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Italian Giallo Collection: Blood & Black Lace, Bird With A Crystal Plumage and Watch Me When I Kill (1970)

Tony Musante , Cameron Mitchell , Dario Argento , Mario Bava  |  PG |  DVD
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  • Actors: Tony Musante, Cameron Mitchell, Eva Bartok, Richard Stewart, Sylvia Kramer
  • Directors: Dario Argento, Mario Bava, Anthony Bido
  • Format: Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: VCI Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2007
  • Run Time: 283 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B000TXP54Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #352,886 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Italian Giallo Collection: Blood & Black Lace, Bird With A Crystal Plumage and Watch Me When I Kill" on IMDb

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"Giallo" films are characterized by extended murder sequences featuring excessive bloodletting, stylish camera work and unusual musical arrangements. The literary whodunit element is retained, but combined with modern slasher horror, while being filtered through Italy's longstanding tradition of opera and staged grand guignol drama. The genre had its heyday in the 1970's, with dozens of Italian giallo films released. This collector's set has a trio of Giallo's that fit that genre perfectly - Blood and Black Lace, Bird With a Crystal Plumage and Watch Me When I Kill. All three movies will be individually wrapped and sold together in this all new collector's slip case. Bonus Features: Blood and Black Lace: Photo Galleries, Bios, Commentary by Tim Lucas (Editor of the Video Watchdog), Interviews with Mary Dawne Arden and Cameron Mitchell, Bonus Music Track by composer Carlo Rustichelli| Original theatrical trailer. Bird With a Crystal Plumage: Interactive Menus, Bios, Theatrical Trailer, New Dolby Stereo Surround Track, Enhanced 16x9 Transfer, Bonus: Contains the complete original music sound track. Watch Me When I Kill: Original :30 second and :60 second radio spots, Antonio Bido Biography, Scene Selection. Specs; 3-DVD9s; Dolby Digital; 281 minutes; Color; 16x9 Widescreen Aspecat Ratio; MPAA - NR; Year - 1964, 1970 & 1981; SRP - $29.99.

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5.0 out of 5 stars the best in Giallo!!! December 16, 2008
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If you are new to the "giallo" genre, this is a must in your collection of horror/thrillers. Three of the best films are included here: "The Bird with the Crystal Plumage" (one of Dario Argento's best, next to "Four Flies on Grey Velvet" and "Tenebrae"). Amazing soundtrack as well. "Blood and Black Lace" (from the master of Italian horror, Mario Bava). A fashion house of murders is plot. A brilliant film with beautiful lighting and intensity! "Watch Me when I Kill" by Antonio Bido is his best film!
I highly recommended this box set to any horror film fan!!! Classics!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not a perfect release, but worth it April 22, 2013
By Patrick
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Things to note:

VCI is not known for exquisite transfers; this is no exception.

THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE (2:35:1) looks and sounds the best of all three. It is only available in the English dub without subtitles. This film is uncut: the scenes that were cut and reintegrated into the film come with a noticeable drop in quality. This did not bother me as it is fairly common in cases like this. The important thing, I guess, is to have the entire film intact. I wish I could have picked up Blue Underground's blu-ray of this film, but that is now out of print and fetches a price that is way above what I am willing to pay for a flick. This is your best option, and not only on the grounds of price.

BLOOD AND BLACK LACE (1:85:1) suffers from a lack of great video clarity and sync issues with the dubbing. It would be awesome if this release got a proper restoration, but for now this will due. The flaws of this release did not hinder my viewing experience, but I'm also a veteran of many subpar spaghetti western releases which rank among the worst. Note that included in this set is the two-disc edition, which only adds to the value. I was very happy to see this included. Along with the English dub, Italian and French audio tracks are available with English and Spanish subtitles. This film is the uncut version.

WATCH ME WHEN I KILL (1:77:1) comes only with an English dub (without subtitles) and is rife with noise, hissing, pops, etc. It sounds like an old record. The voices are clear enough, but during moments of silence fuzz is pervasive. The video quality is not very good, but considering the nature of this film, I wouldn't expect anything better. It is very watchable, anyone who is into films like these will know the score.
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