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(aka "Seven Deaths in the Cat's Eye" or "Seven Deaths in a Cat's Eyes" or "La morte negli occhi del gatto" or "Corringa" or "Sieben Tote in den Augen der Katze" or "Les diablesses" )

 

directed by Antonio Margheriti (as Anthony M. Dawson)
Italy/France/West Germany 1973

 

Expelled from Catholic school before the end of the term, young Corringa MacGrieff (Jane Birkin, LA BELLE NOISEUSE) boards a train for Scotland and Dragonstone, the ancestral home of her aunt Mary (Françoise Christophe, BORSALINO) where her mother Alicia (Dana Ghia, THE NIGHT CHILD) is spending the holidays. Corringa interrupts a chilly conversation between the two sisters over the money Mary needs to hold onto the castle, and her mother is murdered soon after. Although Mary's lover Dr. Franz (Anton Driffing, THE BEAST MUST DIE) - psychiatrist to her mad son James (Hiram Keller, FELLINI SATYRICON) - rules heart failure as her cause of death, the locals fear that subsequent throat-slashing murders among the castle's inhabitants are the result of the family legend: when a MacGrieff kills another MacGrieff, the victim turns into a vampire; the local police inspector (Birkin's partner Serge Gainsbourg, SLOGAN suspects a human culprit with more mundane motives. Suspects and potential victims include Franz's bisexual lover Suzanne (Doris Kunstmann, FUNNY GAMES) who turns her attempts at seduction for profit from James to heiress Corringa, new priest Father Robertson (Venantino Venantini, CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD), groundskeeper Angus (Luciano Pigozzi, BLOOD AND BLACK LACE), faithful servants Campbell (Konrad Georg) and his wife (Bianca Doria)m as well as James' pet orangutan which has the run of the castle corridors. Shot in the same castle exteriors as BLACK SUNDAY and Ottavio Scotti interior sets recycled from Mario Bava's THE WHIP AND THE BODY and director Antonio Margheriti's earlier THE VIRGIN OF NUREMBERG, SEVEN DEATHS IN THE CAT'S EYE is essentially a sexed-up, giallo-tinged version of the latter film (with the 1920s setting of Margheriti's THE UNNATURALS) with ludicrous Scottish accents, monotonous throat slashings (along with a scene of a razor being used to pry up a door latch that anticipates a similar suspenseful bit in Dario Argento's SUSPIRIA), and Riz Ortolani (CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST) cues recycled from THE VIRGIN OF NUREMBERT and CASTLE OF BLOOD, that is nevertheless entertaining and sports some gorgeous cinematography by Carlo Carlini (in contrast to other Margheriti films where he and cinematographer Riccardo Pallotini employed a TV-style three camera set-up).

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 12 April 1973 (Italy)

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Comparison:

Dagored - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Blue Underground - Region 0 - PAL vs. 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas and for the DVD Screen Caps!

Dagored - Region 0 - NTSC - LEFT 

Blue Underground - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE

88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

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Distribution

Dagored

Region 0 - NTSC

Blue Underground
Region 0 - PAL
88 Films
Region 'B' -
Blu-ray
Runtime 1:23:27 1:34:30 1:34:48.516
Video

2.05:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.22 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

2.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.10 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

2.35:1 Disc Size: 32,649,008,214 bytes

Feature Size: 29,828,450,304 bytes

Total Bitrate: 34.99 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

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

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88 Films Blu-ray

 

Audio Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
LPCM Audio Italian 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 320 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 320 kbps

Subtitles English, none None English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Dagored

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 2.05:1

Edition Details:
� Stills Gallery
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DVD Release Date: 9 October 2007
Amaray

Chapters 12
 

Release Information:
Studio: Blue Underground

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.33:1

Edition Details:
� 'Murder He Wrote' interview with co-writer Giovanni Simonelli (16:9; 8:12)

 

DVD Release Date: 25 October 2005
Amaray

Chapters 25

Release Information:
Studio: 88 Films

 

2.35:1 Disc Size: 32,649,008,214 bytes

Feature Size: 29,828,450,304 bytes

Total Bitrate: 34.99 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

 

Edition Details:

• Audio Commentary from Genre Expert Troy Howarth
• English Trailer (3:23)
• Italian Trailer (3;28)
• Interview with Edoardo Margheriti (11:20)

 

Blu-ray Release Date: December 26th, 2016

Transparent Blu-ray case

Chapters: 12

 

 

 

Comments

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

ADDITION: 88 Films - Region 'B'- Blu-ray - March 17': The 88 Films Blu-ray is advertised as being a "New 2K Restoration from the Original Camera Negative". Being honest, I have no idea what this film is supposed to look like but the DVDs seem to have issues of their own, the Dagored being non-anamorphic and hazy while the Blue Underground looks boosted and very thin producing artifacts. The 88 Films image is very dark - to the point of obscuring detail but the better lit scenes (see bottom of the review) look quite good with depth and decent contrast. This is dual-layered with a max'ed out bitrate and is very smooth in-motion. The darker scenes can look greenish-blue and the visuals are very thick and heavy with warmer flash tones. I don't think the original source was in the best of condition.

88 Films offer robust linear PCM 2.0 tracks at 2304 kbps(24-bit) in both English and Italian (with English subtitles). It supports the film well with some rich bass. The score by Riz Ortolani (The McKenzie Break, Day of Anger, Il Sorpasso, Woman Times Seven, Cannibal Holocaust, The Voyeur, Mondo Cane) adds another layer to the horror and atmosphere elements of the film. The Blu-ray is Region 'B'-locked.

88 Films provide an audio commentary from genre expert Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films and his input adds significant value to the package detailing production, filmmaker and cast data. There is also a dozen-minute interview with Edoardo Margheriti, son of director Antonio Margheriti plus there is an English and Italian trailer included.

Love Jane Birkin but this is a more unusual horror-mystery-thriller. It has great atmosphere but the story is s bit clunky - I still liked it - more so after listening to the Howarth commentary. Certainly recommended to fans...

 - Gary and Eric

 


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88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


Dagored - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP 

Blue Underground - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE

88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


Dagored - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP 

Blue Underground - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE

88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


Dagored - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP 

Blue Underground - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE

88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

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Region 0 - NTSC

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Region 0 - PAL
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Region 'B' -
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