Euro Cult Movie Forum => Gialli => Topic started by: Paul on 10 Jul 2007 - 11:06

Title: Seven Notes In Black / Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: Paul on 10 Jul 2007 - 11:06
Originally posted by Jonny:

Murder to the Tune of the Seven Black Notes (1977) (aka Sette Note In Nero)
Aka The Psychic

Dir. Lucio Fulci

Starring Jennifer O’Neill, Marc Porel, Gianni Garko, Gabriele Ferzetti, Evelyn Stewart (Ida Galli)

Virginia Ducci (Jennifer O’Neill) suffers from bizarre psychic episodes that have haunted her since childhood. The latest of these features strange, seemingly unconnected images: a hole in a wall, a broken mirror, blurred red lights and a dead old woman. Having recently just married she decides to take a look at her husbands country house for the first time, with a view to renovating it for him, only to be shocked to discover that the house is somewhat familiar to her. Exploring the house further she discovers a room that is identical to the one in her visions and is compelled to take a pick axe to the wall, discovering the skeletal remains of a woman behind the brickwork. With the police now on the case Virginia tells them of her visions but is met with ridicule and so turns to her Para-Psychologist friend Luca Fattori (Marc Porel). He has a more understanding ear and is intrigued by her story.
With her husband now under arrest for the murder and the police not interested in her protests of her husband’s innocence, Virginia takes it upon herself to try and unravel the mysteries behind her visions and uncover the true murderer.
A rare treat from Lucio Fulci, a Giallo on a par with Argento or Bava’s work IMHO. The script is well written by Dardano Sachetti and Fulci with a very tight and intricate story that unwinds right up to the very end without the usual multiple red herrings and crazy plot twists to be found in most other ‘Gialli’. Fabio Frizzi delivers one of his most effective scores that builds up tension in all the right places and has a hint of what’s to come in later Fulci collaborations such as The Beyond (1981). The cast are all great most notably Jennifer O’Neill who not only is convincing as the troubled Virginia but looks gorgeous to boot! Marc Porel turns in a good performance as does Evelyn Stewart (Still looking great!) as Virginia’s bitchy sister in-law Gloria - “I’ve had 56 lovers and never killed any of them”
One of my favourite Fulci films, ‘Murder to The Tune of The Seven Black Notes’ has almost no gory set pieces, so the hardened Fulci fan who has been brought up on a steady diet of gut munching Zombies or chainsaw wielding nutters should approach with an open mind. For anyone who likes nothing better than a good, slow burning, mystery you can’t go far wrong with this.
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: Jonny on 10 Jul 2007 - 11:18
Thanks for digging that one out Comp! Even though it was written about 5 years ago I still hold to most of my comments. Though since then I've become more enamored to 'Don't Torture a Duckling' a superb film...
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: Paul on 10 Jul 2007 - 11:20
No worries - this film really needs an official release - It's a great film but I have a sneaky suspicion this may be owned by Sony/MGM - the only DVD releases to my knowledge are both French and neither has English audio or subtitles. There is a fan-dubbed copy doing the rounds on the Alfa Digital label.
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: vigilanteforce on 10 Jul 2007 - 11:30
The Alfa Digital disc wasn't bad at all but, to be honest, I wouldn't be in a hurry to upgrade my copy of this movie. I think it was desperately trying to repeat some of DUCKLING's glory (such as the priest's fall from that cliff) but it didn't do anything for me. I really wanted to like this one because I love Fulci and had been searching for it for years before the Alfa disc came out. You can crucify me now but I'd rather have even THE DEVIL'S HONEY or AENIGMA over this.
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: Paul on 10 Jul 2007 - 11:32
It's definitely weaker than LIZARD and DUCKLING, but this is still an entertaining giallo with nice English countryside locations. I would definitely upgrade.
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: Jonny on 10 Jul 2007 - 11:33
You can crucify me now but I'd rather have even THE DEVIL'S HONEY or AENIGMA over this.

