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Evil Face

1.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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Baron Ivan Rassimov, a brilliant doctor, died horribly during a fire burst in his laboratory. Since that day, his daughter Tanja (Katia Christine) retired to a life of reclusion, covering with a dark veil her disfigured face. Professor Nijinski (Klaus Kinski) was once a student of Rassimov; he married Tanja, and he's trying to restore her lost beauty with a series of skin transplants. However, to reach his goal, professor Nijinski needs beautiful young victims for his transplant experiments.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Katia Christine, Klaus Kinski
  • Directors: Sergio Garrone
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Mya Communication/Ryko
  • DVD Release Date: October 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 1.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002IJQ30C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,936 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This review concerns the DVD quality only, not the the movie.
It is one the worst DVD I have purchased up to now. Very shoddy transfer, washed colours, trembling images.
The sound seems to come from the adjacent room (with the door closed).
Mya exploits the passion of many customers throughout the world. Alpha video quality at Criterion price.
What a bargain!
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This is obviously a very bad VHS transfer: unbearably horrible video quality, superbad audio quality.
All this at, more or less, the price of a Criterion DVD.
This is the last time ever that I buy a DVD from Mya.
Shame on you!
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Klaus Kinski conducts graphic skin graft operations to repair his burned and disfigured wife Tanja in this gothic horror from Sergio Garrone. Following a horse and carriage accident, a couple is taken to the gothic mansion of Kinski. The mansion and its countryside surroundings are the setting for the entire film. The entire thing has effective scenery and locations, but the VHS DVD quality hinders the otherwise nice look of the film to some extent. Some of the mansion is well constructed and fancy, while there's some old and decrepit portions of it with cobwebs. There's the doctors Frankenstein type laboratory, and the countryside area surrounding the mansion is really nice. However, I thought it fails to deliver the effective atmosphere that is present in many other 70s and 80s Italian horror films. Don't expect a fast paced film that's loaded with gore and nudity, although it has its moments. About a half hour into the film, we see some skin removed from a leg. This is then followed by some good and graphic FX work as Kinski cuts into the flesh of a burned leg to complete the skin graft. Another graphic skin graph sequence is shown later; the flick would've been better with more of these graphic operations. There's some topless nudity in the film, a lesbian sequence, and a woman gets out of bed fully nude; although you can't really see any full nudity in the scene. We've also got this guy who is driven mad by the sound of a chime who does some killing. The directing was fine, and I had no problem with the acting. I liked the entire look of the film, and the dated type music fits this gothic movie. It's slow at times, lacks action, and it doesn't have a high body count. It also doesn't look or feel like a modern movie. I personally really liked it, but it'll have a limited appeal.Read more ›
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Before I start bashing MYA again (as I've done dozens of times in my reviews), let's start off with the movie itself for a change. This is another poorly executed rip-off of 'Eyes Without A Face', which was also done as 'The Awful Doctor Orloff', 'The Iron Rose' and a dozen other Eurocult wannabe horror flicks that aren't worth mentioning. The three I did mention ARE all worth watching.

Before Klaus Kinski hooked up with Werner Herzog, he was synonymous with bad Eurohorror flicks, and this is one of them. I do have a weakness for bad European horror and cult films, so I know this firsthand. (If you like Kinski during this era, try on 'Liz and Helen', 'Asylum Erotica' or 'Jack The Ripper'). But this is a tired re-tread of the films I mentioned earlier, all far superior, so see this at your own discretion.

Back to MYA communications, pimps of bad movies made worse through slipshod reproductions - MYA must be an acronym for 'Mislead Your Audience' because, with very few exceptions, all of their releases are sourced from the WORST possible prints - they appear to be 3rd generation VHS copies, with rolling picture lines, glitches and blemishes galore, poor audio, no contrast, washed out or flaming `hot' colors, you name it - if it's anything that makes your viewing experience painful, it's right there.

It appears to be a goal or hidden agenda of theirs - even when they re-release movies on the now-defunct NoShame label, whose audio and video were impeccable and had tons of extras, MYA finds a wretched copy of the film and releases it bare-bones - no featurettes, trailers, bios, filmographies, inserts, etc. AND they're charging Criterion release pricing for these atrocities!
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