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Death Walks Twice classic giallo double on Blu-ray and DVD in March

15 March 2016

Arrow Video have announced the release of Luciano Ercoli's Italian horror classics Death Walks on High Heels and Death Walks at Midnight, which premiere on Blu-ray in this beautifully restored, limited edition collection.

Emerging at the peak of the giallo boom of the early '70s, Luciano Ercoli's Death Walks films are two superlative examples of the genre linked by their shared casting of the stunning Nieves Navarro (billed under her adopted stage name of Susan Scott) as the lead woman in peril.

In Death Walks on High Heels (1971), exotic dancer Nicole (Navarro), the daughter of a murdered jewel thief, finds herself terrorised by a black-clad assailant determined on procuring her father's stolen gems. Fleeing Paris and her knife-wielding pursuer, Nicole arrives in London only to discover that death stalks her at every corner.

Returning in Death Walks at Midnight (1972), Navarro stars as Valentina - a model who, in the midst of a drug-fuelled photoshoot, witnesses a brutal murder in the apartment opposite hers. But when it becomes clear that the savage slaying she describes relates to a crime that took place six months earlier, the police are at a loss - forcing Valentina to solve the mystery alone. Offering up all the glamour, perversity and narrative twists and turns that are typical of the giallo genre at its best, Luciano Ercoli's Death Walks on High Heels and Death Walks at Midnight anticipate the super-stylized trappings of Brian De Palma's early psycho thrillers (most notably, Dressed to Kill).

Death Walks Twice, featuring Death Walks on High Heels and Death Walks at Midnight, will be released on Limited Edition UK dual format (Blu-ray and DVD) on 28th March by Arrow Video at the RRP of £44.99.

Limited Edition features:

Limited Edition boxed-set (3000 copies) containing Death Walks on High Heels and Death Walks at Midnight

  • Brand new 2K restorations of the films from original film elements

  • 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 soundtracks

  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtracks

  • Limited Edition 60-page booklet containing new writing on the films from authors Danny Shipka (Perverse Titillation: The Exploitation Cinema of Italy, Spain and France), Troy Howarth (So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films) and writer Leonard Jacobs

Death Walks on High Heels special features:

  • Audio commentary by film critic Tim Lucas

  • Introduction to the film by screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi

  • From Spain with Love – featurette comprising newly-edited archive footage of director Luciano Ercoli and actress Nieves Navarro, interviewed at their home in Barcelona

  • Master of Giallo – screenwriter Gastaldi on Death Walks on High Heels and how to write a successful giallo

  • Death Walks to the Beat – a career-spanning interview with High Heels composer Stelvio Cipriani

  • Original Italian and English trailers

  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx

Death Walks at Midnight special features:

  • Audio commentary by film critic Tim Lucas

  • Introduction to the film by screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi

  • Extended TV version of the feature

  • Crime Does Pay – screenwriter Gastaldi reflects on his career in the crime film-writing business, including a look at Death Walks at Midnight

  • Desperately Seeking Susan – visual essay by Michael Mackenzie exploring the distinctive giallo collaborations between director Luciano Ercoli and star Nieves Navarro

  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx