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The Bloodstained Shadows aka "Solamente nero" [Blu-ray]
(Antonio Bido, 1978)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Produzioni Atlas Consorziate (P.A.C.)
Region: 'B' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 31,348,469,821 bytes
Feature Size: 29,676,779,520 bytes
Video Bitrate: 30.00 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: May 25th, 2015
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
LPCM Audio Italian 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
English (only when Italian track is selcted), none
•Original Italian Opening (1:19)
• Original Italian End Titles (1:40)
• Trailer (3:24)
Description: When a young college professor (Lino
Capolicchio of THE HOUSE WITH LAUGHING WINDOWS)
returns home to visit his Catholic priest brother (Craig
Hill of DRACULA VS FRANKENSTEIN), prominent members
of the community begin to be stalked and slaughtered by an
unknown killer. Can the brothers uncover the identity of
this deranged fiend, even while they are being tortured by
their own nightmares of an unspeakable childhood trauma?
Antonio Bido ("Watch Me When I Kill") helms his second and last Giallo (Italian for yellow, which is derived from the covers of the pulp paperback thrillers on which many of these films from the 1960s through the 1970s were based on), and co-writes with Marisa Andalo and Domenico Malan this set in Venice twisty suspense story, that's neither good nor bad. It suffers from a poor script, a poor dubbing translation and a lack of character development. But it's well-crafted, features one of the last scores by the noted jazzy state of the art Giallo inspired musicians called Goblin, is adequately paced (though it could have trimmed 20 minutes, including an unnecessary soft-core sex scene and been the better off for it) and its photography of Venice's labyrinthine streets and canals and the eerie rustic island village are eye-catching.Excerpt from Ozu's World located HERE
The film opens very strongly with the murder of a young woman in the Italian countryside, shot in jerky slow-motion and framed in front of an ancient castle/monastery. It doesn’t show us much but it sets the scene perfectly, letting us know that there is a killer on the loose and that there is possibly a religious connection, or at least the influence of religion, which is cemented when we fast forward a few years and are introduced to Don Paolo (Craig Hill), a priest who is welcoming his brother Stefano (Lino Capolicchio) to the town as Stefano is taking a break from life in the big city. But as Stefano arrives in town a new wave of murders begins, the victims being members of a cult, and Paolo begins to receive threatening messages, forcing Stefano and his new girlfriend Sandra (Stefania Casini) to investigate what is going on and how Paolo is involved, and what the connection to the opening murder is.Excerpt from FrightFest located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The Bloodstained Shadow gets a transfer to Blu-ray from 88 Films in the UK. It sneaks into dual-layered territory and has a strong bitrate for the 1 3/4 hour feature. It has a consistent thickness and a bit clunkier in-motion than we usually see, but overall I thought the presentation was very watchable. Colors are solid, detail in close-ups reasonable and there are examples of depth. It is actually slightly picture-boxed but in and around the 1.85:1 ratio. It's clean without speckles - a shade waxy but I don't suspect DNR. This Blu-ray is probably an adept replication of the original theatrical appearance.
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Strong 24-bit linear PCM tracks in both English or Italian with a healthy 2304 kbps advancing some depth in the infrequent aggression. Notable is the film's music. The ' Giallo-atmospheric' score is by Stelvio Cipriani (Voices From Beyond, Killer Cop, Rabid Dogs, Baron Blood, A Bay of Blood) and it sounds clean with some impressive depth. There are optional subtitles for the Italian version and my Oppo has identified it as being a region region 'B'-locked.
Not too much in terms of extras - we can see the original Italian opening including title ("Solamente nero") and the original Italian end credits. There is also a trailer.
September 1st, 2015
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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