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Product Details

  • An MVD Exclusive
  • SKU: AV375
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • UPC: 760137665786
  • Street Date: 08/03/21
  • PreBook Date: 06/29/21
  • Label: Arrow Video »
  • Genre: Horror
  • Run Time: 291 mins
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Audio: STEREO
  • Year of Production: 1971
  • Region Code: A
  • Box Lot: 0
  • Territory: US
  • Language: Italian


Cast & Crew

  • Actor: Edwige Fenech
  • Actor: George Hilton
  • Actor: Anita Strindberg
  • Actor: Luigi Pistilli
  • Actor: Ivan Rassimov
  • Actor: Janine Reynaud
  • Actor: Alberto de Mendoza
  • Actor: Luis Barboo
  • Actor: Evelyn Stewart
  • Director: Sergio Martino


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The Sergio Martino Collection

Collecting three of the finest giallo thrillers from legendary filmmaker Sergio Martino

The Sergio Martino Collection
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One of Italian cinema's most celebrated and prolific filmmakers, Sergio Martino worked across a range of genres, but is arguably best known for his giallo thrillers. This collection brings together three of his finest. In The Case of the Scorpion's Tail, recently widowed Lisa Baumer is summoned to Athens to collect her husband's generous life insurance policy, but soon discovers others are willing to kill to get their hands on it. In the Edgar Allan Poe-inspired Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key, abrasive drunk Oliviero amuses himself by holding drunken orgies and abusing his long-suffering wife... but when a series of grisly murders shakes the local community, Oliviero finds himself in the frame. Finally, The Suspicious Death of a Minor combines giallo and crime thriller tropes as undercover cop Paolo pursues the Milanese criminal outfit responsible for the brutal murder of an underage prostitute, but finds himself up against a killer-for-hire who's bumping off witnesses before they have a chance to talk. Featuring sensational casts of genre stalwarts, including Edwige Fenech, George Hilton, Anita Strindberg and Luigi Pistilli, with scripts by giallo master Ernesto Gastaldi and sensuous scores by maestro Bruno Nicolai, this is an essential collection for any Italian cult cinema fan.


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Bonus Materials

  • Three films from Sergio Martino: The Case of the Scorpion's Tail, Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key, and The Suspicious Death of a Minor, restored in 2K from the original camera negative
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation for all films
  • Original uncompressed mono Italian and English audio tracks
  • Optional English subtitles for Italian audio and English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for English audio
  • Newly commissioned artwork by Marc Schoenbach
  • Audio commentary with writer Ernesto Gastaldi, moderated by filmmaker Federico Caddeo (in Italian with English subtitles)
  • Under the Sign of the Scorpion – an interview with star George Hilton
  • The Scorpion Tales – an interview with director Sergio Martino
  • Jet Set Giallo – an analysis Sergio Martino’s films by Mikel J. Koven, author of La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film
  • The Case of the Screenwriter Auteur – a video essay by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon
  • Through the Keyhole – an interview with director Sergio Martino
  • Unveiling the Vice – making-of retrospective featuring interviews with Martino, star Edwige Fenech and screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi
  • Dolls of Flesh and Blood: The Gialli of Sergio Martino – a visual essay by Michael Mackenzie exploring the director’s unique contributions to the giallo genre
  • The Strange Vices of Ms. Fenech – film historian Justin Harries on the Your Vice actress’ prolific career
  • Eli Roth on Your Vice and the genius of Martino
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin
  • Audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films
  • Violent Milan – an interview with co-writer/director Sergio Martino
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon

Press Quotes

Visually sumptuous, narratively thrilling and musically memorable, Martino's take on Poe is an absolutely delightful melodramatic hybrid giallo.

     —Jordan M. Smith, IONCINEMA

It's classic giallo: a mysterious killer stalking beautiful women, interspersed with scenes of sex, sadism, voyeurism, and utterly gratuitous nudity.

     —Sean Axmaker, Stream On Demand

Giallo is often about keeping characters and audiences off balance. (Martino) does so with effortless glee, embracing the frazzled and warped headspace of people who believe they are immune to fate's spiteful sense of comeuppance.

     —Glenn Heath Jr., San Diego Citybeat

Martino expertly manages the many twists, in a story where it is always important to know just who is in bed with whom, who is on top, and who is being taken for a ride.

     —Anton Bitel, VODzilla

All three of the films in this set have at times labyrinthine plots, nice locations, compelling performance and, yes, a bit of slashing and dashing now and again. For those who missed the original standalone releases on Blu-ray, this set should be a welcome release. All three films sport solid technical merits and enjoyable supplements. Recommended.


fun and engaging

     —Don's Horror World


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