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(aka "Tutti I Colori del Buio" or "All the Colours of the Dark" or "Day of the Maniac" or "Todos los colores de la oscuridad" )

 

directed by Sergio Martino
Italy/Spain 1972

 

Italian celluloid icon Edwige Fenech (Five Dolls For An August Moon, Strip Nude for Your Killer) leads an all-star cast as Jane Harrison, a nervous housewife plagued by nightmarish visions of her own bloody murder. To cure her hellish fantasies her bewitching neighbour Mary (Marina Malfatti, The Red Queen Kills Seven Times) initiates Jane into a Satanic coven. But when she witnesses Mary’s ritual sacrifice at a candlelit black mass, Jane’s diabolical dreams start to come true. Who is the blue-eyed phantom stalking her and has she already witnessed her own death?

Genre acolytes George Hilton, Ivan Rassimov and Susan Scott join the unholy alliance in Martino’s tense and paranoid fever dream. Presented in ravishing high-definition and with a haunting score from Bruno Nicolai, satanic panic has never been so stylish!

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Mature audiences only. Trapped in a feminist parable wrapped tightly within multiple layers of an Italian low-budget Giallo, Jane, an English housewife, may or may not be 1) the victim of a conspiracy to kill her; 2) a central figure in an elaborate occult ritual; 3) prone to wild paranoid fantasies; or 4) all of the above. Sergio Martino presents every one of these possibilities in sensuously photographed colors and with a cast so beautiful one might be willing to forgive some nefarious tendencies. Edwige Fenech, who graced many gialli with her wide eyes, plays the disturbed figure at the center of this exciting yet seductive milieu. Martino and cinematographer Giancarlo Ferrando delight in exposing all the allure and terror they can squeeze into a macabre occult fantasy thriller (and composer Bruno Nicolai provides a haunting, exotic score to accompany the bizarre ride). - Stela Jelinci (from MRQE HERE)

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All the illicit thrills which genre fans cherish (sex, violence, weirdness galore) are present woven in a Hitchcockian woman-in-peril/murder mystery plot with trippy, supernatural frills. Bruno Nicolai s sitar-tinged music score swirls into psychedelic overdrive. Starring the undisputed Queen of Italian exploitation: the impossibly beautiful, sensuous, Edwige Fenech, whose uninhibited nudity in films is never ever vulgar. Here she stars as a woman who joins a satanic sect in order to escape from a man who is trying to kill her. black-robed orgy ensues, replete with blood sacrifice, oddball chanting, and a delectable helping of nudity and sex...

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Theatrical Release: 13 August 1976 (USA)

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Comparison:

Marketing Films - Region 2 - PAL vs. Shriek Show - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Shameless - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the DVD Screen Caps!

1) Marketing Films - Region 2 - PAL LEFT

2) Shriek Show - Region 1 - NTSC MIDDLE

3) Shameless - Region 'B' - Blu-ray RIGHT

 

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Distribution

Marketing Films

Region 2 - PAL

Shriek Show
Region 1 - NTSC
Shameless
Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:30:57 (4% PAL speedup) 1:34:51 1:34:28.791
Video

2.18:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.7 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

2.28:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.43 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 37,128,320,880 bytes

Feature: 26,145,576,960 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 29.98 Mbps

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

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Marketing Films

 

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Shriek Show

 

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Blu-ray

 

Audio German Dolby Digital 5.1; German Dolby Digital 2.0 mono; English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono; Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
LPCM Audio Italian 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Commentary:

LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit

Subtitles none English, none English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Marketing Films

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 2.18:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer (4:3; 1:32)
• Trailer Show
• Slide Show (4:3; 3:40)
• Cast & Crew Filmographies and Biographies

DVD Release Date: 25 April 2002
Amaray

Chapters 8
 

Release Information:
Studio: Shriek Show

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.28:1

Edition Details:
•  Interview with director Sergio Martino (4:3; 20:14)
•  Interview with actor George Hilton (4:3; 6:19)
• Photo slide show (16:9; 23:33)
• Alternate US title sequence and closing credits (16:9; 3:20)
• Export, Italian, and US Theatrical Trailers (16:9; 8:57)
• Radio Spots (1:30)
• Trailers

