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Giallo Essentials - Blue - Limited Edition Blu-Ray Box Set

Giallo Essentials - Blue - Limited Edition Blu-Ray Box Set

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This release features rigid box packaging with newly designed artwork by Gilles Vranckx in a windowed Giallo Essentials Collection slipcover.

In the early 1970s, when the giallo boom was at its peak, producer-turned-director Luciano Ercoli helmed three standalone but thematically linked examples of the genre, each featuring a memorable star turn by Spanish born actress and model Nieves Navarro (billed under her adopted stage name of Susan Scott). Accompanied by a rogues’ gallery of familiar and recurring faces, this trilogy of terror represents the giallo at its most playful and unpredictable.

In The Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion, Minou's (Dagmar Lassander, The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire) dull but pampered life is upturned by a mysterious sadist (Simón Andreu, Death Carries a Cane) who blackmails her into submitting to his every perverted whim. Desperate to escape his clutches, Minou confides in her libidinous best friend Dominique (Navarro)... but is she more involved than she’s letting on? Then, in Death Walks on High Heels, Navarro stars as exotic dancer Nicole, daughter of a murdered jewel thief, who finds herself terrorized by a black-clad assailant determined to procure her father’s stolen gems. Fleeing Paris and her knife-wielding pursuer, Nicole arrives in London, only to discover that death stalks her at every corner. Finally, in Death Walks at Midnight, Navarro stars as Valentina - a model who, in the midst of a drug-fueled photoshoot, witnesses a brutal murder in the apartment opposite hers. But when the authorities refuse to believe a crime has been committed, Valentina is forced to assume the role of amateur sleuth.

With glamor, perversity and narrative twists and turns aplenty, each of these giallo delights is fully restored from original elements and presented alongside an array of all-encompassing bonus features.

With gory murders, wanton debauchery and left-field plot twists a-plenty, all three of these oft-overlooked gialli are restored in 2K from their original camera negatives - including brand-new, Arrow-exclusive restorations of Smile Before Death and The Weapon, the Hour, the Motive - alongside a range of in-depth bonus features.

SKU: 5027035025278


Actors: Dagmar Lassander, Nieves Navarro, Peter Martell, Pier Paolo Capponi, Simón Andreu

Director: Luciano Ercoli

Special Features: Audio commentary by Kat Ellinger - author and editor-in-chief of Diabolique Magazine, Private Pictures - a documentary featuring interviews with actress Nieves Navarro/director Luciano Ercoli and writer Ernesto Gastaldi, The Forbidden Soundtrack of the Big Three - an appreciation of the music of Forbidden Photos and 70s Italian cult cinema by musician and soundtrack collector Lovely Jon, The Forbidden Lady - a Q&A with actress Dagmar Lassander at the 2016 Festival of Fantastic Films, Original Italian and English theatrical trailers, Image gallery, Audio commentary by film critic Tim Lucas, Introduction to the film by screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi, From Spain with Love - featurette with director Luciano Ercoli and actress Nieves Navarro - interviewed at their home in Barcelona, Master of Giallo - screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi on Death Walks on High Heels and how to write a successful giallo, Death Walks to the Beat - a career-spanning interview with High Heels composer Stelvio Cipriani, Original Italian and English trailers, Audio commentary by film critic Tim Lucas, Introduction to the film by screenwriter Ernesto Gastald, Extended TV version of the feature, Crime Does Pay - screenwriter Gastaldi reflects on his career in the crime film-writing business including a look at Death Walks at Midnight, Desperately Seeking Susan - visual essay by Michael Mackenzie exploring the distinctive giallo collaborations between director Luciano Ercoli and star Nieves Navarro

Release Year: 1970


More Information

Format: Blu-Ray

Label: Arrow Video

Region Coding: Region B

Language: Italian, English

Subtitles: English, English SDH

Case Type: Blu-Ray Box Set

Technical Details

Run Time: 96 / 108 / 102 mins

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1

Video Format: PAL

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