(1965 - 1997/Arrow Blu-ray Sets*)/Night
Of The Bloody Apes
(1963)/VCI Blu-ray w/DVD*)/Venom:
Let There Be Carnage
(2021/Marvel/Sony Blu-ray w/DVD)/Werewolves
B+/B & B-/B & C/B+/B- Sound: B+/C/B & C+/B+/B-
Extras: B/B/C/D/C Films: C+ C C+ B B B/C/C/C/C
more genre madness than usual for your consideration...
start with two boxes (maybe the first two) of Italian thrillers
(1965 - 1997).
re-releases some of its best in the Italian giallo genre with their
two box sets known as Essentials. If you're a fan of the genre and
haven't seen these films then you definitely should! If you already
purchased any of these films from Arrow before, then this is simply a
re-issue of the former discs.
Essentials Red Edition
known as La
donna del lago,
(1965) gets the deluxe treatment on Blu-ray thanks to Arrow Video.
Beautifully shot in black and white, the erotic thriller centers
around a man looking for a woman whose gone missing in an Italian
village. While some say she committed suicide, there's more to this
bizarre mystery than seems plausible. Based on a well known crime in
and adapted from a book on the case by Giovanni Comisso, part giallo
and part film noir, The
is a clever and well constructed whodunnit mystery that in some ways
reminds me of The
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
if it were set in 1960s Italy.
stars Peter Baldwin, Virna Lisi, Philippe Leroy, Ennio Balbo,
Valentina Cortese, Salvo Randone, and Pla Lindstrom.
exclusive Arrow Video addition presented the film in 1080p black and
white with a new 2K restoration from the original film negative and a
1.85:1 widescreen aspect ratio. You can view the film in both the
original Italian (with English subtitles) or a dubbed English version
in uncompressed Mono 1.0 PCM audio tracks. The image is very clear
throughout with perfect contrast levels and rich detail in the image
although a few softs appear a little soft focus its certainly
intentional. This restoration is very nicely done and captures the
haunting cinematography of this work.
audio commentary by writer and critic Tim Lucas
Dyer on The Possessed,
a newly filmed video appreciation by the cultural critic and academic
an interview with the film's makeup artist Giannetto De Rossi
Days a Week,
an interview with the film's award-winning assistant art director
Legacy of the Bazzoni Brothers,
an interview with actor/director Francesco Barilli, a close friend of
Luigi and Camillo Bazzoni
a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork
by Sean Phillips.
Nero (the original Django) stars in The
(1971), another Italian giallo to add to Arrow's growing HD library.
The traditional story of a Detective (Nero) whose trying to solve a
case where women keep being murdered and becomes a suspect himself.
Shot beautifully and directed by Luigi Bazzoni, this is a landmark
film that shines brighter than before than to this new HD remaster.
film also stars Silvia Monti, Wolfgang Preiss, Ira von Furtstenberg,
Edmund Purdom, Rossella Fulk, and Renato Romano.
has been remastered in 2K from its original camera negative in this
new presentation exclusive to Arrow. The film is presented in its
original 1.85:1 widescreen aspect ratio and has original lossless
tracks in PCM 1.0 Mono in Italian (with English subtitles) or English
dubs. The cinematography is by Vittorio Storaro (who later went on
to shoot Apocalypse
among so many others and won an Oscar), and is very surreal and
audio commentary by critic Travis Crawford
a new video essay on the film's use of architecture and space by
critic Rachael Nisbet
a new video interview with author and critic Michael Mackenzie
Day for Nero,
a new video interview with actor Franco Nero
a new video interview with film editor Eugenio Alabiso
previously unseen deleted sequence, restored from the original
Italian and English theatrical trailers
sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Haunt
Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by
Kat Ellinger and Peter Jilmstad
Pyjama Girl Case
Films presents The
Pyjama Girl Case
(1997), directed by director Flavio Mogherini (Delitto passionale),
which is an odd Italian murder mystery. Fused with appropriate
levels of nudity and violence, the film centers around the case of a
young woman found dead on a beach by a little girl.
film stars Ray Milland, Dalila Di Lazzaro, and Michele Placido, plus,
was even inspired by a real unsolved case that happened in Australia.
