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Throughout the late 1960s and into the 70s, the Italian giallo movement transported viewers to the far corners of the globe, from swinging San Francisco to the Soviet-occupied Prague. Only one, however, brought the genre s unique brand of bloody mayhem as far as Australia: director Flavio Mogherini (Delitto passionale) s tragic and poetic The Pyjama Girl Case.

The body of a young woman is found on the beach, shot in the head, burned to hide her identity and dressed in distinctive yellow pyjamas. With the Sydney police stumped, former Inspector Timpson (Ray Milland, Dial M for Murder) comes out of retirement to crack the case. Treading where the real detectives can t, Timpson doggedly pieces together the sad story of Dutch immigrant Glenda Blythe (Dalila Di Lazzaro, Phenomena) and the unhappy chain of events which led to her grisly demise.

Inspired by the real-life case which baffled the Australian police and continues to spark controversy and unanswered questions to this day, The Pyjama Girl Case is a uniquely haunting latter-day giallo from the tail end of the genre s boom period, co-starring Michele Placido (director of Romanzo Criminale) and Howard Ross (The New York Ripper), and featuring a memorably melancholic score by veteran composer Riz Ortolani (Don t Torture a Duckling).

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

  • Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks
  • Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
  • New audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films
  • New video interview with author and critic Michael Mackenzie on the internationalism of the giallo
  • New video interview with actor Howard Ross
  • New video interview with editor Alberto Tagliavia
  • Archival interview with composer Riz Ortolani
  • Image gallery
  • Italian theatrical trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector s booklet featuring new writing by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
studio:
Arrow Video
Run Time:
tbc
Certificate:
TBC
Main Language:
Italian
Number of Discs:
1
Brand:
Arrow Video
Director:
Flavio Mogherini
Actor:
Ray Milland

Dalila Di Lazzaro

Michele Placido

Mel Ferrer

Howard Ross
Subtitle Languages:
English / English SDH
Theatrical Release Year:
1977
Region:
B

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Arrow Video - Join the Cult!

Throughout the late 1960s and into the 70s, the Italian giallo movement transported viewers to the far corners of the globe, from swinging San Francisco to the Soviet-occupied Prague. Only one, however, brought the genre s unique brand of bloody mayhem as far as Australia: director Flavio Mogherini (Delitto passionale) s tragic and poetic The Pyjama Girl Case.

The body of a young woman is found on the beach, shot in the head, burned to hide her identity and dressed in distinctive yellow pyjamas. With the Sydney police stumped, former Inspector Timpson (Ray Milland, Dial M for Murder) comes out of retirement to crack the case. Treading where the real detectives can t, Timpson doggedly pieces together the sad story of Dutch immigrant Glenda Blythe (Dalila Di Lazzaro, Phenomena) and the unhappy chain of events which led to her grisly demise.

Inspired by the real-life case which baffled the Australian police and continues to spark controversy and unanswered questions to this day, The Pyjama Girl Case is a uniquely haunting latter-day giallo from the tail end of the genre s boom period, co-starring Michele Placido (director of Romanzo Criminale) and Howard Ross (The New York Ripper), and featuring a memorably melancholic score by veteran composer Riz Ortolani (Don t Torture a Duckling).

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

  • Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks
  • Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
  • New audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films
  • New video interview with author and critic Michael Mackenzie on the internationalism of the giallo
  • New video interview with actor Howard Ross
  • New video interview with editor Alberto Tagliavia
  • Archival interview with composer Riz Ortolani
  • Image gallery
  • Italian theatrical trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector s booklet featuring new writing by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
studio:
Arrow Video
Run Time:
tbc
Certificate:
TBC
Main Language:
Italian
Number of Discs:
1
Brand:
Arrow Video
Director:
Flavio Mogherini
Actor:
Ray Milland

Dalila Di Lazzaro

Michele Placido

Mel Ferrer

Howard Ross
Subtitle Languages:
English / English SDH
Theatrical Release Year:
1977
Region:
B

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'The Pyjama Girl Case remains one of the more idiosyncratic Gialli of the period!

While director Flavio Mogherini's initially sedate, late-cycle Giallo might seem relatively pallid due to its dearth of cartoonishly hyperbolic violence, the yellow-spined genre became infamous for, the crepuscular, circuitous, altogether doomy narrative is both a fascinating and frequently distressing dissection of the brutal murder, and post-mortem disfiguration of a once beautiful young woman. Based on a true crime story, Mogherini's quality screamplay forcefully engages from the gruesome discovery of the victim's grimly charred corpse to a genuinely thrilling, nerve-shreddingly exhilarating climax, Flavio Mogherini's morbid and moody Giallo 'The Pyjama Girl Case' is well worth closer investigation. Not only does Flavio Mogherini eschew the flamboyant gore of a Fulci or Martino, he also dispenses with the more familiar trope of 'valiant amateur sleuth vs black-gloved maniac', having crusty Hollywood veteran Ray Milland as the retired, but anything but retiring Inspector Timpson 'assisting' the younger inexperienced Ramsey (Ramiro Oliveros) by doggedly pounding Sydney's murkier locales in order to discover the shadowy perpetrator of this singularly onerous murder. Oft overlooked, 'The Pyjama Girl Case' is a rewarding thriller, and not unlike Duccio Tessari's sinuous and similarly meticulous Giallo 'The Bloodstained Butterfly, Mogherini's fabulously entertaining film's continued fascination lies in its bravura storytelling, and engaging performances from an especially fine cast, supported by an ear-wormingly wonderful score by maestro Riz Ortolani, one of my personal favourite themes, his hauntingly Moroder-infused, darkly menacing score doing much to heighten the film's innately melancholy milieu concerning the wearing odyssey of an octogenarian cop on what might prove to be his swansong case. 'The Pyjama Girl Case' with its grisly murder, striking, yet weirdly unsettling Sydney setting remains one of the more idiosyncratic Gialli of the period and comes very highly recommended by this particularly obsessive Gialli fan!

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