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 71 
 on: 01 Feb 2021 - 14:43 
Started by Jonny - Last post by Funktion
The film will be released on Blu-ray by Vinegar Syndrome this month, as part of the third boxset in their Forgotten Gialli series:



Specs:

• Region Free Blu-ray
• Newly scanned & restored in 4k from its 35mm original camera negative
• Includes the original Spanish language soundtrack with new English translations, as well as the English and Italian language dubs (Italian dub is not translated)
• “Lady of the Mansion” - an interview with actress Ida Galli aka Evelyn Stewart
• Reversible cover artwork
• Newly translated English SDH subtitles for the original Spanish soundtrack

 72 
 on: 01 Feb 2021 - 14:38 
Started by ecc - Last post by Funktion
The film will be released on Blu-ray by Vinegar Syndrome this month, as part of the third boxset in their Forgotten Gialli series:



Specs:

• Region Free Blu-ray
• Newly scanned & restored in 2k from its 35mm original camera negative
• Includes both the English and Italian language soundtracks
• Archival theatrical introduction with director Armando Crispino
• “Editing & Rhythm” - an interview with editor Daniele Alabiso
• “The Autopsy Papers” - an interview with Francesco Crispino, film historian & son of director Armando Crispino
• “Black Hole Sun” - a featurette on the career of director Armando Crispino
• Original theatrical trailer
• Alternate Italian titles & credits
• Reversible cover artwork
• Newly translated English SDH subtitles

 73 
 on: 01 Feb 2021 - 11:42 
Started by Vizzini - Last post by Vizzini


This long-unavailable classic war movie chronicles the last days of the Mussolini's Republic of Salò, as seen through the eyes of a young fascist soldier. This approach was source of great controversy and the film soon disappeared. For a few years Montaldo devoted himself to more genre oriented projects (Grand Slam, Machine Gun McCain), before gaining critical success with its 1970s political cinema classics (Sacco and Vanzetti, And Agnes Chose to Die).

Starring Jacques Charrier (The Eye of Evil), Eleonora Rossi Drago (Violent Summer, Camille 2000), Francisco Rabal (Belle de Jour, Sorcerer) and Gastone Moschin (The Conformist, Caliber 9). Music by Carlo Rustichelli (Blood and Black Lace, Kill Baby, Kill!).

Now available as an all-region BD feature, featuring a new 4K restoration from original negative, an exclusive interview with director Giuliano Montaldo (27 min.) and a photogallery. English and French subtitles. You can find it in stock at Amazon.it (Europe) or DiabolikDVD (USA).

 74 
 on: 22 Jan 2021 - 21:56 
Started by vigilanteforce - Last post by Funktion
For those who enjoy the film, it seems this one is making the leap into HD: Vinegar Syndrome is releasing it on Blu-Ray next month.

The full details/specs will be revealed at their website on February 1st, when pre-orders open.

 75 
 on: 22 Jan 2021 - 21:49 
Started by IL COMMISSARIO - Last post by Funktion
Hey guys,

Just thoughts I'd drop in and let you all know that these hallowed boards get a shout out on Mike Malloy's audio commentary for Silent Action.   :)

Thanks for the heads-up, Philleh. :P

I'm really looking forward to this release. It's great to have one more label releasing genre efforts.  ::)

Did you work on this release, or did you get a review copy?
Any details you can share about it (the quality of the transfer/special features, ...)?  :D

 76 
 on: 22 Jan 2021 - 21:44 
Started by Cinephagous - Last post by Funktion
Thanks for the heads-up, Cinephagous.  ;)

(sorry, I actually saw your post a few weeks ago, especially since I'm subscribed to your thread "Books about movies and cinema – Reviews, guides and more" and got a notification, but since I was at work I completely forgot to thank you  ???)

