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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

Posters, VHS covers, Music Album cover etc.

Theatrical Premiere: December 31st, 1977

 

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Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:42:00
Video

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

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

Bitrate

Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 (English)
Subtitles 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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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 (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) 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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