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4.0 out of 5 stars great giallo, February 7, 2006
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Since I'm a big fan of Dario Argento and the giallo, Mario Bava seemed like the next logical step, after seeing all of Argento's movies. After seeing a couple of Bava films, Fulci seemed the next logical step to know more about the giallo.
This movie is surprising and doesn't disappoint. The story is great, very complicated at times, and I didn't guess who the killer was, like the inspector of Tenebrae. The London setting is just great, and the chase in the Alexandria Palace is awesome. Like other reviewers said, the dream sequences are good too. The actors: Penny Brown as the hippie knife thrower is my favourite but Stanley Baker is also great.
Direction wise, Fulci knew what he was doing, although at times his camera work is a bit sloppy. But I liked the photography (from the same director of photography of Deep Red). The overuse of the zoom doesn't bother me as it does some picky reviewers out there.
This dvd received horrible reviews when it was released, and it's not hard to understand why. It contains 2 versions of the movie. The uncut looks like a vhs release from 10 years ago, but I found it quite watchable. The other one, with the original aspect ratio, is better but it is cut, and the print is damaged here and there. The sound is also better. Nevertheless, I don't think media blasters should receive so many attacks. This was the best they could do, for now, at least. It's a fair version of a great film; though it could be much better.
The music is also great but unfortunately it isn't used properly. There's some great pieces on the soundtrack which don't appear at all in the film. The mono in the uncut version doesn't help either.
The featurette is nice and the packaging is cool!
5 stars for the movie, 3 for the dvd = 4.
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