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One of the major consequences of Western Europe s post-war Economic Miracle was the proliferation of international travel. Eager to tap into audiences desire to experience the glamour of the jet set lifestyle, the popular filmmakers of the day rushed to make the most of the exotic locales at their disposal.

Arguably no other giallo captured this trend as vividly as The Case of the Scorpion s Tail. The film begins in London, where Lisa Baumer (Evelyn Stewart, The Psychic) learns that her husband has died in a freak plane accident. Summoned to Athens to collect his generous life insurance policy, she soon discovers that others besides herself are keen to get their hands on the money and are willing to kill for it. Meanwhile, private detective Peter Lynch (George Hilton, The Strange Vice of Mrs Wardh) arrives to investigate irregularities in the insurance claim. Teaming up with a beautiful reporter, Cléo Dupont (Anita Strindberg, Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key), Lynch resolves to unearth the truth... before he too ends up on the wrong end of the murderer s straight razor.

The second giallo by genre master Sergio Martino (Torso, The Suspicious Death of a Minor), The Case of the Scorpion s Tail combines stunning views of Athens and the Greek coastline with brutal bursts of violence, a typically tangled script by Ernesto Gastaldi (Death Walks on High Heels), and a cast overflowing with Euro cult talent, including Alberto de Mendoza (A Lizard in a Woman s Skin), Janine Reynaud (Jess Franco s Succubus) and Luigi Pistilli (A Bay of Blood).

Special Features

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  • 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
studio:
Arrow Video
Director:
Sergio Martino
Certificate:
15
Actor:
George Hilton

Anita Strindberg

Evelyn Stewart
Subtitle Languages:
English / English SDH
Theatrical Release Year:
2018
Main Language:
English
Number of Discs:
1
Region:
2
Brand:
Arrow Video

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Arrow Video - Join the Cult!

One of the major consequences of Western Europe s post-war Economic Miracle was the proliferation of international travel. Eager to tap into audiences desire to experience the glamour of the jet set lifestyle, the popular filmmakers of the day rushed to make the most of the exotic locales at their disposal.

Arguably no other giallo captured this trend as vividly as The Case of the Scorpion s Tail. The film begins in London, where Lisa Baumer (Evelyn Stewart, The Psychic) learns that her husband has died in a freak plane accident. Summoned to Athens to collect his generous life insurance policy, she soon discovers that others besides herself are keen to get their hands on the money and are willing to kill for it. Meanwhile, private detective Peter Lynch (George Hilton, The Strange Vice of Mrs Wardh) arrives to investigate irregularities in the insurance claim. Teaming up with a beautiful reporter, Cléo Dupont (Anita Strindberg, Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key), Lynch resolves to unearth the truth... before he too ends up on the wrong end of the murderer s straight razor.

The second giallo by genre master Sergio Martino (Torso, The Suspicious Death of a Minor), The Case of the Scorpion s Tail combines stunning views of Athens and the Greek coastline with brutal bursts of violence, a typically tangled script by Ernesto Gastaldi (Death Walks on High Heels), and a cast overflowing with Euro cult talent, including Alberto de Mendoza (A Lizard in a Woman s Skin), Janine Reynaud (Jess Franco s Succubus) and Luigi Pistilli (A Bay of Blood).

Special Features

g: 4px 0 6px;">Special Features

  • 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
studio:
Arrow Video
Director:
Sergio Martino
Certificate:
15
Actor:
George Hilton

Anita Strindberg

Evelyn Stewart
Subtitle Languages:
English / English SDH
Theatrical Release Year:
2018
Main Language:
English
Number of Discs:
1
Region:
2
Brand:
Arrow Video

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'The Case of the Scorpion's Tail' remains a triumphantly titillating terror tale that still activel

Made during an especially successful period for the versatile, creative, multi-talented film-maker Sergio Martino, 'The Case of the Scorpions Tale' is yet another gleefully glamorous, joyously Jet-setting, bodaciously blood-letting Giallo classic from one of Italy's most consistently entertaining genre film-makers. Opening in a somewhat cartoonish fashion with the explosion of a model-sized Jet aeroplane, this thrillingly gory Greek-set Giallo very swiftly becomes a teasingly convoluted, crimson-soaked, stiletto-cool thriller, as the heady, head-scratchingly perfidious plot spiralling decadently around the sublimely pretty, not-so innocent head of Cleo Dupont (Anita Strindberg) rapidly develops into a razor-edged, wickedly warped whodunnit with even more delicious kinks than juicily vivacious Janine Reynard's luxuriant profundity of firebrand hair!!! Steamy adultery, grisly murder, salacious sadism, orgiastic drug use, copious measures of that ubiquitous terror tipple J&B Whiskey, and all that signature Giallo goodness fizzing darkly alongside a magnetically sinister turn by that aorta-palpitatingly handsome, raven-eyed devil George Hilton, Sergio Martino's majestically malevolent mise-en-scène further electrified with yet another ear-wormingly wonderful score by mood-maestro Bruno Nicolai that almost certainly guarantees that any hungrily sin-seeking, gore-guzzling Giallo-Hounds will deliriously discover that the beguilingly poisonous 'The Case of the Scorpion's Tail' remains a triumphantly titillating terror tale that still actively delivers a scintillating sting far more deadly than most.

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