Written by: Michael Den Boer on March 20th, 2009
Theatrical Release Date: Italy / USA, 1990
Directors: George A. Romero (“The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar”), Dario Argento (“The Black Cat”)
Writers: George A. Romero (“The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar”), Dario Argento, Franco Ferrini (“The Black Cat”)
Cast: Adrienne Barbeau, Ramy Zada, Bingo O’Malley, Jeff Howell, E.G. Marshall, Chuck Aber, Jonathan Adams, Tom Atkins (“The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar”), Harvey Keitel, Madeleine Potter, John Amos, Sally Kirkland, Kim Hunter, Holter Graham, Martin Balsam, Tom Savini (“The Black Cat”)
BluRay released: March 31st, 2009
Approximate running time: 120 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive
Sound: Dolby TrueHD 7.1 English, DTS HD 7.1 English, DD-EX 5.1 English
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
BluRay Release: Blue Underground
Region Coding: Region 0
Retail Price: $34.95
The plot for Two Evil Eyes is two separate Edgar Allen Poe stories, one directed by George A. Romero and the other directed by Dario Argento. The score for Two Evil Eyes was composed by Pino Donaggio whose other notable scores include Don’t Look Now, A Whisper in the Dark, Carrie, Brian De Palma’s Dressed to Kill, Blow Out, Lucio Fulci’s The Black Cat, Phantom of Death, The Sect, Dario Argento’s Trauma and Do You Like Hitchcock? Tom Savini who created many of the special effects for Two Evil Eyes has a brief appearance in Dario Argento’s segment The Black Cat.
First up is George A. Romero’s take on The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar, in which a gold digging much younger wife plot’s with her lover (who also happens to be her dying husbands doctor) to bleed him dry financial before he passes on. The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar is poorly paced as the story just plods along to its inevitable conclusion. There is virtually no bloodshed and gore when it occurs, it is minimal. Despite the lackluster story, The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar features stylish direction from George A. Romero and a flawless performance from its lead actress Adrienne Barbeau.
The second story Dario Argento’s take on one of Edgar Allen Poe’s most famous stories The Black Cat. At the core of Dario Argento’s adaptation of The Black Cat, is a story about a struggling photographer whose life is turned upside down when his girlfriend brings home a Black Cat (which in turn torments him). Dario Argento’s adaption of The Black Cat is a melting pot of several Edgar Allen Poe stories, themes and characters, all built around the essence of The Black Cat. Visually The Black Cat features all the style and operatic carnage one would expect from a Dario Argento film. The little additions that Dario Argento has infused into the original source “The Black Cat”, like making the lead character that is superbly portrayed by Harvey Keitel, a photographer, greatly enhance the story. Without a doubt the best part of The Black Cat is Harvey Keitel tortured performance as Roderick Usher.
Two Evil Eyes comes on a 50 GB dual layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive anamorphic widescreen. This is another first rate transfer from Blue Underground that improves colors, black levels and flesh tones. Also grain looks natural and never excessive. Details look razor sharp throughout. From top to bottom this transfer far exceeds Blue Underground’s transfer for their DVD release of Two Evil Eyes.
This release comes with three audio options Dolby TrueHD 7.1 English, DTS HD 7.1 English and DD-EX 5.1 English. You really can’t go wrong with any of the three audio mixes included with this releases as they sound clear and balanced. This release also comes with three subtitle options English SDH, French and Spanish.
The Bulk of the extras included from their limited edition release from 2005 have been carried over. The only extras not carried over are a poster & stills gallery and talents bios. Extras for this BluRay release include a trailer for the film, a 5 minute interview with actress Adrienne Barbeau, who discusses working with George A. Romero, a sixteen minute interview with Tom Savini titled “At Home with Tom Savini” and a twelve minute segment titled “Savini’s Effects”, which includes behind the scenes footage of Tom Savini working on Two Evil Eyes. The main extra is a thirty minute behind the scenes documentary titled “Two Masters’ Eyes” that includes interviews with George A. Romero, Dario Argento, Tom Savini, Claudio Argento and Asia Argento. This documentary is a detailed look into the making of Two Evil Eyes that includes a few intriguing behind the scenes stories. Overall this is another exceptional BluRay release from Blue Underground.