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A view on Blu-ray by Gary W. Tooze

So Sweet, So Dead or "Rivelazioni di un maniaco sessuale al capo della squadra mobile" or "The Slasher the Sex Maniac!" [Blu-ray]


(Roberto Bianchi Montero, 1972)





Review by Gary Tooze


NOTE: This November 2020 Code Red Blu-ray is the exact same disc and package as sold in 2017 with a different cover!



Theatrical: Produzioni Cinematografiche Romane (P.C.R.)

Video: Code Red



Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:40:41.493  

Disc Size: 24,676,478,396 bytes

Feature Size: 24,061,046,784 bytes

Video Bitrate: 28.26 Mbps

Chapters: 14

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: March 21st, 2017 / November 17th, 2020



Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video




DTS-HD Master Audio English 1969 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1969 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)



None (English for newspaper headlines, burned-in)



The Death Dealer (2:51)
So Sweet So Dead (0:59)
2019 After the Fall of New York (0:53)
Hands of Steel (2:21)
Cry for a Prostitute (0:33)
The Great Alligator (2:52)



1) Code Red (2017) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray TOP

2) Code Red (2020) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM



Description: A naked woman is found murdered and mutilated in a prosperous small province town in Southern Italy. But who killed her... and why? Inspector Capuana (Farley Granger; Strangers on a Train, Rope) investigates what turns out to be a string of savage murders in which unfaithful women are targeted as they play around behind their husbands' backs. Now the killer, who wears a black fedora, gloves, and trench coat as he stalks and photographs his victims, is becoming more relentless in a depraved quest to purge the world of what he believes to be immoral souls. Also starring Sylva Koscina (Lisa and the Devil, Hercules, Hornet's Nest), this notorious Italian shocker also known as So Sweet, So Dead is now presented fully authorized and in HD for the first time! Brand New 2017 HD master with extensive colour correction .



The Film:

A killer is slashing up unfaithful women and leaves compromising photos next to their bodies. Inspector Capuana, played by an excellent and emotional Farley Granger - who also has a nice moustache, takes the lead in the hunt for the killer but something makes the killer getting closer and closer to him! Why? What? How? And... who is it?

The Slasher is the Sex Maniac isn't the most original giallo ever made. Actually the total opposite. It feels quite cheap and is packed with nudity and sleaze, and less gore and violence. The American cut, they say, had inserts of hardcore. I don't know if that's true, but it would fit the cheap style and flat cinematography.

Excerpt from NinjaDixon located HERE

An unusually good script punctuates this tale about a depraved avenger of morality snuffing out licentious Italian housewives married to men of stature. The newly transferred police inspector finds small town life of little difference from the manic city in Roberto Montero's sex and breasts obsessed giallo thriller. The minimalist political pandering is a welcome change of pace -- supplanted by a storyline demonstrative of immorality; and it's brought to you by a director who dabbled in movies with sexual themes, and ended his career doing porn pictures. One helluva punch at the end, too. SO SWEET is so recommended.

Excerpt from CollassCinema located HERE

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

The single-layered Code Red Blu-ray of So Sweet So Dead looks decent in 1080P. The source is imperfect with a few inconsistencies and speckles but the visuals improve as the film runs along. The transfer seems adept and there are sequences of rich colors and the grain texture is appreciated. It has a few inconsistencies but is a shade better than I expected.  I noticed no egregious noise or digitization. It is in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio. This Blu-ray gave me an imperfect but watchable viewing in regards to the HD picture quality.





















Audio :

Code Red use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track at 1969 kbps (246-bit) in the, mostly, DUBBED English language. The sync mismatches weren't overwhelming and it's something we learn to accept in this genre. There may have been some volume fluctuations - but no fatal errors and the effects had depth as did the score by Giorgio Gaslini (La Notte, Deep Red, Night of the Devils) that suits the film perfectly. There are no subtitles offered and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.


Extras :

Only a trailer and some other Code Red BD film trailers.



So Sweet So Dead is at the more gruesome end of the Giallo spectrum. It's a typical storyline - knives, hidden assailant, nudity, depravity.... it is unmistakably part of the genre. It has favorites; Farley Granger (Amuck!), Sylva Koscina (Deadlier Than the Male), Annabella Incontrera (Black Belly of the Tarantula). The bare-bones Code Red
Blu-ray seems the only way to see this effort in 1080P and it's a presentation that Giallo aficionados and enthusiasts will embrace. Ideally it would have an option for the Italian track but this remains the best way to see the film at present. 

Gary Tooze

November 4th, 2017

October 13th, 2020





NOTE: This November 2020 Code Red Blu-ray is the exact same disc and package as sold in 2017 with a different cover!


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.

Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.

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