Written by: Michael Den Boer on October 8th, 2004
Theatrical Release Date: Italy, 1972
Director: Sergio Martino
Writer: Santiago Moncada, Ernesto Gastaldi, Sauro Scavolini
Cast: Edwige Fenech, George Hilton, Nieves Navarro, Ivan Rassimov
|Approximate running time:||89||95|
|Aspect Ratio:||2.35:1 Non-Anamorphic Widescreen||2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen|
|Sound:||Dolby Digital 5.1 German/Dolby Digital Mono English with English subtitles||Dolby Digital Mono English and Italian with English subtitles|
|DVD Release:||Marketing Film||Shriek Show|
|Region 1 NTSC|
Marketing Film’s Region 2 DVD
Shriek Show’s Region 1 DVD
Jane (Edwige Fenech), has been having reoccurring nightmares about her deceased mother. Due to the stress of a recent auto accident Jane suffered a miscarriage and her relationship with her husband Richard (George Hitlon), has become strained. Richard is having an affair with Barbara Harrison (Nieves Navarro), Jane’s sister and Jane has become more isolated which has lead to her delusions. A stranger (Ivan Rassimov), has appeared in Jane’s life and every where she goes she sees him. When Jane meets Mary a neighbor they quickly strike up a friendship. Mary introduces Jane to some of her friends who might be able to help her and they end up being a satanic group that enjoys orgy Black masses. After only attending one Black mass the group refuses to let Jane go and claims her as one of their own. As the film progresses Jane’s grip on reality becomes increasing worse including an attempt on her life sends her deeper into a dark pit of insanity. Is Jane losing her mind and is someone trying to kill?
Marketing films release is pretty good for a non-anamorphic release, still the colors when compared to Shriek Show’s release look muted and the flesh tones look unnatural. Shriek Show’s release will come as a revelation to fans of All the Colors of The Dark as the color palette is more vibrant and the flesh tones have returned to a more natural tone. Shriek Show’s release also is sharper in detail and has deeper black levels. Both transfers look like they are framed about the same with Shriek Show’s release offers just slightly more information.
Marketing films release comes with three audio options German Dolby Digital 5.1, German Dolby Digital Mono and English Dubbed Mono track. There are so subtitles included so I listened to the English track which has some minor distortion and hiss through out the film. Shriek Show’s release offers two audio options English and Italian both in Dolby Digital Mono. There English track is clearing and exhibits more range then the Marketing Films release. The Italian audio track is a nice added touch and it is the cleaner of the two tracks included on the Shriek Show release. English Subtitles that are easy to read and follow have been included on the Shriek Show release.
Marketing Films release in essentially a barebones DVD that comes with the films original trailer, talent bio’s for Sergio Martino and some of the cast. Shriek Show’s release of All the Colors of The Dark this sucker is fully loaded. The Main extras include interviews with Sergio Martino about twenty minutes in length and George Hilton’s interview runs about six minutes in length. Both Interviews are in Italian and have English subtitles. Other extras include a photo gallery that contains some Edwige Fenech pictures that are sure to please her fans. This segment runs about twenty four minutes in length and it plays like a featurette with Bruno Nicolai’s haunting score playing in the background. Shriek Show has also included the films alternate U.S. title sequence and closing credits. Rounding out the extras are three trailers for the film and radio spots.
The clear winner is Shriek Show’s All the Colors of The Dark DVD and it is safe to say it is time to retire your Marketing Films DVD. If you haven’t seen this excellent Giallo do yourself a favor and pick up Shriek Show’s definitive version.