Two Evil Eyes (1990) (4K Remaster) (BLU-RAY/CD REVIEW)

Two Evil Eyes (1990) (4K Remaster) (BLU-RAY/CD REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: George Romero, Dario Argento
STARRING: Harvey Keitel, Adrienne Barbeau, Ramy Zada
AVAILABLE FROM Blue Underground

The Masters of Modern Horror – George Romero and Dario Argento – bring you an unprecedented pair of shockers inspired by the tales of Edgar Allan Poe. In Romero’s The Facts In The Case Of Mr. Valdemar, a conniving wife (Adrienne Barbeau of THE FOG) and her lover use a hypnotic trance to embezzle a fortune from her dying husband, only to receive some chilling surprises from beyond the grave. Then in Argento’s The Black Cat, a deranged crime scene photographer (Harvey Keitel of FROM DUSK TILL DAWN) is driven to brutal acts of madness and murder by his girlfriend’s new pet. But will this cunning feline deliver a final sickening twist of its own?

Up until this new collector’s edition release from Blue Underground, I hadn’t gotten the chance to see Two Evil Eyes despite it being made by two directors I love, Dario Argento and George Romero. This movie is a two-hour movie that seems to more or less be broken in half with Romero taking the first hour and Argento taking the second. The tales are based on Edgar Allan Poe and why both have their moments I don’t think I’d call this one either’s best work. Romero’s half deals with a soon to be widow played by Adrienne Barbeau. She’s got an old flame hypnotizing her dying husband and wants him to say she can have it all when it goes. Sadly, the plan doesn’t go as planned and it gives us some very creepy moments. The big issue with this one is it runs a bit slow. The story is interesting and feels like a Tales from the Darkside episode or Creepshow segment in ways, just despite the cool visuals feels a bit less campy. If anything else, this is a movie that could have used a little more camp in it.

The second part is from Dario Argent and deals with a Black Cat. We’ve seen this sort of story told before on the screen, but this one just so happens to have Harvey Keitel running around acting weird in a funny hat. He’s a photographer who takes crime scene photos but a new stray cat will soon be driving him a little mad. The gore and death scenes here make this one what it is but everyone seems to be going through the motions here a bit too much. I don’t know if it’s Argento working with American actors that is causing the issue or what, but things seem to be a bit awkward here and it takes the segment down a bit. All in all, this movie has its moments but I don’t know if it has them enough. I like the concept and I dig all the extras you get with this three-disc release, but the movie is a little lacking in more than one area. It looks great here and has a whole slew of things for you to watch, but as I said before, this isn’t either’s best work.


– WORLD PREMIERE! New 4K Restoration from the uncensored original camera negative
– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) Widescreen 1.85:1 feature presentation and Bonus Extras Blu-ray
– Audio: 7.1 DTS-HD (English); 2.0 DTS-HD (English); Dolby Digital Mono (French)
– Subtitles: English SDH, Francais, Espanol
– NEW! Audio Commentary with Troy Howarth, Author of ‘Murder By Design: The Unsane Cinema of – Dario Argento’
– Theatrical Trailer
– Poster & Still Gallery
– Two Masters’ Eyes – Interviews with Directors Dario Argento & 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
– NEW! Before I Wake – Interview with Star Ramy Zada
– NEW! Behind The Wall – Interview with Star Madeleine Potter
– NEW! One Maestro And Two Masters – Interview with Composer Pino Donaggio
– NEW! Rewriting Poe – Interview with Co-Writer Franco Ferrini
– NEW! The Cat Who Wouldn’t Die – Interview with Assistant Director Luigi Cozzi
– NEW! Two Evil Brothers – Interview with Special Make-Up Assistant Everett Burrell
– NEW! Working With George – Interview with Costume Designer Barbara Anderson
– BONUS! TWO EVIL EYES Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD by Pino Donaggio
– BONUS! Collectable Booklet with new essay by Michael Gingold

Quality of Transfer: 100%

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