Fan DVD #10: Death Occurred Last Night (Duccio Tessari, 1970)

Being a fan of Tessari’s other gialli, The Bloodstained Butterfly (1971) and Puzzle (1974), and his excellent foray into the poliziesco genre Tony Arzenta (1973) I had always wanted to see Death Occurred Last Night, his first addition to the giallo canon. To my knowledge there has never been an official English friendly release of this the only available version being a poor quality English subtitled bootleg available from Video Search of Miami. Even though I own a copy of the latter I was never able to watch it because of the poor video quality. The excellent Italian DVD label Raro had intended to release the film but it never surfaced. An Italian DVD was released by Ermitage but, again, the picture quality, though better than the Video Search of Miami Bootleg, was still poor. I had intended to use this DVD as the video source for a fan DVD project but Polla of Pollanet Squad was very kindly able to supply me with a rip of a widescreen Italian television broadcast. I enhanced this high quality rip for 16×9 playback and added subtitles which were built by DjangoLi of the Lovelockandload forum. Screenshots can be found below:

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As you can see, the station logo is unfortunately burnt-in to the video. I tried to remove it in VirtualDub but the result was not very impressive. Thankfully most of it has been cropped off during the 16×9 enhancement and the remaining half is not that noticeable. Below is the motion menu I created and also a screenshot of the chapter selection menu:

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The film, though not as good as The Bloodstained Butterfly which would be Tessari’s next entry into the giallo canon, is a gripping police procedural giallo with no straight-razor wielding black-gloved killer to be found. Berzaghi (Raf Vollone) approaches Police Commissioner Lamberti (Frank Wolff) to help find his mentally retarded daughter Donatella (Gillian Bray) who has gone missing. Lamberti, along with his assistant Mascaranti (Gabriele Tinti), begin to search for Donatella whilst Berzaghi continues his own investigation until they both uncover the shocking truth. Death Occurred Last Night is very well acted and well executed. It is a pity that Tessari did not make anymore gialli, his offerings are more thoughtful than the majority. Obviously, it comes highly recommended.

Some of you may have noticed that this is my tenth fan DVD. It is quite fitting that number ten is a Tessari film as my first fan DVD was a fan dub of The Bloodstained Butterfly. I have been quite busy producing fan DVDs over the past few weeks. Look out for posts detailing my 16×9 enhancements of:

Blazing Magnum (1976)
The Sweet Body of Deborah (1968)
Death in Haiti aka Tropic of Cancer (1972)
Spirits of Death (1972)

My next fan DVD will be an English dub of Luigi Zampa’s little seen giallo/poliziesco The Masters (
1975) starring Franco Nero. I also have a few other surprises up my sleeve.

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One Response to Fan DVD #10: Death Occurred Last Night (Duccio Tessari, 1970)

  1. marc says:

    re: Death in Haiti there’s a 3 audio dvdr on a torrent site , plus their killer reserved had 3 audio also

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