This past year, Cinelicious Pics has restored and distributed two unique films tragically underseen or never received U.S. distribution: Eiichi Yamamoto’s 1973 animated masterpiece “Belladonna of Sadness,” and Leslie Stevens’ long-missing 1960’s thriller “Private Property,” about two homicidal Southern California drifters (Warren Oates and Corey Allen) who wander off the beach into the Beverly Hills home of unhappy housewife Anne (Kate Manx) and slowly worm their way into her life.
Cinelicious gave it a brief theatrical distribution this year in New York, Chicago, Boston, Dallas, and other cities, and it will be released on Blu-ray this week. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below featuring Allen’s character finally alone with Anne. The scene was one of the reasons why the film was rejected by the Motion Picture Association for failure to comply with the code, mainly because of the accusation of “seduction by proxy,” for it’s portrayal of seduction and suggestion of rape.
The film features Warren Oates in his first great screen performance. He later went on to appear in many acclaimed films in the 60s and 70s, such as Norman Jewison’s “In the Heat of the Night,” Sam Peckinpah’s “The Wild Bunch,” Monte Hellman’s “Two-Lane Blacktop” and Terrence Malick’s “Badlands.”
The 4K digital restoration of “Private Property” will be released on Blu-ray tomorrow, October 25, courtesy of Cinelicious Pics.