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(aka "Death Walks at Midnight" or "La morte accarezza a mezzanotte" or "La muerte acaricia a medianoche" or "Cry Out in Terror")

 

directed by Luciano Ercoli
Italy/Spain 1972

 

Emerging at the peak of the Giallo boom of the early 70s, Luciano Ercoli s Death Walks films are two superlative examples of the genre linked by their shared casting of the stunning Nieves Navarro (billed under her adopted stage name of Susan Scott) as the lead woman in peril.

In Death Walks on High Heels (1971), exotic dancer Nicole (Navarro), the daughter of a murdered jewel thief, finds herself terrorised by a black-clad assailant determined on procuring her father s stolen gems. Fleeing Paris and her knife-wielding pursuer, Nicole arrives in London only to discover that death stalks her at every corner.

Returning in Death Walks at Midnight (1972), Navarro stars as Valentina a model who, in the midst of a drug-fuelled photoshoot, witnesses a brutal murder in the apartment opposite hers. But when it becomes clear that the savage slaying she describes relates to a crime that took place six months earlier, the police are at a loss - forcing Valentina to solve the mystery alone.

Offering up all the glamour, perversity and narrative twists and turns that are typical of the Giallo genre at its best, Luciano Ercoli's
Death Walks on High Heels and Death Walks at Midnight anticipate the super-stylized trappings of Brian De Palma s early psycho thrillers (most notably, Dressed to Kill).

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Theatrical Release: 17 November 1972 (Italy)

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Comparison:

Mondo Macabro - Region 0 - PAL vs. NoShame Films (Death Box Set) - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Arrow Video- Region FREE - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas and for the DVD Screen Caps!

1) Mondo Macabro - Region 0 - PAL - LEFT

2) NoShame Films (Death Box Set) - Region 0 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Arrow - Region FREE - Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

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Also available on Blu-ray in the UK:

 

 

Reissued on Blu-ray in the US and UK in March 2017 by Arrow:

 

  

Distribution

Mondo Macabro

Region 0 - PAL

NoShame Films
Region 0 - NTSC
Arrow Video
Region FREE -
Blu-ray
Runtime 1:37:03 (4% PAL speedup) 1:41:42 1:41:48.018
Video

1.87:1 Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 4.74 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.9 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1080P / 23.976 fps Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size:  49,811,999,750 bytes

Feature: 30,072,327,552 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.95 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

Mondo Macabro

 

Bitrate:

NoShame Films (Death Box Set)

 

Bitrate:

 

Arrow Video Blu-ray

 

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono; French Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono; Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

DTS-HD Master Audio Italian 1075 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1075 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1036 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1036 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbp

Subtitles none English, none English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Mondo Macabro

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.87:1

Edition Details:
'Death Walks at Midnight and the Giallo Genre' featurette by Adrian Luther Smith (4:3; 17:02)
Text interview with director Luciano Ercoli, and actress Nieves Navarro
Cast and crew biographies & filmographies

DVD Release Date: 26 April 2004
Amaray

Chapters 12
 

Release Information:
Studio: NoShame Films

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:

 Disc One:
*The Film
 'Television Version' (4:3; 1:45:40)
Poster and Still Gallery

Disc Two:
 'Death Walks on High Heels' (see below)
Italian Trailer (16:9; 2:48)
 English Trailer (16:9; 2:48)
Poster and Still Gallery

Disc Three:
'The Sound of Love and Death' soundtrack compilation by Stelvio Cipriani

� Liner Notes Booklet
� 2 Color Postcards

 

DVD Release Date: 28 February 2006
Amaray

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio: Arrow

Aspect Ratio: - 2.35:1

1080P / 23.976 fps Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size:  49,811,999,750 bytes

Feature: 30,072,327,552 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.95 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video



Edition Details:

• Audio commentary by film critic Tim Lucas
• Introduction to the film by screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi (1:58)
Extended TV version of the feature [105 mins]
• Crime Does Pay brand new interview in which Gastaldi discusses Death Walks at Midnight and a career script-writing crime films (31:03)
• Desperately Seeking Susan a visual essay by Michael Mackenzie exploring the distinctive Giallo collaborations between director Luciano Ercoli and star Nieves Navarro (27:54)
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
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Blu-ray Release Date: April 5th, 2016
Custom Blu-ray Case

Chapters: 13

 

 

 

Comments

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION Arrow Blu-ray - April 2016: Same deal as Death Walks on High Heels  - and exceptional transfer by Arrow. The Italian and English versions are seamlessly-branched, the a/v is as likely as good as it will ever get for digital - rich, clean, textured, another excellent Lucas commentary and other extras are wonderful. NOTE: the addition of the 106-minute extended TV version of the feature is MPEG-4 AVC Video/1080p but only 9Mbps. It is in Italian with English subtitles and obviously not up to the same quality as the 101-minute version. But it is still a worthy addition. fans should be appreciative of Arrow - these guys are amazing!

 -Gary Tooze

 


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Arrow Video - Region FREE - Blu-ray


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1) NoShame Films (Death Box Set) - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) Arrow (Italian-language) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - MIDDLE

3) Arrow (English-language) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


1) Mondo Macabro - Region 0 - PAL - TOP

2) NoShame Films (Death Box Set) - Region 0 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Arrow - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Mondo Macabro - Region 0 - PAL - TOP

2) NoShame Films (Death Box Set) - Region 0 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Arrow - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Mondo Macabro - Region 0 - PAL - TOP

2) NoShame Films (Death Box Set) - Region 0 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Arrow - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Mondo Macabro - Region 0 - PAL - TOP

2) NoShame Films (Death Box Set) - Region 0 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Arrow - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Mondo Macabro - Region 0 - PAL - TOP

2) NoShame Films (Death Box Set) - Region 0 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Arrow - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Mondo Macabro - Region 0 - PAL - TOP

2) NoShame Films (Death Box Set) - Region 0 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Arrow - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


 

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Image:

Blu-ray

Sound:

Blu-ray

Extras: Blu-ray

 
Box Covers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

Also available on Blu-ray in the UK:

 

 

Reissued on Blu-ray in the US and UK in March 2017 by Arrow:

 

  

Distribution

Mondo Macabro

Region 0 - PAL

NoShame Films
Region 0 - NTSC
Arrow Video
Region FREE -
Blu-ray

 


 


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