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In the wake of the success of Dario Argento s ground-breaking giallo The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, numerous other directors stepped forward to try their hand at these lurid murder-mysteries. At the forefront was Sergio Martino (The Strange Vice of Mrs Wardh, Torso), whose sensual 70s thrillers starring Edwige Fenech and George Hilton are widely celebrated as some of the best the genre has to offer.

The final of Martino s six gialli, The Suspicious Death of a Minor combines conventional giallo trappings with elements of the then flourishing poliziotteschi crime thrillers. Claudio Cassinelli (What Have They Done to Your Daughters?) stars as undercover cop Paolo Germi, on the trail of a Milanese criminal outfit following the brutal murder of an underage prostitute. But a killer-for-hire is also on the prowl, bumping off witnesses before they have a chance to talk...

Also starring Mel Ferrer (Nightmare City), Barbara Magnolfi (Suspiria) and Jenny Tamburi (The Psychic), and featuring a script by veteran giallo writer Ernesto Gastaldi (All the Colours of the Dark, Death Walks at Midnight), this unique and lesser-known entry in Martino s filmography serves as an essential link between two different movements in Italian popular cinema.

Special Features

  • Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative produced by Arrow Video exclusively for this release
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Original mono Italian and English soundtracks (lossless on the Blu-ray Disc)
  • English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
  • New audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films
  • New interviews with director Sergio Martino and cinematographer Giancarlo Ferrando
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing by Barry Forshaw

studio:
Arrow Video
Run Time:
100 mins approx.
Certificate:
15
Main Language:
Italian
Number of Discs:
2
Brand:
Arrow Video
Director:
Sergio Martino
Actor:
Claudio Cassinelli

Mel Ferrer
Subtitle Languages:
English / English SDH
Theatrical Release Year:
1975
Region:
2

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Arrow Video - Join the Cult!

In the wake of the success of Dario Argento s ground-breaking giallo The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, numerous other directors stepped forward to try their hand at these lurid murder-mysteries. At the forefront was Sergio Martino (The Strange Vice of Mrs Wardh, Torso), whose sensual 70s thrillers starring Edwige Fenech and George Hilton are widely celebrated as some of the best the genre has to offer.

The final of Martino s six gialli, The Suspicious Death of a Minor combines conventional giallo trappings with elements of the then flourishing poliziotteschi crime thrillers. Claudio Cassinelli (What Have They Done to Your Daughters?) stars as undercover cop Paolo Germi, on the trail of a Milanese criminal outfit following the brutal murder of an underage prostitute. But a killer-for-hire is also on the prowl, bumping off witnesses before they have a chance to talk...

Also starring Mel Ferrer (Nightmare City), Barbara Magnolfi (Suspiria) and Jenny Tamburi (The Psychic), and featuring a script by veteran giallo writer Ernesto Gastaldi (All the Colours of the Dark, Death Walks at Midnight), this unique and lesser-known entry in Martino s filmography serves as an essential link between two different movements in Italian popular cinema.

Special Features

  • Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative produced by Arrow Video exclusively for this release
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Original mono Italian and English soundtracks (lossless on the Blu-ray Disc)
  • English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
  • New audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films
  • New interviews with director Sergio Martino and cinematographer Giancarlo Ferrando
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing by Barry Forshaw

studio:
Arrow Video
Run Time:
100 mins approx.
Certificate:
15
Main Language:
Italian
Number of Discs:
2
Brand:
Arrow Video
Director:
Sergio Martino
Actor:
Claudio Cassinelli

Mel Ferrer
Subtitle Languages:
English / English SDH
Theatrical Release Year:
1975
Region:
2

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An excitingly shot, sleazy blend of sleek, knife-flashing Gialli and Poliziotteschi!

With the possible exception of fellow icon Lucio Fulci, maestro Martino is, perhaps, one of the more versatile Italian genre directors, frequently displaying a mercurial talent in his bravura and delightfully eclectic canon of sublime, sin-drenched cinema, and one of the finer examples of his seemingly effortless mutability is the Poliziotteschi /Giallo hybrid 'The Suspicious Death of a Minor' which tells a darkly fascinating tale of moral depravity, political corruption, all with Martino's signature flair for the lurid set piece and featuring yet another wonderfully assured, charismatic performance by the excellent Claudio Cassinelli. Co-written by Poliziotteschi /Giallo illuminatus Ernesto Gastaldi it should come as little surprise that this excitingly shot, decidedly sleazy blend of sleek, knife-flashing Gialli and gripping thick-eared Poliziotteschi proves so immersive an experience. The nefarious twists and turns of a fine plot darkly interlace a more standard kidnapping trope with a far more unsavoury narrative of human trafficking, political duplicity and the callous murder of young women that so galvanizes the passions of dogged, seemingly indomitable undercover cop Paolo Germi, who takes on this murky case with all the pyrotechnical zeal of Maurizio Merli or Franco Nero. If you might excuse the obvious pun, but Martino's fabulously tense, razor-edged thriller is a minor classic, being especially well-balanced, the more lurid elements, zesty, free-wheeling action and the impassioned dramatic developments are fascinatingly intertwined, working as both a political thriller and hard-boiled Gialli. I genuinely don't feel I can praise Cassinelli's full-blooded performance, he is quite mesmeric in the handsome guise of twin-fisted, morally upright, deliciously sardonic Paolo Germi. 'Morte Sospetta Di Una Minorenne' is nigh on flawless and the exquisite soundtrack by Luciano Michelini is a sonically splendiferous affair, an altogether rousing, spine tingling feast for the soul!

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