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(aka "La ragazza dal pigiama giallo")

 

directed by Flavio Mogherini
Italy 1977

Based On The Infamous Real-Life Murder Case That Shocked The World! When the mutilated corpse of a young woman is found on an Australian beach, retired detective Thompson (Oscar® winner Ray Milland of THE LOST WEEKEND and DIAL M FOR MURDER) involves himself in the investigation. But before they can find the killer, the police must first identify the victim. Who was this once-beautiful girl found clad only in yellow pyjamas? Why would the authorities put her nude body on public display? What sexual depravity did she endure before her murder? And even if Thompson can crack the baffling case, will he survive to see her killer brought to justice?

Excerpt from Amazon.com located HERE

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As usual, Blue Underground has assembled an impressive package for a lesser-known title with their disc of The Pyjama Girl Case. The transfer is up to the company's usual standards: the anamorphic, letterboxed video offers a colorful, richly detailed image and the mono track is a vigorous one that makes effective use of Riz Ortolani's score. In terms of extras, this disc features the original European theatrical trailer and "The Pyjama Girl Mystery," an impressive interview featurette that has true-crime author Richard Evans discussing the real-life case that inspired The Pyjama Girl Case. That featurette is a must for true crime buffs and is as fascinating as the film itself. Finally, there is an insert in the disc case that includes reprints of two comic book stories from Taboo that were inspired by the real-life "Pyjama Girl" mystery plus some introductory notes by Taboo editor Stephen Bissette.

Excerpt from B+N located HERE

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Theatrical Premiere: December 31st, 1977

 

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Runtime 1:42:00 1:42:23.262
Video

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.18 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

Disc Size: 47,696,361,039 bytes

Feature Size: 30,544,594,944 bytes

Average Bitrate: 35.31 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

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Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 (English)

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1061 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1061 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio Italian 1044 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1044 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles None English, English (SDH), None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Blue Underground

Aspect Ratio:
Original - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• "The Pyjama Girl Mystery: A True Story of Murder, Obsession and Lies" - Interview with Author Richard Evans (29:56)
• Theatrical Trailer (3:55)


DVD Release Date: August 4th, 2015
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Chapters 34

Release Information:
Studio: Arrow

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Disc Size: 47,696,361,039 bytes

Feature Size: 30,544,594,944 bytes

Average Bitrate: 35.31 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
• New audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films
• New video interview with author and critic Michael Mackenzie on the internationalism of the giallo (28:30)
• New video interview with actor Howard Ross (31:46)
• New video interview with editor Alberto Tagliavia (23:17)
• Archival interview with composer Riz Ortolani (21:24)
• Image gallery
• Italian theatrical trailer (3:55)
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon
• FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector s booklet featuring new writing by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Blu-ray Release Date: September 17th-18th, 2018
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Chapters: 12

 

 

 

Comments

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

Firstly, this is an incredibly impressive Blu-ray release. I reflect on all the years we struggled to get any digital edition of many Giallo releases. This is a great time to be a genre fan.

Arrow's 1080P is available in both the Europe (Region 'B') and North America (Region 'A') and is on a dual-layered Blu-ray with a max'ed out bitrate. The superiority over the SD image is readily apparent - better colors (warmer skin tones), consistent grain support, depth, contrast... this is cited as a "Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative". I saw no flaws at all - a vast upgrade from the DVD. I'm confident that this is the best I will ever see this film look on my system.

Arrow offer DTS-HD Master 1.0 channel mono tracks in both English and Italian languages. It is, predictably, flat with a few effects of depth but the Riz Ortolani (The Valachi Papers, Seven Deaths in the Cat's Eyes, The McKenzie Break, Day of Anger, Il Sorpasso, Woman Times Seven, Cannibal Holocaust, The Voyeur, Mondo Cane) score is a highlight of the film's audio and sounds very atmospheric in the lossless adding another layer to the film experience. Again a significant advancement over the DVD and this Blu-ray is Region FREE offering optional English subtitles - both standard and SDH.

Arrow's supplements are extremely extensive starting with a new audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films. He is his usual detailed, amusing yet professional and congenial extending many layers beyond the surface knowledge of performers, cast, crew and director. Excellent. We get a wonderful new 1/2 interview with author and critic Michael Mackenzie on the internationalism of the giallo genre. This is solid gold for fans and takes a unique look at the perceptions of Giallo outside of Italy. There are new video interviews - with actor Howard Ross (Roy Conner in the film) for over 1/2 hour, with editor Alberto Tagliavia for over 23-minutes and an archival interview with composer Riz Ortolani for almost 22-minutes. There is an image gallery, Italian theatrical trailer and the package has a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon and, for the first pressings, a collector's booklet featuring new writing by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas is included.

Things just keep getting better and better for Giallo fans. This is one incredibly satisfying Blu-ray product. Mackenzie, Arrow etc. have the appreciation of many and we relish more of these release. It's something I will watch and covet for many decades. Our highest recommendation.

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The Pyjama Girl Case is another example of the Giallo genre - even if more on the outskirts, being filmed in Sydney, Australia. It stars Ray Milland (The Lost Weekend), Dalila Di Lazzaro (Phenomena), Michele Placido (Three Brothers) and Mel Ferrer (The Suspicious Death of a Minor). Perversity, nudity and, limited, murder are the mainstays and fans of the genre will probably the most appreciative. It has its own charisma.

Blue Underground's, anamorphic, single-layered DVD transfer is in around the 1.85:1 aspect ratio and looks decent and consistent for the SD format. The image is flat but colors seem true, if dull, and a 1080P presentation would be greatly appreciated.  

Lossy Dolby surround track in the English track with the score by Riz Ortolani and also has Look At Her Dancing and Your Yellow Pyjama sung by Amanda Lear. It sounds adequate although flat and lifeless as compared to a lossless rendering. The DVD disc is in the NTSC format.

Extras include a 1/2 hour interview with Richard Evans author of "The Pyjama Girl Mystery: A True Story of Murder, Obsession and Lies" discussing the interesting real-life history, from 1930's Australia, and there is also a lengthy theatrical trailer.

A murder mystery with investigatory Ray Milland and some cheesecake nudity (including a, remembered, Lesbian scene) and Riz Ortolani's score are probably enough enticement. While waiting for a Blu-ray the Blue Underground DVD allowed me to see this pleasing Giallo effort.

  - Gary Tooze

 



 

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