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28 March 2016

DEATH WALKS TWICE for Arrow Video USA (review)

Susan Scott (SO SWEET SO DEAD) and Simon Andreu (NIGHT OF THE SORCERERS) headline this pair of giallo films by Luciano Ercoli (KILLER COP) scripted by Ernesto Gastaldi (THE WHIP AND THE BODY).  In DEATH WALKS ON HIGH HEELS, cabaret artist Nicole flees Paris in the arms of a British doctor (ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST's Frank Wolff) from a masked assassin after a cache of stolen diamonds but finds more mystery on the chilly English seaside.  In DEATH WALKS AT MIDNIGHT, photo model Valentina undergoes an experiment with a hallucinogenic drug for a magazine article.  Under the influence, she witnesses a brutal murder in the apartment across from hers only to learn that it happened six months before.  Her boyfriend, a reporter, and the police do not believe her, but the killer does and he is stalking her through Milan as she tries to solve the mystery herself.

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

DEATH WALKS TWICE Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Death Walks on High Heels (1971):
    • 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 subtitles for English dub and for Italian audio 
    • Audio  Commentary by Video Watchdog's Tim Lucas
    • Introduction by screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi
    • "From Spain with Love" (Interviews with Luciano Ercoli and Nieves Navarro, March 2012)
    • "Master of Giallo" (Interview with Ernesto Gastaldi, 2015)
    • "Death Walks to the Beat: An Interview with Stelvio Cipriani"
    • English and Italian Trailers
    • Reversible Sleeve
  • Death Walks at Midnight (1972):
    • Blu-ray:
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
      • English and Italian LPCM 1.0
    • DVD:
      • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
      • English and Italian Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
    • Optional English subtitles for English dub and Italian audio 
    • Audio commentary by writer/film historian Tim Lucas
    • Introduction by screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi
    • Italian TV Version (106:04)
    • "Crime Does Pay" (Interview with Ernesto Gastaldi, 2015)
    • "Desperately Seeking Susan" (written and narrated by Michael MacKenzie)
    • Reversible Sleeve
  • Limited Edition 60-page booklet containing new writing from authors Danny Shipka (Perverse Titillation: The Exploitation Cinema of Italy, Spain and France), Troy Howarth (So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films) and writer Leonard Jacobs, illustrated with original archive stills and posters

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