Two gialli from Neo Publishing in October
Source: DeVil Dead
Neo Publishing, a French DVD distributor who put out special editions of Lucio Fulci’s The New York Ripper and Seven Notes in Black last year, are releasing another two gialli on October 9th: Massimo Dallamano’s What Have You Done to Solange? and Umberto Lenzi’s Seven Bloodstained Orchids. I already own both these films, and, in the case of the former, am extremely happy with 01 Distribution’s Italian release (beyond any doubt the best transfer I’ve ever seen for a giallo), but the menu screen captures have caught my eye. Seven Bloodstained Orchids doesn’t have anything much on offer, but Solange promises a new documentary, “Whatever Happened to Solange?”, interviewing producer Fulvio Lucisano and star Fabio Testi, as well as a stand-alone interview with Testi.
Now, the thing is that Neo Publishing’s releases have been variable at best. Both of their Fulci releases were loaded with exhaustive extras, but The New York Ripper’s transfer was a poor-quality standards conversion of the NTSC release from Anchor Bay, while Seven Notes in Black lacked an English audio track. In the case of Solange, provided Neo license 01’s stellar transfer and remember to include an English track, then I’ll probably pick it up for the extras. Otherwise, forget it. Either way, I won’t be bothering with Seven Bloodstained Orchids: it’s not a very good film, and I don’t really feel like buying another copy of it, even if it improves on Media Blasters’ botch job.