Written by: Michael Den Boer on March 18th, 2012
Theatrical Release Date: Italy, 1974
Director: William Rose
Writer: William Rose
Cast: Daniela Giordano, Raf Vallone, John Scanlon, Angelo Infanti, Karin Schubert, Rosalba Neri, Brad Harris, Frank Latimore, Giovanna Galletti, Nuccia Cardinali, Dada Gallotti
DVD released: March 27th, 2012
Approximate running time: 85 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English, Dolby Digital Mono Italian
DVD Release: Mondo Macabro
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95
Synopsis: Something sinister has been going on for years in room 2A and everyone who has stayed there have all disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Not wanting to suffer the same fate that befell those, who stayed in the room before her. A young woman enlists the help of a someone, who is looking for the same answers she so desperately seeks.
There is something distinctly different about Italian thrillers, that sets them apart from thrillers from other countries. And while there have been countless imitations that have tried to recreate the vibe that has become synonymous with Italian thrillers. It always becomes quickly apparent when a foreign entity is at the helm of what appears to be a Italian thriller.
The Girl in Room 2A is a perfect example of such mimicry, the film was produced by a American filmmaker, who up to that point in his career had only directed sexploitation films. Sure Italian thrillers are ripe with sexuality and in this regard The Girl in Room 2A is mildly successful. Unfortunately when it comes to building and sustaining tension, this film fails in this regard. Also when it comes to one of this genres most recognizable staples, the kill scene, this film is often lacking visually.
Another key competent that makes Italian thrillers so enjoyable, is that in which they go to great lengths to conceal the identity of the killer. And in many instances this ends back firing, since far too often it is too easy to guess who the killer is? And in the case of The Girl in Room 2A, let’s just say that the eureka moment is painfully obvious.
Without a doubt this film most durable and satisfying asset is its stellar cast which includes many recognizable Euro-Cult faces like, Daniela Giordano (Four Times That Night) in the role of this film’s protagonist, Raf Vallone (The Italian Job), Brad Harris (Samson, Goliath against the Giants), Karin Schubert (Emanuelle around the World, Hanna D: The Girl from Vondel Park) and Rosalba Neri (Top Sensation, French Sex Murders). Ultimately The Girl in Room 2A is a underwhelming thriller that spends way to much time dragging its feet and when it finally does make up its mind, by then it is too little to late by then.
Mondo Macabro presents The Girl in Room 2A in a 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen (it should be noted that the back of the DVD case lists the film’s aspect ratio as 1.66:1). Though the source used is in very good shape, there is some minor instances of print debris and black levels are at best average. Colors fare well, flesh tones look accurate and there are no problems with compression.
This release comes with two audio options, a Dolby Digital mono mix in English and a Dolby Digital mono mix in Italian. The English audio mix is the stronger of the two audio mixes, it sounds cleaner and fuller. The Italian audio mix has noticeable background noise that varies in degree throughout. Also included with this release are removable English subtitles. It should be noted that some scenes in this films were not dubbed into English and for these scenes, English subtitles have been provided for these Italian only language moments.
Extras for this release include the U.S. theatrical trailer for the film (2 minutes 34 seconds – 4:3 full frame), cast & crew profiles, a text essay about the film and a career retrospective interview with actress Daniela Giordano (11 minutes 20 seconds – anamorphic widescreen). Rounding out the extras is the Mondo Macabro preview trailer which includes clips from titles that are currently available from Mondo Macabro. Overall The Girl in Room 2A gets a strong release from Mondo Macabro.