Written by: Michael Den Boer on March 14th, 2018
Theatrical Release Date: Italy, 1979
Director: Mario Landi
Writer: Aldo Serio
Cast: Leonora Fani, Jeff Blynn, Gianni Dei, Michele Renzullo, Eolo Capritti, Vassili Karis, Giancarlo Del Duca, Mariangela Giordano
BluRay Release Date: October 31st, 2016
Approximate running time: 99 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD Mono Italian, DTS-HD Mono German
Subtitles: English, German (only available for the Italian language track)
BluRay Release: X-Rated Kult Video
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: 24,99 EUR
Synopsis: A detective assigned to a double murder, becomes entangled with a sadistic killer. Will he be able to bring the killer to justice or will the killer cover their tracks by eliminating all of the witnesses?
Giallo a Venezia was directed by Mario Landi (Patrick Still Lives). Key collaborators on Giallo a Venezia include, screenwriter Aldo Serio (Watch me When I Kill), cinematographer Franco Villa (Naked Violence, Malabimba: The Malicious Whore) and composer Berto Pisano (The Girl in Room 2A, Strip Nude for Your Killer).
Though, this film has all the ingredients that have since become synonymous with Italian thrillers. The end result, is a film that verges on a parody of Italian thrillers. And nowhere is more evident, the when it comes to the lead detective assigned to the double homicide that opens the film.
Quirks and other unintended moments of humor aside. When it comes to this film’s murder set pieces. They are mean spirited and sufficiently gory. With the deaths encompassing, a sharp object in a woman’s vagina, a man burned alive and limb dismemberment.
The characters are one-dimensional caricatures and the performances are best described as enthusiastic. With this film’s most entertaining performance being Jeff Blynn in the role of Inspector Angelo De Pol. He delivers an absurd performance where his character is constantly playing with and eating eggs. Notable cast members include, Leonora Fani (The Private Lesson, The Last Round) in the role of Flavia, it is her and her husband’s death that lays the foundation for the events that unfold and Mariangela Giordano (Burial Ground: The Nights of Terror) in the role of promiscuous woman named Marzia.
Not to be overlook, when discussing this film, is its ample amount of sleaze. With this film’s sex scenes pushing the boundaries of soft-core cinema. And though, sex has always played a role in Italian thrillers. It is safe to say, that few Italian thrillers are sleazier than Giallo a Venezia.
Giallo a Venezia comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. Colors are nicely saturated, black levels look strong throughout, details look sharp, there are no issues with compression and grain looks natural.
This release comes with two audio options, a DTS-HD mono mix in Italian with English and German subtitles and a DTS-HD mono mix in German (no subtitle options). The Italian language tack sounds, clean, clear, balanced and robust, when it needs too.
Extras for this release include, a German language trailer for the film (1 minute 7 seconds, no subtitle options), an option to listen to music from the film titled Titelthema Audiotrack (5 minutes 38 seconds), Stefano Film Kinolerleih Logo (38 seconds), interviews with German dubbing actress Vera Bunk (11 minutes 1 second, in German no subtitle options) and German dubbing actor Nicolai Tegeler (11 minutes 1 second, in German no subtitle options) and an audio commentary with film historian Kai Naumann (in German no subtitle options).
Overall Giallo a Venezia gets a solid audio / video presentation from X-Rated Kult Video.