This ‘melodrama Gialli’ sees to it that sexuality and perversion is all the rage. Taking more then a grentle sprinkle of ‘Les Diaboliques’ as its inspiration, we find Minou (Dagmar Lassander) living the life of a rich, spoiled wife. Her husband Peter (Pier Paolo Cappani) travels for business and leaves her to her own devices. Then in steps a Blackmailer (Simon Andreu), he tells her a secret. Her husband is a murderer. More than that though, he is prolific and that might mean he is even a serial killer. Minou does not want the easy life over. She wants to keep things as they are. The problem is that the Blackmailer might not want it so simple. He offers her silence for sexual sadism. He wants her to obey him and his appeitite. Dominating and controlling everything. Just so he will not speak of this evil.
To the Giallo lover, FORBIDDEN is an above average film. But where the value comes in, frankly in an age where HMV is about to collapse, is this. The quality of any Arrow product is garnered from what information is developed on the film, its history and its place in a movement. So this was for example came just before Dario Argento, was more fused with gender politics and its influences can be seen from European and American cinema of the decade prior. The versed know much of this. However both Kat Ellinger and Michael Mackenzie craft an informative series of explorations, in regard to the film that add much more value than just this simple outline suggests.
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
- Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative by Arrow Films
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
- Original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks
- English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
- New audio commentary by Kat Ellinger, author and editor-in-chief of Diabolique Magazine
- Private Pictures, a newly-edited documentary featuring archival interviews with actress Nieves Navarro and director Luciano Ercoli, and new interview material with writer Ernesto Gastaldi
- The Forbidden Soundtrack of the Big Three, a new appreciation of the music of Forbidden Photos and 70s Italian cult cinema by musician and soundtrack collector Lovely Jon
The Forbidden Lady , a Q&A with actress Dagmar Lassander at the 2016 Festival of Fantastic Films
- Original Italian and English theatrical trailers
- Image gallery
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Twins of Evil
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by author and critic Michael Mackenzie