 77 
 on: 22 Jan 2021 - 21:42 
Started by AlbertoSordi - Last post by Funktion
Hopefully it will get an English friendly Blu-Ray release in Italy.  :D
(is it me, or is the number of new Italian releases with English subtitles getting smaller and smaller? I used to import lots of recent Italian titles, since most would not reach the local cinema screens, and I'm quite found of Italian cinema and TV series, but even labels formally very English-friendly, like 01 Distribution, are reducing the number of English-friendly releases)

 78 
 on: 16 Jan 2021 - 10:03 
Started by AlbertoSordi - Last post by AlbertoSordi
This one was rumoured to be in production for a while - I think the main character is meant to be Gastone Moschin's son. Nice use of the original theme tune remixed for this remake...it was inevitable  :)

Co-produced by Minerva/RAI and due out on digital in Feb.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcgYoTDUnF8


 79 
 on: 15 Jan 2021 - 16:07 
Started by IL COMMISSARIO - Last post by Philleh
Hey guys,

Just thoughts I'd drop in and let you all know that these hallowed boards get a shout out on Mike Malloy's audio commentary for Silent Action.   :)

 80 
 on: 31 Dec 2020 - 15:55 
Started by Cinephagous - Last post by Cinephagous


All the colors of murder: Guide to giallo cinema

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08R9B33BG

Book description:

The giallo (plural gialli) is the Italian version of crime and detective films. The name literally means "yellow", and refers to the color of the covers of a collection of novels by Editorial Mondadori that, from the post-war period, would reach great popularity in Italy.

Soon, Italian film producers considered that they could exploit the vein of this genre that had so deeply penetrated the popular classes.

The giallo, as a film genre, is the Italian version of the French Noir and the German Krimi. At least, it initially started that way. But there were going to be many innovations that filmmakers of the stature of Mario Bava and Dario Argento were going to incorporate.

The giallo was going to develop a style and a character of its own. "The girl who knew too much" (Mario Bava, 1963), still in black and white, is clearly inspired by Hitchcock's narrative and stylistic patterns (as its title already suggests). But soon after, with "Blood and black lace", Bava already included an innovative element; namely: An explicit violence, brutal yet elegant. And signs of identity that later directors would repeat incessantly: The mysterious killer, whose identity is not revealed until the end (as in the good novels of Agatha Christie and others), and who is usually dressed in a trench coat, a hat, sometimes a mask, and (now comes the most important thing), some black leather gloves.

Within the giallo, there are in turn an infinite number of combinations and sub-genres. Some, the most classic, are attached to the literary detective "whodunit", others put more emphasis on the psychological thriller à la Hitchcock, others have a dreamlike character in which everyday reality is blurred with fantasy, hallucinations and fears of the characters... There are also those with a comic side (especially black humor), or with a graphic violence even more exacerbated than usual (especially when the criminal does not act for pragmatic-economic reasons, but is a volume and spine psychopath, a serial killer). This last aspect would derive in the 1980s in the sub-genre called "slasher".

Other gialli, on the other hand, incorporate supernatural and parapsychological elements (or at least play with them), such as ghosts and afterlife issues. This is not at all strange, taking into account that the official father of the giallo, Mario Bava, had previously stood out in the gothic horror (with dark abandoned castles, vampires, etc).

"Whodunit", a psychological thriller, graphic violence, erotic touches, and supernatural horror... As we can see, the combinations between these usual ingredients of the giallo (which must always be seasoned with large doses of suspense and mystery) are practically infinite.

The purpose of this book is to serve as a guide for giallo fans. Both for the most hardcore connoisseurs and for those who are just starting to enjoy the films of the genre. You will be able to read reviews and critiques/analyses (some long, some shorter) of many gialli shot in the sixties, seventies (especially!) and early eighties (in Italy and Europe, as several films are in fact co-productions); by renowned directors such as Mario Bava, Dario Argento, Lucio Fulci, Sergio Martino, Umberto Lenzi, Luciano Ercoli and many more. Some of these films are well known in the world. Others are less so, and deserve to be rescued from oblivion (...or not, let each one decide for himself).

Some of these reviews have already appeared on the blog "Alucine Cinéfago", others are unpublished so far.

Available in print and ebook:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08R9B33BG

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