Written by: Michael Den Boer on May 17th, 2008
Theatrical Release Date: Spain, 1973
Director: Carlos Aured
Writers: Carlos Aured, Paul Naschy
Cast: Paul Naschy, Diana Lorys, Eduardo Calvo, Eva León, Inés Morales, Antonio Pica, Luis Ciges, Pilar Bardem, Maria Perschy
Approximate running time: 89 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono Castilian and English
DVD Release: BCI/Deimos Entertainment
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.98
Synopsis: A series of brutal slayings start to occur shortly after the arrival of convicted rapist who gets hired on as the caretaker of an estate. All the victims have two things in common they have blue eyes and blonde hair. What can motivate such a diabolical mind to remove their victims’ eyes?
Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll was directed by Carlos Aured who also teamed up with its star Paul Naschy on these films The Vengeance of the Mummy, Curse of the Devil and Horror Rises from the Tomb. Visually and stylistically Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll is cross between the giallo genre and gothic horror films like Georges Franju’s Eyes without a Face. The pacing, plot twists and characters motivations are all fully realized. The films dream/flashback sequences are filled with strong primary colors and at times they are reminiscent to the flashbacks in Profondo rosso. Another similarity to Profondo rosso occurs via the films mesmerizing score that was composed by Juan Carlos Calderón. Every time the killer is about to take out another victim the same music plays over each kill. The killers’ musical motif is none other than “London Bridge”.
The cast for Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll features a bevy of Euro beauties most of which end up getting seduced by Paul Naschy’s character Gilles. The four female leads are Diana Lorys as Claude the eldest sister who right arm is deformed from an accident, Maria Perschy Yvette who is confined in a wheelchair due to a past trauma, Eva León plays Nicole a nymphomaniac and rounding out the main cast of females is Inés Morales as Michelle a nurse recently hired to take care of Yvette. In the lead role is Spanish film icon Paul Naschy as Gilles a loner drifter just out of prison. Overall the acting is very good all around with Eva León in the role of Nicole standout out more than the rest of the cast.
There is an ample amount of nudity as most of the female cast spends some time out of their clothes. The killer is never show until the end of the film like most thrillers form this era. The killer also wears a black outfit with black gloves. The weapons of choices are hands, knives and any sharp object within reach. The murders are all stylishly done. The blood flows in copious amounts and the killings at times are very brutal. The only done side about the killings we never get to see the killer remove the victims’ eyes. This film ends with a twist on a twist on a twist that will leave you scratching your head. The killers’ motive and the execution of their killing spree are well executed.
Ultimately fans of Italian thrillers will appreciate this carnage filled murder mystery starring Paul Naschy.
Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll is presented in a open matte full frame ratio that has more top and bottom information then what would have been seen when presented in its original 1.66:1 theatrical aspect ratio. The negatives about this transfer are that is it interlaced and there is noticeable edge enhancement throughout. On the plus side this transfer is free of any print damage and it boasts vivid eye popping colors and natural looking flesh tones. Black levels look exceptional and details remain razor sharp throughout.
This release comes with two audio options Castilian and English. Both audio choices are presented in a Dolby Digital mono. Both audio mixes sound clear, clean, evenly balanced and there are no audio defects. Removable English subtitles that are error free and easy to follow have been included.
Extras for this release include an introduction by star Paul Naschy, the US theatrical trailer, Spanish credit sequence, an extensive stills gallery of photos from the film and posters and other advertising material from around the world and a collect booklet with liner notes about the film. The main extra is an audio Commentary with Paul Naschy and director Carlos Aured. This audio commentary is presented In Spanish and optional English are provided. Overall this is another superb Paul Naschy release from BCI/Deimos Entertainment that comes with a solid audio/video presentation and a wealth of informative extras.