Schlock-Wire: PERFUME OF THE LADY IN BLACK Available On DVD From RaroVideo U.S.

Here’s a noteworthy item for giallo fans: The Perfume Of The Lady In Black is finally getting a DVD release in the U.S.  This Francesco Barilli thriller stars Mimsy Farmer of Four Flies On Grey Velvet fame and is renowned amongst genre fans for its dreamlike style.  The new disc was released on March 15th by the U.S. division of Raro Video and features an anamorphic transfer and a choice of English or Italian (with subtitles) sountrack options plus extras.  Read on for all the distinctly Italian psyche-shattering details…

Perfume of the Lady in Black Available NOW

RaroVideo U.S. will also release THE PERFUME OF THE LADY IN BLACK on DVD March 15. Director Francesco Barilli’s hallucinatory horror-thriller stars Mimsy Farmer who portrays Sylvia, a chemist who begins to suffer from strange visions; a mysterious woman in black applying perfume in a mirror appears to her and strangers follow her everywhere she goes. Barilli’s psychological investigation into the workings of the mind becomes apparent when it is revealed that as a child, Sylvia committed a horrible crime. The slow progression from successful scientist to a woman on the verge of insanity shows an in-depth look at the intricacies of the haunted mind.

This is a remarkable film, weaving reality, fantasy and memory into an almost seamless fabric. It is one of the best examples ever of an Italian horror genre film and one of the finest studies of psychosis and madness ever filmed.


-Documentary “Portrait in Black”

-Director’s Biography

-Director’s Filmography

Price:                     $19.98 (DVD)

Street Date:           March 15, 2011

Running time:         101 minutes

Distributor:            ENTERTAINMENT ONE

DVD UPC:              1601801009

Language:              Italian and English with optional English subtitles

Rating:                  NR

Federico Fellini’s The Clowns and The Fernando Di Leo Crime Collection are available now from RaroVideo U.S. The label will continue to spotlight the works of major Italian directors this year with plans to release Pasolini’s The Anger (La Rabbia) and Carmelo Bene’s Our Lady of the Turks (Nostra signora dei Turchi).

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