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(aka 'Murder to the Tune of the Seven Black Notes' or 'Seven Notes in Black' or 'The Psychic')

Directed by Lucio Fulci
Italy 1977

 

Lucio Fulci was a versatile talent. Before he carved a name for himself in the early eighties with gory epics like The Beyond (1981) he made some Argento style gialli and this is one of the best. The film successfully blends a dreamlike quality with an intricate, multilayered story co-written by Fulci and the extremely hardworking Dardano Sachetti (let's face it the man must be a genius).

Jennifer O'Neill is the psychic woman who as a child had a vision of her mother's actual death and who later as an adult has a puzzling vision of a woman being walled up in the same fashion as in Edgar Allan Poe's The Black Cat. Recently married O'Neill then spends some time at her rich husband's lonely country estate where she discovers the room from her vision, and a dead body behind the wall...

This being a Giallo there's several plot twists as the film develops but they are carried out with unusual effectivety and partially thanks to Sergio Salvati's incredible cinematography the film becomes involving and atmospheric. That Fulci might have intended this as some sort of commentary on the Giallo genre is evident in the recurrence of the color yellow/ Giallo in O'Neill's key vision, there's the cigarette with yellow wrapping paper, a magazine cover with the text "giallo" and a broken mirror with a golden yellow frame.

Excerpt from Euro Trash Reviews (Kristoffer Gansing) located HERE

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Theatrical Release: August 10th, 1977

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Distribution Severin - Region 1 - NTSC Elea Media
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Runtime 1:37:15  1:37:29.677 
Video 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.0 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s  

Disc Size: 24,830,836,248 bytes

Feature Size: 23,514,202,176 bytes

Total Bitrate: 27.07 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

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

Bitrate:

Bitrate: Blu-ray

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono) 

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1049 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1049 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)

DUB:

DTS-HD Master Audio German 2078 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2078 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio German 128 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 128 kbps

Subtitles English (only when Italian text information is shown), None German, None (on the English version)
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Severin

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Edition Details:

• Voices From the Black (27:25)
• Trailer (1:09)

DVD Release Date: October 30th, 2007

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Chapters: 10

Release Information:
Studio: Elea Media

 

Disc Size: 24,830,836,248 bytes

Feature Size: 23,514,202,176 bytes

Total Bitrate: 27.07 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

 

Edition Details:
Commentary by Marcus Stiglegger

Trailer (1:05)
• Promo Teaser (1:40)

• German Trailer (3;16)

• Italian Opening Credits (3:48)

•  Italian Ending (1:19)

 

Blu-ray Release Date: April 24th, 2015
Standard Blu-ray case

Chapters 9

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Elea Media - Region FREE - Blu-ray September 17': A few pleasant surprises with this Fulci film on Elea Blu-ray. Despite the box stating that it is Region 'B' - it is actually Region FREE... and the menu option requiring either a German DUB or English with German subtitles (inferring they are forced) - they are indeed removable! Bravo!

It's a single-layered transfer - and the image has some definite advantages over the SD. Brighter, detail rises and the bitrate supports the feature exceptionally well. Colors are deeper and richer with flesh tones gaining normalcy from the, dreaded, orange-ness of SD. The layered contrast is a significant step forward and the presentation with notable texture (some see as noise). There is a bit of depth but the attributes are a clean, tighter image that fans will easily see advances over the old DVD transfer. I don't know the source but this starts with the English title Murder to the Tune of the Seven Black Notes title.

The film works well in English. The DTS-HD Master mono track is authentic but not always crisp with effects deep and, obviously, flat but with a few piercing screams. The score is credited to Franco Bixio (as Bixio), Fabio Frizzi (as Frizzi) and Vince Tempera (as Tempera) and the opening With You by Linda Lee doesn't initiate the presentation with conviction in the sound department - as well as being an odd choice for the film. But sound doe settle-in and everything carries the impression of superior lossless. As said earlier - the German subtitle (for the English track) are removable and the Blu-ray disc is Region FREE!

There is a German-language commentary by Marcus Stiglegger and the rest of the supplements consist of a trailer, promo teaser, German trailer - both the Italian opening and closing credits.

Like Hermie, I've had a huge crush on Jennifer O'Neill and could watch her in anything (always wanted to see more of her in Scanners). Fulci's film is kinda amusing in the many extreme close-ups of O'Neill's eyes every time she has a psychic impression. Fulci, and Giallo, fans should nab this even with the commentary wasted to English-locked listeners. This is especially inviting since the Severin DVD is way OOP. I was very pleased with this Blu-ray disc. 

NOTE: Scorpion Releasing will, eventually, be releasing this on Blu-ray and we will compare! 

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ON THE DVD: Most fans will be pleased with this single-layered transfer from Severin - anamorphic and progressive - it suffers somewhat from a bit of softness and dullish colors but overall the image quality presents itself as quite acceptable. The audio is in original English (with obvious post production DUB'ing of some actors) - it's a bit hushed at times with some minor hiss and optional subtitles would have been appreciated. They only exist for the supplemental featurette and the Italian text in the opening sequence (see below) of the feature.

Severin have added a trailer and a half-hour featurette "Voices From the Black" with input from Dardanno Sachhetti, costume designer Massimo Lentini and editor Bruno Micheli. Those keen will enjoy.

The price might be a bit high for DVD tech value but fans of Giallo and Fulci will certainly find enough to be content. I found the film well crafted and highly intriguing.   

Gary W. Tooze


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