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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "La notte che Evelyn usć dalla tomba" or "Die Grotte der vergessenen Leichen" or "L'appel de la chair")

 

directed by Emilio Miraglia (as Emilio P. Miraglia)
Italy 1971

 

Spaghetti Western veteran Antonio De Teffe (aka Anthony Steffen) stars in this delightfully tacky supernatural giallo from Italian filmmaker Emilio P. Miraglia. De Teffe plays Alan Cunningham, a titled nobleman who has just been released from a mental institution after a breakdown brought about by the death of his beautiful red-haired wife, Evelyn. Alan isn't quite right, and despite loads of helpful advice from his doctor and money-hungry cousin, can't stop picking up red-haired women and dragging them back to his castle dungeon, where his desire to punish his late wife's infidelity leads to some hallucinatory S & M murders. Eventually he meets the beautiful Gladys (Marina Malfatti) and quickly marries her, generating a good deal of anger among his greedy relatives. That's when members of his family start disappearing and the obligatory inheritance plot tightens around the deranged lord, raising the question of whether Evelyn is really dead after all. Miraglia directs with a somewhat plodding style atypical for the normally lively genre, but the film's cheese value is enhanced by a wonderfully schizophrenic score by Bruno Nicolai; an amusingly dotty production design; and enough sex, kinkiness, and violence to satisfy any giallo fan. Erika Blanc (aka Enrica Bianchi Colombatto) makes an impression as one of the strippers Alan brings to his dungeon, Alan's dead aunt (Joan C. Davies) is devoured by a cageful of hungry foxes, and the cast also includes familiar genre faces Umberto Raho and Giacomo Rossi-Stuart.

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Theatrical Release: 18 August 1971 (Italy)

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Comparison:

Alpha Video Classics - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Sinema Diable - Region 0 - NTSC vs. X-Rated Kult Video - Region 2 - PAL vs. NoShame Films (The Emilio Miraglia Killer Queen Box Set) - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Arrow (Killer Dames: Two Gothic Chillers by Emilio P. Miraglia) - Region FREE - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas and for the Screen Caps!

 

1) Alpha Video Classics - Region 0 - NTSC - LEFT

2) Sinema Diable - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) X-Rated Kult Video - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) NoShame Films - Region 1 - NTSC - FOURTH

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

 

Box Covers

 

 

 

 

 

   

Available on Blu-ray from Arrow without the LE booklet on April 17th, 2017:

Distribution

Alpha Video Classics

Region 0 - NTSC

Sinema Diable
Region 0 - NTSC
X-Rated Kult Video
Region 2 - PAL

NoShame Films

Region 1 - NTSC

Arrow - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:35:30 1:38:15 1:37:06 (4% PAL speedup) 1:41:06 1:42:48.540
Video

1.29:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.44 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.62:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.45 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.85:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.8 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.87 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1080P / 23.976 fps Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size:  39,946,126,167 bytes

Feature: 29,879,601,216 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.39 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate:

 

Alpha Video Classics

 

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Sinema Diable

 

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X-Rated Kult Video

 

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Blu-ray

 

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono; German Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono; Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

DTS-HD Master Audio Italian 1050 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1050 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1055 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1055 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles none none none English, none English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Alpha Video Classics

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.29:1

Edition Details:
Catalog

DVD Release Date: 22 July 2003
Amaray

Chapters 6
 

Release Information:
Studio: Sinema Diable

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.62:1

Edition Details:
none

 

DVD Release Date: 23 September 2003
Amaray

Chapters 8

Release Information:
Studio: X-Rated Kult Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
Alternate U.S. Title Sequence
German Trailer
Previews

 

DVD Release Date: 12 October 2004
Hartbox

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio: NoShame Films

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
Disc One:
The Film

 Introduction by Erika Blanc (16:9; 0:37)
'The Whip and the Body' interview with Erika Blanc (16:9; 20:56)
 'Still Rising from the Grave' interview with production/costume designer Lorenzo Baraldi (16:9; 22:4
 Italian Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 2:36)
 International Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 2:40)
Poster and Still Gallery (16:9; 1:01)
Easter Egg
 

Disc Two:
 'The Red Queen Kills Seven Times' and extras

Two postcards for 'The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave'
20-page booklet, with liner notes by Chris D. and Richard Harland Smith

DVD Release Date: 25 April 2006
Amaray

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio: Arrow

 

1080P / 23.976 fps Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size:  39,946,126,167 bytes

Feature: 29,879,601,216 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.39 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
New audio commentary by Troy Howarth
• Exclusive introduction by actress Erika Blanc (:37)
• Writer Stephen Thrower on The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave (15:12)
• The Night Erika Came Out of the Grave exclusive interview with Erika Blanc (9:44)
• The Whip and the Body archival interview with Erika Blanc (20:57)
• Still Rising from the Grave archival interview with production designer Lorenzo Baraldi (22:49)
• Original Italian and US theatrical trailers
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx

