Written by: Michael Den Boer on February 1st, 2009
Theatrical Release Date: Italy, 1977
Director: Antonio Bido
Writers: Antonio Bido, Roberto Natale, Vittorio Schiraldi, Aldo Serio
Cast: Corrado Pani, Paola Tedesco, Franco Citti, Fernando Cerulli, Giuseppe Addobbati, Gianfranco Bullo, Jill Pratt, Bianca Toccafondi, Inna Alexeievna, Paolo Malco
DVD released: February 23rd, 2009
Approximate running time: 92 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Shameless Films
Region Coding: Region 0 PAL (UK)
Retail Price: £12.99
Watch me when I Kill was directed by Antonio Bido who also directed The Blood Stained Shadow. After directing two successful thrillers Antonio Bido would only go onto direct a handful of other films. Style wise some giallo fans might be put off by the way that Watch me when I kill diverges away from the genres conventions. The murders in the film are very effective and the majority of them even hint to the motives behind the killings. The film’s ending is also a very satisfying even if it is not your typical killer explanation unmasking. The most effective asset this film has is it’s inventive editing that lends itself well to brisk pacing of the plot.
The memorable score for Watch me When I Kill was composed by Mauro Lusini and Gianfranco Coletta under the name Trans Europa Express. The score is obviously influenced by the Italian rock band Goblin (known for their collaborations with director Dario Argento). The most memorable musical motif in Watch me when I kill is Giuseppe Verdi’s Dies Irae during the bathtub murder.
Performance wise while there are no exceptional performances the cast as a whole are more than adequate their respective roles. Cast in the film’s lead role of Lukas is an actor named Corrado Pani, whose notable performances include Girl with a Suitcase, Secrets of a Call Girl and Gambling City. Other notable cast members include Paola Tedesco (The Tram), Jill Pratt (Flavia the Heretic) and Paolo Malco (The New York Ripper, Scorpion with Two Tails). Ultimately Watch me when I kill is an underrated thriller that holds up well upon repeat viewings.
Shameless Films presents Watch Me When I Kill in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. Over the years the various DVD releases of Watch Me When I Kill have been less than stellar. In a interview include with this release director Antonio Bido mentions how the original negative is lost forever and that the materials left to use are not in the greatest of shape since he used the now defunct color process (Gevaert Color) and not what was standard at the time Kodak film. There is some mild shimmering and edge enhancement is kept to a minimum. Despite the limitations of the source materials, this new transfer from Shameless Films is the best this film has looked to date on DVD.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. The audio sound clear, evenly balanced and it is free of any audio defects. The film’s score benefits the most on this audio mix.
Extras for this release include the U.S. trailer (2 minutes 9 seconds), the International trailer (3 minutes 29 seconds), a picture gallery (22 images), the U.S. opening credits (40 seconds), the International version’s opening credits (2minutes 25 seconds), a commentary fact track and a brief intro before the film with director Antonio Bido. The main extra for this release is “Watch me when I Talk”, a interview with Antonio Bido (19 minutes 50 seconds), who discusses developing the screenplay, casting, Alfred Hitchcock’s influence on the bath tub murder in “Watch me When I Kill” and the most surprising revelation is how he had not seen any other giallo’s before making “Watch me When I Kill” and that any similarities between his film and other giallo’s is coincidence. Also included with this release are trailers for titles currently or soon to be released by Shameless films. The trailers include Strip Nude for Your Killer, Baba Yaga, Torso, Oasis of Fear, Phantom of Death and The Designated Victim. Overall this is an exceptional release from Shameless films that is highlighted by the insightful interview with Antonio Bido, highly recommended.