Two Evil Eyes 4K/UHD Review (Blue Underground)
Two Evil Eyes (aKa Due occhi diabolici) is a 1990 anthology horror film written/directed by George A. Romero (Creepshow, Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Martin, and The Crazies) and Dario Argento (Suspiria, Opera, Inferno, Tenebrae, Deep Red, The Cat o’ Nine Tails, and The Bird with the Crystal Plumage). It’s based on the work of Edgar Allan Poe. Romero’s The Facts In The Case Of Mr. Valdemar, a conniving wife (played by: Adrienne Barbeau from Creepshow, The Fog, Escape from New York, Swamp Thing, and Back to School) and her lover use a hypnotic trance to embezzle a fortune from her dying husband, only to receive some chilling surprises from beyond the grave. Argento’s The Black Cat, a deranged crime scene photographer (played by: Harvey Keitel from Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Bad Lieutenant, Bugsy, Taxi Driver, and Mean Streets) is driven to brutal acts of madness and murder by his girlfriend’s new pet. But will this cunning feline deliver a final sickening twist of its own????Two Evil Eyes is collaboration between two of the greatest horror directors of all time George A. Romero and Dario Argento. Plus as an added bonus it’s based on two different stories from the legendary Edgar Allan Poe. This was a dream project when it was announced back in the day. Both Romero and Argento formed a working relationship while releasing the classic zombie flick Dawn of the Dead many years before. I love how each segment is completely different from each other here but both still carry that heavy Poe influence which ties everything together for this horror anthology. Two Evil Eyes is loaded with familiar faces which includes Adrienne Barbeau, Harvey Keitel, Ramy Zada, Bingo O’Malley, E.G. Marshall, John Amos, Sally Kirkland, Martin Balsam, Julie Benz, and Tom Atkins. Adrienne Barbeau and Harvey Keitel both really shine here as the two leads, it’s one of my favorite performances from both here. This one has top notch special fx and some awesome brutal moments in it. Two Evil Eyes usually gets overlooked considering how many classics both filmmakers have made over the years but this one still holds up and it’s one of their better features in their later years. The replay value is strong and this one is so much fun. RECOMMENDED!!!!This 2160p (1.85:1) transfer Dolby Vision and HDR10 is a huge upgrade compared to the past home video releases. The colors really pop and stand out on this new restoration. The details on everything are so sharp now, Blue Underground is one of the best when it comes to 4K updates on older features. The audio options includes English: Dolby Atmos, English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1, English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0, and French: DTS-HD Master Audio Mono on this UHD disc. The sound is a massive improvement on this one and it roars through the speakers now. All of the dialogue is crystal clear, the horror is elevated, and the music has a killer boost to it. It has English SDH, French, and Spanish subtitles. The 4K disc is free plus it has reversible artwork. If you are lucky, it also has a really cool slipcover but that’s very limited and gone for the most part now!!!!The UHD disc only has a few extras on it. It has an “Audio Commentary” with critic and author Troy Howarth. It has a “Photo Gallery”. It has a remastered “Trailer” for the film on here. The rest of the special features are located on the blu ray disc that’s included on this 4K home video release. “Two Masters’ Eyes” has 30 minutes of interviews with directors Dario Argento and George Romero, Special Make-Up Effects supervisor Tom Savini, executive producer Claudio Argento, and Asia Argento. It’s in both English and Italian with optional English subtitles. “Savini’s EFX” features 13 minutes of videos and highlights Tom Savini’s work for Two Evil Eyes. “At Home with Tom Savini” is a 16 minute personal tour of Tom Savini’s home. “Adrienne Barbeau” is a 5 minute interview with the actress from the documentary The Definitive Document of the Dead. “Before I Wake” is a brand new exclusive 14 minute interview with actor Ramy Zada. -“Behind the Wall” is a brand new exclusive 17 minute interview with actress Madeleine Potter. “One Maestro and Two Masters” is a brand new exclusive 16 minute interview with composer Pino Donaggio. It’s in Italian with optional English subtitles. “Rewriting Poe” is a brand new exclusive 16 minute interview with co-writer Franco Ferrini. It’s in Italian with optional English subtitles. “The Cat Who Wouldn’t Die” is a brand new exclusive 27 minute interview with assistant director Luigi Cozzi. It’s in Italian with optional English subtitles. “Two Evil Brothers” is a brand new exclusive 14 minute interview with special fx artist Everett Burrell. “Working with George” is a new exclusive 9 minute interview with consume designer Barbara Anderson. This 4K set is loaded with so many brand new and exclusive interviews. That alone makes this home video release worth upgrading. It’s available everywhere right now, CHECK IT OUT!!!!