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Delirium aka "Le foto di Gioia" aka "Photo of Gioia" [Blu-ray]
(Lamberto Bava, 1987)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: National Cinematografica
Region: 'B' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 21,754,862,261 bytes
Feature Size: 21,599,606,784 bytes
Video Bitrate: 26.95 Mbps
Case: Transparent Blu-ray case
Release date: May 15th, 2017
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
•Daria Nicolodi - The Dame of Delirium - booklet Notes by Calum Waddell
• Reversible Sleeve with original LE FOTO DI GIOIA title)
Description: Gloria (Serena Grandi, Antropophagus: The Beast), a model turned magazine owner, is having a terrible time keeping her buxom talent alive. A crazed fan of the ex-model is picking off her new starlets, one-by-one, and sending grotesque photographs of their bloody craftsmanship to the poor mogul. As the threats and bodies continue to mount, Gloria must discover who this madman is before she becomes the ultimate model for the lunatic s chopping block. Scored by the legendary Simon Boswell (Demons 2), Lamberto Bava s overly stylish Giallo was originally developed by none other than Dario Argento and is brimming with legendary exploitation stars like Daria Nicolodi, George Eastman and David Brandon; all of whom are draped in outlandish 80s fashion. Delirium makes it HD debut thanks to 88 Films and is a must have for any Giallo fan!
A psycho-killer is on the loose, and detectives are trying to
catch him. Meanwhile, criminals who have escaped justice are found
hanged, and evidence indicates it was suicide, though in truth, they
were murdered by a vigilante group. Are these incidents related?
Voluptuous Italian starlet Serena Grandi stars in this uneven but memorable Giallo from director Lamberto (Demons) Bava as Gloria, a former centerfold model who inherits her dead husband’s sex magazine; Pussycat. One day during a photo shoot, she receives lewd phone calls from her paraplegic teenage neighbor. Gloria dismisses his calls because she feels sorry for him, but when he calls saying that one of her models just got pitchforked to death, she calls the police. It seems that there is a lunatic on the loose that has a grudge against Gloria and is intent on murdering all of her models. The killer, we learn gets off on posing the model’s dead bodies and has photo shoots with their corpses. Of course, after the killer does away with several models, the cross-dressing psycho with a helium voice comes after Gloria.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Delirium gets an impressive transfer to Blu-ray from 88 Films, cited as a "New Master Restored from the Original Camera Negative". It is single-layered with a supportive bitrate for the 1.5 hour feature. The 1080P exports excellent contrast with tight lines, solid colors and depth in the, original, 1.85:1 frame. It's very clean and there are grain textures that consistently support a film-like presentation. This Blu-ray exports an exceptionally healthy HD-rendered image.
NOTE: This has the English title sequence and no photos (like the sexy cover with Grandi) as found on the cover of the BD, although it does say:
It's just a black screen with title/credits.
CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION
Only the English, mostly DUBB'ed, track is provided on the 88 Films Blu-ray of Delirium via a uncompressed liner PCM transfer (24-bit). The dialogue mismatches are at the usual level of Italian cinema and, frankly, add some charisma. The effects aren't overwhelming for such a film but the score credited to Simon Boswell (Santa Sangre, Phenomena) adds funky-electronic beats that help the Giallo labeling. There are optional English subtitles (see sample) and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'B'-locked.
Digitally bare-bones but there is an included 8-page booklet with an essay entitled 'Daria Nicolodi - The Dame of Delirium' by Calum Waddell, a reversible sleeve with the original LE FOTO DI GIOIA title (but same photo), and a second disc PAL DVD of the feature.
August 17th, 2017
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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Gary W. Tooze
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