GOTHIC FANTASICO: FOUR ITALIAN TALES OF TERROR BLU-RAY

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While groundbreaking director Mario Bava remains the most well-known purveyor of Italian Gothic horror, many other filmmakers tried their hand at the form throughout the 1960s as part of a hugely prolific and popular cycle. Gothic Fantastico presents four off-the-beaten path titles from this classic period, all of which demonstrate Italy's ability to expand genre beyond the classic literary monsters that dominated elsewhere. Gaslighting abounds in Massimo Pupillo's Lady Morgan's Vengeance, a delicate tale of romance and mystery, with a sprinkling of sadism and the supernatural, as newlywed Sir Harold Morgan attempts to destroy his new bride with help from his sinister maid. Meanwhile, the perverse influence of Poe is used to great effect in Alberto De Martino's The Blancheville Monster, a tale of family curses and madmen in the attic, as Emilie de Blancheville returns home to her brother Rodéric and discovers her own family may be out for her blood. Mino Guerrini's The Third Eye features not only a very early role for Italian cult film icon Franco Nero, but a plot that borrows several elements from Hitchcock, layered with a whiff of necrophilia. Finally, Damiano Damiani's The Witch takes a more avant-garde approach, when a young historian is lured to work for an ageing woman, only to be held captive when he becomes obsessed with her beautiful daughter. Madness, obsession and messed up families are the order of the day in these four lesser-known monochrome gems from Italy's peak Gothic period, fully restored in 2K from their original negatives and presented alongside an array of in-depth extras.

FEATURES:
2K restorations from the original camera negatives of all four films
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations of each film
Original Italian and English front and end titles on The Blancheville Monster, The Third Eye and The Witch
Original lossless mono Italian soundtracks on all four films
Original lossless mono English soundtracks on The Blancheville Monster, The Third Eye and The Witch
Optional English subtitles for the Italian soundtracks
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtracks
Video introductions to each film by Italian film devotee Mark Thompson Ashworth
Image galleries
Reversible sleeves featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Colin Murdoch

DISC ONE: LADY MORGAN'S VENGEANCE
Audio commentary by author and critic Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
Video essay on the film by author and producer Kat Ellinger
Video interview with actress Erika Blanc
Video interview with actor Paul Muller
Audio interview with director Massimo Pupillo
The complete original cineromanzo, published in Suspense in April 1971
Trailer

DISC TWO: THE BLANCHEVILLE MONSTER
Audio commentary by filmmaker and film historian Paul Anthony Nelson
Video essay on the film by writer and pop culture historian Keith Allison
Video interview with author and filmmaker Antonio Tentori
Opening credits for the US release of the film
Trailer

DISC THREE: THE THIRD EYE
Audio commentary by author and critic Rachael Nisbet
Video essay on the film by author and filmmaker Lindsay Hallam
Video interview with actress Erika Blanc

DISC FOUR: THE WITCH
Audio commentary by author and producer Kat Ellinger
Video essay on the film by author and academic Miranda Corcoran
Video interview with author and filmmaker Antonio Tentori

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