Two Evil Eyes [2 Discs] [DVD] [1990]

William Lustig's Blue Undergournd continues building its reputation as the premier distributor of often neglected chillers with their near perfect two-disc release of the George A. Romero/Dario Argento collaboration Two Evil Eyes. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, the image in both segments is bold and clean. Given that much of film takes place in dimly lit interiors, the photography is presented very effectively and lends the perfect air of claustrophobia to both Romero and Argento's contributions. Multiple audio tracks presented in DTS 6.1, Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Surround 2.0 are likewise effective, featuring numerous subtle directional effects that will no doubt have viewers nervously peeking over their shoulders towards the climax of the first segment. As great as the presentation of the feature is, it's Blue Underground's attention to detail in the extra features category that truly makes this disc shine. Beginning with a revealing featurette entitled "Two Masters' Eyes," interviews with Romero and Argento detail everything from their sincere respect for each other's work, to the manner in which the production changed from conception to execution, to Argento's intense taste for buffalo wings. An interview with special-effects artist Tom Savini provides interesting background, and Claudio Argento likewise speaks openly and enthusiastically about the production. Yet another featurette entitled "Savini's EFX" provides viewers with all the gory details, and the featurette "At Home with Tom Savini" gives a rare glimpse into the make-up master's remarkable prop collection and a few interesting pet projects. Wrapping things up, an interview with actress Adrienne Barbeau offers a warm tribute to Romero from the actress who chilled audiences in Creepshow, and rounds the disc out nicely. In a perfect world a commentary track by Argento and Romero would be the crowning jewel on this disc, but alas the world is far from it, leaving this otherwise remarkably comprehensive disc the perfect addition to any serious horror fan's collection.
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Overview

Special Features

  • Theatrical trailer
  • Poster & still gallery
  • Talent bios
  • Two Masters' Eyes - interviews with directors Dario Argento and George Romero, special make-up effects supervisor Tom Savini, executive producer Claudio Argento and Asia Argento
  • Savini's EFX - a behind-the-scenes look at the film's special make-up effects
  • At Home With Tom Savini - a personal tour of Tom Savini's home
  • Adrienne Barbeau on George Romero - interview with star Adrienne Barbeau

Synopsis

Two Evil Eyes
Two well-known directors each adapt stories by Edgar Allen Poe in this horror drama. George Romero's "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar" tells how the wife of an elderly, wealthy man and her lover--who also happens to be the husband's private physician--scheme to control his assets. Dying before they can carry out their plans, his soul is caught between life and death while they freeze the body to finish their work. In the Dario Argento-directed "The Black Cat" a crime photographer, known for his photos' gruesome content, kills his girlfriend's titular pet and then his girlfriend. Soon he gets a good look at what he's done. ~ Kristie Hassen, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Adrienne Barbeau
    Adrienne Barbeau - Jessica Valdemar
  • E.G. Marshall
    E.G. Marshall - Steven Pike
  • Harvey Keitel
    Harvey Keitel - Rod Usher
  • Madeleine Potter
    Madeleine Potter - Annabel
  • Martin Balsam
    Martin Balsam - Mr. Pym
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