'Who Saw Her Die: Special Edition' [Blu-ray]
(George Lazenby, Anita Strindberg, Adolfo Celi, et al / Blu-ray / NR / (1972) 2019 / Arrow Films UK)
Overview: Sculptor Franco Serpieri (Lazenby) welcomes Roberta (Nicoletta Elmi, Deep Red) his young daughter from a failed marriage to Venice, unaware that a disturbed child-killer is stalking the city's canals.
When Roberta s body is found floating face-down in the river, the lives of Franco and his estranged wife Elizabeth (Anita Strindberg, The Case of the Scorpion's Tail) are ripped asunder.
Desperate for vengeance, Franco turns detective in a bid to track down his daughter's killer, and in the process unearths shocking evidence of depravity and corruption which implicates some of the most respected figures in Venetian society.
Blu-ray Verdict: Well, for those of you wondering whether George Lazenby ever made another picture after incarnating the most under-appreciated Bond ever in 1969's 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service,' well, here's your answer!
Three years later, in the Italian giallo 'Who Saw Her Die? he reappears on our big screens, this time playing a sculptor named Franco, living in Venice.
When his cute little red-haired daughter is murdered and found floating in a canal, Franco naturally embarks on a quest to find the demented child killer.
Lazenby, it must be said here, is almost unrecognizable from three years before. He sports a sleazy handlebar moustache in this film and looks decidedly thinner, almost gaunt; as if he'd been afflicted with a wasting disease in the interim.
And the film itself? Well, it's something of a mixed bag. Yes, it does feature stylish direction by Aldo Lado, as well as a pretty freaky score by master composer Ennio Morricone, consisting largely of echoey chanting.
We are also given plentiful scenery of Venice, which looks both beautiful and seedy here, an intriguing story to set our mental teeth into, and Adolfo Celi, always a welcome presence (and another Bond alumnus, from 'Thunderball'), here playing a mysterious art dealer.
On the down side, I must confess that I was at a loss to understand what the hell was going on throughout most of the picture; what explanations do come toward the end are either half heard from distant rooms or grunted out during fisticuffs!
Dubbing doesn't help matters either, sadly, and as much as the film is never particularly scary or suspenseful I have to say it has stuck with me since I watched it last night (even permutating my dreams in some weird way that I won't go into here now!)
In closing, 'Who Saw Her Die?' remains an interesting, nice-to-look at giallo, nicely captured through the cinematography of Venice, and is yet another fine example that the good people at Arrow Films UK and MVD Visual are choosing the great, most understated films of the day to bring forth to a whole new generation today on Blu-ray.
This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs via a brand new Blu-ray (1080p) HD presentation and comes with the Special Features of:
Brand new 2K restoration of the full-length Italian version of the film from the original 35mm camera negative
High Definition Blu-rayTM (1080p) presentation
Uncompressed mono 1.0 LPCM audio
Original English and Italian soundtracks, titles and credits
Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
New audio commentary by author and critic Travis Crawford
I Saw Her Die, a new video interview with director Aldo Lado
Nicoletta, Child of Darkness, a new video interview with actress Nicoletta Elmi
Once Upon a Time in Venice, a new video interview with co-writer Francesco Barilli
Giallo in Venice, a new video interview with author and critic Michael Mackenzie
Original Italian and English Theatrical Trailers
Poster and Fotobusta Gallery
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Haunt Love
'Who Saw Her Die?' HD Movie Trailer