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COLIN MACHRAY
09-09-2002, 11:04 AM
What like is the quality of the Medusa version of this disk?

Please advise which is the best version as ive fancied this for ages and have a fortnights holidays to waste viewing Euro horror classics!

Ian Jane
09-09-2002, 12:21 PM
The quality on the Medusa version is great! It's a nice anamorphic print. The film has English subs, the extras do not.

Al Edwards
09-09-2002, 05:56 PM
The Style of Dellamorte Dellamore seems more closer to Terry Gilliam than Dario Argento since Soavi did work with the former on AoBM(1989).

COLIN MACHRAY
09-10-2002, 05:42 AM
Originally posted by Ian Jane
The quality on the Medusa version is great! It's a nice anamorphic print. The film has English subs, the extras do not.

Is it not dubbed in English also??

I would prefer a dubbed version as this is readily available as far as i can make out?

Blue Holocaust
09-10-2002, 06:37 AM
Yes the Medusa dvd has both italian and english audio tracks on it. Plus a Michele Soavi commentary, but in italian without subtitles I think.

COLIN MACHRAY
09-10-2002, 08:30 AM
Ive ordered this DVD and i hope it lives up to my expectations!!!

Ill let abody hear what i thought!

Ian Jane
09-10-2002, 12:12 PM
I watched this again last night (this thread got my mind going) and yeah, it has the Italian language and the English language versions of the film. I really wish Soavi would make another horror movie....

Edwin Samuelson
09-13-2002, 01:28 PM
The Medusa DVD is the way to go as it has the bes transfer and tons of extras (Not in English). A Truly great movie.

COLIN MACHRAY
09-24-2002, 10:04 AM
Edwin you are indeed correct. What a film! It has many fantasy elements that when im watching it i cant help but think of Tim Burton. The gore was effective but not over the top. Everett is very dead pan as the "engineer". The lassie in the film whom he is destined to love for ever is absolutely stunning aswell!

Excellent!!!!

i now wish to se the Church and the Sect to complete my Soavi collection.

PS Stagefright is also highly recommended as an Italian Slasher!

James MacRae
09-24-2002, 04:33 PM
the church is an ok movie, it has my lady asia in it which gives it a bonus, colin you would be a relative of the macrae's would you?

COLIN MACHRAY
09-27-2002, 09:52 AM
Originally posted by James MacRae
the church is an ok movie, it has my lady asia in it which gives it a bonus, colin you would be a relative of the macrae's would you?

Fraid not hahaha. It is only by a wierd freak family desicion that im not a Macrae!

I watched the Church years ago and found it wuite slow but that was well before i got into Euro Horror.

What is the best film to view Asias ample assets??

James MacRae
09-28-2002, 12:37 PM
scarlet diva from what i've heard, she realy has sex with a person in the movie

Nick Dawe
09-30-2002, 06:51 AM
Originally posted by James MacRae
scarlet diva from what i've heard, she realy has sex with a person in the movie

That's a popular myth James probably stemming from the fact that whilst promoting it she stated that she wanted to make a porno movie.

L8R

James MacRae
09-30-2002, 06:13 PM
oh, damn it. i guess if any one would no it would be you :)

Al Edwards
11-06-2002, 10:26 PM
The ending of Dellamorte Dellamore seems inspired by The Beyond.

Doug Ford
11-06-2002, 10:58 PM
I think you're right about that, but there's something almost whimsical about Soavi's vision of hell (if that's what it is). The snow globe certainly lends that perception and makes for a mighty queer pastiche (CITIZEN KANE by way of Lucio Fulci anyone?)

Josh McBride
11-06-2002, 11:07 PM
Well I must say I prefer the end of Dellamorte Dellamore to The Beyond.

COLIN MACHRAY
11-08-2002, 11:11 AM
both endings are open to interpretation and both are also very vague and somewhat baffling. Both films are brilliant and stand up to repeated viewings. True eurohorror classics.

For instance in the Beyond r they now in hell as pictured in the painting. Or are they in Limbo. Can they come back like the girl that has her throat ripped out by her own dog (a superb setpeice of horror surely influenced by a similar scene in Suspiria - both being brilliant).

To be honest the ending of Dellamorte is even more confusing/interesting......mmm. Ill have to watch this again as i must admit to losing the plot a little in the final third.

MARIO GAUCI
06-10-2003, 05:38 PM
After reading the generally ecstatic views expressed on this film by some members here, I decided to give it a go – not being a fan of Italian zombie flicks – and was pleasantly surprised by its tongue-in-cheek attitude and leisurely pace, as I somehow expected a more intense (i.e. relentless) experience.

Director Soavi has given a stylish look to the whole film and created a number of undeniably effective set-pieces: the scene with Rupert Everett and Anna Falchi at the ossuary; a corpse emerging from the earth atop a motor-bike and riding away with his ever-devoted girlfriend; lovely Falchi re-appearing as a corpse, adorned by dead leaves and soil, but still managing to draw the longing Everett into her arms; the figure of Death suddenly coming to life to send Everett on a special ‘mission’; Everett’s murderous rampage on the streets and at a hospital. Sergio Stivaletti’s special effects, thankfully, are not overdone for gross-out effect and are, actually, generally counterpointed by either visual (as when a horse calmly observes the mayhem caused by a horrible pile-up of vehicles and bodies on a highway) or verbal humor.

