Blu-ray Release: Gran Bollito

Blu-ray Release Date: November 15, 2016
Price: Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Twilight Time

Mauro Bolognini, that master of Italian costume and period dramas, gives us a peculiar slice of Grand Guignol with the 1977 horror-thriller Gran Bollito (Black Journal).

granbollito1The film stars Shelley Winters (Wild in the Streets) as a mother so insanely over-protective of her grown son that she decides to make a deal with death by offering alternate victims, plucked from among her fellow tenants in a 1938 Italian apartment building; among these are several men playing women, including the one and only Max Von Sydow (Hannah and Her Sisters). Laura Antonelli (L’Innocente) and Rita Tushingham (A Taste of Honey) also star.

Special features on Twilight Time’s Blu-ray edition include an audio commentary with film historians Derek Botelho and David Del Valle and an original theatrical trailer

As supplier Twilight Time prints up only 3,000 copies of each title, be sure to head over to the Twilight Time site or that of distributor Screen Archives NOW so you can put in your prebook order!

About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.