1080p high definition transfer here is very nice and presents the
film in its original 1.85:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a PCM 1.0
Mono sound mix in both dubbed English and Italian language tracks
w/newly translated English subtitles. The film hasn't aged too bad
as this 2K restoration from the original camera negative proves.
soundtrack is a little dated but fun with high pitched sync mixed
with a few original songs made for the film itself. Overall, the
film is artfully shot and is presented very nicely here for its
audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of So
Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films
video interview with author and critic Michael Mackenzie on the
internationalism of the giallo
video interview with actor Howard Ross
video interview with editor Alberto Tagliavia
interview with composer Riz Ortolani
reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork
by Chris Malbon
Essentials Yellow Edition
Have They Done to Your Daughters?
Have You Done to Solange?
(1972, aka La polish chide aiuto), the Massimo Dallamano film, What
Have They Done To Your Daughters?
(1974), gets remastered in 2K High Definition in this very nice
presentation from Arrow.
film stars Giovanna Ralli (Cold
Eyes of Fear),
Claudio Cassinelli (The
Suspicious Death of a Minor),
Mario Adorf (The
Bird with the Crystal Plumage),
and Farley Granger (Strangers
On A Train).
Italian giallo features a motorcycle riding killer whose keen to
cover up an elaborate mystery centered around prostitutes and high
society secrets. A police inspector (Cassinelli) and a District
Attorney (Ralli) get caught in the center of this elaborate plot are
try to dodge death themselves.
film is presented in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect
ratio of 2.35:1 and both the original Italian PCM Mono track (with
English subtitles) and a dubbed English PCM 2.0 Mono track. The
soundtrack is lively and sounds great here as does the top notch 2K
restoration of the image, which has removed lots of age and wear.
commentary by Troy Howarth, author of So
Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films
essay by Kat Ellinger, author and editor-in-chief of Diabolique
an interview with composer Stelvio Cipriani
an interview with editor Antonio Siciliano
hardcore footage shot for the film by Massimo Dallamano
English opening titles
an Image Gallery
splatter king Sergio Martino's Torso
(1973), also known as I
corpi presentano tracce di violenza carnale,
is a hardcore slasher film that is finally getting the presentation
it deserves on disc thanks to Arrow Video.
Tarantino and Eli Roth both think that this film is Martino's
masterpiece and they may be right (although I do love All
the Colors of the Dark),
as this film is a blueprint for the emerging slasher genre at the
time of its release. Packed with exotic locations and more nudity
and violence that most can handle, Torso
is blood and guts cinema at its finest!
murders start happening on a college campus, and four girls retreat
to an isolated weekend away from it all. What they don't know is
that a giallo murderer has followed them and has plans for them to
meet his knife!
stars Suzy Kendall, Tina Aumont, Luc Merenda, John Richardson,
Roberto Bisacco, and Ernesto Colli.
film has been remastered in 1080p high definition from the original
source material and is presented in its original 1.66:1 aspect ratio
and paired with two LCPM audio tracks (English Dubbed and original
Italian language track with subtitles). The presentation is pretty
impressive considered the age of the film and is definitely a step up
above previous releases on DVD. One note on the mix: the English
audio track on the original, longer cut has some portions of the
English audio missing. English audio for these sections was either
never recorded or has been lost. As such, these sequences are
presented with Italian audio, subtitled in English.
commentary by Kat Ellinger, author of All
the Colours of Sergio Martino
interview with co-writer/director Sergio Martino
interview with actor Luc Merenda
interview with co-writer Ernesto Gastaldi
interview with filmmaker Federica Martino, daughter of Sergio Martino
Abertoir International Horror Festival Q&A with Sergio Martino
interview with Mikel J. Koven, author of La
Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film
to view the film with the rare alternate US opening title sequence
Italian and English theatrical trailers.
