(aka 'Murder to the Tune of the Seven Black Notes' or 'Seven Notes in Black' or 'The Psychic')
Lucio Fulci was a versatile
talent. Before he carved a name for himself in the early eighties with gory
epics like The Beyond (1981) he made some Argento style gialli and this
is one of the best. The film successfully blends a dreamlike quality with an
intricate, multilayered story co-written by Fulci and the extremely hardworking
Dardano Sachetti (let's face it the man must be a genius).
Theatrical Release: August 10th, 1977
DVD Review: Severin - Region 1 - NTSC
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|Distribution||Severin - Region 1 - NTSC|
Average Bitrate: 4.0 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.
|Audio||English (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono)|
|Subtitles||English (only when Italian text information is shown), None|
From the Black (27:25)
Most fans will be pleased with this single-layered transfer from Severin - anamorphic and progressive - it suffers somewhat from a bit of softness and dullish colors but overall the image quality presents itself as quite acceptable. The audio is in original English (with obvious post production DUB'ing of some actors) - it's a bit hushed at times with some minor hiss and optional subtitles would have been appreciated. They only exist for the supplemental featurette and the Italian text in the opening sequence (see below) of the feature.
Severin have added a trailer and a half-hour featurette "Voices From the Black" with input from Dardanno Sachhetti, costume designer Massimo Lentini and editor Bruno Micheli. Those keen will enjoy.
The price might be a bit high for DVD tech value but fans of Giallo and Fulci will certainly find enough to be content. I found the film a quintessential representation of the genre with a masterful touch of subtleties. I'm no expert on Giallo but could appreciate this strong effort.