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  • Gothic Fantastico: Four Italian Tales Of Terror

    Coming From Arrow Video 10/18/22.

    While Mario Bava remains the best-known purveyor of Italian Gothic horror, many other filmmakers tried their hand at the form throughout the 1960s. Gothic Fantastico presents four titles from this classic period, all of which demonstrate Italy's ability to expand genre beyond the classic literary monsters that dominated elsewhere. Gaslighting abounds in Massimo Pupillo's Lady Morgan's Vengeance - a tale of romance and mystery sprinkled with sadism and the supernatural - as newlywed Sir Harold Morgan tries to destroy his bride with help from his sinister maid. Meanwhile, the perverse influence of Poe is used to great effect in Alberto De Martino's The Blancheville Monster - a tale of family curses and madmen in the attic, as Emilie de Blancheville returns home to her brother Roderic and finds her own family out for her blood. Mino Guerinni's The Third Eye features an early role for Italian cult icon Franco Nero and a plot that borrows elements from Hitchcock, layered with a whiff of necrophilia. Finally, Damiano Damiani's The Witch takes a more avant-garde approach, when a young historian is lured to work for an ageing woman, only to be held captive when he becomes obsessed with her beautiful daughter. Madness, obsession and messed up families are the order of the day in these four lesser-known monochrome gems from Italy's peak Gothic period, restored in 2K from their original negatives for the first time alongside an array of in-depth extras.

    LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

    New 2K restorations from the original negatives
    High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations
    Original Italian and English front and end titles on The Blancheville Monster, The Third Eye and The Witch
    Original lossless mono Italian soundtracks
    Original lossless mono English soundtracks on The Blancheville Monster, The Third Eye and The Witch
    Optional English subtitles for the Italian soundtracks
    Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtracks
    New video introductions to each film by Italian film devotee Mark Thompson Ashworth
    Image galleries
    Limited edition 80-page book featuring new writing by Roberto Curti, Rob Talbot, Jerome Reuter, Rod Barnett and Kimberly Lindbergs
    Fold-out double-sided poster
    Limited edition packaging with reversible sleeves featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Colin Murdoch

    DISC 1: LADY MORGAN’S VENGEANCE

    New commentary by author and critic Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
    New video essay by author and producer Kat Ellinger
    New video interview with actress Erika Blanc
    Newly edited video interview with actor Paul Muller
    Newly edited audio interview with director Massimo Pupillo
    The complete original cineromanzo, published in Suspense in April 1971
    Trailer

    DISC 2: THE BLANCHEVILLE MONSTER

    New commentary by filmmaker and film historian Paul Anthony Nelson
    New video essay by writer and pop culture historian Keith Allison
    New video interview with author and filmmaker Antonio Tentori
    Opening credits for the US release of the film
    Trailer

    DISC 3: THE THIRD EYE

    New commentary by author and critic Rachael Nisbet
    New video essay by author and filmmaker Lindsay Hallam
    Newly edited video interview with actress Erika Blanc

    DISC 4: THE WITCH

    New commentary by author and producer Kat Ellinger
    New video essay by author and academic Miranda Corcoran
    New video interview with author and filmmaker Antonio Tentori

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  • #2
    I'm loath to give Arrow any more money after screwing me on the Donnie Darko replacement, but fuck me, this looks good! Maybe I should shoplift it.
    I'm bitter, I'm twisted, James Joyce is fucking my sister.

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    • #3
      Unless they totally botch it, pretty sure I'm gonna need to grab this.

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      • #4
        anybody seen lady morgan and blancheville monster?

        I remember being bored by third eye and never finishing it. la strega in amore is pretty good though (maybe even a minor gem), but not enough to pull the trigger on that set.

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        • #5
          I've seen The Blancheville Monster, and it's okay. I'm a fan of Alberto De Martino, though, and I can sit through most of his stuff. I'm pretty shocked anyone is giving this film special treatment. I think most of you will find it dull.

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          • #6
            Regarding Blancheville, out of the set I should imagine it's the most seen having been in some of those public domain multi movie packs. I enjoyed it.
            I'm bitter, I'm twisted, James Joyce is fucking my sister.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by killer must kill again View Post
              anybody seen lady morgan and blancheville monster?
              I remember 'Lady Morgan' being pretty goofy and low rent, easily the least good of the three gothic horrors Massimo Pupillo directed... but it still has its charms. I recall thinking it had some of same camp/parodic vibe as 'Bloody Pit of Horror' (perhaps unintentionally?), and I think it was also shot at Palazzo Borghese, which helps. (Could be wrong on that, but it has a great shooting location either way.)

              It's a shame Arrow couldn't have amped up this box set by including Pupillo's 'Terror Creatures from the Grave' / '5 Tombe per un Medium' - would be great to see a proper HD scan of that one some time.

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