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Watch Me When I Kill aka "Il gatto dagli occhi di giada" aka "The Cat's Victims" [Blu-ray]
(Antonio Bido, 1977)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Elis Cinematografica
Region: 'B' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 36,864,035,471 bytes
Feature Size: 29,818,705,920 bytes
Video Bitrate: 34.99 Mbps
Case: Transparent Blu-ray case with alt- cover slipcase (see below)
Release date: October 23rd, 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
LPCM Audio Italian 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
•Danza Macabra (14:14) and Mendelsson in Judischen Museum, Berlin (12:28), 2 Short Films by Director Antonio Bido
• Interview with Academic, Mikel Coven (10:54)
• Restoration Comparison (4:44)
8-pages of liner notes with essay and images
Description: Antonio Bido, the man who won understandable cult acclaim with his stylish stalker-thriller BLOODSTAINED SHADOW (1978), helmed one of the defining giallo shockers in 1977's nightmarish WATCH ME WHEN I KILL. For fans of yellow-peril, golden age, Italian black-gloved killer mayhem, it does not get any better than this suspenseful murder-mystery which follows an animalistic, knife-happy maniac as he cuts and drowns his victims to prohibit a historic secret emerging. Exactly why the dead bodies are piling up confuses the authorities - but the reasoning behind this sudden slash 'em up activity proves both jarring and jaggedly horrible. And look out for an appearance from legendary Italian genre veteran Paolo Malco (THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY/ THE NEW YORK RIPPER) and a sizzling soundtrack from art prog-rockers Trans-Europe Express! Even seasoned giallo buffs are sure to embrace the many thrills and chills of WATCH ME WHEN I KILL, remastered in 4k by the Euro-gore embracing enthusiasts at 88 Films!
The film's final act is said by director Antonio Bido to be a much more personal part of the film based more heavily upon an earlier and more dramatic version of the script. Bido's greater degree of engagement is visible from the beginning as he moves the action from Rome to Padua and sets about turning the city into a strange provincial hinterland full of eerily empty streets, sinister old people's homes and cackling mad men. Bido's increased care and attention is also visible in the final murder scene's stylish use of music and more aggressive and creative approaches to editing. Had the entirety of the film been made with as much care as the final act then Watch Me When I Kill would, undeniably, have been a good deal more interesting.Excerpt from VideoVista located HERE
Good Italian giallo clearly in the mold of Argento's
Deep Red, this concerns nightclub dancer Mara (Tedesco) who
witnesses a murder on her way home from work. After the killer's attempt
on her life for 'what she may know', Mara is drawn into a mysterious web
of secrets, intrigue and more murders.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Watch Me When I Kill gets an impressive transfer to Blu-ray from 88 Films, cited as "New 4K Transfer from the original negative". It is dual-layered territory with a max'ed out bitrate. It offers both the English and Italian language-versions - seamless (exact same transfer.) The 1080P supports excellent grain textures and minor depth in the 1.85:1 frame. Interiors sometimes have a green-yellow-golden hue. It's quite clean with only a few speckles and the bright colors and layered contrast are consistent. There is impressive detail in the film's many close-ups - skin-grain and make-up are visible. This Blu-ray exports a very strong HD presentation.
Eric has sent us some comparison captures with the cropped, flat German PAL DVD. (Thanks Eric!) The Blu-ray is a huge improvement.
CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION
Both English and Italian tracks on the Blu-ray of Watch Me When I Kill offer uncompressed liner PCM transfers. The DUB'ing mismatches are at the usual level of Italian cinema - something we accept about the genre. The effects can be loud and expressive with some piercing screams. The score is by 'Trans Europa Express' (the group - not the Kraftwerk album) is described by DEEjay.de HERE as: "The film's score was created by a supergroup specifically formed for this project and consisted of Adriano Monteduro (vocals and guitar, known for his 1974 record in which he was accompanied by prog band Reale Accademia Di Musica), Glauco Borelli (bass, already in Alberomotore), the well-known composer Mauro Lusini and Gianfranco Coletta who, besides being one of the pioneers of Italian psychedelia with Chetro and Co., was also a founding member of the Banco del Mutuo Soccorso." It is very Giallo-esque with subtle guitar and violent rock flourishes. The two audio transfers are different with the Italian being deeper and the English more passive. There are optional English subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'B'-locked.
There are some excellent supplements - 88 Films includes 2 short films by director Antonio Bido; the atmospheric Danza Macabra runs 14-minutes about a pianist and Mendelsson in Judischen Museum, Berlin is 12-minutes about the process of composing. There is also an 11-minute interview with Mikel Coven who details what he likes about Watch Me When I Kill. Lastly is a revealing, split-screen, 5-minute restoration comparison. The package has an alt-cover slipcase and 8-pages of liner notes with essay and images.
November 8th, 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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