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Two Evil Eyes (Two-Disc Limited Edition) (1991)

Adrienne Barbeau , Harvey Keitel , Dario Argento , George A. Romero  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Adrienne Barbeau, Harvey Keitel, Ramy Zada, Bingo O'Malley, Jeff Howell
  • Directors: Dario Argento, George A. Romero
  • Writers: Dario Argento, George A. Romero, Edgar Allan Poe, Franco Ferrini, Peter Koper
  • Producers: Achille Manzotti
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Limited Edition, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX), English (Dolby Digital 6.1 EX)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: April 29, 2003
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008WJD9
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,630 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Two Evil Eyes (Two-Disc Limited Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Poster and Still Gallery
  • Talent Bios
  • Two Masters' Eyes": Interviews with Directors Dario Argento and George Romero, Special Make-up Effects Supervisor Tom Savini and Executive Producers Claudio Argento and Asia Argento
  • "Savini's EFX":  A behind-the-scenes look at the film's Special Make-up Effects
  • "At Home with Tom Savini": A personal tour of Tom Savini's home
  • "Adrienne Barbeau on George Romero": Interview with star Adrienne Barbeau

Editorial Reviews

The masters of modern horror - George Romero and Dario Argento - bring you an unprecedented pair of shockers inspired by the tales of Edgar Allan Poe.

In Romero's The Facts In The Case Of Mr. Valdemar, a conniving wife (Adrienne Barbeau of THE FOG) and her lover use a hypnotic trance to embezzle a fortune from her dying husband, only to receive some chilling surprises from beyond the grave. Then in Argento's The Black Cat, a deranged crime scene photographer (Harvey Keitel of RESERVOIR DOGS) is driven to brutal acts of madness and murder by his girlfriend's new pet. But will this cunning feline deliver a final sickening twist of its own?


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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely Underrated. 4.5 stars. October 24, 2004
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Despite being a big fan or Romero's zombie films and of Argento's more famous mid 70's to late 80's work it took me a while to get up too much enthusiasm for getting this movie, largely because of the primarily negative response to this film. And, though I generally like what Poe I've read, adapting him for film doesn't seem like such a hot idea, and not particularly wise use of these director's varied talents. (though I understand that these adaptations are, shall we say, very liberal with the source material) A couple days ago, however, frustrated with the late or non-arrival of some things I'd ordered I decided I needed to buy something, and this came to mind. Needless to say, it surpassed my expectations and was definitely worth the cash.

Romero's segment, 'The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar', is much maligned, virtually always sighted as being the weaker of the 2, and generally being accused of being 'boring'. While it is the weaker of the 2, I still find it highly entertaining and genuinely creepy. It involves a trophy wife and her ex-lovers scheme to steal money from her terminally ill, elderly husband's estate by forcing him to change his will through hypnosis. Unfortunately for them, he dies before the change can go through, and they have to stuff him in the freezer in order to buy time, at which point the story takes a supernatural turn. It is frequently described as being like an extra-long episode of 'Tales from the Crypt', with the conniving, utterly selfish characters and the poetic and/or ironic fate of the villains. This is a pretty apt description, though it is certainly far better than what you'll see on that show, and more straight-forward and serious as well. And as for the accusations that it is boring, well, I think it's atmospheric.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Animal-Handling AND Masonry: Components for Perfection December 16, 2003
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When directors get together, they have the potential to make interesting things happen. When great directors join forces and decide to take on a project, even better results areexpected. It honestly doesn't matter what type of material they're doing or if the viewing population has tasted it time and time again. They, the silver screen's version of power coupling, know their art, understand the little versions - or perhaps perversions - of atmosphere that balance the viewing scales, and have the most cards to play when it comes to forging complete pictures. Unfortunately, both don't always deliver a knockout punch like you'd like.
In this initial piece, it's a story you've heard before. An older fellow with dollarsign-laced pockets decides to marry a younger woman. People jeer it in the community and friends seem appalled by it, but attraction is attraction and a little IWantATrophyWife-itus is sometimes what wealth is all about. In our tale, we join an ex "airline hostess" and her much older husband as he's teetering on that painful plateau just outside of dying. Plans are in the works on how to acquire some of his fortune before his estate and the long years of "settling" are addressed, with hypnosis and the application of falsified doctor reports working fairly well. It all seems to be going splendidly, too, and three million dollars is all set to arrive in two weeks - providing the wife, Jessica, can keep her husband around that long. As movies would have it, however, he dies and the planning gets worse and worse and worse until....
This Romero addition to the power duo has some serious flaws in it. The plot is thin, the effects are a little drowsy, and what seems to start off well dances down the corridors of lackluster architecture.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Life here has become ugly..." February 6, 2006
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So what happens when you draw two masters of cinematic horror together to each provide their own, particular take on a couple of Edgar Allen Poe stories? Two great tastes that taste great together? Not exactly...but it is kind of fun. Originally titled Due occhi diabolici (1990), and then later called Two Evil Eyes (1991) for the American release, is comprised of two hour long segments. The first, titled "The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar", was adapted and directed by George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead, Martin), and features Adrienne Barbeau (Swamp Thing, Creepshow), Ramy Zada (After Midnight), Bingo O'Malley (Knightriders, Creepshow), and E.G. Marshall (12 Angry Men, Tora! Tora! Tora!). The second, titled "The Black Cat", adapted and directed by Dario `Visconti of Violence' Argento (The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, Suspiria), features Harvey Keitel (Reservoir Dogs, The Piano), Madeleine Potter (Slaves of New York), Sally Kirkland (Fatal Games), Martin Balsam (12 Angry Men, Psycho), and John Amos (The Beastmaster, Die Hard 2), probably best known to 1970s television fans as the no nonsense patriarchal figure James Evans, Sr. from the series "Good Times".

