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Mill Of The Stone Women Blu-ray Review

The atmospheric “Mill Of The Stone Women” is worth a watch.

In 1960’s “Mill Of The Stone Women,” the story finds an art student (Hans) looking for a sculptor/Professor (Gregorious Wahl). The purpose of his visit is to research Wahl’s carousel art piece attraction made of statues (the titular Mill of the Stone Women). While staying in the attic of the mill, Hans meets Wahl’s dying daughter Elfie (perfectly played by Scilla Gabel) whom he falls for despite already having a girlfriend (Liselotte). When Hans sees Elfie allegedly die, he becomes haunted by it to the point of madness. It soon becomes clear that perhaps she didn’t die and that something else entirely is going whether it be supernatural or not. 

I’ve long said that atmosphere goes a long way in the horror genre. Luckily, director Giorgio Ferroni’s “Mill Of The Stone Women” is positively brimming with eerie atmosphere whether it be in the opening shot, the titular carousel, the shady Wahl, the production design, the lighting, and the shooting locations. Everything here just has an unnerving vibe which greatly benefits the movie as a whole. 

The story may be a bit lacking primarily because it feels like a mish mash of other movies like “House Of Wax,” “The Mystery Of The Wax Museum,” “Doctor X” and even a bit of “Frankenstein.” However, writer Remigio Del Grosso (along with other credited writers including Ferroni) has a way of pulling you in by exploring the concepts of murder, resurrection, romance, obsession and family in fascinating ways that elevate the familiar tale.

Note: Viewers have the option of playing the film in 4 versions- Italian (96 mins.), English Export, (96 mins.) U.S. (95 mins) and French (90 mins.)

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.66:1 1080p. How does it look? The 2K restorations of all versions look divine here. The colors look especially rich in 1080p. 

Audio Track: Italian and English 1.0 Lossless Mono. How do they sound? The racks for all 4 audio tracks have been restored and the results are stellar. Note: There are optional English subtitles.

Extras:
* 6 artcards
* A double-sided poster
* A thick booklet with credits, photos, essays by Roberto Curti and Brad Stevens, reviews and restoration notes.
* German opening titles
* U.S. and German theatrical trailers
* Posters, Stills and Lobby Cards, German Pressbook and US Pressbook Still Galleries.
* An archival interview with actor Wolfgang Preiss.
* “Turned To Stone”- A featurette that contains interviews with actress Liana Orfei and film historian Fabio Melelli.
* A visual essay by Kat Ellinger on statue women in the Gothic horror genre.
* Commentary by author Tim Lucas.
  

December 22, 2021 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | ,

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