Two Evil Eyes

Two Evil Eyes

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Director: Dario Argento, George A. Romero

Cast: Adrienne Barbeau, E.G. Marshall

     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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.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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/29/2003
UPC:
0827058200196
Original Release:
1990
Rating:
R
Source:
Blue Underground
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround EX, Digital Theater Systems]
Time:
2:00:00
Sales rank:
69,013

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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Adrienne Barbeau Jessica Valdemar
E.G. Marshall Steven Pike
Harvey Keitel Rod Usher
Madeleine Potter Annabel
Ramy Zada Dr. Robert Hoffman
Martin Balsam Mr. Pym
Kim Hunter Mrs. Bee
Sally Kirkland Eleonora
Chuck Aber Mr. Pratt
Jonathan Adams Hammer
Tom Atkins Grogan
Mitchell Baseman Boy at Zoo
Julie Benz Betty
Barbara Byrne Martha
Lanene Charters Bonnie
Anthony di Leo Taxi Driver
Holter Graham Christian
J.R. Hall 2nd Policeman
Scott House 3rd Policeman
Jeff Howell Policeman
James MacDonald Luke
Charles McPherson Actor
Larry John Meyers Old Man
Jeff Monahan Actor
Fred Moore Actor
Christina Romero Actor
Peggy Sanders Actor
Ben Tatar Actor
Lou Valenzi Editor
Jeff Wild Delivery Man
Ted Worsley Desk Editor
Bill Dalzell Actor
Bingo O'Malley Ernest Valdemar
John Amos Legrand
Christine Forrest Nurse

Technical Credits
Dario Argento Director,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
George A. Romero Director,Screenwriter
Cletus Anderson Production Designer
Barbara Anderson Costumes/Costume Designer
Claudio Argento Executive Producer
Pasquale A. Buba Editor
Carol Cuddy Production Designer
Pino Donaggio Score Composer
Franco Ferrini Screenwriter
Beppe Maccari Cinematographer
Achille Manzotti Producer
Natalie Massara Musical Direction/Supervision
Peter Reniers Cinematographer
Tom Savini Makeup Special Effects
Diana Stoughton Set Decoration/Design

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Two Evil Eyes
1. Program Start/Production Credits [1:10]
2. The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar: Main Titles [1:21]
3. Liquidating Assets [5:02]
4. Hypnotized [5:12]
5. Death of a Plan [6:12]
6. Ernest on Ice [4:52]
7. Paranoia [5:11]
8. "He's Still Alive!" [6:59]
9. The Others [4:12]
10. Two Bullets [3:56]
11. "They're Coming for You" [6:04]
12. Solving the Crime [4:55]
13. The Black Cat: Main Titles [2:06]
14. The Black Cat Arrives [7:26]
15. Kitty Photo Shoot [3:13]
16. Lover's Quarrel [2:47]
17. "Who Is Thy Murderer?" [5:37]
18. The Dentist [2:28]
19. The Book of Death [1:39]
20. She's Pregnant [4:14]
21. The Goodbye Letter [5:19]
22. Together Forever [3:20]
23. Vacation Cover-Up [3:00]
24. The Curious Student [4:53]
25. "Let Them Talk" [4:02]
26. The Questioning [5:22]
27. Rod's Punishment [6:21]
28. End Credits [2:50]

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Two Evil Eyes 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Horror_Vault More than 1 year ago
Two Evil Eyes is a brilliant idea- to bring together two of the most important genre directors in one film where thematically, the union would explode into a pyroclastic flash of greatness, single-handedly setting the course for where horror was headed in the 90's. Sort of a proto-Body Bags, if Body Bags had instead been proto-Masters of Horror, which itself would have been a Creepshow-esque union of about 4 or 5 of horror's greatest directors (let's say: Argento, Carpenter, Craven, Romero, and Cronenberg). Which would have been near-impossible but given how well every director had worked outside the Hollywood system, worth the effort. But it's also a tainted idea at the foundation: a union of 2 directors who had previously worked together and had a previously established 10-year+ mutual friendship. Romero and Argento famously collaborated on Romero's signature sequel to his game-changing 1968 film, Night of the Living Dead, and here are merely re-uniting. Which makes this film a slight compromise instead of the jackpot collab fans really wanted: Carpenter and Argento double-billing. (Don't pretend to be shocked, we all know it's true.) And so what Two Evil Eyes is is Argento going crazy with the exact results you'd expect, twisting a classic piece of literature until it completely becomes his own beautifully nasty and dark nightmare... and Romero (in his truly miserable phase between the cataclysmic failures Monkey Shines and The Dark Half) half-phoning it in. I like Romero's half of Eyes. But I believe I may be the only one. Creepshow is one of my favorite things on the planet and so Romero bringing back Adrienne Barbeau as another alcoholic, soul-poaching, social-climbing domestic is like music to my ears. I also like studly Ramy Zada. Who may have the unfortunate background of a soap opera D-lister but he really lit up the screen in 1989's horror anthology After Midnight (given to us by the team of writers behind a bulk of Nightmare on Elm Street 4, probably the best sequel of that franchise- let's be honest). Argento is making art, Romero is making schlock. But I can't help liking almost all the elements, pretty much as-is. Even if the arrangement needs work. I love the themes of technology, modern lifestyle corruption (don't read too much into that), and cash being a kind of metaphorical demon. I love Zada's by-the-book pragmatist and how he offsets Barbeau's unraveling gold-digger.
Guest More than 1 year ago
George Romero and Dario Argento are probably the best horror directors since Hitchcock. These two tales of terror are sure to have you looking over your shoulder after viewing them. Harvey Keitel's turn in ''The Black Cat'' is one of the best in his career. Romero's story starts out slow, but the payoff is grand! Delicious horror! Sink your teeth into this one!