Written by: Michael Den Boer on October 11th, 2016
BluRay released: October, 2016
Approximate running time: 91 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD Mono Italian, DTS-HD Mono German, DTS-HD Mono English
Subtitles: English, German
BluRay Release: Camera Obscura
Region Coding: Region B / Region 2 PAL
Retail Price: 27.99 EUR
Synopsis: When a young girl’s apparent suicide uncovers a teenage prostitution network that leads the police to believe the girl was murdered. Inspector’s Silvestri (Claudio Cassinelli) teams up with assistant district attorney Vittoria Stori (Giovanna Ralli) to uncover the truth. The killer dressed in black motorcycle attire stalks Vittoria as she gets closer to the truth. Will Inspector’s Silvestri and Vittoria unravel the mystery before they become the next victim?
What Have They Done to Your Daughters?, is more of a crime thriller then a giallo like its predecessor. What Have You Done to Your Daughters?, Is a sequel to Massimo Dallamano’s hugely successful giallo, What Have They Done to Solange? Stelvio Cipriani’s has composed several classic scores like Rabid Dogs, Twitch of the Death Nerve, The Frightened Woman and Execution Squad. Farley Granger has a cameo in, What Have You Done to Your Daughters? He is best remembered for his portrayal of Guy Haines in Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train. Granger role is all to brief and he is never given enough screen time to make his character nothing more then a plot device that furthers the story.
Dallamano for Daughters takes the violence up a notch as he expands on ideas and themes he explored earlier in Solange. Daughters moves a brisker pace then its predecessor Solange and Massimo Dallamano many years as a cinematographer is evident as every frame is filled with interesting compositions that add to the films dark undertones. What Have They Done to Your Daughters?, also tackles some controversial issues like birth control, underage sex and abortion. One of my favorite moments in the film is when assistant district attorney Vittoria Stori is being stalked by killer in a parking garage. The Film Noir like lighting sets the mood as tension filled game of cat and mouse ensues with Vittoria narrowly escaping the killers’ meat cleaver on more then one occasion. Massimo Dallamano uses this shadow like lighting to great effect many times through out the film.
Stelvio Cipriani’s score echoes Ennio Morricone’s from Solange and it is one of Cipriani’s best scores as a composer. The films main theme is the closest I have heard anyone come to mimicking Ennio Morricone excluding of course Bruno Nicolai many collaborations with Ennio Morricone’s. What Have They Done to Your Daughters?, feature’s a strong cast of euro regulars Giovanna Ralli (Cold Eyes of Fear, The Mercenary), Claudio Cassinelli (Flavia the Heretic, Suspected Death of a Minor) and Mario Adorf (The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, Short Night of the Glass Dolls). What Have They Done to Your Daughters?, has everything one would expect from a giallo. It has a black gloved killer dressed in biker gear and the paring of a male and female who are throw together to solve the mystery. This hybrid giallo uses police as the sleuths instead of your typical giallo which you’re your average Joe as the amateur detective.
Even though What Have They Done to Your Daughters?, is a complete departure from its predecessor What Have You Done to Solange?, I still found it to be just as engaging and in many ways more disturbing. Massimo Dallamano only made a handful of films before his untimely death due to a car accident, still it is evident in every film that he directed or worked on as a cinematographer that he was a gifted filmmaker.
What Have They Done to Your Daughters? comes on a 50 GB dual layer (34.2 GB) BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. For this release a brand new transfer has been created and the end result is easily the best this film has ever looked on home video. Details look crisp, black levels remain solid throughout, grain looks natural and there are no issues with DNR or compression.
This release comes with three audio options, a DTS-HD mono mix in Italian, a DTS-HD mono mix in German and a DTS-HD mono mix in English. This release comes with a wide range of audio options, all of which are in great shape. Included with this release are two subtitle options, English and German.
Extras for this release are spread over two discs.
Extras on disc one a dual layer Blu-Ray include, a photo gallery, three trailers – English (3 minutes 28 seconds), Italian (3 minutes 55 seconds) and German (3 minutes 28 seconds), unused hardcore footage (5 minutes 5 seconds, this extra has no sound) and an audio commentary with film historians Marcus Stiglegger and Dominik Graf.
Topics discussed in the audio commentary track include, information about the cast, Massimo Dallamano and his legacy as a filmmaker, Stelvio Cipriani his score for the film, the French Connection and its influence on poliziotteschi films and Red Rings of Fear the third film in Massimo Dallamano’s ‘Schoolgirls in Perl’ trilogy.
Extras on disc two a dual layer DVD include, two featurettes – the first featurette is titled Eternal Melody (47 minutes 37 seconds, in Italian with English and German subtitles) and the second featurette titled Dallamano’s Touch (21 minutes 27 seconds, in Italian with English and German subtitles).
The extra titled Eternal Melody is essentially a lengthy interview with composer Stelvio Cipriani who discusses his origins as musician, how he by chance became a composer for cinema, Bounty Hunter his first film as a composer, What Have They Done to Your Daughters? and he plays cues from said film on camera and he discusses his composing methods.
The Extra titled Dallamano’s Touch is a one on one interview with frequent Massimo Dallamano collaborator / editor Antonio Siciliano who discusses his first collaboration with Dallamano What Have They Done to Solange? and changes he was allowed to make editorially, What Have They Done to Your Daughters? and Stelvio Cipriani’s score for the film, how Dallamano’s work as a cinematographer greatly aided him later as a director and how he was unaware of hardcore footage shot for What Have They Done to Your Daughters?.
Rounding out the extras is a booklet that includes an informative essay about the film titled The Sorrows of Young Girl written by Kai Naumann, an essay about the hardcore scenes titled The “Export Versions” of Italian movies – from nude scenes to the hardcore written by Andrea Napoli. Both essays are presented in dual text, English and German. Also this release comes with multi-lingual menus, English and German. Overall Camera Obscura continue to raise the bar with another extraordinary release, highly recommended.
Note: Camera Obscura are also releasing this film on DVD.