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Giallo Essentials V1 Red Edition (reissue)

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Genres: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Starring: Peter Baldwin, Virna Lisi, Franco Nero
Director: Luigi Bazzoni, Franco Rossellini, Flavio Mogherini
Plot Sypnosis:

Alongside the spaghetti western, the giallo is one of the most famous Italian export genres: films steeped in mystery and intrigue, delivered with stylized violence and unforgettable musical themes. The Possessed masterfully combines noir, mystery and giallo tropes in a proto-giallo based on one of Italy's most notorious crimes. It tells the story of a depressed novelist in search of his old flame who has disappeared under suspicious circumstances, prompting an investigation that finds him plunged into a disturbing drama of familial secrets, perversion, madness and murder. The Fifth Cord boasts a complex plot of investigation into a series of brutal assaults. As the body count rises, whisky swilling journalist Andrea Bild finds himself under suspicion, making it all the more imperative he crack the case. The Pyjama Girl Case, inspired by a real-life case that baffles to this day, takes us to Australia, where former inspector Timpson comes out of retirement to crack the case of a young woman, found on the beach, shot in the head, burned to hide her identity and dressed in distinctive yellow pyjamas... These essential gialli films feature a raft of talent in front and behind the camera, with each film restored from the original camera negative and presented with a range of contextualizing extras. Bonus features include: Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon, Italian theatrical trailer , Interview with composer Riz Ortolani , Image gallery , Interview with editor Alberto Tagliavia , Interview with actor Howard Ross , DISC 3: THE PYJAMA GIRL CASE, Commentary by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films, Video interview with author and critic Michael Mackenzie on the internationalism of the giallo , Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Haunt Love, Image gallery , Original Italian and English theatrical trailers , Rare deleted sequence, restored from the original negative , The Rhythm Section, video interview with film editor Eugenio Alabiso , Whisky Giallore, video interview with author and critic Michael Mackenzie, Black Day for Nero, video interview with actor Franco Nero, Lines and Shadows, video essay on the film’s use of architecture and space by critic Rachael Nisbet, Commentary by critic Travis Crawford, Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips, DISC 2: THE FIFTH CORD, Richard Dyer on The Possessed, video appreciation by the cultural critic and academic , Cat’s Eyes, interview with the film’s makeup artist Giannetto De Rossi , Two Days a Week, interview with the film’s award-winning assistant art director Dante Ferretti, The Legacy of the Bazzoni Brothers, interview with actor/director Francesco Barilli, a close friend of Luigi and Camillo Bazzoni , Original trailers , Commentary by writer and critic Tim Lucas , DISC 1: THE POSSESSED, Slipcase packaging with newly designed artwork by Adam Rabalais, Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtracks , Original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks , English subtitles for the Italian soundtracks , High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations of each film , 2K restorations from the original camera negatives for The Possessed, The Fifth Cord and The Pyajama Girl Case, SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

Release Details

Movie Release Year: 1978
Tech Specs & Release Details

Length: 278
Specs: 3 x Blu-ray Discs
Video Resolution/Codec: 1080p AVC/MPEG-4
Aspect Ratio(s): 1.85:1