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Shameless have an early Christmas present for all their Cult Labs fans...

FOUR FLIES ON GREY VELVET (SHAM035 & SHAM202)



“THE RAREST OF DARIO ARGENTO’S GIALLO THRILLERS FINALLY COMES TO DVD/BLU-RAY - A TWISTED TALE OF TORTURED PARANOIA AND HOMICIDAL FRENZY.” Alan Jones

“AS A WORK OF CELLULOID SKILL, FOUR FLIES ON GREY VELVET HAS NO EQUAL.” (9 OUT OF 10) – POPMATTERS.COM.

Forty years after its release and twenty years after the film disappeared from the public eye, Shameless Screen Entertainment is releasing the first ever worldwide Blu-ray of Dario Argento’s lost masterpiece, Four Flies On Grey Velvet and, also for the first time ever, in the original version in which it was made. This special 40th Anniversary Edition has been fully remastered in HD from the original negative and includes four inserts of previously missing footage known amongst Argento fans as the legendary “missing forty seconds”. Additionally, the original pristine English audio has been remastered exclusively for this Shameless release from the original magnetic soundtrack and is being made available for the first time since the film’s initial theatrical release in the 1970s.

Described by DVD Times as “essential viewing”, this final instalment in what is unofficially referred to as Argento’s Animal Trilogy (following The Bird With The Crystal Plumage and The Cat O’ Nine Tails) is a classic of the giallo genre, featuring music by Oscar-winning composer Ennio Morricone (The Untouchables; The Mission; The Good, The Bad And The Ugly) and starring Michael Brandon (Captain America: The First Avenger; Dempsey And Makepeace), Mimsy Farmer (The Black Cat; More), Jean-Pierre Marielle (Micmacs; The Da Vinci Code), Bud Spencer (They Call Me Trinity) and Francine Racette (Au Revoir Les Enfants; The Disappearance).

Going about his everyday life of band rehearsals and socialising with his wife, Nina (Farmer), and their hip friends, rock drummer Roberto Tobias (Brandon) notices he is constantly being followed by a strange man dressed in black. He decides to turn the tables on his stalker and follows him into an abandoned theatre, where a confrontation between the two ends with Roberto accidentally stabbing the man, who falls into the orchestra, apparently dead. Suddenly, a flash of light alerts Roberto to a figure in the upper wings of the theatre, where a mysterious person wearing a bizarre puppet mask and brandishing a camera has been taking photos of the fatal struggle. Roberto flees the scene, but the next day receives the dead man’s ID card in the post. Naturally assuming it has been sent by the unknown witness, he becomes immediately concerned by the lack of any blackmail demands and is haunted by the question of what it is the masked figure wants from him. Roberto’s fear and paranoia increase, and the mystery deepens, when his and Nina’s housemaid is found murdered in a local park and it becomes apparent that an intruder has had access to their apartment.

Four Flies On Grey Velvet (cert. 15) will be released on Blu-ray and DVD by Shameless Screen Entertainment on 30th January 2012.

Special Features

- Introduction to the film by Luigi Cozzi.

- New, exclusive and extensive recent interview on the making of Four Flies On Grey Velvet with writer and assistant director Luigi Cozzi.

- Original English audio remastered in HD exclusively for this Shameless release from the original magnetic soundtrack and available for the first time since the film’s original theatrical opening in the 1970s.

- Shameless re-build edit of the complete version of the film including four inserts of previously missing footage known amongst Argento fans as the legendary “missing forty seconds” (the inserts are in Standard-Definition quality). The Blu-ray will allow for seamless branching of the four inserts giving viewers two versions of the film: one all HD without the re-inserted scenes and one longer version including the inserts.

- Restoration of all individual damaged frames, most notably with respect to the removal of the black diagonal frame line (caused by the film jumping the high speed camera gate) in the final car crash sequence.

- Optional Italian audio version in HD with English subtitles.

- Italian and English trailers.

- Alternate English opening and closing credits.

- Shameless Trailer Park (Blu-ray only).

Four Flies on Grey Velvet can currently be pre-ordered from the following retailers:

Amazon.co.uk - Blu-ray; DVD.

Play.com - Blu-ray; DVD.

HMV.com - Blu-ray; DVD.
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A nice selection of extra features, but the big one for me is having both Italian and English tracks available.

Oh, and the ability to switch between the two different versions via seamless branching is an inspired move.
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Oh, and the ability to switch between the two different versions via seamless branching is an inspired move.
Indeed, one suggested by Cult Labs members!
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Indeed, one suggested by Cult Labs members!
Absolutely, a release demanded by Cult Labs members with a feature suggested by Cult Labs members - it's great to be able to be so involved in the development process like this.
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Absolutely, a release demanded by Cult Labs members with a feature suggested by Cult Labs members - it's great to be able to be so involved in the development process like this.
This is one of the reasons I love this forum
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What am I supposed to do with my other DVDs of this film once this comes out? Eh? EH?

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Indeed, one suggested by Cult Labs members!
Honestly, I am so glad that seamless branching has been done for this release. I think I would have been a bit disappointed of only one of the 2 versions of the film had been released, regardless of which one was put on. It's so good that we have both options now

Really cannot wait for this release. Might even put my pre-order in now!


Oh, nice cover too! Very Shameless-y but also keeps the spirit of the original artwork in a way. I think this might turn out to be the best Shameless release to date. Nice extras too - hope my question to Cozzi was used!
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Just pre-ordered this on Amazon. Really looking forward to it, looks like a fantastic release. Bet it's going to fly off the shelves! Glad it's been released on DVD as well. I was afraid it'd be a blu-ray only at first. Great work again, Shameless!
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No offence to Shameless, because this is still definately a must have on BD, but I would've liked to have seen a bigger selection of extras. A commentary would've been a great addition, even a few more featurettes.
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