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Cold Eyes of Fear [DVD] [1971] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Fernando Rey , Frank Wolff    DVD

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cold Eyes 13 Jun 2009
By Bartok Kinski - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This is an average example of the Italian Giallo, the story set in London, switching between a solicitor's office and his stately house, which is occupied by his solicitor nephew and a prostitute.

The plot is fairly good, involving an elaborate revenge on the elder solicitor for a wrongful judgement some years earlier. This film has some good twists but is tense only at times. It seems to drag and much more could have been made of the frightful atmosphere in the house. Instead, we have over-used extreme close-ups and plenty of screaming and shouting.

Not a bad film by any means, but there are plenty better examples of the genre.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Routine Crime Thriller Enhanced By Blu-Ray 23 May 2013
By William Amazzini - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray
Redemption video continues its Blu-Ray treatments of Image Entertainment's back catalog of European Exploitation films with Director Enzo G. Castellari's 'COLD EYES OF FEAR' aka 'GLI OCCHI FREDDI DELLA PAURA'-1971. Released on VHS and DVD back in 1998, Image tried to sell it as a Giallo thriller but it isn't. Director Castellari who is known for his action movies and westerns directs this routine crime drama straight on trying to give life to screenwriters Leo Anchoritz and Tito Carpi's lacklustre script. A home invasion by two thugs played by Julian Mateus and American actor Frank Wolff becomes an exercise in revenge as Wolff takes his vengeance out on the judge played by veteran actor Fernando Rey who committed him to 15 years in prison. The stellar cast includes Western star Gianni Garko , the beautiful genre actress Giovanna Ralli, and in a memorable cameo, the equally gorgeous Karen Schubert. Actor Rey resembles the James Bond villain, Blofeld, as he is just required to pose behind desks petting his cat or picking up the phone when it rings. Actor Wolff, who tragically committed suicide a few years later, saves the film from the ensuing boredom. It also boasts nice photography by Antonio L. Ballesteros and music by maestro Ennio Morricone utilizing Jazz motifs which screeched across his work at that time. The 1080P transfer by Redemption is a bit of an improvement over the Image DVD in a 1.85 transfer with slight color enhancement but not worth the upgrade if you already own that one. A trailer for this and other Redemption releases are the only extras.
3.0 out of 5 stars Cold Eyes 5 Dec 2013
By Bartok Kinski - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This is an average example of the Italian Giallo, the story set in London, switching between a solicitor's office and his stately house, which is occupied by his solicitor nephew and a prostitute.

The plot is fairly good, involving an elaborate revenge on the elder solicitor for a wrongful judgement some years earlier. This film has some good twists but is tense only at times. It seems to drag and much more could have been made of the frightful atmosphere in the house. Instead, we have over-used extreme close-ups and plenty of screaming and shouting.

Not a bad film by any means, but there are plenty better examples of the genre.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For Castellari Completists 31 Mar 2013
By Patrick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
COLD EYES OF FEAR aka DESPERATE MOMENTS is a thriller (though hardly a giallo) that hits some of the right notes but overall does not deliver what a genre fan is seeking. Some decent performances and a nice appearance by Fernando Rey do not elevate this film from the mire of an over-saturated genre. The only reason most (I among them) will be curious about this title is the director. I've seen five films directed by Enzo Castellari (most known as being the guy who made a film called INGLORIOUS BASTARDS a few decades before Tarantino took to the title) and this one is at the bottom of the pack (though up against the likes of KEOMA and STREET LAW, it's hard to put up a good fight).

The film is presented in widescreen and the picture is decent enough for a somewhat-obscure thriller. The main issue I have with this DVD is the sound mix, which is inconsistent with dialogue and features a lot of fuzz and a raspy quality on certain consonants. It's like listening to an old, beat-up record with pops and static throughout. Ennio Morricone's score shines through and is probably the best part of the film. Having seen countless films that feature his work, this is one of the first that I could not name the composer on hearing it. It is its own character and is a very positive contribution.

Since this DVD can be had for very little (my copy came out to $4.90 with shipping), it can be worth it for the curious (like me) or Castellari die-hards. It meanders to its conclusion and the excess detailed by the back of the DVD insert is exaggerated to say the least. Not the most worthy entry in Castellari's oeuvre nor in the Italian thriller catalogue, but not without merit. If you have to see all of them, don't make this one a priority.
6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Tedious psychological thriller 13 Mar 2000
By Zuran - Published on Amazon.com
A young man picks up a girl at a disco (this is supposed to be set in London although the film is Italian) and takes her back to his uncle's country farmhouse for some nookie. There, they are interuppted by a man who murders the servant and keeps them hostage. The hero's uncle is a judge (Fernando Rey)and he sends a cop to investigate but the cop (played by Frank Wolff) turns out to be in league with the hostage taker and is in fact a man that the uncle sent to prison and is after revenge. He's also after something hidden in the house but we're never quite sure what.
Tedious and boring, poorly dubbed and ridiculously scripted - this is not a horror film and certainly not a giallo either. There's also practically no sex and violence despite the Redemption promises. The main problem is that there seems to be no point in the whole hostage saga at all since Wolffe has already planted a bomb in Rey's office. A number of convoluted plot twists are gradually revealed but the fact is nobody really knows what's going on here and the thing is padded out about twice as long as it should have been.
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