Written by: Michael Den Boer on August 21st, 2014
Theatrical Release Date: Argentina, 2013
Director: Luciano Onetti
Writer: Luciano Onetti
Cast: Luciano Onetti, Daiana García, Silvia Duhalde
DVD released: August 26th, 2014
Approximate running time: 67 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo Spanish
DVD Release: BrinkVision
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.99
Synopsis: The killer becomes the prey when one of their past crimes is used to blackmail them.
Sonno Profondo was inspired by the Italian thriller genre which rose to prominence at the end of the 1960’s after the success of Dario Argento’s The Bird with the Crystal Plumage. And content wise, this film has all the ingredients one has come to expect to see when watching an Italian thriller.
The film’s simplistic narrative lets its operatic visuals flourish and take center stage. Also though one of the staples of the Italian thriller is the use of an amateur sleuth, who in many instances is also the lead suspect. This film flips that around and puts the killer in that role. Everything that occurs is through the killers’ eyes and their memories. This also ties in with another one of the Italian thriller genres staples the use of an unreliable narrator.
As mentioned before this film’s visuals are easily its strongest asset. And in regards to its murder set pieces they are sufficiently bloody and have just the right amount of perversions through in for good measure. Of course the murder the opens the film and serves as the driving force behind this film’s plot is this film’s most memorable moment.
In other areas of the production pacing is never an issues as the events move along very briskly from one shocking revelation to the next. Also the film features a very effective score that was also inspired by the type of score that Goblin and Ennio Morricone would compose for Italian thrillers.
If viewed as a film trying to revive the Italian thriller genre, this film is going to disappoint the vast majority who go in with this mentality. It is clear that this film is not trying to reinvent the Italian thriller and that this film is best viewed as a celebration of said genre, nothing more and nothing less.
BrinkVision presents Sonno Profondo in an anamorphic widescreen that retains this film’s intended 2.35:1 ‘scope’ aspect ratio. Colors look appropriately robust, flesh tones look accurate and details look crisp throughout. Black levels fare well and there are no issues with compression. It should be pointed out that the print damage present in this film is part of this film aesthetic look.
This release comes with one audio track a Dolby Digital mix in Stereo. There is very little dialog and what is little that is spoken is in the director native tongue and has been subtitled in English. There are no issues with distortion or background noise as the audio sound clear and balanced throughout. The film’s score which takes up most of the soundtrack sounds robust.
Extras for this release include reversible cover art, a teaser and trailer for the film, a deleted scene and a six minute interview with screenwriter / director Luciano Onetti who discusses who the film was improvised and that there never was a formal script, how he obtained various locations shots, shooting from the killers POV, the score, the meaning behind this film’s title and what he was trying to achieve with this film. Overall Sonno Profondo gets a first rate release from BrinkVision.