Well, I've not seen either of those two so I'm saying nothing.  ;D
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: IL COMMISSARIO on 05 Aug 2007 - 19:49
Haven't seen DEVIL'S HONEY but AENIGMA??!??  :-\ :-\ I heard that the Image DVD is cut. What is missing and does it improve the movie any at all? The snail rape scene was the only thing in this I found interesting, IMO. Passed over 7 NOTES IN BLACK. Aside from the alfa digital disc, is their a better version out there?
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 05 Aug 2007 - 19:56
I had the deluxe French 2 disc which states on the packaging there is an English track but unfortunately there's only French and Italian,traded it awhile back on the Maniacs forum.
Sme great extras on it though which run for over 2 hours including a Gianni Garko interview and a nice feature on the Movieola with husband and wife editing team Bruno and Ornella Micheli who did countless movies through Italy's goldenage of cinema.   
 
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: MarcMorris on 07 Aug 2007 - 11:30
I think we can safely expect to see this hitting R1 DVD soon   :D

That's all for now though.
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: Paul on 07 Aug 2007 - 11:39
I think we can safely expect to see this hitting R1 DVD soon   :D

That's all for now though.

Don't want to sound like a moaning mini, but there's just way too much stuff coming out this side of Christmas!  :-\
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: MarcMorris on 07 Aug 2007 - 11:49
It probably won't be this side of Christmas.
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: Paul on 07 Aug 2007 - 11:52
It probably won't be this side of Christmas.

Well that's a relief - there's the second Bava set, Blade Runner, Kubrick Colelction, Twilight Zone - The Movie, O Lucky Man, and probably loads more that I can't think of, off the top of my head!

Still, I'm really glad that this is going to get an official release. I'm not a massive fan of the flick, but it's still and enjoyable giallo.
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: MarcMorris on 07 Aug 2007 - 23:10
Actually, I have some BIG news to post tomorrow.. so keep checking here.
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: Paul on 07 Aug 2007 - 23:24
Actually, I have some BIG news to post tomorrow.. so keep checking here.

Nothing like being left in the dark - cheers!  :-\
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: MarcMorris on 08 Aug 2007 - 10:42
I've just this minute added a news item to the Severin site - go check it out pronto!

http://www.severin-films.com/news.html
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: Paul on 08 Aug 2007 - 10:43
Damd the adult content filter here at work!

thanks for the link - don't suppose you can copy and paste the piece here, please Marc?
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: MarcMorris on 08 Aug 2007 - 10:47
Sure:

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Severin Murder to the Tune of the Seven Black Notes!

At last! Lucio Fulci's masterpiece The Psychic (aka Sette note in nero / Murder to the Tune of the Seven Black Notes) will hit DVD this fall. Along with a 16x9 transfer of the uncut version of this long out-of-print film, the DVD will include a never-before-published interview with Fulci as well as interviews with cast and crew. This seminal release will street on October 30th along with the official DVD premiere of the uncut version of Fulci's acclaimed sex comedy The Eroticist (which will also contain a Fulci interview and cast/crew featurette).
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: Paul on 08 Aug 2007 - 10:56
Marc, thanks for taking the time to post that, mate - I'm really excited about these releases and shall be buying them both  :-X
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: Jonny on 08 Aug 2007 - 12:50
I've just this minute added a news item to the Severin site - go check it out pronto!

[url]http://www.severin-films.com/news.html[/url]


Great news! Nice one Marc!  :'(
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 16 Aug 2007 - 17:40
Looking forward to this esp. as i recently traded my French 2 disc which had only Italian/French options,be nice to finally see an official English release.
Good on Severin for putting out another must-see Fulci classic,lets just hope there isn't a repeat of the nitpicking we saw last time.
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: fdsmedia on 16 Aug 2007 - 22:12
and here's the cover art:

(http://www.fangoria.com/graphics/articles/4808_article.jpg)
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 16 Aug 2007 - 22:19
So they're going with the US title and posterart for 7 Notes in Black.
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: Jonny on 16 Aug 2007 - 22:27
So they're going with the US title and posterart for 7 Notes in Black.

