The Case of the Scorpions Tail Blu Ray review

What does the money, economic miracle, travel and giallo have in common? Well it means a film that is rich in travel and locales. A film like The Case of the Scorpion Tails. Starting in London, we meet Lisa Baumer (Evelyn Stewart). Her husband has died in a freak air plane explosion and she gains a heavy pay out. Seemingly unconcerned by the attention drawn to her by this, she is living a simple life. The problem is, some people do not feel that she has clean hands. She starts to receive unpleasant messages and nasty calls from a couple who say they know more about her and the fate of her husband. Fearing for her life she travels to Greece to find out what has happened!

Its not for me to expose the core of this film or the genre to deep criticism. It makes sense instead for me to unpack the features here. The restoration is a delight in that it matches the cinema release almost perfectly. This is not just in the tones of colour but in the lighting. The washed out sun meeting the darkness of night. The commentary with writer Ernesto Gastaldi ebbs and flows but some very telling details emerge. However it is not the best I have heard. Troy Howarth’s video essay is exceptional and details Martino. I would start here and listen to a well informed, intellectually positioned series of ideas. I wish that I had read the booklet as I am a fan of Nisbet but sadly I didnt see it.

 

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

 

  • Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks
  • Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
  • Audio commentary with writer Ernesto Gastaldi, moderated by filmmaker Federico Caddeo (in Italian with English subtitles)
  • New interview with star George Hilton
  • New interview with director Sergio Martino
  • New analysis Sergio Martino s films by Mikel J. Koven, author of La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film
  • New video essay by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Rachael Nisbet and Howard Hughes, and a biography of star Anita Strindberg by Peter Jilmstad

 

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