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It is still cut.................after all these years!!!!
on 1 April 2003
I was really looking forward to this film, and my disappointing 3 stars is not due to the film itself but to the fact that the film is still apparently censored after all these years. Indeed, if you watch the trailer for the film included on the DVD, you will see that one of the murders remains trimmed for British audiences!! I am sure that the BBFC, in its more recent leniency, would now pass this film in a completely uncensored print (bearing in mind it has recently released the likes of H.G Lewis's 'The Wizard of Gore' uncut, albeit after some 30 odd years!!!) but it is typical of many British releases that they do not even bother to examine the print to restore the cuts before releasing onto DVD. If you want my advice, get yourself a multi-region DVD player and buy this film from Amazon.com in the States, as, ironically, American film distributors tend to show far more care and consideration for these European cult classics than we do ourselves. Argento's first film may lack the overtly stylish direction and explicit violence of something like his undoubted masterpiece, Profondo Rosso, but it is still a taut, well made film - after 'Blood and Black Lace' one of the most genre defining giallo's ever made. If minor cuts in films do not bother you then by all means buy this film, but, personally, I still prefer to watch films exactly as the director intended.