Your Vice Is A Locked Room And Only I Have The Key (Special Edition) [Blu-ray]
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Loosely based on Edgar Allan Poe s classic tale The Black Cat , Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key, from director Sergio Martino (Torso), weaves the key motifs from Poe s gothic yarn into one of the most sensual films from the Golden era of giallo.
Luigi Pistilli (Milano Calibro 9, A Bay of Blood) plays writer Oliviero, an abrasive drunk who amuses himself by holding drunken orgies at his grand country manor much to the displeasure of his long-suffering wife (Anita Strindberg). But this decadence is soon rocked by a series of grisly murders, in which Oliviero finds himself implicated.
Notable for giving screen starlet Edwige Fenech her first bad girl role, Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key, with its many unexpected twists and turns, is just as bewitching as its title would suggest.
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No stranger to this medium, Edwige Fenech is as gorgeous as ever and she looks just as lovely in the interview extra with director Sergio Martino as she did over 30 years ago when the film was produced. Supporting players Anita Strindberg and Luigi Pistilli raise the bar of this giallo over the standard fare typical of this genre. A good solid giallo, but not in the caliber of, say, "The Case of the Scorpion's Tale" (also directed by Martino) or "The Fifth Cord."
In fact, the extras, especially the interview with Martino and Fenech is well-done and most informative; the crew at No Shame have really presented a first-class DVD release re-mastered from the original print and now available in the USA for the first time.
"Your Vice" is very similar to Bava`s "Bay of Blood." The plot can be summed up in one word: Greed. Most of the key characters are greedy and corrupt. They will do most anything for money. As in "Bay of Blood," there is more than one killer and the weapon of choice seems to be the curved blade of a sickle. There are also theatrical elements that are similar to Stephen King's "The Shining" and Henri-Georges Clouzot's "Diabolique" Pistilli is an abusive, alcoholic, has been writer living in a huge, crumbling villa; he is slowly losing his grip on reality. Two women, his wife and niece (Strindberg and Fenech, respectively) begin conspiring against him. Meanwhile, his beloved black cat keeps an eye on all the action from afar. Needless to say "Your Vice" is a tribute to Edgar Allan Poe's "The Black Cat." If you've read "The Black Cat," you can predict the ending. However, there are plenty of other twists to keep you entertained.
As always, NoShame films did a stellar job of restoring "Your Vice" and packaging it with plenty of extras. The film looks as though it was released in the theatres only yesterday. The photography and music are beautiful. This film contains many elements that were considered taboo in the seventies, especially the love scenes between Strindberg and Fenech. However, everything was delivered with great taste. "Your Vice" is a must have for anyone who collects Italian gialli; it is a definite keeper.
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