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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Nebbie e delitti" )

 

directed by Riccardo Donna
Italy 2007

 

Based on the character created by Valerio Varesi (whose novels were adapted into the four episodes comprising the first season), season two of FOG AND CRIMES returns to the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy as Inspector Soneri (CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST's Luca Barbareschi) frustrates Commissioner Capuozzo (Mariano Rigillo, IL POSTINO) with his meticulous investigations and tendencies to expose the dirty secrets of Ferrara's social set, while also continuing his rocky relationship with lawyer Angela Cornelio (ITALY'S NEXT TOP MODEL host Natasha Stefanenko). Also returning are timid assistant Inspector Juvara (Gianluca Gobbi, WE HAVE A POPE), eccentric forensics expert Nanetti (Paolo De Vita, THE SON'S ROOM), Soneri's colleague Draghi (Giuseppe Antignati), and restauranteur Alceste (Eraldo Turra, Fellini's THE VOICE OF THE MOON). This season, it is Agent Gallesi (Emiliano Iovine) who is tasked with the dirty work of tailing the least likely suspects who might nevertheless be involved with some aspect of the case.

When an elderly couple deliberately drive at high speed into the "The Winter Sea", Soneri suspects a high stakes card game of their ruination and that of others going back several decades. When his enigmatic informant Aurelio Morotti (Paolo Graziosi, ILLUSTRIOUS CORPSES) mysteriously vanishes leaving a few tantalizing clues behind, Soneri wonders whether he is the latest victim or manipulating the investigation to his own ends. In "Lost Children", a severely traumatized boy named Vania may be the only witness to the murder of a Russian maid. The investigation finds Soneri looking for links between Ferrara's Russian immigrant population and the respectable widow Malaguzzi (Angela Goodwin, AUTOPSY) while he and Angela take the child into their home (a move even Capuozzo disapproves of because he believes Soneri is more concerned with learning more about the murder than helping the boy). In "No Sign of Stopping", the hit-and-run murder of a philandering builder seems at first to be the work of a disgruntled Romanian laborer until an identical one with an identical vehicle claims the life of one of his acquaintances and has Soneri looking into a past event linking them in order to prevent further deaths of anyone else involved.

"The Doll's House" is the cloistered world of a murdered escort (Roberta Rovelli) who lived as a willing prisoner locked away in a villa awaiting the arrival of her mysterious lover. As Soneri looks into the dead girl's past, he also begins a flirtation with the victim's young neighbor (Raffaella Rea, INSPECTOR DE LUCA) as he and Angela grow more distant. Soneri puts off his vacation with Angela in "Parental Warning" (or "R-rated") when he learns that the battered body of a teenager found in a beach hut is the daughter of his school friend's (Stefano Santospago, SACRED HEART) life partner (Daniela Poggi, GESTAPO'S LAST ORGY). Beyond the likely suspect in the girl's misfit boyfriend (Andrea Bosca, MISFITS) is a convoluted world of modeling, drama classes, and pornographic filmmaking and the question of fear of wasted youth. The least interesting is the season finale "False Papers" in which the relationship strife of Soneri, Angela, and her old flame Sacha become entangled with the murder of Ernesto Nogara (Alcide Pasquini), a lawyer known for defending and winning indefensible cases. With little help from the man's mentally ill wife (Emiliana Franzone), his long-estranged daughter (Sara D'Amario, THE GIRL BY THE LAKE), or his brother (Roberto Abbati) - who are all more than forthcoming about his moral shortcomings - and pressure by Capuozzo for discretion when dealing with his high profile clients, Soneri finds his motives questioned by his assistants and hopeful replacement (Federigo Ceci, MIRACLE AT ST. ANNA) when he looks into Angela's frequent communication with the victim in the days before his death.

Eric Cotenas

Theatrical Release: 9 November 2007 - 14 December 2007 (Italian TV)

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DVD Review: Arrow Films - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Review!

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Arrow Films

Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 9:35:51 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.76:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.9 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

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

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Audio Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Arrow Films

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.76:1

Edition Details:
� Disc One:
� Episodes:
� - 2.1: 'The Winter Sea' (4:3; 1:39:09)
� - 2.2: 'Lost Children' (4:3; 1:35:21)
� Start-up Trailers

� Disc Two:
� Episodes:
� - 2.3: 'No Sign of Stopping' (4:3; 1:35:03)
� - 2.4: 'The Doll's House' (4:3; 1:34:42)

� Disc Three:
� Episodes:
� - 2.5: 'Parental Rating' (4:3; 1:37:03)
� - 2.6: 'False Papers' (4:3; 1:34:33)

DVD Release Date: May 11th, 2015
Amaray

Chapters 36

 

 

 

Comments

Arrow presents the six feature-length episodes of the second season split between three dual-layer discs with adequate mid-range bitrates given the non-anamorphic source materials for the series (which was shot on film and finished on video and presumably not future-proofed for HDTV with 16:9 mastering). The Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo track cleanly renders the dialogue, effects, and the stirring theme music. Optional English subtitles translate the dialogue, with the English subtitles moving to the top of the frame whenever there are burnt-in Italian subtitles instances of Russian dialogue (suggesting that the series was probably not intended to be marketed outside Italy). There are no extras apart from start-up trailers on the first disc.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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