Sep 142021

Two Evil Eyes puts together two of the most prominent horror directors, George Romero and Dario Argento and while the movie is far from perfect, these were at least entertaining.



Two Evil Eyes

Genre(s): Supernatural Horror
Arrow Video | NR – 120 min. – $49.95 | August 24, 2021

Date Published: 09/14/2021 | Author: The Movieman

Directed by: Dario Argento, George A. Romero
Writer(s): George A. Romero and Dario Argento & Franco Ferrini (screenplay)
Cast: Harvey Keitel, Adrienne Barbeau, Ramy Zada, Sally Kirkland, Martin Balsam, E.G. Marshall, John Amos, Kim Hunter, Madeleine Potter, Julie Benz

Features: Commentary, Featurettes, Interviews, Gallery, Theatrical Trailer
Slip Cover: Yes
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray (features only)
Number of Discs: 2

Audio: English (Dolby Atmos), English (DTS-HD MA 2.0), French (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Video: 2160p/Widescreen 1.85
Subtitles: English SDH
Codecs: HEVC / H.265
Region(s): A, B, C

Note: Portions were copied from my original Blu-ray review.

THE MOVIE — 3½/5

Plot Synopsis: In George Romero’s The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar, a conniving wife (ADRIENNE BARBEAU) and her lover (RAMY ZADA) use a hypnotic trance to embezzle a fortune from her dying husband (BINGO O’MALLEY), only to receive some chilling surprises from beyond the grave.

Then in Dario Argento’s The Black Cat, a deranged crime scene photographer (HARVEY KEITEL) is driven to brutal acts of madness and murder by his girlfriend’s (MADELEINE PORTER) new pet. But will this cunning feline deliver a final sickening twist of its own?

Quick Hit Review: Although I’m no horror hound, I have enjoyed both of George A. Romero’s and Dario Argento’s more cult classic films including Dawn of the Dead and Suspiria so seeing the two pair up for a two film feature seemed like a fun idea, though would have been better if the idea of John Carpenter and Stephen King had panned out. In any case, the films within Two Evil Eyes, are rather different and everyone seems to have their favorite. For myself, I enjoyed The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar, as there’s a more crime-drama element more so than The Black Cat. I especially liked the darkly comedic parts in Valdemar, however doesn’t help I’m also a cat lover and seeing a character in The Black Cat strangle one did put me off.

This is not to say The Black Cat didn’t have its moments. I felt the direction from Argento was evenly handled and you can never go wrong with having Harvey Keitel as your lead, and he was tremendous. As for Adrienne Barbeau, she was wonderful in her own right in Valdemar. With all that said, if going in viewing this along the lines of a Tales from the Crypt, these aren’t half bad stories and perfect viewing on Halloween.



This release comes with a matted slip cover and the interior artwork is reversible.


Audio Commentary — Author and Dario Argento expert Troy Howarth

Poster & Still Gallery

Theatrical Trailer (1:28)


Two Masters’ Eyes (29:31) is a collection of interviews circa 2003 with Directors Dario Argento & George Romero, Special Make-Up Effects Supervisor Tom Savini, Executive Producer Claudio Argento, and Asia Argento.

Savini’s EFX (12:08) is a behind-the-scenes look at the film’s Special Make-Up Effects by Tom Savini.

At Home with Tom Savini (15:42) — Savini gives a personal tour of his home. Presumably from the early 90s.

Adrienne Barbeau on George Romero (4:35) — In this brief interview, the actress discusses working with Romero. Originally shot for a documentary from 1989-90.

Interviews (all new for this release):

  • Before I Wake (14:03) — Actor Ramy Zada
  • Behind the Wall (16:09) — Actress Madeleine Potter
  • One Maestro and Two Masters (15:12) — Composer Pino Donaggio
  • Rewriting Poe (13:37) — Co-Writer Franco Ferrini
  • The Cat Who Wouldn’t Die (26:33) — Assistant Director Luigi Cozzi
  • Two Evil Brothers (13:52) — Special Make-Up Effects Assistant Everett Burrell
  • Working with George (9:15) — Costume Designer Barbara Anderson


VIDEO – 5/5, AUDIO – 4½/5

Blue Underground releases Two Evil Eyes onto 4K Ultra HD presented in its original 1.85 widescreen aspect ratio and has a 2160p high-definition transfer taken from a 4K 16-bit scan and the film’s original camera negative. I already found the Blue Underground’s Blu-ray picture to look phenomenal and this one too does look fantastic. Without doing a direct comparison, I found this to have excellent detail and well balanced colors. The original film grain and noise is ever present while black levels appear nicely dispersed throughout, never appearing crushed.

The movie comes with a Dolby Atmos as well as a 2.0 option, the former is default. The Atmos track seems a little bit much for a movie from 1990 and not meant for all of these channels, but even so, dialogue did sound great and the depth was halfway decent. I did sample the 2.0 track and it too was nice even being relegated over the two channels.


Two Evil Eyes puts together two of the most prominent horror directors, George Romero and Dario Argento and while the movie is far from perfect, these were at least entertaining.

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