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Author Topic: Formula for a Murder (Alberto De Martino, 1985)  (Read 11176 times)

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Formula for a Murder (Alberto De Martino, 1985)
« on: 20 Oct 2007 - 16:48 »

aka 7 Hyden Park - La casa maledetta

Any appreciation for this one? It's one I've not seen before but sounds interesting, David Warbeck's in it and Francesco De Masi did the score so it must be at least worth a watch? I noticed in 'Blood & Black Lace' there's mention of a 'scope ratio, English language Japanese VHS release. Does anyone know what the picture quality of that tape is like?

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Quite good, although not outstanding, i've got a nice 2.35:1 Japanese tape somewhere.
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What's the quality like on that Japanese tape?
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What's the quality like on that Japanese tape?
not watched it for a while but if i remember rightly it was rellay good.
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There is an Italian DVD of this available but unfortunately it is presented in 4:3 and does not have an English audio track or subtitles.



I have a DVD-R of the Japanese tape on the way.  Looking forward to seeing Warbeck in a giallo (I couldn't bring myself to watch FATAL FRAMES). 

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I'm actually in the process of creating a DVD remaster of the Japanese tape - it will be a 16x9 anamorphic , with the subs blacked out, black levels restored etc (the Jap tape is a little 'milky').

Does anybody have the trailer? Would be nice to include on the disc.
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Not got the trailer for this film but really looking forward to your remastered DVD-R Marc!
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A trailer would be a nice addition - does anybody have one?
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Yes, I have the trailer somewhere here...
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One of the better giallis from the 1980s.  Warbeck is in top form, it is worth viewing the film just to see his performance.  I read somewhere that this was in just filmed in 18 days, quite a remarkable feat.  Was nice to hear some of the score from NEW YORK RIPPER turn up in this one.
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There is an Italian DVD of this available but unfortunately it is presented in 4:3 and does not have an English audio track or subtitles.

Avofilm seems to have dropped the ball when transitioning to DVD.  There tapes didn't look that good (though no worse than eighties rental tapes in general) but I haven't heard good things about any of their DVDs.  I think NEW YORK RIPPER is 4:3 as well.

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I have a copy of an edition of Argentina.....In English with subtitles in Spanish.... 85m 58s   




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Finally saw this one in widescreen.  It is the better of De Martino's gialli that I've seen (BLOOD LINK was ridiculous though it had a great score by Ennio Morricone, the main theme of which reminds me of his work for Roman Polanski on FRANTIC).  The De Masi NEW YORK RIPPER music is great but the original electronic music for the film is sort of bland and doesn't really have the presence of the RIPPER music.

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Aka Formula for a Murder.

Just found my screener with trailer. Was someone after the trailer...?
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Re: Formula for a Murder (Alberto De Martino, 1985)
« Reply #14 on: 20 Oct 2008 - 17:34 »

Not seen FFAM myself, but it sounds pretty good from what I've read. Shameless UK have their mitts on this one, but apparently it's in pretty bad shape, so I don't see it getting a release anytime soon, unfortunately.
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