The casting is surprisingly successful: Rupert Everett makes for a charismatic hero, a social misfit who nonetheless craves for a little human warmth and love; Anna Falchi has probably never been better used than in this film, lending an ethereal quality to her three(!) roles – all of whom display a conflict in their feelings for Everett; Francois Hadji-Lazaro is the sort of “vulgar” (and, in some cases, mute) sidekicks we frequently come across in movies: he is very funny at times, as well as touching in his impossible yet tender “romance” with Fabiana Formica; Formica herself as the girl Valentina is a spunky little character who makes quite an impression, despite her limited screentime (to say nothing of body language!).

The script does have some problems, however: written by Giovanni Romoli, it is more witty than scary – not in itself a bad thing – but it also gets a bit monotonous around the fifteenth time a corpse comes back to life only to have its head blown away by a gunshot or crushed by a shovel! Also, the idea of having Falchi play three characters is not exactly a novel one – and the fact that these are not even given strongly discernible features to differentiate one from the other doesn’t help either. Apart from this, the whole episode pertaining to Everett’s alleged impotence could have been dropped. During its second half, the film then takes a sudden turn in a whole new direction by trying to essay some deeper issues, with Everett becoming sort of an “Angel of Death” a` la Robert De Niro’s Travis Bickle in TAXI DRIVER (1976), and again at the end when Francesco and Gnaghi inexplicably exchange personalities. While these thematic flourishes may seem pretentious to the casual viewer, I almost wished they could have been developed in greater detail at the expense of the mostly routine zombie footage, with which we are all too familiar.

I haven’t seen much of the Italian horrors from the 80s and 90s outside of Argento; DELLAMORTE DELLAMORE is generally considered to be the last great example in this line and, as often happens, it turned out to be a sort of genre spoof. While I don’t think the film can truly be compared to the best of Bava or even Argento, I found it to be quite enjoyable, reasonably well made, and even managed to bring a couple of intriguing ideas to the mix.

staticworld
06-10-2003, 07:43 PM
Originally posted by MARIO GAUCI

Also, the idea of having Falchi play three characters is not exactly a novel one – and the fact that these are not even given strongly discernible features to differentiate one from the other doesn’t help either.


Isn't that the whole idea behind the film though? The one motif consistent throughout is how one thing can seamlessly "morph" into something else, like in a dream: the one woman returns time after time, a different person yet the same one Dellamorte lost; Dellamorte's murders become someone else's; culminating in the final scene where Gnaghi and Dellamorte switch roles.

Like a dream, the line between reality and fantasy is blurred. All occurances are simply accepted; rarely are they questioned. Only when Dellamorte starts questioning his reality does he begin to "wake up."

I think that's the driving force behind "Dellamorte Dellamore." It's a VERY thought-provoking, surreal, intelligent, funny, and wonderful film. However, it seems like people either take it too literally or write it off as a goofball horror-comedy, which is a shame.

MARIO GAUCI
06-11-2003, 01:16 AM
That’s just it, Staticworld! The film may be slightly too “goofball” to be taken seriously - hence the reason I mentioned that the “deeper issues” it tackled came rather out of left field, as well as too late in the game for them to have much of a lasting impact. Still, you may be right in saying that such incongruities need to be “accepted” rather than “questioned” – after all, we are never told just why the dead keep coming back to life (but, at least, that’s something of a genre convention and can be taken as such)! But again, like I said, I actually wanted it to be more “serious” rather than being a simple shoot-‘em-up (which I don’t think anyone can deny it was) for the longest time!

staticworld
06-11-2003, 09:51 AM
Excellent points, Mario. You're absolutely right that the deeper issues can really catch you off guard during the silliness of the plot. But it's that unusual combination that makes Dellamorte Dellamore so original. It's a little bit David Lynch, a little bit Sam Raimi... but I think it's better to approach it as if it were a Lynch film.

Conner H
06-11-2003, 11:06 AM
I hate that movie :mad: Artsy fartsy crap.

Harvey C
06-11-2003, 02:32 PM
Originally posted by MARIO GAUCI
The film may be slightly too “goofball” to be taken seriously - hence the reason I mentioned that the “deeper issues” it tackled came rather out of left field, as well as too late in the game for them to have much of a lasting impact.

I agree, and this is why I've never been as enthusiastic about the film as many Eurofans are. I certainly appreciate the visual brilliance (I was lucky to see it on the big screen during its limited US theater release), but the ending is such a drastic shift in tone from the earlier goofy humor that it struck me as a desperate effort to make enjoyable fluff seem far more serious and thought-provoking than it is. (Rather like FIGHT CLUB in that way.)

I much prefer Soavi's much-maligned THE CHURCH, which keeps a ghoulishly tongue-in-cheek tone throughout.

devastat
06-11-2003, 06:08 PM
I love the overall melancholy tone of Dellamorte Dellamore. Great horror fairytale!