Written by: Michael Den Boer on October 14th, 2005
Theatrical Release Date: Italy, April 12th, 1973
Director: Antonio Margheriti
Writers: Antonio Margheriti, Giovanni Simonelli
Cast: Jane Birkin, Hiram Keller, Françoise Christophe, Venantino Venantini, Anton Diffring
DVD released: October 25th, 2004
Approximate running time: 95 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Blue Underground
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.95
Synopsis: A young woman named Corringa returns’ to her ancestral home in Scottland after being expelled from school. Earlier that same evening before her arrival her mother and aunt had a disagreement about Corringa’s money. James a sheltered cousin who is apparently mad shows up at dinner and upsets everyone at the table. Later that night Corringa’s mother is murdered while she is sleeping. Corringa after the loss of her mother forms a bond with her cousin James. The bodies start to stack up as the killer now has Corringa in his sight. Are these murders connected to a family curse involving vampires or have they been committed by something more flesh and blood?
Director Antonio Margheriti worked in just about every genre of film over the course of his forty year career as a director. His strongest genre tended to be the Gothic horror film and Seven Deaths in a Cats Eye owes more to Margheriti’s masterpiece Castle of Blood then it does to the giallo genre. Antonio Margheriti’s direction is fluid and tense through out as the camera stocks its victims effortlessly. Despite a few brief instances of a killer with black gloves and a razor as a weapon the film as a whole defies all the standard giallo conventions. Also two other giallo genre staples nudity and violent set pieces are virtually non-existent in this film. The violence is extremely subdued and at times feels anticlimactic. Seven Deaths in a Cats Eye is filled with a colorful cast of characters. Riz Ortolani provides another memorable score that perfectly set the mood. The film starts off strong before hitting a few dull lulls in the middle and of course the final payoff if you can make it that far is well worth it. Ultimately Seven Deaths in a Cats Eye is an unremarkable thriller that is an average film at best.
Blue underground presents Seven Deaths in a Cats Eye in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the films original 2.35:1 aspect ratio. Colors are solid and flesh tones look healthy. The black levels remain strong and details remain sharp in the foreground and background. There are no problems with compression, artifacts and edge enhancement is kept to a minimum. Overall this progressive scene transfer is in amazing shape. There is one scene which looks integrated into back the film that looks softer and not as colorful.
This release comes with one audio option an English dubbed audio track in Dolby Digital mono. The audio is clean and free of any audio defects. The dialog, music and sound effects sound evenly mixed. Overall this audio mix may not blow you away, still it more then gets the job done.
This release comes up short in the extras department with its one and only extra being an eight minute interview with co-writer Giovanni Simonelli titled ‘Murder he Wrote’. After the interview ends there is a brief clip with director Antonio Margheriti, who discusses how his psudoname Anthony M. Dawson came about. If would have been nice if a career retrospective about Antonio Margheriti had been complied as an extra for this release. Overall Blue Underground’s Seven Deaths in a Cats Eye DVD is the best this film has looked on home video to date.