Dario Argento and George A Romero present. Yes I said it here first. Romero and Argento together. Producing, Directing (one episode each), Writing (again one each) and finally fronting one each. Using Edgar Allen Poe as their inspirations we have two stories. One sees a greedy wife (Adrienne Barbeau) and her doctor lover, hypnotise her dying, rich husband. He however dies under hypnosis. Then seeks revenge. The second sees crime scene photographer (Harvey Keitel), snapping pics and the neck of a black cat. However the cat fails to stay dead.
Much can be said for Poe translations. His work bends to horror very well indeed, as it relies on the horrible and personal tensions (sexual, greed etc). All human traits and all horrific. However it would seem that previous incarnations from Corman or even the Tourner visions, seemingly allowed more reach and layers than this. Romero take on Poe is well written, feels unsettling and out does Argento. Dario fails to pay off what he sets up. Tom Savini’s excellent prosthetic’s give us the good but Dario directs without care or attention.
The 88 film extras are best rated as nearly as good as Arrow. Yes Arrow released this version some 10 years ago. They had better extras but a poorer transfer. They featured Dr Waddell (a very good academic that is harshly treated in the fan circles.) His work here is well textured and less scholarly, more fanzine style. Its well worth flicking through.
- Limited Edition O-Card slipcase [First Print Run Only]
- Limited Edition Lobby Card Reproductions [First Print Run Only]
- Limited Edition Booklet Notes by Dr Calum Waddell [First Print Run Only]
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
- Uncompressed Original English Audio (5.1)
- Uncompressed talian Audio with newly translated English subtitles
- Double Vision: An Interview with Kim Newman
- Two Evil Eyes: An Interview with Second Unit Director Luigi Cozzi and Cult Actress Caroline Munro
- Italian Opening and Closing Credits
- Theatrical Trailer
- Reversible Sleeve