I am in a mood where I'm actually thankful that my collection has gotten large enough, and my backlog long enough, that sometimes I glance over it and find things I forgotten I'd picked up. It can turn a somewhat boring evening into an unexpected winner.
Last night I found "Cold Eyes of Fear" on the shelf, in totally the wrong place.
Anyway, this is a giallo from Redemption. I've no idea where I picked it up from, and reading the back copy, I probably only grabbed it because of the name of the actors and the time it was made, 70's.
It's a simple story of kidnapping, really. It does have its moments, though frankly the story is a little slight. On the plus side, there are some amazing shots of London and Soho (I used to hang out there a bit when I was in my mid-teens, and these shots brought back memories of how much fun that place really was). There are also some wonderful shots of a car speeding through London, and some inventive stuff, like shooting up through the bottom of a bowl of ice.
The highlight though - and it's a major one - was a jazz improvised score from Morricone. This thing is worth the price of admission alone, amazing amazing stuff.
The DVD has pluses and minuses. Forget extras, there are a couple, but unless my machine was malfunctioning, the disc has three art galleries, each with a single image? Perhaps, in the dark, I was pressing the wrong button (seriously). The soundtrack - and since the score was so good, this is a bit tragic - has quite a bit of hiss and almost no bass. The dialog is clear though, although when people scream, you can feel the glass in the windows straining - if you know what I mean.
The transfer, though non-anamorphic, is amazing. There is minor print damage, but I'm not complaining, since the colors were bright, and the image clear. You know how I go on about anamorphic this and that - this is an exception, Redemption did a brilliant job.
Oh, and the box claims it's in its original "1.55:1 aspect ratio", I thought it was odd - it's 1.85:1 actually.
If you guys see this around, and you enjoy giallos, avant garde jazz, or just the sights of 70's London, then don't hesitate. I put it on casually, with the idea of making sure my DVD's were filed properly, but within a couple of minutes was rooted to the seat. Which surely had nothing to do with the opening scenes including a woman getting naked - does it?