Written by: Michael Den Boer on January 26th, 2006
Theatrical Release Date: Italy, November 17th, 1972
Director: Luciano Ercoli
Writers: Sergio Corbucci, Ernesto Gastaldi, Guido Leoni, Roberto Leoni, Mahnahén Velasco, Manuel Velasco
Cast: Susan Scott, Simón Andreu, Pietro Martellanza, Luciano Rossi
|Approximate running time:||97m04s||101m44s|
|Aspect Ratio:||2.00:1 Anamorphic Widescreen||2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen|
|Sound:||Dolby Digital Stereo English and French||Dolby Digital Mono Italian and English|
|DVD Release:||Mondo Macabro||No Shame|
|Region Coding:||Region 2 PAL (UK)||Region 0 NTSC|
Mondo Macabro’s Region 2 DVD
Valentina (Nieves Navarro) a fashion model agrees to try a new hallucinogenic drug at the request of a reporter friend of hers who wants to do a story of the drugs after affects. Valentina witnesses a woman being attacked by a man with a metal spiked glove with while she is under the influence. When he reporter friend publishes the story her identity is exposed and now the man with the metal spike wants her dead. When no one believes her story she is now forced to solve the mystery herself. Will Valentina unmask this madman or will she become his next victim?
Mondo Macabro’s release presents Death Walks at Midnight in a cropped aspect ratio of about 2.00:1 instead of its correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio. The image looks tight in many scenes and the colors look muted when compared to No Shame’s release which presents the film in its original 2.35:1 aspect ratio. No Shame’s release has sharper image and more detail. The colors look livelier and most important it has more picture information.
Mondo Macabro’s release comes with two audio options English and French language tracks have been included for this release both in Dolby Digital stereo. The audio tracks are clean for the most part with some minor hiss and there are no problems with distortion during playback. Unfortunately English subtitles have not been included event though they are mentioned on the box for the French language track. No Shame’s release comes with two audio options. The original Italian language track and English dubbed audio language track that are presented in a Dolby Digital mono. The audio sounds crisp as dialog is sharp and easy to follow. The music blends in with the perfectly with the rest of the mix as there are no problems with distortion. There is some noticeable background hiss, still nothing that ever becomes distracting. Removable English subtitles that are easy to read and follow have been included.
Mondo Macabro’s release includes the following extras include a text interview with Luciano Ercoli and Susan Scott as well as cast and crew bios for Susan Scott, Simon Andreu, Luciano Rossi, Claudie Lange and Luciano Ercoli. Rounding out the extras is a seventeen minute featurette “Death Walks at Midnight and the giallo genre” in which Adrian Smith gives a brief overview of the giallo genre. No Shame’s release includes the following extras a brief photo gallery and the television version of Death Walks at Midnight.
Without a doubt the clear winner here is No Shame’s release which trumps Mondo Macabro’s release in every department except for extras. It would have been nice too have more extras on the No Shame release and for now it will have to stand as the best version of this film currently available on DVD.