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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Nebbie e delitti 3" )

 

directed by Riccardo Donna
Italy 2009

 

At the end of the second season of FOG AND CRIMES, Chief Inspector Soneri (Luca Barbareschi, CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST) broke up with his girlfriend lawyer Angela Cornelio (model Natasha Stefanenko) and transferred from Ferrara to a position in Rome. The third and final season of the series finds Soneri called to Turin in "The Secret Room" when Angela wakes up beside the corpse of client Renato Pellizzi with no memory of how she got there. Angela's fingerprints are the only ones on the murder weapon and there is evidence of drug use by the victim, a photographer who ran a modeling agency. Soneri quickly butts heads with former boss Eliana (Rosa Pianeta, THE RITE) when he inserts himself into the investigation, and she in turn butts heads with the prosecutor Judge Migliore (Roberto Herlitzka, SEVEN BEAUTIES) who thinks a case in which the suspect is involved with a police officer should be investigated by the Carabinieri (the Italian national police force). Looking into the victim's background, Soneri discovers an ex-wife who is happy he is dead and a business partner/lover who tried to run him down with a car, and he comes to suspect that the modeling agency is actually a front for the prostitution of underage girls when he discovers that Migliore headed the investigation into the rape and murder of a sixteen year old girl who was one of Pellizzi's models that went unsolved. Although Soneri and Angela's law partner/defense attorney Marta (Manuela Mandracchia) suspect that Angela is being framed, new evidence turns up gradually that has them starting to doubt themselves, and Eliana and Migliore asking whether the truth he is seeking is Angela's innocence or whether she was sleeping with a man as odious as the victim.

In "Hard Lives"", a strange car accident on a snowy mountain road becomes a high profile murder case when it is discovered that the victim is Miranda Martinegro, the young wife of Count Martinengo (Danilo Nigrelli, 20 CIGARETTES) and was strangled before her car went over the cliff. Although the evidence points to a childhood friend turned Romani singer (Marius Bizau), Soneri also discovers that the Count was having a private investigator tail Miranda's movements, and that the surveillance video inadvertently captured the kindly old waiter (Maurizio Marchetti) at her favorite restaurant also trailing her on more than one occasion. While Soneri and Angela have decided to give each other some space, he soon meets cute with E.R. doctor Chiara (former Miss Italy Anna Valle) when a child runs in front of his car. The criminally-intelligent child Immacolata (Celeste Cuppone), however, complicates Soneri's private life by refusing to provide any information that may lead them to her parents, relatives, or foster parents and is evasive about her motives when she turns up in Soneri's apartment after escaping social services. In "Well-bred Boys", the murder of handsome young accountant Sebastiano Rivalta seems to be the first killing of The Black Hood gang who ransack villas, torch their vehicles, and leave a black hood at the scene of the crime, but Soneri notes that the assailant(s) only took a million Euros and left everything else of value. The victim's narcissistic mother Benedetta (Valéria Cavalli, MOTHER OF TEARS) and her younger lover (Daniele Savoca) seem to be pushing the robbery angle for the sake of the family reputation, mystifying Soneri since Benedetta otherwise flaunts her bisexual, clubbing lifestyle, and the dead man's fiancée seems more disinterested than numb at her loss. Meanwhile, Immacolata carries on her own investigation, frustrating both Soneri with her lies and Chiara by neglecting her recovery.

"Off Season"" finds Soneri taking sudden leave from his Turin post and heading to Otranto when a doctor contacts him after finding his number in a coat worn by Immacolata who was nearly beaten to death. The local police prove unhelpful since their resources are tied tracking down gunrunners after seizing a shipment of eight hundred weapons that they have been unable to tie to playboy Giannino Alfarano (Mimmo Mancini) who has mafia ties. When Soneri and old colleague Montanari (Marco Morellini) spot the body of a young pacifist journalist washed up on the rocks, his time of death coincides with Immacolata's beating, suggesting to Soneri that she might have witnessed the crime but is afraid to speak up having been threatened by her assailant posing as an orderly in the hospital. While the local detectives try to link the man's death to his lover (Anna Maria Malipiero, DANGEROUS BEAUTY) and her jealous and violent husband, Soneri attempts to discover what the young man may have written about or photographed that got him killed. With the timely addition of Immacolata and Chiara and bidding adieu to Angela, the series acquires a certain lightness of tone that amplifies the comic relief, with assistant Todisco (Emanuele Arrigazzi) replacing Juvara, and former Ferrara colleague Draghi (Giuseppe Antignati) being dragged in to lag behind Soneri's deductions (Eliana's assistant Assad [Pietro Sarubbi, THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST] and the coroner [Francesco Rossini, DARIO ARGENTO'S DRACULA] are refreshingly immune to Soneri's mocking). The scoring of Vince Tempera (THE PSYCHIC) is also more whimsical and the photography of Stefano Ricciotti (SWEPT AWAY) is brighter, slicker, and more colorful than the cool and grainy work of Federico Schlatter (AMORESTREMO) on the earlier seasons which was suited to the Ferrara setting. The first and third episodes are suspenseful and compelling while the second is rather dull, and the last drags as it compounds incidents upon one another while holding out on how they will tie together. The inconsistency of setting and tone (there's no fog this time around), as well as the new directions the series was taking, likely lead to the series cancellation at this point.

Eric Cotenas

Theatrical Release: 29 September 2009 - 23 October 2009 (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 6:19:02 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.11 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 - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
� Disc One:
� Episodes (with 'Play All' option):
� - 3.1: 'The Secret Room' (4:3; 1:41:39)
� - 3.2: 'Hard Lives' (4:3; 1:31:09)
� Start-up Trailer for 'Inspector De Luca'

� Disc Two:
� Episodes (with 'Play All' option):
� - 3.3: 'Well-Bred Boys' (4:3; 1:34:33)
� - 3.4: 'Off-Season' (4:3; 1:32:21)

DVD Release Date: September 28th, 2015
Amaray

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Comments

Arrow presents the four episodes of the final season on two dual-layer DVDs with midrange bitrates. The non-anamorphic 1.78:1 masters look better than those of the first two seasons because the photography is slicker without the intentionally cool and grainy look that suited the foggy and chilly Ferrara settings of the earlier episodes. The Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo track nicely delivers the dialogue and omnipresent scoring, and the optional English subtitles only feature a few rare awkwardly translated lines. There are no extras.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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