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Giallo [DVD]

Adrien Brody , Emmanuelle Seigner , Dario Argento    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Adrien Brody, Emmanuelle Seigner, Elsa Pataky
  • Directors: Dario Argento
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 11 July 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004EMS05C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,134 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In Italy, Celine, an American model, is abducted while en route home to meet her sister Linda (Emmanuelle Seigner). Celine is reported missing and F.B.I. agent Inspector Enzo Avolfi (Adrien Brody) is assigned the case. He's from the Special New York City Department investigating a serial-killer that kidnaps foreigners to destroy their beauty. Enzo and Linda team up to rescue her from a sadistic killer known only as Yellow.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Average latest offering from Argento 30 Oct 2011
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The basic story..A killer known as "Yellow" is stalking the streets of Turin kidnapping and then killing foreign women. He picks them up in his taxi and takes them back to his hideout and subjects them to torture and mutilation before killing and dumping their bodies. An obsessive homicide detective (Adrien Brody) is attempting to find the killer...
We all know the great Dario Argento is well past his peak, but us fans still want to check out any new film he does even though you can never go in with your hopes high. This latest effort of course is no where near the quality of any of his best work, but it's still definitely worth a look. Sadly there is none of the stylish stalking sequences that Argento is so famous for and despite the title it doesn't have the twists and turns, red herrings etc you normally get in the genre. So what we have really is just a standard thriller that does contains some good moments at times but is also quite forgettable. Although more gory than "The Card Player" it's still restrained by Argento standards with only a few bloody moments. Argento's direction for the most part is unrecognisable with little flair although there are some good moments including a flashback sequence that was nicely shot. As hard as it tries to give Brody a back story i thought in general the characters were not too interesting and Emmanuelle Seigner seemed a bit too old for her role. In all this is not a bad film but don't expect too much or you will surely be disappointed.
This DVD is a totally bare bones release with no extras at all.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not terrible, just not very good 14 Aug 2011
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Even the worst Dario Argento films have managed to at least get DVD releases in the past decade or so, so the fact that Giallo was filmed three years ago and is still unreleased in most of the world aside from a handful of badly received festival screenings where it was laughed off the screen doesn't exactly fill you with confidence. The film being briefly pulled from its belated US DVD release because of a lawsuit by its unpaid star hardly helped matters either. It may not be the director's favorite film by a long shot - despite the misleading 'written and directed by' credit, he was simply a director for hire with the script written by the separately credited Jim Agnew and Sean Keller with the producers apparently no longer returning his phone calls - but it's fair to say that it's a long way from being his worst, thankfully never descending to the depths of Phantom of the Opera or the lacklustre The Card Player. Unfortunately it's also not especially good.

The story is serviceable enough, with model Elsa Pataky abducted by a deformed serial killer who likes to take his time destroying beautiful things and her frantic sister (a haggard Emmanuelle Seigner) teaming up with Adrian Brody's broody Italian-American cop to find her while there's still enough of her to find. Despite the set-up, it avoids going the Eli Roth torture porn route, but there are few of Argento's signature flourishes. Not only are the gloves literally off but the film's one 'big' death scene is nothing to write home about: just a simple fall from a tall building.
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I don't know what has happened to Dario argento in recent years, it seems like his brilliant mind has all but run out of ideas and so we are left with films that probably look good on paper but, when it comes to films, his ideas don't seem to work. This is the problem with giallo. The biggest downfall of this film is that we have seen it all before, it has been done before and done better.
Don't get me wrong, this is a perfectly watchable film, it just does not hit the great heights that we are used to seeing from argento.
This blu ray which I believe is a French import, has English language option and has no forced subtitles. The blu ray itself however is somewhat erratic. The picture ranges from good to very bad and from grainy to ultra grainy. I am unsure as to whether or not the picture is supposed to be this grainy because of the nature of the film or whether it is just a poor blu ray transfer.
For the price that I paid for this, I believe it cost less than 5.00 on blu ray. I thought that it was perfectly adequate. as there are several versions of this film on blu ray and I chose the cheapest one, it is quite likely that you could purchase one of the more expensive blu ray releases of this film and it could be the same transfer, I don't know but, I chose this French version and I got what I paid for. I don't at all feel cheated because it was very inexpensive and I still enjoyed the film. Just don't expect an argento masterpiece as you will be left very disappointed.
Overall a watchable film with a watchable blu ray transfer and for the price it is i think it's perfectly acceptable.
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In Italy, Celine (Pataky) is kidnapped by a serial killer posing as a taxi driver, while on her way to meet her sister Linda (Seigner). When reporting her sister missing, and given short shrift by the desk sergeant because she’s only been missing for a few hours, Linda is pointed in the direction of former FBI agent and now Inspector Enzo Avolfi (Brody) who is investigating a pattern killer who’s M.O fits the disappearance of Celine. The killer only kidnaps beautiful foreign women and mutilates them, destroying their beauty before dumping the dead body. Linda and Avolfi team up in an attempt to find Celine before she becomes the latest victim of the killer known as Yellow.

So here we have the much derided Dario Argento thriller, as Argento fans will know, the film was dogged by problems upon release, neither the director or producer/star Brody were particularly happy, Argento disliking the final cut and disassociating himself from it and Brody had to take legal action to get his salary paid in full. The trouble is that the films biggest flaws can be firmly put at the door of both of them in my opinion, because in there somewhere is a fantastic Argento film. There are two major problems with Giallo, the script and one hell of a casting flaw, more of which later.

Firstly the script, or rather the story (although if there is an alternative directors cut, maybe some of the problems with the story may be addressed). You see what most Argento fans like me were expecting here was a Hollywood version of a Giallo but what writers Jim Agnew and Sean Keller have given us is a pretty uninspiring and straightforward “Beauty in peril, race against time” thriller, with non of the (often implausible) twists and turns that a Giallo fan would expect.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a present
Bought as a present, I have not seen the film myself but I can report that the recipient and her family have thoroughly enjoyed it!
Published 13 months ago by Trebor12
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as bad as that!
Ok, let me start with a disclaimer. This is nowhere near as good as Argento's "Suspiria", "Deep Red", "Inferno", or the majority of his earlier works. Read more
Published 22 months ago by M. Crossman
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh Dario!!....
...remember the days when you knew how to make a good film?

Forget good in this case, it doesn't even meet the standard of basic professional competence. Read more
Published 23 months ago by KEYSER
1.0 out of 5 stars beyond bad and worse than a waste of time.....
the film is about a killer who serially kidnaps young pretty girls who gets into his taxi, takes them back to a squalid basement, tie them up and then slowly slice and dice each... Read more
Published on 20 Dec 2011 by aiya
1.0 out of 5 stars Really bad
Looked like it had potential ... but what a complete let down. No character development, no real character interaction, no suspense, no plot to speak of, no atmosphere (despite the... Read more
Published on 12 Aug 2011 by David Hall
4.0 out of 5 stars BETTER THAN OTHER RECENT ARGENTO OFFERINGS
First off let me state two things! 1 the star rating is in comparison to Mother of Tears & Card Player not classics like Suspiria & Profondo Rosso. Read more
Published on 19 May 2011 by SCOTT BLACK HEART
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Argento's best by far..
I have just watched the Unrated region 1 of this.The dvd transfer on this USA widescreen release looks pretty muddy, especially the night scenes, hopefully the region 2 UK release... Read more
Published on 26 Jan 2011 by M. I Jappy
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