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“DOUBLE FACE”— Changing Perception
When wealthy businessman John Alexander’s (Klaus Kinski’s unfaithful wife Helen (Margaret Lee) dies in a car crash, it initially looks like a freak accident. However, evidence appears suggesting that the car was tampered with prior to the crash. John’s entire perception of reality is thrown into doubt when he discovers a recently-shot pornographic movie which appears to feature Helen suggesting that she is in fact alive and playing an elaborate mind game on him…
The film is psychological, psychedelic, and at times just plain psychotic and totally engaging and enjoyable. It is a densely-plotted, visually-stunning giallo that evokes much of the same ambience of paranoia and decadence. The film was directed by Riccardo Freda (as Robert Hampton) and written by Lucio Fulci.
Upper class industrialist John Alexander has a most unusual but initially happy marriage to Helen who carries on an apparent affair with Liz (Annabella Incontrera) and professes not to care about her husband’s own dalliances with his secretary as long as they keep up appearances and give each other breathing room. But then someone tampers with Helen’s car, which sends her careening to a fiery and seemingly fatal end. Upon returning to London, he finds the pretty, enigmatic Christine crashing at his place and is soon led by her into the swinging Soho scene where an evening of nightclubbing and psychedelic lighting leads to a stag film screening where one of the participants, thanks to a telltale ring, seems to be Helen herself. John tries to get to the bottom of the mystery and discover the truth about his wife whose fate remains very much up in the air.
“Double Face” is a wonderful time capsule that manages to mix in Freda’s Gothic horror . The new 2K transfer from the original camera negative is a treat for anyone familiar with this film’s underwhelming past history on home video; the baroque interior scenes in particular have a richness and attention to detail that was impossible to appreciate before.
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
Brand new 2K restoration of the full-length Italian version of the film from the original 35mm camera negative
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Uncompressed mono 1.0 LPCM audio
Original English and Italian soundtracks, titles and credits
Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
New audio commentary by author and critic Tim Lucas
New video interview with composer Nora Orlandi
The Many Faces of Nora Orlandi, a new appreciation of the varied career of the film s composer by musician and soundtrack collector Lovely Jon
The Terrifying Dr. Freda, a new video essay on Riccardo Freda s gialli by author and critic Amy Simmons
Extensive image gallery from the collection of Christian Ostermeier, including the original German pressbook and lobby cards, and the complete Italian cineromanzo adaptation
Original Italian and English theatrical trailers
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Neil Mitchell