 

DVD Release Date: 12 October 2004
Amaray

Chapters 8

Release Information:
Studio:
Shameless

 

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 37,128,320,880 bytes

Feature: 26,145,576,960 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 29.98 Mbps

 

Edition Details:

• Audio Commentary by Kat Ellinger and Samm Deighan
• Dark is the Color: Interview with Sergio Martino (32:16)

Door - an award winning short by Michele De Angelis  (10:44)
• Shameless Trailer Reel (1:26)

 

Blu-ray Release Date: June 12th, 2017
Yellow Blu-ray Case

Chapters: 12

 

 

 

Comments

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

ADDITION: Shameless - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - May 17': Shameless come out with their, much anticipated, 1080P release of Sergio Martino's All the Colours of the Dark. It supports the color scheme of the Shriek Show DVD, but tightens up and the BD exports some pleasing textures. There is more information in the frame - on the side edges. There may be an artifact here and there but overall the image quality is a welcome relief from the past DVDs. Contrast has some nice layering and it looks solid in-motion.

NOTE: The credits and title are in Spanish on this Blu-ray.

Both the English-language and Italian-language versions are available - in 2.0 channel linear PCM transfers (16-bit.) There may be a slight sync issue in dialogue that I would say is only noticeable - not distracting. The score is by Bruno Nicolai (The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave, 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, adds to this Giallo with some nice flavor augmenting the dreams, rituals and overall atmosphere. There are optional English subtitles (smallish yellow font - see sample) - but they are not DUB-titles as in one scene the psychiatrist says 'miscarriage' but the subtitle translation is 'abortion'. The package is region 'B'-locked and purchasable on both sides of the Atlantic.

We get a new audio commentary by Kat Ellinger and Samm Deighan, who both work at Diabolique Magazine, and are co-hosts of their Daughters of Darkness podcasts. It's good to follow, with Ellinger's British accent, focusing on details of the production, the oft-neglected Martino, and members of the cast. I enjoyed listening. There is also a 1/2 hour interview with Sergio Martino entitled Dark is the Color and it is in Italian with yellow English subtitles (they didn't kick in right away for moi.) We also get Door - an award winning short by Michele De Angelis, a director, writer and producer. Lastly, is a Shameless trailer reel.

Wow! All the Colours of the Dark is a mind-bending film. It's an under-discussed Giallo and I know that so many are pleased to see it released on Blu-ray (Thank you Shameless!) I was anxious to see the quality, and listen to the commentary - I was pleased with both and it sits proudly in my Giallo section - ready for a re-spin. Absolutely recommended!

 -Gary and Eric


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1) Marketing Films - Region 2 - PAL TOP

2) Shriek Show - Region 1 - NTSC MIDDLE

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1) Marketing Films - Region 2 - PAL TOP

2) Shriek Show - Region 1 - NTSC MIDDLE

3) Shameless - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Marketing Films - Region 2 - PAL TOP

2) Shriek Show - Region 1 - NTSC MIDDLE

3) Shameless - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Marketing Films - Region 2 - PAL TOP

2) Shriek Show - Region 1 - NTSC MIDDLE

3) Shameless - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Marketing Films - Region 2 - PAL TOP

2) Shriek Show - Region 1 - NTSC MIDDLE

3) Shameless - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Marketing Films - Region 2 - PAL TOP

2) Shriek Show - Region 1 - NTSC MIDDLE

3) Shameless - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Marketing Films - Region 2 - PAL TOP

2) Shriek Show - Region 1 - NTSC MIDDLE

3) Shameless - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

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Distribution

Marketing Films

Region 2 - PAL

Shriek Show
Region 1 - NTSC
Shameless
Region 'B' - Blu-ray



 

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