Nude for Your Killer
Castelnuovo plays a man who helps a doctor move a woman who just died
in an abortion to make it look like she just died alone in a bathtub,
but he is also a photographer and womanizer who is about to be part
of a group targeted by a mysterious killer whop seems to have no
motive but to kill, kill, kill.
girlfriend (Edwige Fenech, with a haircut that has more than just a
passing resemblance to Audrey Hepburn), is somewhat unaware of this,
but they have a good relationship and are very sexually active. As
the film moves along, we get three aspects running at once: the
graphic murders of women and men, excess nudity with more sex than
usual and more humor than usual including that derived from the
may have too much of the cheesy sex and humor for Horror/Thriller
fans and that also hampers the momentum of the mystery plot, but I
give the makers credit for trying to do more with the genre and they
do not shy away from the blood or violence. This also has style and
the cast has both chemistry and talent. However, this does not add
up as it might have under other circumstances, but is the best film
on the list and a one-of-a-kind work that everyone who likes all of
the kinds of films attempted will want to see. Don't let the sex,
nudity or violence stop you, as well as that wild title.
commentary by HORRORPEDIA.com's Adrian J. Smith and David Flint
and Death with a Smile,
a video essay by author and critic Kat Ellinger on giallo and sex
comedy icon Edwige Fenech
Good Man for the Murders,
an archival video interview with actor Nino Castelnuevo
a video interview with actress Erna Schurer
Art of Helping,
a video interview with assistant director Daniele Sangiorgi
of All Trades,
a video interview with actor and production manager Tino Polenghi
versions of the opening scene: tinted and untinted viewing options
Italian and English theatrical trailers
an Image Gallery.
had to double check this disc a few times just to make sure that
genre filmmaker Al Adamson (Frankenstein
wasn't involved in this B (or maybe even lesser grade) monster movie,
which is very much like the kind of schlock that he made. Night
of the Bloody Apes
(1969), is a mad scientist movie romp that's low budget but fun and
worth checking out if you like time capsule low budget monster movies
in the vein of Adamson or Ed Wood.
film stars Carlos Lopez Moctezuma, Armando Silvestre, Norma Lazareno,
Agustin Martinez Solares, Noelia Noel, and Gerardo Zepeda. Notably,
this was one of the first films in the UK to be on the Video Nasties
Mad Scientist creates a half human / half ape amidst a dangerous and
experimental operation in Night
of the Bloody Apes.
You would think there would be multiple apes run amok, but this is
closer to a Frankenstein-type story with a singular monster. The
movie also has a wrestling element, as that was obviously popular at
(1963), which is also included here and centers on a female wrestler
(Elizabeth Campbell) who helps another (Lorena Velazquez) get back at
a mysterious masked madman who stole her sister's brain. The film
also stars Gerardo Zepeda, Chabela Romero, and others.
films are from 4K remasters and sound fine on the Blu-ray format with
an MPEG-4 AVC codec, a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1, and a lossy
English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono mix. A BD-50 Blu-ray and a standard
is included in the set. Overall, the presentation is fine but didn't
blow me away. The film was shot likely on low grade stock and so
even if the nice remaster it still looks pretty average. The
production design and makeup is okay, but nothing special. Some
moments, such as a surgery scene, sound like the music and audio is
cut up into pieces and disjointed. This may be the case in the final
cut and previous releases of the film, I'm not sure, but it seems a
Essays on both films
by Travis Crawford
a Photo Gallery
of the Bloody Apes
is pure schlock and a fun product of its time, but nothing special.
Let There Be Carnage
(2021) is the sequel to the surprisingly over-simple and not that
great, yet massive money machine Venom
from a few years ago. Tom Hardy is back as the reporter whose body
hides an alien killer who loves to eat humans and talks to him at the
worst time (think Mr.
