Sep 262019

Who Saw Her Die? isn’t a great film within the giallo subgenre but it is noteworthy that is stars, at least in physical form, George Lazenby but the movie itself doesn’t have the best pacing and does take its time to get the plot moving along.



Who Saw Her Die?

Genre(s): Mystery, Suspense, Drama
Arrow Video | NR – 94 min. – $39.95 | September 17, 2019

Date Published: 09/26/2019 | Author: The Movieman

Directed by: Aldo Lado
Writer(s): Massimo D’Avak and Francesco Barilli (story and screenplay), Aldo Lado and Ruediger von Spies (collaboration)
Cast: George Lazenby, Anita Strindberg, Adolfo Celi, Dominique Boschero, Peter Chatel

Features: Commentary, Interviews, Gallery, Trailers
Slip Cover: No
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1

Audio: Italian (PCM 1.0), English (PCM 1.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 2.35
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 25.95 GB
Total Bitrate: 49.95 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A

Arrow Video provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.

THE MOVIE — 3.0/5

Plot Synopsis: Sculptor Franco Serpieri (GEORGE LAZENBY) welcomes Roberta (NICOLETTA ELMI) – his young daughter from a failed marriage – to Venice, unaware that a disturbed child-killer is stalking the city’s canals. When Roberta’s body is found floating face-down on the river, the lives of Franco and his estranged wife Elizabeth (ANITA STRINGBERG) are ripped apart. Desperate for vengeance, Franco turns detective in a bid to track down his daughter’s killer, and in the process unearths shocking evidence of depravity and corruption which implicates some of the most respected figures in Venetian society.

Quick Hit Review: I do have a fondness for the giallo-style crime-thrillers and even when some of the choices the characters tend to make, or how the story tends to deviate from its main plot, they do hold some entertainment value. The latest one I saw, Who Saw Her Die?, certainly has its moments, and seeing George Lazenby, post his sole appearance as James Bond, was a lot of fun, even though the English-language was dubbed by someone else. So the performance is a bit half-baked, though Lazenby looked good, and I suppose his dubbing actor did a satisfactory job…

What keeps the movie from being merely okay instead of anything all that good is the storytelling feels a bit choppy at times and it certainly does take time to build up the story, though arguably the time spent to develop the relationship between Franco and his daughter was necessary, however on an emotional level was lacking.

Beyond the lacking of emotions, there were plenty of confusing moments (like having a sequence at an abandoned port where, as it happens, a character is living in some cheap apartment). Lots of coincidences and awkward red-herrings lead to a satisfying enough finale… until a body goes up in flames and falls out of a balcony window. At that point I could only chuckle, not a macabre sort of way but how not only dramatically it was shot (replaying different angles) but the score from Ennio Morricone ratchets up before cutting out with the thud of the body. Was supposed to be vivid but instead came across as unintentionally hilarious.

Who Saw Her Die? was directed by Aldo Lado, and he also worked on the script in some fashion, and he does utilize the beautiful Venetian land and cityscapes so it did at the very least set itself apart from other giallos of that era.



This release comes with a 36-Page Booklet and in a clear HD keep case.

Audio Commentary – Author and critic Troy Howarth provides yet another informative and educational track delving more into Italian cinema and into the story.


  • I Saw Her Die (56:55) is a lengthy new interview with Director Aldo Lado
  • Nicoletta, Child of Darkness (27:25) is another new interview, this with actress Nicoletta Elmi who played the daughter, looking back at her experience working on the film.
  • Once Upon a Time, in Venice (31:29) — Co-writer Francesco Barilli provides his story about his career and his script in this new interview.
  • Giallo in Venice (26:17) – Author and critic Michael McKenzie discusses many aspects about the film from the director to the filming locations.

Rounding things out is an Image Gallery (1:40), the Italian Trailer (3:13) and English Trailer (3:13).


VIDEO – 4.5/5

Arrow Video releases Who Saw Her Die? onto Blu-ray presented in its original 2.35 widescreen aspect ratio and has been given a new 1080p high-definition transfer which was culled from a scan of the 2-perf Techniscope 35mm camera negative in 2K resolution. Many instances of dirt, debris and scratches were removed/repaired in the process. As such, the picture does look excellent, detail is sharp and the original grain and noise has been retained while colors are bright and vibrant throughout.

AUDIO – 4.0/5

The disc comes with both an Italian and English language PCM Mono tracks, each one does output clear dialogue quite nicely and there even some modest depth, especially when it came to Ennio Morricone’s chilling score.


OVERALL – 3.5/5

Who Saw Her Die? isn’t a great film within the giallo subgenre but it is noteworthy that is stars, at least in physical form, George Lazenby but the movie itself doesn’t have the best pacing and does take its time to get the plot moving along. This Blu-ray release by Arrow Video is, as always, a great set with some excellent new interviews and a commentary to along with outstanding video and audio transfers.





Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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