Written by: Michael Den Boer on October 27th, 2005
|Theatrical Release Date: Italy, 1974
Director: Massimo Dallamano
Writers: Massimo Dallamano, Ettore Sanzò
Cast: Giovanna Ralli, Claudio Cassinelli, Mario Adorf, Franco Fabrizi, Farley Granger
|Approximate running time:||86m48s||87m03s|
|Aspect Ratio:||2.35:1 non-Anamorphic Widescreen||2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen|
|Sound:||Dolby Digital Mono English||Dolby Digital Mono English, Italian and German with English subtitles|
|Region Coding:||Region 0 PAL (UK)||Region 2 PAL (Germany)|
Salvation’s Region 0 DVD
Koch’s Region 2 DVD
The Film :
When a young girl’s apparent suicide uncovers a teenage prostitution network that leads the police to believe the girl was murdered. Inspector’s Silvestri (Claudio Cassinelli) teams up with assistant district attorney Vittoria Stori (Giovanna Ralli) to uncover the truth. The killer dressed in black motorcycle attire stalks Vittoria as she gets closer to the truth. Will Inspector’s Silvestri and Vittoria unravel the mystery before they become the next victim?
The Salvation release presents the film in a letterboxed aspect ratio that is close to the films original 2.35:1 aspect ratio. The non-anamorphic lacks detail and colors look muted. The Koch release presents the film in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the films original 2.35:1 aspect ratio. The colors are in great shape and look nicely saturated as they never bleed into each other. Flesh tones look healthy and black levels look solid. The image a few times looks soft as there is some noticeable edge enhancement, still nothing that ever becomes to distracting. There are no problems with artifacts or compression. The print used is in excellent shape and print damage in non-existent. The progressive scan transfer is superior to Salvation’s What Have They Done to Your Daughters?, DVD in every way.
The Salvation release comes with only one audio option a Dolby Digital English mono track that suffers from background hiss and some minor distortion. The Koch release comes with three audio options that films original Italian language track, a German dubbed language track and an English dubbed language track. The German language track is nearly flawless and sounds the best of the three. The Italian language track has some minor background noise and doesn’t sound as full as the German language track. For this review I watched the film with the English dubbed language track which of the three included is in the worst shape. Just like the Italian track the English track has some minor background audio noise and the dialog sounds a bit to thin at times. The effects and especially the music on the English track sound superb and have never sounded better. Considering the age of the film and the limitations of the mono audio source the English language track is average at best. English and German subtitles have been included that are easy to read and follow.
Extras for the Salvation release include the films international English trailer and a stills gallery. Extras for the Koch release include three trailers one in German, Italian and English no subtitles have been provided. Other extras include a still gallery that is essentially screenshots taken form the movie. Rounding out the extras is an eight page booklet that includes liner notes and photos from the film. The text for this extra is only in German.
The Koch Media’s DVD is uncut and contains a few seconds of footage missing from the Salvation DVD. The Koch media release is the clear winner as it soundly beats the Salvation release in every way.