The Bloodstained Shadow Review
For the review of the movie itself, please refer to the following link on The Digital Fix website (http://film.thedigitalfix.com/content/id/58973/the-bloodstained-shadow.html) which contains an insightful review of the movie by Michael Mackenzie for its previous DVD release by Anchor Bay.
88 Films released The Bloodstained Shadow’s blu-ray disc is available in the UK as part of 88 Films’ Italian Collection. It is the first time that the movie is released in blu-ray format in the UK (the only other blu-ray edition in the world can be found in Germany).
The blu-ray disc features a new high definition 1080p transfer. Although it is clear that the movie has not been offered a 4k, or even 2k, restoration, I think it still looks very good on blu-ray. The new transfer displays strong colors and an adequate level of details in close-ups while showing a very acceptable amount of grain throughout the movie. There is a nice variety of exterior/interior and day/night scenes in the movie and 88 Films’ new presentation seems to offer a faithful rendering of the atmosphere that Antonio Bido and his cinematographer Mario Vulpiani wanted to create for the movie. Furthermore, I didn’t notice any major defaults on the image apart from the usual cracks due to the film’s age.
On the audio side, the presentation is even stronger with the disc offering two tracks in uncompressed LPCM: the English one and the Italian one, which features unremovable English Subtitles. Both track are very clear and allow enjoying the dialogues and Stelvio Cipriani’s “Gobliny” score without any adjustment during the movie.
On the bonus side, the content of the disc itself is very scarce: the opening and ending credits in Italian (pretty useless) and the original Italian trailer using its (better) original title, Solamente Nero (which could be translated by “Only Black”). It is a shame that no filmed interview with Antonio Bido or its cast and crew have been added to the bonus section (especially because interviews with the director exist from previous DVD editions) but fortunately, the disc is accompanied by a newly commissioned booklet featuring an extensive new interview with Antonio Bido and a retrospective feature on the Giallo genre from Calum Waddell. 88 Films has also added an art card in the blu-ray package.