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(aka "La polizia chiede aiuto" or "La lame infernale" or "The Coed Murders" or "What Have They Done to Your Daughters?")

 

Directed by Massimo Dallamano
Italy 1974

 

In 1972, director Massimo Dallamano (Colt 38 Special Squad, The Night Child) broke new ground in the giallo genre with the harrowing What Have You Done to Solange? Two years later, he followed up with an even darker semi-sequel – the chilling What Have They Done to Your Daughters?

A teenage girl is found hanging from the rafters of a privately rented attic, pregnant and violated. Hot-headed Inspector Silvestri (Claudio Cassinelli, The Suspcious Death of a Minor) and rookie Assistant District Attorney Vittoria Stori (Giovanna Ralli, Cold Eyes of Fear) are assigned to the case, the scope of which grows substantially when they discover that the dead girl was part of a ring of underage prostitutes whose abusers occupy the highest echelons of Italian society. Meanwhile, a cleaver-wielding, motorcycle-riding killer roars through the streets of Brescia, determined to ensure that those involved take their secret to the grave.

Also starring Mario Adorf (The Bird with the Crystal Plumage) and Farley Granger (Amuck) and featuring an insanely catchy score by Stelvio Cipriani (Death Walks on High Heels), What Have They Done to Your Daughters? is a fast-paced, brutal and unforgettable thriller from a director at the peak of his creative powers.

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Theatrical Release: August 10th, 1974

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Review: Arrow - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Arrow - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:30:50.445      
Video

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-rays

Disc One: 48,683,348,348 bytes

Feature: 30,117,756,288 bytes

Video Bitrate: 37.85 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio

LPCM Audio Italian 768 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit
LPCM Audio English 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
Commentary:

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

Subtitles English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack, optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack, None
Features Release Information:
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Arrow

 

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-rays

Disc One: 48,683,348,348 bytes

Feature: 30,117,756,288 bytes

Video Bitrate: 37.85 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• New audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films
• Masters and Slaves: Power, Corruption & Decadence in the Cinema of Massimo Dallamano, a new video essay by Kat Ellinger, author and editor-in-chief of Diabolique Magazine (19:44)
• Eternal Melody, an interview with composer Stelvio Cipriani (49:39)
• Dallamano’s Touch, an interview with editor Antonio Siciliano (22:22)
• Unused hardcore footage shot for the film by Massimo Dallamano (5:05)

• English titles (3:09)
• Italian theatrical trailer (3:55)
• Image gallery (0:35)
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Adam Rabalais
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Michael Mackenzie


Blu-ray Release Date: August 14th, 2018
Transparent Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12

 

 

Comments:

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

Arrow's new Blu-ray is described as a "New 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative". It is in 1080P on a dual-layered disc with a max'ed out bitrate. It is in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio. There is a, pricey, German Blu-ray but we don't own it to compare. This Arrow US transfer looks solid in exporting the film's textures with balanced authentic colors. The image is not particularly dynamic but has a very consistent film-like appearance in-motion. 

Arrow provide a linear PCM mono tracks - both original lossless Italian (16-bit) and English DUB (24-bit).  The resulting sound is flat but clean providing some depth to a few effects in the film and an another distinctive Giallio-esque score by Stelvio Cipriani (The Night Child, Nightmare City, The Blood Stained Shadow, Killer Cop, Rabid Dogs, Baron Blood, A Bay of Blood). It has some measured orchestral and choir-vocal qualities that help establish the film's Italian genre leanings.  It works very well. There are optional English (SDH) subtitles for the English-language track and standard English subtitles for the original Italian language although, depending on your player - you can mix--and-match in any combination you desire. It is a Region 'A' Blu-ray.

Arrow's supplements include a new audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films and he gives another informative, sometimes humorous discussion of the film, performers, the genre and is always great to listen to. Masters and Slaves: Power, Corruption & Decadence in the Cinema of Massimo Dallamano is a a new 20-minute video essay by Kat Ellinger, author and editor-in-chief of Diabolique Magazine. She explores themes of the film and how they relate to the films of Massimo Dallamano. IUt is at her usual impressive standard. Eternal Melody is a lengthy 50-minute interview with composer Stelvio Cipriani who discusses his excellent score. Dallamano’s Touch is a 22-minute interview with editor Antonio Siciliano and we can actually see 5-minutes of the unused hardcore footage shot for the film by Massimo Dallamano which amounted to some graphic nudity. The supplements include the English-language titles, an Italian theatrical trailer and an image gallery with 35 posters, title-cards and stills from the film. The package has a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Adam Rabalais and for the first pressing only has an illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Michael Mackenzie.

What Have They Done to Your Daughters? has a nasty but effective edge and the case could be made for it as a Poliziotteschi (a subgenre of crime and action films that emerged in Italy in the late 1960s and reached the height of their popularity in the 1970s) or, also a
Giallio. The direct translation of the German title is "Death Wears Black Leather" and it does contain a leather-encased, black-gloved killer and the film is backed by the Cipriani score. As the Giallio genre began to fade other Italian directors like Sergio Martino, Lucio Fulci and Umberto Lenzi ventured into the harsh police drama creating a modest distance from obvious Giallio conventions. However, there is certainly enough of a Giallio link to maintain its categorization in the heavily-stylized genre that we love.  The Arrow Blu-ray gives a great presentation with supplements and commentary that promote appreciation. No matter the classification - this is a solid thriller. Absolutely recommended! 

Gary Tooze

 


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