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27 October 2015

Arrow Video pets EDGAR ALLAN POE'S BLACK CATS (review)

Two giallo-tinged adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe's classic story "The Black Cat" get the HD overhaul on Arrow Video's Blu-ray set.  In Lucio Fulci's "The Black Cat" (1981), a photographer in an English village becomes involved in the investigation of a series of freak deaths she comes to believe are the work of a black cat belonging to a medium conducting experiments with the dead.  David Warbeck, Mimsy Farmer, and Patrick Magee star.  In Sergio Martino's "Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key" (1972), a series of murders in a small Padua village have a drunken author and his mentally fragile wife believing his is responsible.  Luigi Pistilli, Anita Strindberg, and Edwige Fenech star.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Video USA (US) Region A/B Blu-ray/Region 1/2 DVD combo (DVD Drive-in)

EDGAR ALLAN POE'S BLACK CATS Blu-ray/DVD combo:
  • The Black Cat (1981):
    • Blu-ray:
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
      • English and Italian LPCM 1.0 mono
    • DVD:
      • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
      • English and Italian Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
    • Optional English SDH subtitles for the English track and English subtitles for the Italian audio
    • Audio Commentary by Fangoria's Chris Alexander
    • "Poe Into Fulci" featurette with Stephen Thrower
    • "In the Paw-Prints of the Black Cat" visit to the locations
    • "Frightened Dagmar" inteview with actress Dagmar Lassander
    • "At Home with David Warbeck" 70 minute interview from 1995
    • Theatrical Trailer
  • Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key (1972):
    • Blu-ray:
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
      • English and Italian LPCM 1.0 mono
    • DVD:
      • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
      • English and Italian Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
    • Optional English SDH subtitles for the English track and English subtitles for the Italian track
      • "Through the Keyhole" an interview with Sergio Martino
      • "Unveiling the Vice" featurette with Sergio Martino, actress Edwige Fenech, and writer Ernesto Gastaldi
      • "Dolls of Flesh and Blood" video essay by Michael Mackenzie on Martino's giallo films
      • "The Strange Vice of Ms Fenech" tribute to actress Edwige Fenech
      • "Eli Roth on YOUR VICE" featurette on the filmmaker
  • Limited Edition with eighty-page booklet
  • Reversible Covers

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