Death Walks Twice Boxset Dual Format

dw2Two Films by the Italian Giallo director Luciano Ercoli are released in this boxset from Arrow films. Death Walks at Midnight is a murder mystery about a new LSD drug, a witnessed murder, repressed desires and of course betrayal. Set in the swinging Milan underground. Death Walks on High Heels is more standard fair for those who know and love Giallo, the black masked killer bumping off women and then anyone who might know who they are and what they did. Set in London and Milan. All with a touch of seedy voyeurism and some missing diamonds.

dw4I love a solid Giallo film. I love them because more often than not they opened up the form of the 60s- 70sItalian film, they challenged society and its rigid belief in what was ‘normal’ and they were better than credited at the time. I also believe that some had great scripts, were well produced and developed intellegent ideas. In the hands of a great director or writer they often became stunning pieces and had wonderful set piece murders, chases and stunts to boot.

dw7Death Walks at Midnight is a occasionally surreal and strange film. It does defy the norms of the period as the story mores away from a template. Some have said it was incoherant but it is simply a story that gives up to early and then glues the ending on. Blood is rich red and bodies fall rapidly with a few well executed montages. It also does have an amazing use of exploitative camera and engaged sound.  The new transfer is delightful and the film feels rounded as a result. Well worth a watch for the fan of the giallo but the amateur needs to find something else.

dw9Death Walks on High Heels is a better film in many respects. Visually intellegent, solid story and a wonderful use of tension help this stand up. The only issue I had was the standard execution of the final act. I have to say however the thing to keep in view is the superb use of voyeurism visual. It has the feel of Peeping Tom. Superb and slick. The transfer again is brilliant. Very worth watching and better than the first film. Well worth the watch of anyone who loves a giallo, mystery of film with red…

So worth buying for the extras….yes for both. Stand outs are the interviews and Crime does pay is excellent…

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  • Limited Edition boxed-set (3000 copies) containing Death Walks on High Heels and Death Walks at Midnight
  • Brand new 2K restorations of the films from the original camera negatives
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Original Italian and English soundtracks in mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-rays)
  • Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtracks
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtracks
  • 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

DEATH WALKS ON HIGH HEELS

  • Audio commentary by film critic Tim Lucas
  • Introduction to the film by screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi
  • Newly-edited archive interview with director Luciano Ercoli and actress Nieves Navarro
  • Master of Giallo – brand new interview in which Gastaldi discusses Death Walks on High Heels and offers up his thoughts as to what constitutes a good giallo
  • An interview with composer Stelvio Cipriani
  • Original Italian trailer
  • Original English trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx

dw1DEATH WALKS AT MIDNIGHT

  • Audio commentary by film critic Tim Lucas
  • Introduction to the film by screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi
  • Extended TV version of the feature [105 mins]
  • Crime Does Pay – brand new interview in which Gastaldi discusses Death Walks at Midnight and a career script-writing crime films
  • Desperately Seeking Susan – a visual essay by Michael Mackenzie exploring the distinctive giallo collaborations between director Luciano Ercoli and star Nieves Navarro
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx

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