• Italian Trailer (2:45)

• US Trailer (2:44)

• Limited Edition 60-page booklet containing new writing by James Blackford, Kat Ellinger, Leonard Jacobs and Rachael Nisbet

Limited Edition box set (3000 copies) containing The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave and The Red Queen Kills Seven Times

Blu-ray Release Date: May 23rd-24th, 2016
Custom Blu-ray case

 

 

 

Comments

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

ADDITION Arrow Region FREE Blu-ray - May 2016: As with Arrow's Blu-ray of The Red Queen Kills Seven Times (also included in this Killer Dames: Two Gothic Chillers by Emilio P. Miraglia double Blu-ray package) this dual-layered transfer with a max'ed out bitrate is a substantial improvement over the 2006 SD. It shows more information in the frame and tightens up in every respect with more, and consistent, grain texture. It's darker making the DVD looked boosted and colors seem more authentic and realistic. Both are advertised as "Brand new 2K restorations of the films from the original camera negatives" and this particular package is limited to 3000 copies and comes with a limited Edition 60-page booklet containing new writing by James Blackford, Kat Ellinger, Leonard Jacobs and Rachael Nisbet.

Both the English-language and Italian-language versions are available - seamlessly-branched and with slightly different subtitle translations (meaning the Italian is not simply using DUB-titles.) Audio goes the linear DTS-HD Master (1.0 channel mono, 24-bit) for both films and both language options. There may be a slight sync issue in dialogue that I would say is only noticeable - not distracting. The score for both films is by Bruno Nicolai (Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key, Face to Face, The Perverse Countess, Torso, Ten Little Indians, Pasolini's Hawks and the Sparrows) which, as typical of his work with Giallos and spaghetti westerns suffers marginally from a weak higher-end. It actually adds some nice flavor to the film. The package is region free and purchasable on both sides of the Atlantic.

The Blu-ray with The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave get a new audio commentary by Troy Howarth - and its a worthy one filling the film's running time with solid information garnering more appreciation for this Giallo production. There is a short introduction by actress Erika Blanc and we, thankfully get another piece by writer Stephen Thrower on further themes and details of The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave. The Night Erika Came Out of the Grave is an exclusive 10-minute interview with Erika Blanc and we also get The Whip and the Body - a 21-minute archival interview with Erika Blanc. Still Rising from the Grave is a 23-minute archival interview with production designer Lorenzo Baraldi and there are original Italian and US theatrical trailers plus the package has a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx.

Another brilliant Blu-ray package from Arrow who are really treating the Giallo lovers with some stacked and lesser-seen beauties in 1080P. Magnificent and strongly recommended!

 -GaryTooze + Eric Cotenas

 


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(Alpha Video Classics - Region 0 - NTSC - LEFT vs. Sinema Diable - Region 0 - NTSC - MIDDLE vs. X-Rated Kult Video - Region 2 - PAL - RIGHT)
 

   

 

NoShame Films - Region 1 - NTSC

 

 

Arrow - Region FREE - Blu-ray

 


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Subtitle Sample

 

1) NoShame Films - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Arrow (English version) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

3) Arrow (Italian version) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


 

1) Alpha Video Classics - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) Sinema Diable - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) X-Rated Kult Video - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) NoShame Films - Region 1 - NTSC - FOURTH

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

 


 

1) Alpha Video Classics - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) Sinema Diable - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) X-Rated Kult Video - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) NoShame Films - Region 1 - NTSC - FOURTH

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

 


 

1) Alpha Video Classics - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) Sinema Diable - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) X-Rated Kult Video - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) NoShame Films - Region 1 - NTSC - FOURTH

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

 


 

1) Alpha Video Classics - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) Sinema Diable - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) X-Rated Kult Video - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) NoShame Films - Region 1 - NTSC - FOURTH

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

 


 

1) Alpha Video Classics - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) Sinema Diable - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) X-Rated Kult Video - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) NoShame Films - Region 1 - NTSC - FOURTH

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

 


 

1) Alpha Video Classics - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) Sinema Diable - Region 0 - NTSC - SECOND

3) X-Rated Kult Video - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) NoShame Films - Region 1 - NTSC - FOURTH

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

 

More Blu-ray Captures


 

Report Card:

 

Image:

Blu-ray

Sound:

Blu-ray

Extras: Blu-ray

 
Box Covers

 

 

 

 

 

   

Available on Blu-ray from Arrow without the LE booklet on April 17th, 2017:

Distribution

Alpha Video Classics

Region 0 - NTSC

Sinema Diable
Region 0 - NTSC
X-Rated Kult Video
Region 2 - PAL

NoShame Films

Region 1 - NTSC

Arrow - Region FREE - Blu-ray


 

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