Proto Giallo. That is what they call THE POSSESSED. By they, I mean Arrow. However what I thought of this slow burning, unsettling, masterpiece of identity, reality and histrionics. Bernard (Peter Baldwin) is a writer who returns to the small village of his youthful days. He had a short but passionate fling with a hotel maid there. When he is told that she committed suicide, he begins to suspect there’s more to the mystery than they’re letting on.
Simmering under the surface of THE POSSESSED is an idea. Put simply ‘what relationship does our future have to our past’? Using visual cues such as the stark black and white photograph, canted framing and clever use of real and unreal, we are certain but compelled. THE POSSESSED jumps around for answers in its narrative. It wrong foots. It distorts. We question what we are told. The effect it has on relationships within the current, future and past onscreen. It is complex and contained enough to leverage what it offers. Executing a powerful, yet simple film.
2K restoration is lush. I mean lush with a lush light grain, rich blacks and whites and a fully delivered restoration.
The best three are New audio commentary by writer and critic Tim Lucas. Tim is excellent at unpacking the layers in the film. From identity to Italian Giallo and beyond. Two Days a Week, an interview with the film’s award-winning assistant art director Dante Ferretti. This is for film fans, set design students and those who love Mise en scene. The Legacy of the Bazzoni Brothers, an interview with actor/director Francesco Barilli, a close friend of Luigi and Camillo Bazzoni. It might just give them a lease of life they sorely deserve.
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
- Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
- Original Italian and English soundtracks, titles and credits
- Uncompressed Mono 1.0 PCM audio
- Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
- New audio commentary by writer and critic Tim Lucas
- Richard Dyer on The Possessed, a newly filmed video appreciation by the cultural critic and academic
- Cat s Eyes, an interview with the film’s makeup artist Giannetto De Rossi
- Two Days a Week, an interview with the film’s award-winning assistant art director Dante Ferretti
- The Legacy of the Bazzoni Brothers, an interview with actor/director Francesco Barilli, a close friend of Luigi and Camillo Bazzoni
- Original trailers
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips
- FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Andreas Ehrenreich, Roberto Curti and original reviews