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Review: Death Walks Twice (Arrow Video)

Death Walks Twice (Box set)
Death Walks Twice - SRF
4 stars

Release Date: April 5 2016

Format: Blu-Ray   Color: Color

Audio: English / Italian Subtitles: English / Italian

Distributor: Arrow Video

Movies

Death Walks at Midnight

Midnight

3.5 stars

Death Walks in High Heels

High heels

4.5 stars

Starring: Nieves Navarro, Simón Andreu, Pietro Martellanza

Directed: Luciano Ercoli

Run Time: 102 Minutes

Theatrical release Date: November 17, 1972 (Italy)

Starring: Frank Wolff, Nieves Navarro, Simón Andreu

Directed: Luciano Ercoli

Run Time: 108 Minutes

Theatrical release Date: November 19, 1971 (Italy)

Audio/Video

Audio

Audio Language: Italian
Dubbed: English
Subtitles: English / Italian

The Sound Quality is just as good as the PQ. No distortions and clear Dialog. Wish it had a tad more low-end.

 

Rating: 4.5 stars

Picture Quality

Disc Format: Blu-Ray

The Picture Quality is pretty good. Yes the film presents film grain but the PQ is Sharp and Colors look really good. For death Walks at Midnight we do get some film damage at the top near the end but its pretty small

Rating: 4.5 stars

Note: Equipment used to watch the film can be found below

Emerging at the peak of the giallo boom of the early 70s, Luciano Ercoli s Death Walks films are two superlative examples of the genre linked by their shared casting of the stunning Nieves Navarro (billed under her adopted stage name of Susan Scott) as the lead woman in peril.

Offering up all the glamour, perversity and narrative twists and turns that are typical of the giallo genre at its best, Luciano Ercoli s Death Walks on High Heels and Death Walks at Midnight anticipate the super-stylized trappings of Brian De Palma s early psycho thrillers (most notably, Dressed to Kill).

 

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

  • 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

 

Thoughts on Death Walks Twice – Box Set

Death Walks Twice is a Boxset featuring two films Death Walks in High Heels and Death walks at Midnight. Both Italian made are in Italian and English Languages or you can use the subtitles. Both films star the same female lead and also has a few other actors starring in both films. For Me the First film was my favorite as the pace was a tad faster but had more of the mystery turn after turn plot while the second film (Walks at midnight) was a little slower but still had some twists and turns but just not as much.

Over all the Boxset was a great watch with the first film (Walks in High Heels) Being a pretty good film followed by the second film which was good as well but not as good.

With that said I say this Box set should be in your collection. I give the Boxset a 4 out of 5 stars which is the average rating for both films. Pick it up.

Side Note: The Trailers posted Below are the same. The Trailer features trailers for both films.

 

Death Walks on High Heels

High heels
Synopsis

In Death Walks on High Heels (1971), exotic dancer Nicole (Navarro), the daughter of a murdered jewel thief, finds herself terrorised by a black-clad assailant determined on procuring her father s stolen gems. Fleeing Paris and her knife-wielding pursuer, Nicole arrives in London only to discover that death stalks her at every corner.

Extras

 

  • 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

 

 

My Thoughts

 

Death Walks in High Heels is a Mystery that keeps turning all the way up until the end. Even after the everything is solved we still have something that is off. I’ll say it involves a Switch Blade, That is all I will say.

The Story is pretty intriguing due to the mystery of everything. Every time someone new enters the Picture the plot makes it look like maybe they are involved. Acting was good and the film does have some Nudity. We also have some gore and lets say someone gets the Joker treatment. Another portion which bugged the hell out of me was the whole eye surgery scene that had me squeamish.

Overall the film is was a pretty good watch and I highly enjoyed this deep mystery with tons or turns and twists that also leaves the ending still twisted even though everyone thinks its over. Short review but I don’t want to give anything away as I did have to delete some of the stuff I had written here.

With that said I give this movie a 4.5 out of 5 Stars. Go pick this up and put it in your collection. Yes its a good film but it also looks pretty good on Blu.

 

 

Trailer

Death Walks at Midnight

Midnight
Synopsis

Returning in Death Walks at Midnight (1972), Navarro stars as Valentina a model who, in the midst of a drug-fuelled photoshoot, witnesses a brutal murder in the apartment opposite hers. But when it becomes clear that the savage slaying she describes relates to a crime that took place six months earlier, the police are at a loss – forcing Valentina to solve the mystery alone.

Extras
  • Brand new audio commentary by filmmaker and Fangoria editor Chris Alexander
  • Poe into Fulci: The Spirit of Perverseness – film historian Stephen Thrower on Fulci’s Poe-tinged classic
  • In the Paw-Prints of the Black Cat – a look at the original Black Cat locations
  • Frightened Dagmar – a brand new career interview with actress Dagmar Lassander
  • At Home with David Warbeck – an archive interview with The Black Cat star
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin
My Thoughts

 

Death Walks at Midnight is a Mystery film dealing with Drugs that ends with a twist of a Knife in the Plot. The film is a tad slow but when the 2nd half of the film hits the mystery slowly unravels and becomes more entertaining. Sadly this film isn’t as gory as Walks in High Heels the first film in the boxset and nor does it have Nudity.

The plot was good but slow but like I said the Twist and turns help the film but what I like most about this film was the score, I enjoyed it a lot. Like the first film the action portions hand to hand fights show the age of the film but the gore was still good when it hits.

Overall the films is was a good watch but wished it was a tad faster and made the mystery deeper. Add some nudity and lots of more gore and the film would have been just as good a the first film. I’m not saying its bad as it’s still a good watch

With that said I give this movie a 3.5 out 5 Stars of and is a fun view and even better if you find the score of the film as enjoyable as me. Check it out.

 

Trailer

 

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TV

Samsung (UN46C6900) 46-Inch 1080p LED HDTV

DVD/Blu-Ray Player

OPPO BDP – 103 (Highly Recommended)

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Stereo Receiver

Pioneer VSX-516-K 7.1-Channel

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(1) Center Speaker

Pioneer S-HF 11C

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(2) Front Speaker

KLH 9250B Floor – 350 watts

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KLH 100 watt Bookshelf

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Sony SA-W3000 180 Watt 12″ sub

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Note: I Know my speakers are way outdated. OPPO Blu-Ray Player is one of the best around and used in most home theaters. The Receiver is pretty good but on the line of out dated. Subwoofer is good with tons of bass but not the theater quality from a $400 Sub. Front speakers are fun with tons of power and are good for standalone’s but higher end sound (Hz) is lower quality. Overall I need to update on all speakers granted I do get decent sound out of them just the higher end falls short.

 

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