Blu-ray Review: Short Night Of Glass Dolls

Short Night Of Glass Dolls (aka La Corta Notte Della Bambole Di Vetro) was written and directed by Aldo Lado and stars Ingrid Thulin, Jean Sorel, Mario Adorf, Barbara Bach, Fabijan Sovagovic, Jose Quaglio and Piero Vida. The score is by Ennio Morricone.

Short Night of Glass Dolls (La Corta Notte delle Bambole di Vetro, 1971) is a mystery-heavy giallo film, the d├ębut of director Aldo Lado. It stars Jean Sorel as an American reporter, trapped inside his apparently dead body, but still trying to decipher the disappearance of his beautiful girlfriend (Barbara Bach). Set in a Prague depicted as remarkably depraved, the film also stars the great Ingrid Thulin, and is highlighted by a stunning score from the one and only Ennio Morricone, available on this Twilight Time release as an isolated track.

The opening scene for this 1971 Italian giallo shows a groundskeeper discover what appears to be a dead body in the bushes. The body is then picked up and taken to the local hospital. This body belongs to Gregory Moore (Jean Sorel), an American journalist whose story plays out once he arrives in the morgue and lays upon a slab – toe tag and all. The crazy thing is, Gregory is not dead!

What happens is, when his beautiful girlfriend Mira (Barbara Bach) suddenly goes missing, Gregory decides to do some investigating of his own and gets in way over his head. The doomed journalist finds himself racing against time as his body lies lifeless while he tries to solve Mira’s mysterious disappearance that will hopefully explain why he’s ended up in this terrifying state. The crazy thing is, he has to solve these mysteries before his very own autopsy begins!

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, an image, a few quotes, and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features an image from the movie. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inside is a booklet from Twilight Time that includes more images from the movie, some nice words about Short Night of Glass Dolls by Julie Kirgo and more original artwork on the front and back. You can see the front cover of the booklet down below. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any serious issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, I’m a big fan of Italian giallos and Short Night of Glass Dolls ended up being a really good one. It’s an acquired taste but I enjoyed it. The movie marks an impressive directorial debut from Aldo Lado who came up with a unique story that’s kinda-sorta told by this “dead man” on a slab in a morgue who’s actually not so dead after all. The suspense builds in Short Night of Glass Dolls as the viewer watches this “dead man” solve the disappearance of his beautiful girlfriend as well as what actually happened to him. I wouldn’t necessarily call this one a horror movie because there’s nothing really scary about it. Well, there is that messed up ending. What I would call it is a well-crafted murder mystery that’s smart and there’s a haunting score to go along with it. Short Night of Glass Dolls is available on Blu-ray and has a limited edition run of 3,000 units.

Distributor: Twilight Time

Run Time: 97 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1) Region Free

Blu-ray Audio: Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 (2.0 on some players) / English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 (2.0 on some players)

Subtitles: English

Special Features: The extras include an isolated score track, some audio commentary and two trailers.

  • Isolated Music Track
  • Audio Commentary with Film Historians David Del Valle and Matteo Molinari
  • Original English Trailer (03:05)
  • Italian Theatrical Trailer (03:05)
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