That's HR Geiger art on the US '7 Notes' poster  :D

Well it used to be, looks like they've modified it a touch, maybe to make it look less like Geiger's work so they don't have to pay him royalties!
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: Paul on 16 Aug 2007 - 22:32
So they're going with the US title and posterart for 7 Notes in Black.

It's a shame, but you can't blame them for going with a more generic-sounding title - it's bound to sell more.
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: Jonny on 16 Aug 2007 - 22:36
Fantastic,i never knew that.
He did an amazing album cover for Swiss metallers Celtic Frost years back called To Mega Therion or something,looked stunning and an image i've never forgotten.Also Alien..............


Here's the best pic I could find of the original version... Not much difference but the original is much starker and colder...

(http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/coverv/31/117931.jpg)
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 16 Aug 2007 - 22:40

It's a shame, but you can't blame them for going with a more generic-sounding title - it's bound to sell more.
Anyone know how well One on Top of the Other did?Did this manage to sell well?
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: Paul on 16 Aug 2007 - 22:42

It's a shame, but you can't blame them for going with a more generic-sounding title - it's bound to sell more.
Anyone know how well One on Top of the Other did?Did this manage to sell well?

I have no idea, but certain people should be held accountable, if it didn't sell...  :-[
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: Jay on 17 Aug 2007 - 10:30
I also supplied a fun video extra for Carl's new D'Amato releases. I'll let you know more once it's all been confirmed.
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: vigilanteforce on 17 Aug 2007 - 11:54
I have no idea, but certain people should be held accountable, if it didn't sell...  :-[

Which ones?  :-X
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: Paul on 17 Aug 2007 - 11:56
I have no idea, but certain people should be held accountable, if it didn't sell...  :-[

Which ones?  :-X

There's a guy that went out of his way to rubbish Severin's release of PERVERSION STORY - hopping from form to forum spreading his bile. People have a right to point out something that annoys them about a particular release, but this guy took the piss, mate.
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: vigilanteforce on 17 Aug 2007 - 12:35
I am not sure who you are talking about but know what you mean, the guy took it really personally. Perhaps he was hired by Severin's rivals or something :-\

I have a composite print that an American trader made which is actually the Severin print with the added footage that was missing.
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 17 Aug 2007 - 18:17

I have a composite print that an American trader made which is actually the Severin print with the added footage that was missing.
Marc did something very similar,it's an English language restoration/composite that clocks in at 107mins.He also put on a few extras like the Italian and Spanish opening titles and a censored Spanish scene,great job and wellworth checking out.
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: Jonny on 17 Aug 2007 - 18:22
Marc did something very similar,it's an English language restoration/composite that clocks in at 107mins.He also put on a few extras like the Italian and Spanish opening titles and a censored Spanish scene,great job and wellworth checking out.

Marc's is 16:9 enhanced too.  :-X
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: fdsmedia on 04 Nov 2007 - 11:22
Here's a review of Severin's upcoming DVD release:

http://10kbullets.com/reviews/p/psychic-the/
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: demented_uk on 04 Nov 2007 - 14:15
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This DVD is interlaced and not progressive as originally reported.

I imagine that some of the so called 'critics' will get ready to tear this transfer to pieces based on this news.  I for one cannot wait to see this one, I have a DIVX file of it that I watched some time ago and would love to revisit it.
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: fdsmedia on 08 Nov 2007 - 20:50
Here's another review:

http://www.mondo-digital.com/fulci2.html
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: bloodvamp on 09 Nov 2007 - 01:15
Did anybody read the Mondo Digital review? it says the video image is very sharp and clear but the audio is very weak on this disc. This is giving me second thoughts about picking this up.
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 13 Nov 2007 - 20:44
Did anybody read the Mondo Digital review? it says the video image is very sharp and clear but the audio is very weak on this disc. This is giving me second thoughts about picking this up.
Just been reading a post over at Maniacs where it says that Severin are delaying the street date on this until December 4th so they can fix the audio problem.Good on Severin,a label that cares  :P
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: Paul on 13 Nov 2007 - 20:49
Did anybody read the Mondo Digital review? it says the video image is very sharp and clear but the audio is very weak on this disc. This is giving me second thoughts about picking this up.
Just been reading a post over at Maniacs where it says that Severin are delaying the street date on this until December 4th so they can fix the audio problem.Good on Severin,a label that cares  :P

