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Death Smiles on a Murderer

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Genres: Horror
Starring: Ewa Aulin, Klaus Kinski, Luciano Rossi, Giacomo Rossi Stuart
Director: Joe D'Amato, Aristide Massaccesi
Plot Synopsis:

A haunting and dreamlike gothic horror/giallo hybrid, Death Smiles on a Murderer is a compelling early work from the legendary sleaze and horror film director Joe D Amato (Anthropophagus, Emanuelle in America), here billed under his real name Aristide Massaccesi.

Set in Austria in the early 1900s, Death Smiles on a Murderer stars Ewa Aulin, (Candy, Death Laid an Egg) as Greta, a beautiful young woman abused by her brother Franz (Luciano Rossi, Death Walks in High Heels, The Conformist) and left to die in childbirth by her illicit lover, the aristocrat Dr. von Ravensbrück (Giacomo Rossi Stuart, Kill, Baby... Kill!). Bereft with grief, Franz reanimates his dead sister using a formula engraved on an ancient Incan medallion. Greta then returns as an undead avenging angel, reaping revenge on the Ravensbrück family and her manically possessive brother.

Presented here in a stunning 2K restoration, D Amato s film is a stately and surreal supernatural mystery which benefits from an achingly mournful score by Berto Pisano, several shocking scenes of gore, and a typically sinister performance from Klaus Kinski as a morbid doctor.

  • Release Details
    Release Date: May 22nd, 2018
    Movie Release Year: 1973
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Arrow
  • Technical Specs
    Length:92 Minutes
    Specs:Blu-ray
    Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
    FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Stephen Thrower and film historian Roberto Curti
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p/AVC MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):1.85:1
    Audio Formats:English Uncompressed Mono 1.0 PCM
    Italian Uncompressed Mono 1.0 PCM
    Subtitles/Captions:Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
    Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
    Special Features:New audio commentary by writer and critic Tim Lucas
    D Amato Smiles on Death, an archival interview in which the director discusses the film
    All About Ewa, a newly-filmed, career-spanning interview with the Swedish star
    Smiling on the Taboo: Sex, Death and Transgression in the horror films of Joe D Amato, new video essay by critic Kat Ellinger
    Original trailers
    Stills and collections gallery