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The Case Of The Scorpion’s Tail Blu-ray Review

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“The Case of the Scorpion’s Tale” is for giallo fans.

After losing her husband in a suspicious plane accident, Lisa learns she has inherited one million dollars. In order to collect it, she must travel to Athens. While there, Lisa meets an insurance investigator (Peter), is nearly blackmailed, and is eventually murdered by someone. The murders don’t stop there are the body count begins to pile up. As Interpol looks into the crimes alongside Peter and a reporter named Cleo, it becomes clear there are many suspects. Who is the murderer and why?

Director Sergio Martino’s “The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail” is an interesting blend of neo-noir and giallo that is severely lacking in the script department. Screenwriters Eduardo Manzanos, Ernesto Gastaldi and Sauro Scavolini have no problem setting up the intriguing murder mystery, but after the “Psycho” esque twist pops up, the movie quickly unravels. Not only does the middle act drag as the movie dwells on grizzly murders more than anything else, but the story itself soon becomes a convoluted mess. The end in particular is a bit of an eye-roller in that it really doesn’t make a heck of a lot of sense. It’s a shame because the potential is certainly there.

On the plus side, the movie looks spectacular. Cinematographer Eugenio Alabiso takes full advantage of the London and Greece location shooting and creates a real sense of place and atmosphere with each location. The death sequences are also quite memorably shot in that each tension filled sequence looks different. There’s an art to them as one would expect from the giallo subgenre.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.35:1 1080p. How does it look? Expect to see a bright and colorful transfer.

Audio Track: Italian and English Mono Tracks. How do they sound? The English track is decent and is the better of the two. The Italian track is a bit too muted for my taste.

Extras: * Photo gallery * Trailer * A thick booklet containing photos, credits, essays by writer Rachael Nisbet, author Howard Hughes and author Peter Jilmstad, * “Under The Sign Of The Scorpion”- A newly recorded interview with actor George Hilton. * “The Scorpion Tales”- Another new interview. This one is with director Sergio Martino. * “Jet Set Giallo”- An interview with critic Mikel J. Koven about Sergio Martino’s work. * “The Case of the Screenwriter Auteur”- A video essay by critic Troy Howarth about screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi. * Lastly, a subtitled 2006 commentary by Ernesto Gastaldi and moderator Federico Caddeo.

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July 29, 2018 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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