It's better to wait and them get it right, but you can bet your bottom dollar there'll be a bunch of cunts moaning about this!
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: Jonny on 13 Nov 2007 - 20:53
Good news as regards Severin fixing the audio on this. I've not got a copy of the Severin DVD, I've watched the Alfa digital DVD a few times though...
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: Paul on 13 Nov 2007 - 21:08
Good news as regards Severin fixing the audio on this. I've not got a copy of the Severin DVD, I've watched the Alfa digital DVD a few times though...

don't think any of the Severin discs actually got to retailers - though I could be wrong - it was originally due for release on 30th October.
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: Jonny on 13 Nov 2007 - 21:18

don't think any of the Severin discs actually got to retailers - though I could be wrong - it was originally due for release on 30th October.

No DVD's got to retailers. The DVD actually now streets Dec 4th... Audio faults corrected...
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: zykl0nb on 14 Nov 2007 - 01:48
What about the issue with the disc not being marked as progressive?  Anyone know if that will be fixed as well?
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: demented_uk on 14 Nov 2007 - 07:23
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It's better to wait and them get it right, but you can bet your bottom dollar there'll be a bunch of cunts moaning about this!

Wow, after all the unfair shit they got after releasing PERVERSION STORY it is really great to see them delay this release and correct these flaws.  But, like Paul said, you just know that someone will find something to moan about.  I just hope Severin don't go the way of other American Euro-Cult labels.
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: Jonny on 14 Nov 2007 - 08:38
What about the issue with the disc not being marked as progressive?  Anyone know if that will be fixed as well?

I'm going to be honest here and say that I have no clue what progressive means. If it's something that makes DVDs play badly then I've never noticed it.
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: zykl0nb on 15 Nov 2007 - 04:27
It's my understanding that if a DVD is not marked as progressive, then it will be played back as interlaced instead of a possible 480p resolution.  Usually this shows up as annoying stairstepping artifacts during motion scenes.  Someone with A/V knowledge feel free to correct or elaborate..
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: bloodvamp on 22 Nov 2007 - 03:02
Elizabeth Turner who played Virginias mother was Hugo Stiglitz wife in Lenzis Nightmare City. I thought she looked familiar,  ::)
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 22 Nov 2007 - 10:20
Elizabeth Turner who played Virginias mother was Hugo Stiglitz wife in Lenzis Nightmare City. I thought she looked familiar,  ::)
she was also John Saxon's wife in CANNIBAL APOCALYPSE
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: Johan Melle on 22 Nov 2007 - 22:54
Elizabeth Turner who played Virginias mother was Hugo Stiglitz wife in Lenzis Nightmare City. I thought she looked familiar,  ::)

Actually, she wasn't. It was Laura Trotter who played Stiglitz's wife. Elizabeth Turner was quite pretty but she usually appeared in supporting roles, like her wasted part as Juliet Mills' friend in BEYOND THE DOOR (1974). Her biggest and most memorable roles were in WAVES OF LUST (1975) and CANNIBAL APOCALYPSE (1980).
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: fdsmedia on 06 Dec 2007 - 08:50
New release date seems to be December 18...
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: bloodvamp on 08 Dec 2007 - 01:09
Thank You Johan. youre correct.
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: fdsmedia on 08 Dec 2007 - 06:28
This is good news:

http://robertmonell.blogspot.com/2007/12/return-of-psychic.html
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 08 Dec 2007 - 10:51
This is good news:

[url]http://robertmonell.blogspot.com/2007/12/return-of-psychic.html[/url]


It is great news ::)

I know its's the content that counts but i don't like that cover much, it looks cheap.
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: Paul on 09 Dec 2007 - 09:23
Cool. Really looking forward to seeing this flick again...

