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 81 
 on: 31 Dec 2020 - 15:54 
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

 82 
 on: 31 Dec 2020 - 15:50 
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

 83 
 on: 05 Dec 2020 - 08:38 
Started by MarcMorris - Last post by MarcMorris
Does anybody know the source of this version? Was it from a DVD release?

another bump

new video source

Synced English Audio to new video source, waited three months and no offical dvd using this source has been announced sooooooo here it is for free for everyone.

X-rated Kult version has a different opening, title credits playing over a black screen, hence the slightly longer running time on that print, it does not feature any extra or alternative footage.
This print however has one small extra line of dialogue in italian, which there was no english audio for.  Dvd extra is an italian promo trailer.

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DVD Specs

PAL
16:9
1hr 28 mins 45 secs
Italian & English Audio
Italian promo trailer

 84 
 on: 29 Oct 2020 - 10:43 
Started by Inspector Tanzi - Last post by Funktion
Mondo Macabro's 3rd surprise title for their Halloween sale (starting later today) is Paul Naschy's Panic Beats.


 85 
 on: 28 Oct 2020 - 19:10 
Started by Inspector Tanzi - Last post by Inspector Tanzi
The BFI will release a 2 disc set called Short Sharp Shocks as part of their wonderful Flipside series, compiling a number of shorts dated from 1949, all the way to 1980.
Looks interesting, I like comps like this.

 86 
 on: 15 Oct 2020 - 13:16 
Started by Inspector Tanzi - Last post by Funktion
The BFI will release a 2 disc set called Short Sharp Shocks as part of their wonderful Flipside series, compiling a number of shorts dated from 1949, all the way to 1980.
This release is limited to 3000 copies, and it's out on 16 November 2020.



The included shorts:

    Lock Your Door (Anthony Gilkison, 1949)
    The Reformation of St Jules (Anthony Gilkison, 1949)
    The Tell-Tale Heart (J B Williams, 1953)
    Death Was a Passenger (Theodore Zichy, 1958)
    Portrait of a Matador (Theodore Zichy, 1958)
    Twenty Nine (Brian Cummins, 1969)
    The Sex Victims (Derek Robbins, 1973)
    The Lake (Lindsey C Vickers, 1978)
    The Errand (Nigel Finch, 1980)

Special features:

    Interview with Peter Shillingford (2020): newly recorded interview with the producer of Twenty Nine
    Interview with David McGillivray (2020): newly recorded interview the writer of The Errand
    Interview with Kate Lees (2020): the chair of Adelphi Films discusses the 2017 discovery of the long thought lost 1953 short The Tell-Tale Heart starring Stanley Baker
    Interview withRenée Glynne (2020): newly recorded interview with the script-supervisor on Twenty Nine
    Interview with Julie Peasgood (2020): newly recorded interview with the star of The Lake and House of the Long Shadows
    Image galleries for The Tell-Tale Heart, The Lake and The Errand
    Script galleries for The Lake and The Errand
    The original short story of The Errand, presented as a viewable gallery
    ***FIRST PRESSING ONLY*** Fully illustrated booklet with new writing on the films by Vic Pratt, Dr Josephine Botting, William Fowler, Jonathan Rigby, Peter Shillingford, Lindsey C Vickers and David McGillivray

 87 
 on: 09 Oct 2020 - 15:18 
Started by AlbertoSordi - Last post by Funktion
https://www.4kdownload.com/products/product-videodownloader

Thanks, Marc.  ;)

I'll give it a go.  :D

 88 
 on: 05 Oct 2020 - 08:26 
Started by AlbertoSordi - Last post by MarcMorris
https://www.4kdownload.com/products/product-videodownloader

 89 
 on: 03 Oct 2020 - 07:50 
Started by AlbertoSordi - Last post by Jonny
Thanks for the heads up and the links  :P

 90 
 on: 02 Oct 2020 - 00:32 
Started by babybreese - Last post by Mark GW
Thanks for your impressions, Mark GW.  ;)

I was unaware this release was now available in a regular keepcase.

I'll add it to my basket, the next time I order from Amazon.de.  :P

You're more than welcome.  ;D

QuatermassII has just come out (literally dropped on my doormat this morning). It too, looks fantastic. Bundled with really nice extras including an English Super 8 version, english comic reproduction as a slide show, original Val Guest commentary, and the 2 German experts (who really know their stuff) give additional commentaries in both English and German!

The great thing about these Anolis releases is if there has been a problem with the video or audio of the film in a previous release (not unknown with these Hammer Blu-rays), they take the time and effort to sort them out. Apparently, there were contrast issues with QuatermassII which have now been rectified.

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