Who Saw Her Die? (1972) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

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Who Saw Her Die? (1972) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Aldo Lado
Starring: George Lazenby, Anita Strindberg, Adolfo Celi
RATED: UR/REGION A/2:35/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Arrow Video

The life of a Venice sculptor (former James Bond George Lazenby of ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE) is torn apart when his visiting young daughter (Nicoletta Elmi of DEEP RED and TWITCH OF THE DEATH NERVE) is found murdered. But when the police are unable to find the killer, the grieving father’s own investigation uncovers a high-level conspiracy of sexual perversion and violence. What depraved compulsions led to the murder of this child? And most horrifying of all, WHO SAW HER DIE? Adolfo Celi (THUNDERBALL) and Anita Strindberg (THE ANTICHRIST) co-star in this disturbing giallo directed by Aldo Lado (NIGHT TRAIN MURDERS, SHORT NIGHT OF GLASS DOLLS) and featuring a remarkable score by Ennio Morricone.

Kids are dropping dead in the latest giallo to come to Blu-ray from the fine folks over at Arrow Video. After the movie opens up with the mysterious death of a random kid, we are taken into the characters we are going to spending time with during the movie. One of which is a red-headed little girl. After setting up a few creepy characters that look like they could kill someone, the girl finally ends up missing and is then found dead. By this time the suspect list feels a mile long as the girl’s father rushes out trying to get answers as to what happened and who is the responsible sicko for it. If you like giallo films then this one should be a home run for you, as I feel it brings a lot of the stuff the sub-genre is known for today. If you see a movie like this you can see something that is almost as essential to the genre as Halloween is for slashers. I’m not saying this movie is THAT good, but you can see its importance.

But it is an interesting movie, I’ll give it that. With such a likely group of suspect characters you just never know which way it will go. The paranoia of the parents in it also opens the door wide open for more than a few fake outs when it comes to suspense and tension. I can be a bit hit and miss on these types of movies, but I did enjoy what we got out of this one and I think it’s one of the better ones I’ve seen as of late. It might not always get brought up in talks about such gems as the Argento movies, Blackbell of the Tarantula, and all of those favorites, but I think Who Saw Her Die is a giallo worth seeking out if you like a good mystery. It also looks really good here and has a nice list of extras from Arrow to top it all off.

Extras

– 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 Travis Crawford
– I Saw Her Die, a new video interview with director Aldo Lado
Nicoletta, Child of Darkness, a new video interview with actress Nicoletta Elmi
– Once Upon a Time in Venice, a new video interview with co-writer Francesco Barilli
– Giallo in Venice, a new video interview with author and critic Michael Mackenzie
– Original Italian and English theatrical trailers
– Poster and fotobusta gallery

Quality of Transfer: 90%

 

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