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I knocked this one together this evening, once again proving what Anchor Bay could easily have done if they’d invested a little effort, instead of cobbling the missing material together as a bunch of VHS-sourced “deleted scenes”. The Italian print has much nicer colours too, which I’m led to believe are an accurate representation of how the film should look, so that’s a nice bonus.

The results are fine overall, with the film playing in as seamless a manner as possible when taking into account the language switching (I wish I had the work print available so I could get the original English dialogue for the affected material), although I’ve had a lot of trouble fitting this one on a single layer disc without major artefacting. The Italian transfer wasn’t the best compression job in the first place (it too was crammed on to a single layer disc), and if there’s one thing I’ve learned from these projects, it’s that, since the material is effectively going to be encoded twice, you’ll need to give your version a higher bit rate than that of the source file, otherwise you essentially get double the artefacts. One of these days, I’d love to get a dual layer burner - maybe I’ll wait till HD DVD-compatible drives become available and/or affordable.

Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2006 at 12:55 AM | Comments: 2
Categories: Cinema | DVD | Dario Argento | Gialli | Technology



I've still got my Tartan edition. Meaning that I've already paid Argento for the privilege of owning the film.

So should - oh, I don't know - a copy of your composite edition happen to drop through my letterbox by magic, I wouldn't complain too much. I might even update my review in the light of the added material.

Posted by: Baron Scarpia, October 29, 2006 4:56 PM


I’ll see what I can do. I’m not convinced that the added material will make much of a difference to your opinion of it, though - none of the extra scenes are essential, although one does mean that the film makes a little more sense overall, given that it shows an event that is referred to in dialogue in a later scene (Aura running into Dr. Judd at the market). The better print does make the photography look more impressive, though.

Posted by: Whiggles, October 30, 2006 11:40 AM

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