French Sex Murders
Aka; Murder in Paris, The Bogeyman & the French Murders, The Paris Sex Murders
Original Title; Cass d'appuntamento
Directed By; Ferdinando Merighi,
Italy / West Germany, 1972
Giallo / Thriller / Mystery, 83min [hybrid print 88min]
Distributed by Mondo Macabro
Inspector Pontaine [Robert Sacchi], a Humphrey Bogart look-a-like detective investigates a series of strange murders that started with the killing of a prostitute at Madame Colette's [Anita Ekberg] bordello. Main suspect Antoine [Pietro Martellanza] is killed in a freak accident, but when Professor Waldemar [Howard Vernon] performs an autopsy into Antoine's brain, the killings continue in a weird and mysterious way.
Sweet and sleazy giallo, which doesn't quite make the push over hill and roll into the suave settings, music and atmosphere that most classic gialli capture in one way or another. Perhaps it's no mystery as this movie was produced by
Well it claims to be a new anamorphic 1.66:1 / 16:9 transfer, which it obviously is, but at some times you can see that it defiantly is a hybrid print [meaning that they have taken elements from several versions of the film to achieve the absolute version] as there are shifts in quality in some scenes, but not to worry there are worse examples of this out there on DVD. Some of the scenes feel to be a bit overexposed, but this could also be due to the hybrid print.
Nothing too surprising, Dolby Digital, mono, but there are a few disturbances here and there, but once again, it's probably because of the hybrid print, and nothing that takes anything away from the film. There's no subtitle options as the print is the english dubbed version.
Released as the first volume of the Dick Randall Collection, Mondo Macabro actually manage to pull this one of thanks to the fascinating extras. Where as they could have made things easy for themselves and reused the Documentary on Italian Gialli from their previous release for Ercoli's Death Walks at Midnight, they dedicate half an hour to the Wild Wild World of Dick Randall, an truly enjoyable half hour portraying Randall's wide and, truly wild career. There's an essay on the movie, including an explanation about the hybrid print, Mondo Macabro are regularly very frank and honest about their prints, which makes up for eventual disappointments in audio and visual faults in the movie. There are two deleted/alternate scenes with explanatory texts to why they where not included in the hybrid, a still gallery, and a great other titles from Mondo Macabro promo included on the disc.