Written by: Michael Den Boer on March 1st, 2014
Theatrical Release Date: Italy, 2007
Director: Paolo Fazzini
Writer: Paolo Fazzini
Cast: Dario Argento, Lamberto Bava, Ruggero Deodato, Michele Soavi, Sergio Stivaletti, Luigi Cozzi, Giannetto De Rossi, Franco Ferrini, Roger Fratter, Antonella Fulci, Vittorio Giacci, Massimo Iaboni, Dardano Sacchetti, Antonio Tentori
DVD released: February 18th, 2014
Approximate running time: 62 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo Italian
Subtitles: English (Non-removable)
DVD Release: Elite Entertainment
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $14.95
I have been a fan of Italian cinema for as long as I can remember watching films. So when I first heard about this documentary about Italian cinema, more specially horror cinema and who the participants where going to be involved. Needless to say I was intrigued what else could be said that has not been covered before?
This is a informative documentary where all the participants discuss their influences; cinema and literature, the state of Italian cinema and amore specifically Italian horror cinema, violence in cinema; critics and audience reaction, the limitations of genre cinema, special effects in horror cinema, various films that they have worked on and many of the participants discusses collaborations that they have had with others also interviewed for this documentary.
There is an obvious low budget vibe to this documentary as there is no consistency when it comes to how the interviews are presented. There is a fluctuation in how each participant is shot and the lighting of their interview. And though there are some instances where information crops up that has been covered elsewhere. The generally bulk of what is covered is in the documentary is more than enough to satisfying even the most diehard Italian horror cinema fan and for those who uninitiated this documentary serves as a strong introduction.
Elite Entertainment presents Hanging Shadows in an anamorphic widescreen that retains its intended aspect ratio. Being that this is not much more than a collection of interviews the image is more the satisfactory for a documentary. It should be pointed out what few clips that do appear in this film, that they do not look as good as the interview segments.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital Stereo mix in Italian and removable English subtitles have been included with this release. Dialog always comes through clearly enough to follow and any background noise is minimal.
Extras for this release consist of two brief excerpts, the first one titled ‘Focus on Lucio Fulci’ and the second one titled ‘Focus on Mario Bava’. They are excerpts from the documentary Le ombre della paura. Overall Hanging Shadows a gets a good release from Elite Entertainment.