KILLER CINEMA - WAKE UP AND KILL, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO SOLANGE?

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Wake Up And Die DVD A killer and their victims is a story that's as old as time. But of course, depicting this sort of story onto the big screen isn't always an easy thing to do. Sometimes you need the right actors to fill the right roles. Other times you need the right story to fill the right actors. And as for the sets, the music, the direction, and all of that other technical stuff, well, beats me? Just not with a crowbar, OK? SPLAT! Ouch! Thanks, Arrow Video.

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During the 1960s Luciano Lutring committed more than one hundred armed robberies in Italy and on the French Riviera. To the media he was the 'machine gun soloist', a name he'd earned as he kept his weapon in a violin case. To the public, however, he was a romantic figure, one who only targeted the wealthy, stealing more than 35 billion lire during his criminal career.

Wake Up and Kill (also known as Wake Up And Die) was the logical extension of such fame. It became the first feature to commit Lutring's story to celluloid, shooting having begun mere months after his eventual arrest. Capitalizing on the breakthrough success of his performance in French television's, The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Robert Hoffmann is perfect as Lutring, bringing just the right amount of charisma and youthful exuberance to his first major big screen role.

Directed by Carlo Lizzani (Requiescant), scored by Ennio Morricone, penned by the future screenwriter of Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion, and featuring that film's star, Gian Maria Volonté, in a key supporting role, Wake Up and Kill's true-crime thrills serve as an enthralling dry run for the poliziotteschi movies that would follow a few years later.




SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
  • Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative.
  • High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray and Standard Definition DVD presentations of two versions of the film: the original full-length Italian release, and the shortened English-language cut.
  • Italian and English soundtracks in uncompressed PCM mono sound on the respective versions of the film.
  • Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian version.
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English cut.
  • Theatrical trailer.
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Reinhard Kleist.
  • Illustrated collector's booklet containing new writing on the film by Robert Curti, author of Italian Crime Filmography, 1968 to 1980.

Genre: Cult / Running Time: 124 minutes / Number of Discs: 2 / Audio: Stereo /  Language: English or Italian


What Have You Done to Solange?What Have You Done to Solange?

From director Massimo Dallamano, cinematographer on both A Fistful of Dollars and For a Few Dollars More, comes giallo classic What Have You Done to Solange?, the debut feature of actress Camille Keaton (I Spit on Your Grave).

A sexually sadistic killer is preying on the girls of Saint Mary's school. Student Elizabeth witnessed one of these murders, but her hazy recollections of a knife-wielding figure in black do nothing to further the police's investigations. Why is the killer choosing these young women? And what does it have to do with a girl named Solange?

Also starring Cristina Galbo (Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue) and Fabio Testi (I Spit On Your Grave), What Have You Done with Solange? features all the hallmarks of classic gialli - the amateur detective, the black-gloved killer - as well as a lush score from Ennio Morricone.




SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
  • Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative.
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations.
  • Original Italian and English soundtracks in mono audio.
  • Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack.
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack.
  • Brand new audio commentary with critics Alan Jones and Kim Newman.
  • What Have You Done to Decency? A conversation with Karin Baal - the actress shares her thoughts on Dallamano's classic giallo in this brand new interview. 
  • First Action Hero - a newly-edited 2006 interview with actor and former stuntman Fabio Testi, including a look at his role in Solange.
  • Old-School Producer - a newly-edited 2006 interview with producer Fulvio Lucisano.
  • Innocence Lost: Solange and the "Schoolgirls in Peril" Trilogy - a brand new visual essay by Michael Mackenzie, exploring the themes of Solange and its two semi-sequels.
  • Original theatrical trailer.
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Malleus.
  • Collector's booklet featuring a new article on the giallo scores of Ennio Morricone by Howard Hughes, alongside a Camille Keaton career retrospective from Art Ettinger, comprising interview excerpts with the Solange actress, all illustrated with original archive stills and posters.

Genre: Horror / Running Time: 107 minutes / Number of Discs: 2 / Audio: Mono / Language: English or Italian