Director – Nico Mastorakis (Ninja Academy, Island of Death)
Starring – Jessica Dublin (The Toxic Avenger Part II, Savage Hunt), Maria Aliferi (Taxi Driver, Consumer Society), and Peter Winter (Warship, The Pathfinders)
Release Date – 1976
Rating – 2/5
Blu Release – 4/5
Arrow Video has really impressed me recently. When I received a package of screeners a few days ago I had only seen two of the film out of the four. I started my Arrow Video marathon with a supernatural romance flick titled A Ghost Waits that I really enjoyed. I was not expecting that film to hit like it did and I loved it. I followed that up with Jack Hill’s classic Switchblade Sisters. This was one I was very familiar with and actually enjoy. It’s an iconic film that should be on everyone’s watch list.
When I finished Switchblade I decided to dig into Death Has Blue Eyes. This is one I had never seen before but it looked very interesting. As usual, I want to thank Arrow Video and MVD for sending this one my way.
**Spoiler Alert** The film follows two friends who find themselves tasked with protecting a very strange woman and her well to do mother. However, when not fleeing from gun-toting gangsters and fucking random women, they uncover that the strange woman has psychic abilities and her mother is hiding a very big secret. **Spoiler Alert**
I went into Death Has Blue Eyes knowing nothing about the film and was greeted with a well acted but extremely dull film. The movie had a lot of interesting ideas and the acting was great but it was a fairly dull movie experience which was strange. How could a movie with such an interesting story have nothing to say?
The acting in this one is the best aspect of the entire film. I loved the cast and their performances. The cast was really into their roles and the characters are enjoyable for the most part. The random sex scenes are a little on the awkward side but the acting for the most part was really well done. It’s a damn shame the story couldn’t carry the cast.
The story for this one has some interesting ideas but their delivery leaves a lot to be desired. The title lead me to believe that the woman with psychic abilities would be doing a lot more killing than she did. Sadly, this was not the case. Instead, we get a lot of chase scenes that are very boring along with awkward sex scenes. We don’t get enough focus on the story. I would have loved to see more psychic chaos over the horrible motorcycle chase scene.
Finally, the film has several deaths but don’t expect a lot. Nothing spectacular or memorable here. The psychic deaths are actually funny due to the acting but they will not stick with you. Overall, Death Has Blue Eyes is a huge disappointment and such a missed opportunity. The blu from Arrow looks great but the movie is not. Collectors or fans of this one will want to snag it but for a blind buy I would recommend something else from Arrow.
Brand new restoration from the original camera negative approved by the director
High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation
Two versions of the film: the widescreen 1.85:1 version and the full-frame 1.33:1 version
Original mono audio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Exclusive new interview featurette with Nico Mastorakis
Exclusive new interview with actress Maria Aliferi
Dancing with Death: tracks from the Death Has Blue Eyes original soundtrack
Original theatrical trailers
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys