Written by: Michael Den Boer on October 14th, 2005
|Theatrical Release Date: Italy, 1975
Director: Andrea Bianchi
Writers: Andrea Bianchi, Massimo Felisatti
Cast: Edwige Fenech, Nino Castelnuovo, Femi Benussi
|Approximate running time:||93m31s||97m54s|
|Aspect Ratio:||2.35:1 Non-Anamorphic Widescreen||2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen|
|Sound:||Dolby Digital Mono English and German with English subtitles||Dolby Digital Mono English|
|DVD Release:||X-rated||Blue Underground|
|Region Coding:||Region 2 PAL (Germany)||Region 0 NTSC|
X-rated’s Region 2 DVD
Blue Underground’s Region 0 DVD
The Film :
When a fashion model Evelyn dies of a heart failure during a back street abortion. The abortionist returns her lifeless body to her house and leaves it in a bath tub. He covers his tracks hoping to deceive the authorities by making it look like she died of natural causes. later that night a killer wearing a motorcycle helmet dressed in black leather kills the abortionist by cutting out his heart. Evelyn the recently deceased model worked for the Albatross modeling agency with here former co-workers the suave photographer Carlo (Nino Castelnuovo), his sexy assistant Magda (Edwige Fenech), in charge Giselle (Amanda) and her over weight husband Maurizo (Franco Diogene). When Mario a photographer is viciously murdered by a killer dressed in black leather wearing a motorcycle helmet the others soon fear for their lives and wonder who will be next?
Blue Underground’s release is nearly flawless when compared to X-Rated Kult’s release which has a soft detail and colors look anemic. Also Blue Underground’s release is anamorphic while X-Rated Kult’s is not despite their DVD box art claiming that it is. One major difference between the happens in the films opening abortion sequence which in the Blue Underground DVD is blue tinted while X-Rated Kult’s release leaves this scene un-tinted.
The X-Rated Kult release comes with two audio options English and German. The English audio mix on this release is an abomination as it is filled with noise and other sound defects. English subtitles have been included for this release. The Blue Underground release comes with one audio option an English dubbed audio track that is presented in a Dolby Digital mono. The track is free of any distortion or any other audio defects. Dialog, music and effects sound evenly balanced. The audio like video sounds surprisingly good for a film this age considering the limitations of its mono source.
X-Rated Kult’s release comes with the following extras a couple extended scenes, the films original trailer and a trailer for Antonio Bido’s Watch Me When I Kill. Blue Underground’s release comes with the following extras the films original English language trailer and a twelve minute featurette titled “Strip Nude for Your Giallo” which includes interviews with actress Solvi Stubbing and co-writer Massimo Felisatti. This extra features spoilers and should be watched after you watch the film.
Blue Underground’s release easily beats the X-rated Kult in every way. Now fans of this film and some of its detractors will have a chance to reevaluate this sleazy giallo via Blue Underground’s excellent DVD.