Aarron, that cover is shit - that image is from the US 1sh, if memory serves me correctly.
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: R-T-C Tim on 09 Dec 2007 - 17:03
My own look at Severin's release of the fantastic Seven Notes in Black (http://mondo-esoterica.net/Seven%20Notes%20in%20Black.html)

I thought that the film was superb, the final 20 minutes were unbelievably tense!

As a bonus, an all new, 2.500 word biography of the director can now be found in the Mondo Esoterica Guides - Lucio Fulci (http://mondo-esoterica.net/links_pages/Lucio%20Fulci.html).
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: fdsmedia on 10 Dec 2007 - 07:13
Yeah! I will get my copy of the remastered THE PSYCHIC today!  :P ::) ;)
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: demented_uk on 10 Dec 2007 - 19:18
Just had an email from DVD Pacific telling that this has been shipped.
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: MarcMorris on 10 Dec 2007 - 19:59
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I'm going to be honest here and say that I have no clue what progressive means. If it's something that makes DVDs play badly then I've never noticed it.


-> What is the difference between interlaced and progressive video? (http://www.thedigitalbits.com/officialfaq.html#3.8)
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: zykl0nb on 10 Dec 2007 - 21:49
Well, anyone know if they fixed the issue with it not being marked for progressive playback?  I'm getting it anyways, but it would be nice if they fixed it..
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: Diabolik2 on 10 Dec 2007 - 22:00
It's my understanding that if a DVD is not marked as progressive, then it will be played back as interlaced instead of a possible 480p resolution.  Usually this shows up as annoying stairstepping artifacts during motion scenes.  Someone with A/V knowledge feel free to correct or elaborate..

It is only with a progressive scan dvd player and the right connection (three cinch plugs for video) that you get the progressive image.
There is no difference when you play these with a normal dvd player; then it is always interlaced.

Also, progressive is only of use when you have a very big tv or a beamer.
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: zykl0nb on 10 Dec 2007 - 22:04
Well I use an HDMI upconverting player so yeah I can appreciate the difference.  Just don't understand why in 2007 any company wouldn't do this..
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: MarcMorris on 10 Dec 2007 - 23:35
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Well, anyone know if they fixed the issue with it not being marked for progressive playback?  I'm getting it anyways, but it would be nice if they fixed it..

Yes, it has been fixed.
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: fdsmedia on 14 Dec 2007 - 14:12
Watched the revised DVD, and for some reasons the audio levels are still quite low... I had to crank the volume up more than usual to hear the dialogue, and there's a considerable amount of background hiss... video quality is excellent, though.
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: logboy on 20 Dec 2007 - 08:57
watched this for the first time last night. video seems to be a little hit and miss, with some section coming off relatively poor and others looking spot-on... don't think there's a range of prints being used, because there wasn't obvious changes between shots or sequences, it's more of a case of it being in such an odd place that some of it works and some of it doesn't.

the film is superb though, seems simple enough in a way, familiar too... but, considering there's so much space between relatively little dialogue, it's far more successful than many genre pieces can be, especially for a giallo / crime movie. the ending is superb too. loved it, though i don't think it quite has an overall feel quite as good as 'perversion story'.
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: fdsmedia on 20 Dec 2007 - 09:01
Did your copy have low audio? I'm beginning to think that my copy is from the first pressing...
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: logboy on 20 Dec 2007 - 09:03
Did your copy have low audio? I'm beginning to think that my copy is from the first pressing...

the audio on mine was absolutely fine, no issues. you must have an early copy, perhaps slipped through the net. shame it was in english, though i'm sometimes glad to not have to read subs.
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: fdsmedia on 02 Jan 2008 - 06:47
Today I received my new copy, but I don't think it's any different from the previous one. Maybe it is the remastered version after all, and I'm just picky? Anyway, in my opinion the audio levels are low and the background noise is very evident. Is there a way to tell the two different versions apart? I can't just continue ordering new copies until I get a proper disc...  :-[

