Cold Eyes of Fear

Production Year: 1971
Release Date: 05/21/2013
Studio: Redemption/Kino Lorber
Collection Number: 762

With Enzo Castellari at the helm and a score by Ennio Morricone you can't really go wrong here.  Anna (Giovanna Ralli) and the debonair Peter (Gianni Garko) decide to spend a night in his Uncle's mansion  to P Cold Eyes of Fear is about a young couple who are being held captive in a big mansion by a corrupt cop and his criminal lacky.  The couple, Anna (Giovanna Ralli) and the debonair Peter (Gianni Garko) thought spending the night at Pete's uncle's house would be a nice way to end the evening, they thought wrong.  Poor Peter's uncle is a judge whom much like the officer is also a bit on the corrupt side.  Judge Juez Flower has ruffled a few feathers during a past sentencing and now he will get his comeuppance  however the young couple are now caught in the middle of this dangerous game of cat and mouse.

I've heard some folks refer to this as a Giallo.  It is not, if you go into it expecting that you will be sorely disappointed.  It's a tale of crime, wrong doing, and revenge.  It does drag a bit at times, but there are some truly tense scenes.  Enzo is a great director and there are some excellent and creative shots displayed throughout the film.  Morricone's score is jarring, intense, and is best served by being played loud.

I happened to have an older copy of this film lying around so I decided to do a comparison with the new blu-ray.  The improvement is pretty vast.  Kino has done a masterful job cleaning up the print, with films of this type and this age some issues are to be expected and this film does have a few occasions of specs and lines, however the ending shots look worlds better when compared to my old DVD. The audio is also improved upon, the old oh-so-frequent hiss is now almost non-existent and the score is booming.  As far as extras go we're treated to the film's trailer, along with a real of past Redemption releases.  I really wish they could have included a few supplements with this release, their past releases have had some wonderful interviews

Redemption/Kino has a great track record with their releases, they tend to present the film unaltered, natural.  This is something I respect and I always look forward to their releases.  Castellari's unmistakable style go hand in hand with high definition. While this isn't his best work, it is something I would recommend to any fan of Italian crime pictures.

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