The movie starts with a short dedication to Poe, including a shot of his grave (or, at least a reasonable facsimile), just so we, the audience, are aware the material featured in this film was stolen...er, I mean, adapted from the works of Edgar Allen Poe. After this we kick into the tale titled "The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar". Adrienne Barbeau plays Jessica Valdemar, an older, still highly attractive woman who is currently scheming with her sickly husband's physician, Dr.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 months ago by COOPER
5.0 out of 5 stars Whats not to love?
2 horror legends, and special fx by Tom Savini. Whats not to love?
Published 3 months ago by Joshua Haywood
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Evil Eyes
Didn't care much for this one despite the stories having potential,the first one being better. A good cast too Harvey Keitel,Adrienne Barbeau and John Amos. Read more
Published on October 9, 2010 by Jose Lopez
4.0 out of 5 stars Romero and Argento team up to bring us Two Evil Eyes
It was only fitting George A. Romero and Dario Argento would team up for a project. They first worked together on George A. Romero's masterpiece Dawn of the Dead. Read more
Published on October 28, 2007 by Dave. K
4.0 out of 5 stars Two stories of revenge and murder.
This is not a low-budget film. This is a Dario Argento and George A. Romero film released in the USA in 1991.
Two trilling stories to horrify you. Read more
Published on October 16, 2007 by James McDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Great horror anthology from Romero and Argento.
A collection of two stories inspired by Edgar Allen Poe, the first tale "The Facts of the Case of Mr. Read more
Published on March 20, 2007 by John Lindsey
3.0 out of 5 stars Two Evil Eyes
This is an interesting adapation of two E.A. Poe short stories. The one chosen by Argento is the classic "The Black Cat". Read more
Published on January 14, 2007 by MJ. (scary drood)
4.0 out of 5 stars Romero fumbles, but Argento scores
Two Evil Eyes threatened to be another disappointment from Dario Argento, especially since the first half of this modernized Edgar Allen Poe double-header, The Facts in the Case of... Read more
Published on August 27, 2006 by Trevor Willsmer
3.0 out of 5 stars Soooo worth it for the Argento part
Edgar Allen Poe stories modernized by George A. Romero and Dario Argento. Sounds like it can't miss, right?

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Published on March 29, 2006 by O. B. Tryggvason
5.0 out of 5 stars TWO EVIL STORIES
"Two Evil Eyes" is loosely based on Edgar Allan Poe's stories "The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar" and "The Black Cat". Read more
Published on October 8, 2005 by Anton Ilinski
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