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DVD: DVD: The Perfume Of The Lady In Black

5 April 2011 10:03 PM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

The wonderfully ornate title of Francesco Barilli’s The Perfume Of The Lady In Black refers to something simultaneously specific—an image of the heroine’s late mother, reflected in her bedroom mirror—and intangible, a scent that’s pungent and evocative, but nonetheless a vapor. That’s the film in a nutshell: Hard to comprehend in its particulars—what’s real and what unreal, how the past and present relate to each other—yet suggestive of a nightmare that’s partly a manifestation of a woman’s madness and partly justified paranoia about the people around her. Devotees of »

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“The Perfume Of The Lady In Black” (DVD Review)

5 April 2011 1:11 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

There’s something skin-crawling about horror when it has real vibrancy, when ghastly acts of the body and mind take place in living, energetic color. Oftentimes, classic Italian frights were saturated in a wide palette, where even the blood is bright yet simultaneously off-putting. Raro Video’s recent DVD release of Francesco Barilli’s The Perfume Of The Lady In Black showcases nothing short of a soaring example of such, both stunning to watch and eerie when considered. »

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DVD Review: The Perfume Of The Lady In Black

23 March 2011 12:22 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Raro Video is coming out of the gate very strong.  After their initial Us offerings of Fellini's The Clowns, and the Fernando Dileo Crime Films box set, they've got another winner in The Perfume of the Lady in Black.  The film has never been legitimately available stateside, but this release is well worth the wait.  Francesco Barilli's directorial debut is a film very much of its time, and upon watching it, we are transported to 1974, both through the styles in the film and the style of the film, which is very much in keeping with the classic giallo aesthetic.The story revolved around Sylvia, played to manic perfection by Mimsy Farmer, who seems to be having a bit of a breakdown.  She is a successful »

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‘Hereafter’, ‘Skyline’ and Other Blu-ray Releases of the Week: 03/22/11

22 March 2011 4:00 PM, PDT | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

Last Tuesday, the South By Southwest Film Festival was in full swing and demanded our attention, which is why we were unable to provide you some picks of the week (although we assume you survived). But this week’s offerings feel a little bit like a festival of sorts, thanks to the remarkable variety of titles being offered by studios and distributors, including new releases like Clint Eastwood’s latest, “Hereafter,” low-budget fare like “Jackson County Jail,” animated programming like “The Venture Bros., »

- Todd Gilchrist

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A Week Of Discoveries on DVD* (Not Requiring a Gun to Find Them)

22 March 2011 10:29 AM, PDT | | See recent IFC news »

A look at what's new on DVD today:

"Meskada" (2010)

Directed by Josh Sternfeld

Released by Anchor Bay Entertainment

When this thriller premiered at Tribeca this past spring, Alison Willmore wrote, "the second film from writer/director Josh Sternfeld ("Winter Solstice") has ambitions reaching beyond being a straightforward police procedural," though critics, including her, were mixed about the end result. Nick Stahl and Rachel Nichols star as small-town sleuths who investigate a botched home invasion case that claims the life of a young child in an affluent community and enflames class divisions when the main suspects are from the poorer community nearby. Grace Gummer, Meryl Streep's second daughter to go into the family profession, makes her film debut.

"Anywhere USA" (2008)

Directed by Chusy Haney-Jardine

Released by Cinevolve Studios

Winner of a Spirit of Independence prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, Chusy Haney-Jardine's collection of three comic vignettes involves a »

- Stephen Saito

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