Francesca (2015) (Limited Edition) (Blu-ray/DVD/CD Review)

Francesca (2015) (Limited Edition) (Blu-ray/DVD/CD Review)

Francesca (2015) (Limited Edition) (Blu-ray/DVD/CD Review)

📅18 October 2016, 20:33

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Francesca (2015) (Limited Edition) (Blu-ray/DVD/CD Review)
Directed By: Luciano Onetti
Starring: Luis Emilio Rodriguez, Gustavo Dalessanro, Raul Gederlini
Rated: UR/Region O/Widescreen/1080p/Number of Discs 3
Available from Unearthed Films

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It’s been 15 years since the disappearance of little Francesca, daughter of the renowned storyteller, poet, and dramatist Vittorio Visconti, and the community is stalked by a psychopath bent on cleaning the city of “impure and damned souls”. Moretti and Succo, questioned by the ineffectiveness of the police force, are the detectives in charge of elucidating the mystery surrounding these “Dantesque” crimes. Francesca seems to have returned, but she is not be the same girl who everyone knew . . .

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What we have on our hands with Francesca is a straightforward tribute and love letter to the Italian Giallo. We are clearly here with the very style and quirks that the genre had a pretty interesting plot wrapped up in the mix of this entire thing. If you are a fan of Giallos then you’ll be more than happy with what you find in this movie. A movie that comes to us in the very awesome style of a three disc limited edition release from Unearthed Films. This is a movie that makes this very much a puzzle. This is a puzzle that you watch and try to place together before the other foot drops in the film. I really enjoyed trying to figure this one out as I was introduced to character after character that reminded me very much of those Giallo films of old. If I had to pick one to really compare to I’d go with Dario Argento’s Tenebre. No, I wouldn’t call this as well done or good, but if Tenebre is the majors of this style Francesca would be triple A, and that isn’t a bad thing at all when you think of how something like this could have gone. This one hits its marks and it is better for it.

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This is the second film in what will be a trilogy of throwback films from directorLuciano Onetti and writer Nicolás Onetti. I made of the style from the first film, Sonno Profondo, but it really wasn’t my kind of movie. This improves on everything that might have missed the mark on that movie. The style is here and the story is here as well. Where that one was a bit too much in some spots and took you out of the movie, this one does a great job of keeping you entertained and interested. Again, this will be a movie that might be over the heads a bit of the common movie goer, but for hardcore fans of the genre, this will be one they get a lot of fun out of. We have blood, style, twists and turns along the way and it never does feel boring. All in all, it may be the truest throwback style of a film we’ve seen since Grindhouse.

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Extras

– Behind the Scenes
– Deleted Scene (Alternate Beginning)
– Interview – Luciano and Nicolas Onetti
– Hidden Scene
– Soundtrack CD

Quality of Transfer: 93%

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