obscure mondo-slasher shockumentary DIMENSIONE VIOLENZA (1985), directed by Mario Morra, about death, destruction and weird customs around the world.
During the 1980s, mondo movies were given a new lease on life by the emerging VHS market which allowed filmmakers to be even more gruesome. Although mondo movies from the period were premiered in theatres, their truly flourished on home video, where the interchangeability of the scenes made sure that each copy of the film could be tailor-made to the restrictions of the medium (VHS had different rules than cinematic showings) and the censorship of each market—as well as how much those rules were enforced. DIMENSIONE VIOLENZA is more “heads-on” in its handling of disturbing material.
Daniele Patucchi had already collaborated with Mario Morra on a previous bizarre documentary, DOLCE E SELVAGGIO, and in both films his music continues the tradition of the genre scores composed by Riz Ortolani and Nino Oliviero during the early sixties, where the music creates the shocking effect of juxtaposition as disquieting scenes of torture or death are contrasted with soft, even comic melodies. In this score, Patucchi also offers the usual eighties sound of synthesizers—including a Vangelis tribute—and a sort of new-age jazz mood, which represents a renewal in music for the genre.
DIMENSIONE VIOLENZA was originally released by Cinevox on a limited LP edition with ten cues, reproduced for the first time on CD with this release, along with the complete score; both are in pristine stereo sound. Produced by Claudio Fuiano, the package includes liner notes by Gergely Hubai discussing the film and the score.