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Dario Argento's Four Flies on Grey Velvet


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  • Actors: Michael Brandon, Mimsy Farmer, Tom Felleghy, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Fulvio Mingozzi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Mya Communication/Ryko
  • DVD Release Date: February 24, 2009
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001LIK8DO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,625 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dario Argento's Four Flies on Grey Velvet" on IMDb

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Roberto (Michael Brandon) is a young handsome drummer playing in a rock band. For the last week he has been stalked by a mysterious guy with dark sunglasses. Roberto decides to put an end to this and follows his stalker in a deserted theatre. He confronts

Customer Reviews

So now, i suppose we will wait and order this.
Elizabeth
I wish, like Blue Underground's release of "Deep Red," that English subtitles had been provided throughout the film during the Italian mono.
J. B. Hoyos
This is a must film for any Argento fan, and it's really one of his best films.
Grigory's Girl

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By GoldfishNation on March 22, 2009
Format: DVD
First, a word of caution - if you haven't already seen the film you'd do well to avoid Amazon's image gallery as it pretty much gives the game away.

As with the previous two entries in the unofficial Animal Trilogy, Four Flies on Grey Velvet is short on explicit gore but brimming with atmosphere and artistic ingenuity, with set-piece murders primed and mined for maximum tension. It was with this film that Argento began to cement his particular style and is something of a crucible for future ideas. The murder of Roberto's maid in a local park foreshadows John Saxon's fate in Tenebre, and with its sudden lapses in time and attempted escape through the cobwebbed space between two buildings (to a soundtrack of whispers and sighs) it also sows seeds that would flourish in Suspiria. Other visual motifs (crimson curtains, extreme close-ups, inanimate objects suddenly wielded by a seemingly maniacal camera) would be repeated or re-jigged in Deep Red, Phenomena and Opera.

Argento's original intention was to have a gay protagonist and though the character of Roberto is still open to such a reading - his victimisation being as a result of a fear of being outed (as a murderer) has obvious correlations (note also Brandon's shaggy mane v Farmer's gamine crop or the rather tame bathtub scene with Francine Racette which sees Roberto playfully seducing his mirror image) - the more overt references are passed to Jean-Pierre Marielle who brings immense likeability to a small role as the PI hired by Roberto, and whose swish factor is tempered by a steely determination to finally cracking a case. A frosty Farmer acquits herself well, though Brandon is merely okay.
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26 of 34 people found the following review helpful By gswithen on February 26, 2009
Format: DVD
After suffering for so long with fuzzy VHS bootlegs, I was very much looking forward to this release. It's certainly the best the film has ever looked but after going through every single scene and comparing it to the recent RetroFilm DVD, I found that there are three scenes with missing footage totaling :40. These occur during scene transitions and include dialogue. Also, the speed of the audio seems slowed down. If you listen to Mimsy and Michael, their voices are way too deep compared to previous versions or films. It sounds like they rushed this release once they got the exclusive rights instead of getting it perfect. That is too bad. This could have been the one. It is not. I gave it 3 stars for the picture quality alone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 28, 2011
Format: DVD
I spent years telling myself that "One day, I'll watch all of Argento's movies!". Well, up until recently, I'd only seen DEEP RED, TENEBRE, PHENOMENA, and SUSPIRIA. A few weeks ago, I watched INFERNO and BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE, leading me to finally see FOUR FLIES ON GREY VELVET. I must say that FLIES is superb, even w/ it's sometimes-goofy characters and lifeless leading man. Argento is indeed a genius of suspense, mystery, and horror, using symbols and colors to paint his gloriously bizarre pictures. The scene of the victim entering the tight, labyrinthine passageway is brilliant! We feel her desperation and doom! If you love Argento giallos, then this one is a must...
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert W. Gomez on April 26, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Four Flies ranks somewhere in the middle of Argento's films. Way better than is 90s era stuff like Trauma, but not quite on par with Suspiria or Deep Red. Still I'd recommend it to anyone who is is even mildly an Argento fan.

I have mixed feelings about this DVD. The picture quality is great, and, let's face it, the visuals are really the main attraction in any Argento film. There is an ugly black line across the screen during the climax, but, after checking the video on some of the bootleg copies that are floating around the 'net, this appears to be part of the source film?

Also, the sound quality is poor but passable. Basically, the audio is crackly, like an old, dusty vinyl LP. Often it is too quiet and you'll be leaning in to your TV trying to hear the dialogue or the wonderful Ennio Morricone score.

Fans will still have to wait for the perfect DVD of 4 Flies, but, for the time being, this version will do fine.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Grigory's Girl on May 7, 2009
Format: DVD
As a Dario Argento fan, I thought this was a lost film. Prints of this film rarely pop up anywhere, and the VHS copies of it (which were put out by Paramount many centuries ago) are impossible to find, and if they are found, they're usually so worn (and pan and scan) that they aren't worth looking for. But alas, the film was not lost, and thank goodness. This is a great Argento film, the best of his early work (aka the animal trilogy), and a great precursor to his later masterpieces.

There is a lot to enjoy here. Argento's camerawork here is quinessentially Argento, and his framing and lighting give this film a superb, surreal look. Even ordinary things seem strange and evil. The film has a lot of cool twists, and it also has some darkly hilarious scenes, especially the one that takes place in a funeral parlour. There are people trying out coffins for their future deaths, and it's one of Argento's most amusing scenes in all his work. The scene where they examine an eyeball is surreal and creepy, and the music score is haunting. Even the songs from the main character's rock band are pretty good. Argento's framing is very good as well (the DVD has been restored to its 2.35:1 aspect ratio), and some of the violence is quite jarring, even by today's standards. It also has the best opening credit sequence in any of Argento's work.

The only problem the film has is boring English dialog and wooden performances (which happens a lot in Argento's work), especially by the lead Michael Brandon, who shows hardly any emotion at all in this film. The supporting characters, however, are quite colorful (especially "the professor", a bumbling mailman, a gay private detective, and "God") and amusing. This is a must film for any Argento fan, and it's really one of his best films.
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