Written by: Michael Den Boer on March 13th, 2010
Theatrical Release Date: Italy, 1990
Director: Antonio Bonifacio
Writer: Daniele Stroppa
Cast: Mirella Banti, Andy J. Forest, Mary Lindstrom, Daniele Stroppa, Roxana Cox, Sonia Viviani, Franco Citti, Marina Hedman
DVD released: March 30th, 2010
Approximate running time: 88 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English, Dolby Digital Mono Italian
DVD Release: Mya Communication
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95
Synopsis: One day while hanging out at an adult movie theater, a young woman is assaulted in a bathroom. This assault brings back memories of childhood trauma. She was raped fifteen years before.
Blind Date was directed by Antonio Bonifacio who other notable film’s include Kreola and The Strange Story of Olga O. The screenplay for Blind Date was written by Daniele Stroppa who’s other notable screenwriting credits include The Convent of Sinners, Delirium: Photo of Gioia, Witchery, The House of Clocks, Kreola and Voices from Beyond. The cinematographer on Blind Date was Pier Luigi Santi who’s other notable credits include Calling All Police Cars and Kinski Paganini. For this DVD release this film is released under the title Blind Date even though the onscreen title is Appointment in Black, which is more in line with the film’s Italian language title Appuntamento in nero. Two other titles this film has also been released under include Naked Rage and Scandal in Black.
The plot immediately grabs you with its opening sequence in which the film’s lead character a young woman named Angela is raped. The nastiness of this scene lays the ground work for the events which follow. After this opening sequence the rest of the film takes place fifteen years later. A series of twists are set in motion when Angela is raped for a second time. The film original sets itself up as a giallo with its use of a mysterious stranger who wears shades who always turns up everywhere Angela goes. Unfortunately by the time the film gets to who he is and why he is shadowing Angela the film has already went into another direction. This change occurs when it is revealed that Angela’s husband and her friend are having an affair.This is just one of several u-turns that the narrative makes along the way to its ironic ending.
Visually the film has a reasonable amount of the style. The one area in which the film quickly wears thin are the sex scenes. They are draw out and repetitive and in the end do very little to further the story. Oddly enough the three scenes in which Angela is raped are the film’s most effective moments. One of this film strongest assets is its slick score which mimics the sound present in countless other giallo’s from the 1980’s. Despite its familiarity the score lends itself perfectly to the film’s schizophrenic narrative. Performance wise the cast are adequate in their respective roles. The most interesting performance comes from an actor named Franco Citti who is cast in the role of a perverted projectionist who blackmails Angela. Ultimately despite its flaws, Blind Date’s anything goes approach to narrative and ample amount of sleaze make for an enjoyable ride.
Blind Date is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. This transfer has been flagged for progressive playback. Color fare well, flesh tones look accurate and black levels range from average to good. Even though the source used for this transfer is clean and in very good shape. The image tends to look of the soft side for the majority of the film and there is some mild, yet noticeable edge enhancement.
This release comes with two audio options, Dolby Digital Mono English and Dolby Digital Mono Italian (no English subtitles). Both audio tracks are in good shape, with the English audio mix sounding more robust of the two audio mixes. Both audio tracks sounds clear and free of any background noise.
Extras for this release include a image gallery with 12 images. Overall Blind Date gets a good audio / video presentation from Mya Communication.