Mother, The Car)
and also happens to be a reporter! (Yes, you read that right.)
new assignment happens to be a high risk one, interviewing a serial
killer (Woody Harrelson, ready to be as crazy as anyone here) who
also hides a killer alien creature inside him, who calls himself
Carnage. The odd 97 minutes continues as both men have their alien
creatures show up, flaws and all, though Carnage has a girlfriend (a
somewhat unrecognizable Naomi Harris, who helps make this somewhat
more watchable) with a voice that has sonic abilities to break
things. And to think her name is not Memorex!
this movie is about two super-villains having it out while their
actors go wacky and wild, but it is not even as interesting as the
Kong/Godzilla showdown we recently saw, yet is not much worse than
the go-for-broke Suicide
sequel that did poorly at the box office, but is already building a
cult following. Michele Williams and Stephen Graham collect easy
paychecks and all I could think is 'this could have been much wo4rse'
though I think it could have built on the last film and really
surprised us. Well, no luck there.
least make sure you see the last film first and see if you like it as
a popcorn movie or not, gross moments notwithstanding.
1080p 1.85 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer is an HD shoot
with plenty of CGI visuals and the money to make them look good,
though I wonder how they'll fair when we get tot he 4K edition, this
is not bad. The
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix is a mixdown from the
12-track soundmaster, but has a solid, active, consistent soundfield
throughout. Bet the 12-track sounds better.
DVD offers a much softer, anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 image that
is hard to watch and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 mixdown that you can
tell has lost all kinds of warmth and detail, but that is how old DVD
include (per the press release):
& Venom: The Odd Couple:
What happens when two beings inhabit one body? A whole lot of chaos.
Tom Hardy, Andy Serkis, and the team of filmmakers talk all things
Eddie and Venom.
and Twisted Cletus Kasady:
Imagining this iconic and psychotic comic book villain for screen
with Woody Harrelson, director Andy Serkis, and the production team.
Trace the design and animation of Carnage from comic book image to
on both discs: Let
There Be... Action:
Go on the set and experience the action of how Venom:
Let There Be Carnage
takes shape. From concept to stage, from green screen to film
screen, follow the making of the film and see the intense stunts
that were captured.
on a video game of the same title, Werewolves
(2021), is out now from RLJ Entertainment on Blu-ray disc and
features plenty of werewolf action to satisfy genre fans. The movie
has cartoonish characters and an overall silly feel mixed with some
clever filmmaking in areas. All in all, the film never seems to
quite find its pace and is somewhere ends up feeling a bit
film stars Sam Richardson, Milana Vayntrub, George Basil, Sarah
Burns, and Michael Chernus. A cop comes to a small wooded resort
town where a deadly werewolf is loose. As the bodies start piling
up, everyone becomes at risk.
is presented in 1080p on Blu-ray disc with a n MPEG-4 AVC codec, a
widescreen aspect ratio of 2.39:1 and a lossless audio mix in English
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit). The film looks and
sounds fine for its most budget despite its screenplay which feels
add libbed at times.
giant monster fans are the target audience for this Kaiju (another
name for Japanese giant monsters like Godzilla or Gamera) knock off.
(2019,) which is exactly what you think it is: a monster hybrid of
Godzilla and Bigfoot. Directed by Anthony Polonia, the ultra ultra
low budget film is cheesy fun and I'm sure the folks that made it had
a blast. But is it good... or even watchable? Hardly. Maybe with a
$100 Million budget this story could be told with some awe, but here
it's more of a groan.
creature known as ZillaFoot is unleashed on Earth by alien forces.
The military, of course, strikes back. That's about the extent of
the plot for this one, folks. The film is supposed to be a parody of
Kaiju movies, I guess, with purposefully bad dubbing and caucasians
having Japanese sounding names. The film is pretty silly overall and
hard to take seriously as any moment.
is presented on DVD in standard definition, a widescreen aspect ratio
of 1.85:1 and a lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo mix. The film was
shot on the cheap and the picture quality is as good as it can look
on DVD despite common compression issues with the format. The
dreaded voice over track kills any sort of mystery to the story and
constantly weighs down the plot with over explanation that will bore
you to tears.
/ Kaiju Trailers
marketing of ZillaFoot
pretty funny as it has the same color scheme as Warner Bros' King
Kong vs Godzilla
(reviewed elsewhere on this site on 4K UHD) and, yes, even the front
cover is a knock-off of the KvG art. While I liked KvG more than
most people did, it looks like Citizen
when compared to this mess!
Nicholas Sheffo (Venom)
and James Lockhart