Both my discs have the text "THE PSYCHIC MADE IN TAIWAN" and "IFPI LB76 07112425N Y" printed on the inner circle.
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: Paul on 19 Mar 2008 - 13:16
I saw this again last night – was watching the Severin disc so that I could put a review together for the site. I was really bowled over by it. Hadn't seen the film since seeing a fan dub three and a half years ago, and hadn't been very impressed but this really does work well second time around and has instantly become one of my favourite Italian thrillers.
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: Jonny on 19 Mar 2008 - 17:23
Paul's review can be read here (http://lovelockandload.com/mainsite/The%20Psychic)
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black/Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: Ben Cobb on 19 Mar 2008 - 19:07
I rewatched this again recently too. I loved it the first time I saw it but I agree Paul that it seems to get better with every viewing. Knowing the end just makes it all the more gripping.
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black / Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: zykl0nb on 24 Mar 2008 - 17:47
I was underwhelmed the first time I saw it some years ago, so I look forward to revisiting and reappraising it via Severin's disc since you all are saying it improves with each viewing.
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black / Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: Kevin Coed on 24 Mar 2008 - 18:01
Watched this with the wife last night. Enjoyed it thoroughly but I guessed all the twists and turns well before they happened.....

Spoilers.......
[spoiler]Mostly because it reminded me of an old episode of HAMMER HOUSE OF MYSTERY AND SUSPENSE with a similar storyline.[/spoiler]
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black / Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: paperbag on 07 Mar 2009 - 03:06
After watching this a second time I think it's Fulcis best Giallo. Jennifer O'Neill is gorgeous, she has the right eyes for the part as Fulci zooms into them so much. Also I loved the opening titles with Gianni Garko leaving in the plane, what a great song.
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black / Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: Michael Blanton on 07 Mar 2009 - 05:41
Also I loved the opening titles with Gianni Garko leaving in the plane, what a great song.

I just ordered the OST along with a used copy of the DON'T TORTURE A DUCKLING OST from SAE.
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black / Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: prospero on 09 Mar 2009 - 09:53
it's interesting to find so much enthusiasm for this movie, since I personally think it's somewhat tiresome. I found Fulci's constant over-emphasizing really annoying, plus, to me at least, Jennifer O'Neill simply isn't interesting enough to keep me watching. sure, she looks great, but for me she still hasn't got what made Bolkan, Mell and Strinberg so fascinating. Also, with the film being a late-comer in the giallo-cycle, I found it lacked the clear-cut aesthetics that make most gialli so visually appealing. "The Psychic", in contrast, looks slightly dim, the glaring colours and clear-cut shapes of the earlier giallos are replaced by a softened, subdued autumnal look and atmosphere. not a bad thing as such, but with the very slow pacing of the whole movie I found it slightly tired. It may look more polished and more expensive than the films that would follow, but to me it also lacks the momentum that the bunch of early-eightites-Fulcis brought back. I'm curious to find out what Silver Saddle is like, which he made the following year.
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black / Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: crystal eye on 12 Mar 2009 - 17:13
Received my copy last week of THE PSYCHIC and have only watched about a minute to see how the picture quality is ..not bad.
I recently watched this in the cinema in Torino and what struck me was the amount of the colour red in the film. It really leaped off the screen and adds to the heavy psycholical atmosphere that is lurking beneth the surface and added greatly to the claustrophobic viewing experience.
Really beautiful film which takes its time but ultimatelly pays off.
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black / Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: g053584398 on 13 Jun 2009 - 14:02
I suppose that I am just glad that there are still labels out there, such as Severin and Mondo Macabro, who are releasing the kind of genre product that we all enjoy so much.
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black / Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: camorra on 02 Aug 2009 - 15:30
can someone please spoil the ending for me ?! I find this part of dialogue in the hospital very hard to follow. at least the plastered guy mumbles more than he actually talks..  ??? my first language is not english and unfortunately the severin disc does not contain any subs...

what is written in this letter ? and what role plays the plastered guy in all this ???

thanks
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black / Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: Garbage Can on 06 Jun 2010 - 00:37
I thought this was funny in a bizarre way

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vE1avc-hcx0

As for the movie, I saw this as a Catalina Video VHS release which I bought for one dollar at the local thrift store a couple of years ago.
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black / Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: demented_uk on 06 Dec 2014 - 16:55
The 84 films Blu-Ray arrived this morning. Gorgeous looking set, though digipacks have never been thing, but the picture quality is rather noisy. I'll watch it on my screen before I make any judgements. Here are some screenshots, which I assume are compressed.

