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The Long Hair of Death aka I lunghi capelli della morte [Blu-ray]
(Antonio Margheriti, 1964)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Cinegai S.p.A.
Video: Raro / 88 Films (UK)
Region: FREE / Region 'B'-locked (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Runtime: 1:36:16.604 / 1:36:16.604
Disc Size: 23,875,941,859 bytes / 24,323,900,881 bytes
Feature Size: 20,393,195,520 bytes / 20,806,471,680 bytes
Video Bitrate: 23.44 Mbps / 23.96 Mbps
Chapters: 12 / 8
Case: Standard Blu-ray case / Transparent Blu-ray case inside cardboard slipcase
Release date: December 16th, 2014 / July 24th, 2017
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
LPCM Audio Italian 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps /
• Introduction by Chris Alexander (Fangoria Magazine) (3:51)
•Interview with Edoardo Margheriti (10:31)
• Interview with Antonio Tentori (6:17)
• Italian Trailer (3:34)
• English Trailer (3:38)
• Theatrical Trailer
Description: In the 15th century, a young woman is accused of being a witch and committing a murder. She is burned at the stake. Years later, during a plague, she is revived by lightning. She returns to her village to prevent her daughter from marrying the man who actually committed the murder for which she was executed.
When Adele Karnstein is sentenced to be burned at the stake
murdering the brother of Count Humboldt (Giuliano Raffaelli,
SNOW DEVILS), her younger daughter Lisabeth is taken
in by the family while the Count's guards hunt down the
older daughter Helen who no one has ever seen. Having heard
of her mother's trial, Helen (Barbara Steele,
BLACK SUNDAY) steals into the Humboldt castle and
tells the Count that her mother is innocent and the real
murderer is someone under his own protection. Humboldt
agrees to delay the trial if Helen will submit to his
desires, but his son Kurt (Giorgio Ardisson, HERCULES IN
THE HAUNTED WORLD) and priest Van Klage (Umberto Raho,
BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE) proceed with the
sentence and Adele curses the Humboldt bloodline (and Kurt
to die in the same manner as she). Helen is tasked with
avenging her mother's death but Humboldt kills her to
silence her about his brother's murder. The family maid
Grumalda (Laura Nucci, BLOODSTAINED SHADOW), however,
secretly buries Adele's ashes in the tomb of Helen (not
known to Adele's daughter since her surname was given as
Rochefort so she was buried in the consecrated ground near
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The Blu-ray image quality of The Long Hair of Death reminds me of Black Sunday (not only because of Barbara Steele in black and white). It leans to being a bit soft and waxy in the opening but soon settled down to be reasonably competent. I can only assume this is as competent a source as exists. This is only single-layered with a decent bitrate but I suspect it is as good as are likely to get for the film. has there been some (too much) digitization? It is possible but I was overly deterred by the visuals in-motion. If some DNR was extended - it doesn't look blanketed because much of the film looks reasonably strong - although certain parts are softer and flatter than the norm. In short - it has a few inconsistencies.
No difference in the image quality between the 88 Films 1080P and the Raro. Similar file size and bitrate - the visuals are an exact match in terms of quality.
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Audio is given in the option of either a linear PCM 2.0 channel in original Italian at 1536 or a, similarly technical, English DUB track. The DUB is amusing and even the original has some issues with sync and related missteps frequently associated with Italian cinema of the time. Stick with the original. The score is by Carlo Rustichelli (The Whip and the Body, Seduced and Abandoned, Divorce - Italian Style, 1974's Ten Little Indians) and sounds pretty haunting. It sounds a function of the original production with some minor depth. There are optional subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'FREE.
An exact technical duplicate audio transfer - linear PCM (16-bit) with Italian of English DUB. The 88 Films has English subtitles - in a larger font - for the Italian track but their Blu-ray is Region 'B'-locked.
Raro's package contains a 4-minute introduction by Chris Alexander (Fangoria Magazine) and interviews with, the director's son, Edoardo Margheriti for 10-minutes and writer Antonio Tentori or 6-minutes. There are also Italian and English trailers.
88 Films include a 1/4 hour featurette entitled Italian Gothic: The Horrors of Antonio Margheriti where the director's son, Edoardo Margheriti discusses his father's reputation as a genre master. There is a theatrical trailer and the package has a beautiful reversible sleeve (see art below).
Raro - Region FREE - Blu-ray
88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Pretty much the same release- minimal difference and we suggest obtaining the one more cost-reasonable for your geographic location. The 88 Films Blu-ray has the very cool reversible cover (below) but is region 'B' locked if that is an issue for you.
December 11th, 2013
July 29th, 2017
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
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