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More Four Flies details


Following up on my report on Thursday that Dario Argento’s long-lost Four Flies on Grey Velvet is to finally receive a legitimate DVD release next year, more details on the disc have been revealed. In addition to the impressively tasteful cover art, the specs have been revealed in a promotional flyer posted by Marc Morris at the Cult Movie Forums:

  • 16x9-enhanced anamorphic 2.35:1 transfer, restored from the original negative elements
  • English and Italian mono audio
  • Teaser trailer
  • Original trailer
  • English opening and closing credits
  • Extensive poster and photo gallery

I’m really excited about this release. While the included extras are not quite as all-encompassing as many of us would have liked (given this film’s troubled history, I really was hoping the red carpet would be rolled out), but, as the saying goes, it’s better than nothing. To tell the truth, I’m just happy to know that I’ll finally be able to own a copy of this film that has at least passable (and hopefully better than that) image quality. Roll on February 24th!

Posted: Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at 7:38 PM | Comments: 9
Categories: Cinema | DVD | Dario Argento | Gialli



Excited for this and the Fulci and Martino titles!

Posted by: Daniel Sardella, November 18, 2008 8:58 PM


Great stuff indeed but I haven't read anything about English subs...
Would be nice to be able to watch it in Italian and understand it.
The English dub would be preferable though,because of Brandon and Mimsy's voice.An Italian dub without subs is a waste IMO as I don't fully understand the language.


Posted by: Crystal Plumage, November 18, 2008 9:04 PM


Excellent news! I'd just bought the German DVD a few months ago, but I guess I don't regret it, especially if my purchase may have helped to usher in this new release. Did it sell well? At least the VHS-esque packaging is cool...ha ha.

Day-one purchase for me.

Posted by: Christopher D. Jacobson, November 19, 2008 2:07 AM


Count me in for quality Argento releases.

On a different note can you tell me what is wrong with the Chicago transfer on Blu Ray ?

I love that musical and want to buy it but your rating of 6 concerns me....Any information appreciated on why you rate it so low.

Posted by: FoxyMulder, November 20, 2008 8:27 PM


To tell the truth, it’s been so long since I watched Chicago that I can’t really remember the specifics. I do have a vague recollection of a lot of visible noise reduction artefacts and an overly harsh appearance, but I can’t really give a more detailed answer than that without referring back to the disc. It was my brother who bought it, and he eBayed it when he saw what it looked like, which can, I suppose, be taken as some indication of its overall image quality. That said, I’d say that my brother is generally “stricter” about what he’ll allow in his collection than me. It wasn’t a dreadful transfer by any means, and if it had been mine I’d probably have kept it, but he’s more inclined to shift a weak- or even mediocre-looking disc than I am.

Posted by: Michael Mackenzie, November 20, 2008 10:48 PM


Michael, since we are in the subject, will you be reviewing Blue Underground's new "The Stendhal Syndrome" BD? I have it myself and was a little disappointed by it. Lots of noise and not a big improvement on their previous DVD. I'm curious to read your thoughts.

Posted by: Esteban, November 21, 2008 7:19 PM


I’ll certainly be covering it, if not a complete review then certainly screen captures and overall impressions. I’m still waiting for my copy to arrive but will get right on to it as soon as it shows up.

Posted by: Michael Mackenzie, November 21, 2008 7:21 PM


Thanks. Look forward to it. Yours are the only reviews I pretty much trust nowadays...

Posted by: Esteban, November 21, 2008 7:32 PM


Review over at 10kbullets -

I was hoping the author had misworded the part about subtitles, but I sent an email and he confirmed that the entire Italian audio track does not have accompanying English subtitles--only the scenes not dubbed in English have them.

Major tease to have the whole audio track there but no way for me to even understand it.

Posted by: Christopher D. Jacobson, January 29, 2009 8:53 PM

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