The Bloodstained Butterfly from Duccio Tessari sure is a slow burner. It more than qualifies as a giallo, and as reputation for having a strong score and good performances as well as being simply beautiful. It just isn't an exciting movie. It has all the typical elements that make up a strong piece of an Italian Thriller, but to call it Horror, even though it clearly is a giallo, would not quite be accurate. It's really giallo-lite. I only say this to you because I want to set the appropriate expectation. Quite often movies of this type are filled to the brim with creative, bloody kills and boundless naked bodies cover the lens with their dirty pillows. Instead we almost end up with a courtroom procedural film. The performances may be good, but they aren't powerhouse enough to keep my eyes full open. To put it bluntly and not to be mean, The Bloodstained Butterfly was a bit dull.
That being said and all the negativity aside, this is a great release for fans of the movie and for those of you who would like to enrich and expand your minds. Arrow did a great job with the release.The disc features both traditional and newly commissioned artwork as well as a booklet with over 30 pages of content. Exciting for me personally is a visual essay by Troy Howarth, a great guy and a strong writer. I own several of Howarth's books; he specializes in giallo having written a series on the subject that is a must read for fans of Italian Horror.
If you're new to giallo, don't start with this one. It doesn't pack the punch of the some of the more popular releases and will not give an accurate representation of the genre even if the women are gorgeous and the score is unforgettable. Fans of the genre who are looking for something to further their knowledge, this might be a great way to jump into some of the more subdued pieces.
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Directed by Duccio Tessari (Death Occurred Last Night, A Pistol for Ringo), The Bloodstained Butterfly melds the lurid giallo traditions popularised by Dario Argento and Mario Bava with courtroom drama, resulting in a film that is as concerned with forensic detail and legal process as it is with grisly murders and audacious set-pieces.
When a young female student is savagely killed in a park during a thunderstorm, the culprit seems obvious: her lover, TV sports personality Alessandro Marchi (Giancarlo Sbragia, Death Rage), seen fleeing the scene of the crime by numerous eyewitnesses. The evidence against him is damning… but is it all too convenient? And when the killer strikes again while Marchi is in custody, it quickly becomes apparent that there’s more to the case than meets the eye…
Starring 70s heartthrob Helmut Berger (Dorian Gray, The Godfather: Part III) alongside genre mainstays Evelyn Stewart (The Psychic, The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail) and Carole André (Colt 38 Special Squad), and featuring a score by Gianni Ferrio (Death Walks at Midnight), The Bloodstained Butterfly is presented uncut and in a sumptuous new 4K restoration that allows this unique and haunting thriller to shine like never before!
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
Brand new 4K restoration of the film from the original camera negative
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
Original Italian and English soundtracks in DTS-HD MA mono 1.0
Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
New audio commentary with critics Alan Jones and Kim Newman
Murder in B-Flat Minor, a new visual essay on the film, its cast and crew by author Troy Howarth
New career retrospective on director Duccio Tessari
Original Italian and English theatrical trailers
Gallery of original promotional images
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin
Limited edition 36-page booklet illustrated by Tonci Zonjic, containing writing by James Blackford, Howard Hughes and Leonard Jacobs
Duration: 99 minutes
Language: Italian / English
Subtitles: English / English SDH
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1