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The weakest of the animals trilogy
on 11 November 2012
Although Four flies on grey velvet is a stylish giallo, it isn't Dario Argento's best work by far. Although (in my opinion) this is the weakest in the "animals" trilogy there are still many flourishes of Argento's genius, inventive deaths, strange camera angles and ramped up tension but the plot suffers from a lack of pace and the antagonist is easy to spot, something that i never usually predict in an Argento film.
For me Argento's animals trilogy was his work experience with his next film "Deep red" the beginning of his true genius.
Shameless have faithfully restored the movie from it's original elements, including footage not seen elsewhere,making this the most complete version on the market. The Blu ray transfer is decent enough but i didn't find it as good as Arrow's Blu ray transfers of Argento's other films like "Bird with the crystal plumage" "Phenomena" etc.
Not many features, trailers notwithstanding, but you get a decent (if slightly dry) 40 min interview with director and long time Argento collabarator Luigi Cozzi who co wrote the screenplay.