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5.0 out of 5 stars The Devil's playthings..., 14 Feb. 2013
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This review is from: Lisa and the Devil Dual Format [DVD & Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
This reviews the original Italian film "Lisa and the Devil", which never
saw official theatrical release, after being shown at the Cannes Film Festival.
I don't think I will ever watch the pitiful travesty of "House of Exorcism",
which was disowned by director Mario Bava-watching the trailer of that film
was painful enough...
Notwithstanding the non-linear logic of "Lisa and the Devil", and its
dreamy or nightmarish qualities, it is essentially a gothic horror story:
The characters are lost souls who have been trapped in a private Hell,
created by their crimes of passion.
They are forever doomed to repeat these same crimes.
The film is shot in gorgeous Technicolor, with the famous Italian flair,
amidst the decaying splendor of late 19th Century opulence.
The music of the film-mostly based on Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquin Rodrigo-
is superb.
I would suggest that "Lisa and the Devil" has aesthetic/stylistic similarities
to "Don't Look Now" by Nicolas Roeg,
Don't Look Now (Special Edition) [Blu-ray] [1973]
and "The Comfort of Strangers" by Paul Schrader.
The Comfort of Strangers [DVD] [1990]
There's no mention of digital restoration in the product description,
and the image tends to be uneven-on a 46" LCD screen:
Daytime scenes and well lit interiors look fabulous, but outdoor night scenes
are visibly faded and grainy.
Overall, I think that this Blu-ray/DVD package is one of the best I have ever
acquired-a true labor of love by Arrow Video.
If you appreciate Mario Bava's artistic genius, his last (uncredited)
contribution to Cinema was in Dario Argento's masterpiece "Inferno"
Dario Argento's Inferno [Blu-ray][Region Free]
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