Friday, October 11, 2013
Rosalba Neri News # 10
One of my favorite things this time of year is rooting thru bins of horror DVD's that stores put out for the Halloween season (although they are getting kind of rare). Recently while digging deep into one & buried beneath all those multi packs of recent direct to DVD stuff (with all titles followed by a III or IV), I came across this newish Alpha double feature DVD. Comprising one of my favorite Rosalba Italian horrors (1973's The Devils Wedding Night ) packaged along with the Spanish production The Witches Mountain from 1972 (which features the always worth a look Patty Shepard), I was tempted.
Being on the Alpha label, I was pretty sure of a couple of things : crap transfer (which probably I already own) & crap transfer more then likely "borrowed" from some other labels crap transfer. However the cover intrigued me as it uses the wonderful U.S. one sheet art rather then the usual Alpha practice of slapping those weird day-glo colors on a B&W still. As I couldn't resist that cover art and combined with it only being $5.00 (along with being a sucker for all things Rosalba), meant that it was mine.
Upon getting home I discovered with no surprise that Devil's Wedding Night was yet another variant of that same old eyesore transfer that's been floating around since the dawn of home video. The Alpha disc looks to be taken from the Shout Factory Elvira DVD (which although uncut & non-anamorphic widescreen, looks like it was run thru every drive-in projector across the country). The Shout Factory Elvira DVD seems to have a little better color, but I'll gladly keep this in my collection as every so often I like firing up one of those old cheap label DVD's or an old VHS and watching all those green emulsion lines. There is a beautiful Italian region 2 DVD available (though not English friendly).
Plus as expected Witches Mountain is the same transfer from all those Mill Creek multi movie packs. Oh well, what the heck. There was however a good feeling from buying a Rosalba Italian horror DVD (a satanic dbl feature no less !) along with my gallon of milk and socks - not to mention the expression of the clerk when looking at the cover " Dark Sexual Desires Unleash the Legions of Lucifer !".