Giallo

  • Garv’s Pick of the Week: Avanti (Kino Lorber)

    For the release week of 10/10/17: Garv’s Pick of the Week: Avanti : It’s a solid release week, and any number of titles could have taken the top spot.  However, the film I’m most interested in revisiting is this delightful late-period romantic comedy from maestro Billy...
  • The Suspicious Death of a Minor (Morte sospetta di una minorenne, 1975)

    To understand and appreciate Sergio Martino’s The Suspicious Death of a Minor, a.k.a. Too Young to Die, a little history of Italian film, specifically the genre known as “giallo“ and the subgenre “poliziotteschi,” is needed. Giallo was a 20th Century Italian film genre that was part mystery, part slasher film,...
  • Garv’s Pick of the Week: The Bridge on the River Kwai 4K UHD (Sony)

    For the release week of 10/3/17: Garv’s Pick of the Week: The Bridge on the River Kwai (60th Anniversary) : If you’ve been holding out to upgrade to 4K UHD discs until classic catalog titles hit the format, the good news is the tide is turning....
  • Don’t Torture a Duckling (Non si sevizia un paperino, 1972)

    Don’t Torture a Duckling is a grubby, nasty, unpleasant little thriller… and I look forward to watching it again.  While technically a giallo, it is one of the most unusual films in the genre, as it avoids many of the calling cards of gialli — black gloves, knives, an...
  • Garv’s Pick of the Week: Seven Beauties (Kino Lorber)

    For the release week of 9/12/17: Garv’s Pick of the Week: The best of a solid release week is Lina Wertmüller’s masterpiece of dark comedy Seven Beauties .  The incredibly expressive Giancarlo Giannini stars as a weak, cowardly, small-time Italian hood who will do whatever it...
  • DiabolikDVD August Code Red Exclusives

    For a one-man operation (or one-Banana Man operation), Code Red DVD produces a tremendous amount of content.  Month after month they release Blu-rays of forgotten films and cult titles that otherwise would not likely receive an HD upgrade.  Banana Man is truly doing the Lord’s work. My only complaint...
  • Garv’s Pick of the Week: The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh (Shameless Films)

    For the release week of 8/1/17: Garv’s Pick of the Week: The Strange Vice Of Mrs Wardh : I’ve not yet seen this 1971 giallo from Sergio Martino, starring the lovely Edwige Fenech, but Troy Howarth, the author of the essential giallo reference, So Deadly, So...
  • Stendhal Syndrome (1996) Blu-ray Trailer

    Blue Underground has posted a trailer and the full specs for their July 25th Blu-ray release of the brand new 2K restoration of Dario Argento’s The Stendhal Syndrome (1996). Please note, if you are interested in receiving the limited-edition slipcover, it will only be available by ordering through Diabolik...
  • Blood and Black Lace (Sei donne per l’assassino, 1964)

    Black gloves, garish colors, scantily clad women, brutal murders, multiple suspects — this is the masterpiece that really defined the giallo genre.  Blood and Black Lace may not have been the first giallo that Mario Bava directed (The Girl Who Knew Too Much proceeded it), but it was the...
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