“Blood And Black Lace”
2-Disc Special Edition
The Cristian Haute Couture fashion house is a home to models, backstabbing, blackmail, drug deals and murder.
Mario Bava set about cementing the rules of giallo with his movie, “Blood and Black Lace”. In doing so he created one of the most influential Italian films ever made and one that that would spearhead the giallo genre, give a prototype for the slasher movie, and have a huge effect on many diverse filmmakers. Now newly restored from the original camera negative and presented here in its original, uncut Italian form, we get a chance to see a major piece of cult filmmaking.
At the heart of this mystery is the desperation to retrieve a diary that contains far too much information. To cover up the death of its author, a few other women had to die. This was a smoke screen, a distraction meant to confuse and befuddle the authorities.
At the time this film was made, it might have seemed brutal and extreme. By today’s standards, it is quite tame. The cinematography (Ubaldo Terzano) is incredible as is Mario Serandrei’s editing and the art direction. It is very stylish and stylized with a great use of color, light, and shadow. The story is routine and the actors tend to be stiff and formal, which is not helped by the dubbing process Nonetheless there is something about this film that is quite compelling.
Every frame is interesting and this Blu Ray is packed with features. Almost three hours of good documentaries about Giallo films in general. Like all movies of this Genre it’s a hybrid of slasher and murder mystery films. There is no real protagonist, but there are plenty of misleading suspects and victims, and the violent deaths have a fetish quality that could easily put someone off. The gore is minimal, and I will say there is plenty of sympathy for the victims. The main reason to see this movie is the visual storytelling. The Giallo is sort of an inverted noir where suspense and corruption are set in a hyper colored beautiful environment that plays off the psychological state of the beautiful people that inhabit that world. Based on plot alone it’s a well-paced, inventive film. This is a well paced, entertaining film shot in a style that most would associate with the art house Italian cinema. combines some of the art house aesthetic with the pacing and simplicity. There are a few tense moments but overall the tone is somewhat light and it remains engaging and entertaining nearly throughout
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
Optional Italian and English soundtracks presented in original uncompressed mono PCM audio
Newly translated subtitles for the Italian audio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
Brand new audio commentary by Mario Bava’s biographer Tim Lucas
Psycho Analysis a new documentary on Blood and Black Lace and the origins of the giallo genre featuring interviews with directors Dario Argento (Suspiria) and Lamberto Bava (Demons), screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi (All the Colors of the Dark) critics Roberto Curti and Steve Della Casa, and crime novelists Sandrone Dazieri and Carlo Lucarelli
An appreciation by Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani, the creative duo behind Amer and The Strange Color of Your Body s Tears
Yellow the much-acclaimed neo-giallo by Ryan Haysom & Jon Britt [Blu-ray exclusive]
Gender and Giallo a visual essay by Michael Mackenzie exploring the giallo s relationship with the social upheavals of the 1960s and 70s Panel discussion on Mario Bava featuring Dario Argento, Lamberto Bava and Steve Della Casa, recorded at the 2014 Courmayeur Film Festival
The Sinister Image: Cameron Mitchell an episode of David Del Valle s television series, devoted to the star of Blood and Black Lace and presented in full
The alternative US opening titles, sourced from Joe Dante s private print and scanned in 2K especially for this release
Original theatrical trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
Collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Howard Hughes, author of Cinema Italiano and Mario Bava: Destination Terror, an interview with Joe Dante, David Del Valle on Cameron Mitchell and more, all illustrated with archive stills and posters