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Autopsy - The Documentary (DVD)

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Genre: Documentary / DVD released 28 June, 2004 at Revolver Entertainment / Features of the DVD: PAL

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      29.09.2000 21:54
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      Continuing their trend to release horror films unrated and uncut, Anchor Bay release this hard to get horror film. Released in 1975 with the title "The Victim", this was hailed as a masterpiece in horror and its here uncut with extra unseen footage. The story follows a young forensic pathologist (Mimsy Farmer), is busy researching the latest developments in suicide theories and is spending time at the morgue analyzing the bodies. Eventually the morbid surroundings get to her and she begins to have hallucinations of corpses rising from the dead, which makes her private life a miserable mess. Soon she gets a new body in, a young lady, and she realises that she had been talknig to her just the day before and didnt seem suicidial at all. So when her brother shows up to indentify the body (Barry Primus), she asks him and he tells her that he thinks his sistere was killed in a set-up and didnt commit suicide. A series of other murders disguised as suicides in their vicinity confirms their suspicions. The two decide to join forces to find out what really happened to the girl and soon they stumble into a web of intrigue and murder that takes them to the brink of their sanity and eventually, their lives. While being extremely slow at times, Autopsy is a lot like other Euro thrillers released at the same time. It takes along time to build up its characters and establish their background, but while this is happening too much is really happening to propel the story forward during certain parts of the film. To compensate for this development, Crispino makes sure to insert very impressive shocks when they are in place. It balances the overall film and makes a strong impression, which gets viewers over the drier scenes of character development. Especially in the beginning, the film pulls all the stops, giving us a good look at the city morgue with its cadavers, while morticians and coroners are going about their work. These scenes are definitely not fo r the weak of stomach, as many of the make up effects are extremely realistic and disturbing. As I mentioned before, Anchor Bay has been able to reinsert some footage into the film that had been cut from its release her in the US before. Interestingly it is mostly footage that shows newspaper clippings in Italian language and the reason these moments have been removed were certainly to give the film more of a domestic feel. Since there is no dub available for these moments, Anchor Bay reverts to English subtitles during those moments, leaving the original Italian audio intact. Autopsy is a typical Italian giallo thriller and fans of Dario Argento’s work will love this film. It slowly builds tension and creates some great shocks, while also offering some well designed imagery of Rome. Anchor Bay has once again created a great DVD for this rather obscure movie and finally gives American and UK audiences to see this film in its original glory without cuts and blemishes.

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