Being a fan of Dario Argento’s films means I had to take a look at Giallo (2009) which unfortunately isn’t available on UK Blu-ray. However I wasn’t about to let that stop me from seeing the movie so I opted for a foreign version that plays on UK players. Having just recently reviewed Argento’s Sleepless (2001) and been extremely impressed I was really looking forward to Giallo. Was it worth it? Let’s find out what it’s all about, so without further ado here’s my Giallo blu-ray review.
- Giallo (2009) – Import
- Genre: Horror / Giallo
- Directed by Dario Argento
- UK Rating N/A
- Discs: 1
- Released By N/A
- Blu-ray Released: N/A
Italian Police Inspector Enzo Avolfi is on the hunt for a murderer who only selects beautiful foreign women. The perpetrator of these crimes does so by kidnapping them using an unlicensed taxi. Once he has them he inflicts horrific injuries to them before killing them.
Style / Direction
The film is co-written and directed by Dario Argento whilst the cinematography is handled by Frederic Fasano. First off this is very much an Argento film. I mean the look and style is like many of his earlier movies. I love that look his creates with the use of colour and architecture. The film came out in 2009 and is streets ahead of many of the movies in the same genre that are currently being produced.
I’d recommend budding filmmakers take a good long look at the likes of Hitchcock, Argento, De Palmer, Nolan and Tarantino. If they have as I would expect this current crop of directors and cinematographers are simply missing the point.
Music / Audio Effects
The music comes from Marco Werba.
Acting / Characters
The acting is ok without being fantastic but it gets the job done.
- Adrien Brody as Inspector Enzo Avolfi / Flavio Volpe (Giallo)
- Emmanuelle Seigner as Linda
- Elsa Pataky as Celine
- Robert Miano as Inspector Mori
- Silvia Spross as Russian Victim
- Giuseppe Lo Console as Butcher
- Luis Molteni as Sal
- Lorenzo Pedrotti as Delivery Boy
- Daniela Fazzolari as Sophia
- Valentina Izumi as Keiko
- Taiyo Yamanouchi as Toshi
- Sato Oi as Midori
- Maryann McIver as Girl In Bookstore
- Barbara Mautino as Nurse
- Massimo Franceschi as Coroner
- Liam Riccardo as Baby Yellow
- Anna Varello as Butcher’s Wife
- Giancarlo Judica Cordiglia as Desk Sergeant
Conclusion: Giallo (2009) Film Review
If you are a fan of Dario Argento or just the giallo genre I think you are going to enjoy this film. It’s not Argento’s best and I prefer Sleepless (2001) which I reviewed recently. That said it’s pretty good and oozes Argento style. I really love the way he uses the camera, the choice of location and the colours used in Giallo.
I for one recommend giving it look, it’s a solid thriller.
If you enjoyed my Giallo blu-ray review so far you may want to check out the following films:
- Assault (1971)
- Cruising (1980)
- The Watcher (2000)
- Sleepless (2001)
- Identity (2003)
- 88 Minutes (2007)
- Orphan (2009)
Conclusion: Giallo Blu-ray Review
Released in 2009, Giallo has no issues to report on the picture quality front. The one issue the film does have is the lack of a UK Blu-ray release. You can however pick up a foreign version that will play on UK players.
On to my movie rating for Giallo (2009)
- Movie Rating: WELL WORTH A LOOK
- Blu-ray Picture: EXCELLENT
Amazon UK Links
Giallo (2009) is available now on blu-ray.
Please check to see if the imported Blu-ray linked above is suitable for UK blu-ray players prior to purchase. Giallo has not had an UK release on blu-ray.
Clip may not representative of the blu-ray version
That concludes my Giallo blu-ray review. I’m aiming to review more horror/thriller films over the coming weeks. What’s next? Check back soon…
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Summary: Giallo (2009) Blu-ray Review
Movie title: Giallo (2009)
Movie description: Dario Argento the master of the giallo genre returns with the 2009 film of the same name.
Duration: 92 mins
Director(s): Dario Argento
Actor(s): Adrien Brody, Emmanuelle Seigner, Elsa Pataky, Robert Miano, Silvia Spross
Genre: Horror, Thriller
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Picture Rating
A thoroughly compelling Argento giallo.
- Dario Argento
- No UK Blu-ray Release