Picked up on US import the German produced 'krimi' film The Strangler at Blackmoor Castle, a fairly literal translation of the film's original title, Der Würger von Schloß Blackmoor. It was made in 1963 and features sexy one time Bond-girl-to-be Karin Dor, who lives in a castle that has attracted the attention of a black-gloved killer who's interested in acquiring some diamonds that he knows are hidden somewhere. It's kind of clunky, peppered throughout with odd stabs of German humour, which occasionally work in their idiosyncratic naivety. Castle location is brilliant, and the Scooby Doo-esque unmasking of the killer is a bit of a cracker. Also the distinctive music score by Oskar Sala is a real highlight - unfortunately he didn't do much else outside of TV projects and shorts.
Released on DVD by Alpha Video, the fullscreen B&W transfer is reasonable for them, but ugly in any kind of wider context, while the English dub track is merely functional. What's worst is the fact that it's cropped (probably from 1.66:1), frequently transforming talking actors into disembodied voices. The film's okay but I would welcome the chance to watch it one day in German language with a decent widescreen transfer. I bought this disc because it was the only viable way to see the movie, but Alpha Video wouldn't know how to treat a film properly if a restoration course slapped them round the face. There are no extras of course (unless you count still images of other releases by Alpha). Strangely, many of Alpha's DVD covers are very nicely designed, with fundamentally sound understanding of colour use, this one being no exception.