(http://s7.postimg.org/njq8dw9qf/vlcsnap_2014_12_06_17h47m18s103.png) (http://postimg.org/image/njq8dw9qf/)

(http://s7.postimg.org/xv2l6k1fr/vlcsnap_2014_12_06_17h42m49s235.png) (http://postimg.org/image/xv2l6k1fr/)

(http://s7.postimg.org/6uoshzd53/vlcsnap_2014_12_06_17h43m01s96.png) (http://postimg.org/image/6uoshzd53/)

(http://s7.postimg.org/eywwmpzk7/vlcsnap_2014_12_06_17h43m35s193.png) (http://postimg.org/image/eywwmpzk7/)

(http://s7.postimg.org/t42poj8lj/vlcsnap_2014_12_06_17h43m45s30.png) (http://postimg.org/image/t42poj8lj/)

Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black / Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: Jonny on 06 Dec 2014 - 17:16
Grabs look pretty ropey on my phone, I'll check them on the laptop later. Let us know what you think when you've watched it mate
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black / Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: the blob on 06 Dec 2014 - 18:28
Kind of looks on a par with City of the Living Dead from the caps but not as bad as Tenebrae or Django. Might still have to go for it if it doesn't sell out before I have the cash.
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black / Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: demented_uk on 06 Dec 2014 - 19:45
Looking at it on my iMac it reminded me of Django, far too much noise. But noise seems to show up more on the Mac display than on my projector. It looks better in motion, not sure it's worth the hefty price tag. I would assume it's another LVR job.
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black / Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: the blob on 09 Apr 2015 - 01:03
I finally picked up the BD as it was starting to disappear and I didn't want a large ugly hardbox. PQ-wise, it was actually a little better than I expected. The noise is there but it's definitely around the City of the Living Dead level if not slightly better and actually looks pretty good in some parts I think. The opening few mins are pretty harsh but it seems to improve overall. Certainly a big step up from the Severin DVD.

Now, what the fuck is up with the English track???? A complete balls-up of a mix with all manner of flanging and phasing. It's only just about bearable. I thought maybe they'd tried to squeeze down a 2.0 mono track into 1.0 but I checked the included DVD which supposedly is 2.0 and it's the same. God knows but the Severin audio and the German track are fine. What ended up a surprise in the PQ ended up being totally let down by the AQ!
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black / Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: medway garage on 09 Apr 2015 - 06:09
Now, what the fuck is up with the English track???? A complete balls-up of a mix with all manner of flanging and phasing. It's only just about bearable. I thought maybe they'd tried to squeeze down a 2.0 mono track into 1.0 but I checked the included DVD which supposedly is 2.0 and it's the same. God knows but the Severin audio and the German track are fine. What ended up a surprise in the PQ ended up being totally let down by the AQ!

Oh bugger! I've just ordered this as well, damn!
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black / Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: the blob on 09 Apr 2015 - 22:54
The thing is I work with audio day in day out so the effect sticks out like a sore thumb but I don't know if I'd notice it more than most because of that. I get annoyed by weird audio anomalies as much as others get annoyed by PQ artifacts and some people don't really notice them, like how over zealous No Shame were with noise reduction to clean up the audio which leaves a ringing fake boxy reverb trail on some of the soundtracks.

I've not even seen the issue on this one mentioned before but then there don't seem to be many reports of English-speakers actually owning it.
Title: Re: Seven Notes In Black / Sette note in nero (Lucio Fulci, 1977)
Post by: strangedaysindeed on 10 Apr 2015 - 02:49
I noticed it, it annoyed the hellout of me, but as I didn't see any complaints being made I assumed it was a setting I needed to change on my BR player   :-\