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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "I Corpi Presentano Tracce di Violenza Carnale" or "Carnal Violence" or "The Bodies Bear Traces of Carnal Violence" or "Die Säge des Teufels" )

 

directed by Sergio Martino
Italy 1973

 

When two comely coeds at the University of Perugia's summer art program are brutally murdered, all of her classmates and a couple associated unsavory types fall under suspicion. When Daniela (Tina Aumont, THE NUDE PRINCESS) suspects her childhood-friend-turned-stalker (Roberto Bisaccio, DEADLY SWEET), she decides to get away to her family's conveniently isolated home in the countryside with her friends (lesbian lovers played by Carla Brait and Angela Covello and "final girl" Julie played by Suzy Kendall of THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE) only to be followed by a couple red herrings as well as the killer. John Richardson (BLACK SUNDAY) and Luc Merenda (Tinto Brass' ACTION) also star.

After a leisurely first act peppered with both atmospheric stalk-and-slash setpieces and some quintessential seventies moments (like the memorably-scored pot orgy, some skinny-dipping and nude sunbathing), the film takes a sudden suspenseful turn with a particularly nail-biting final act. Although the identity of the killer was rumored to have been withheld from the cast, its pretty obvious who are the red herrings and who's the killer (as such, the police procedural element is obligatory and dropped relatively early). Fortunately, plot is not a necessity in this late giallo which - along with the following year's BLACK CHRISTMAS - prefigures the slasher trends of the late seventies and early eighties. After a series of delirious, globe-hopping, scope-lensed, sadomasochistic giallo films like THE STRANGE VICE OF SIGNORA WARDH, CASE OF THE SCORPION'S TAIL, and ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK, the Carlo Ponti-produced TORSO (aka THE BODIES BEAR TRACES OF CARNAL VIOLENCE) manages not to seem quaint in comparison thanks to a fine cast (particularly Kendall and Aumont though Richardson, Merenda, and Bisaccio given little to do), direction, Giancarlo Ferrando's excellent photography, and excellent production values. The gore cut from the US theatrical release is relatively tame by today's standards and not always convincing.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: January 4th, 1973

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 Comparison:

Shameless - Region 0 - PAL vs. X Rated Kult Video - Region 2 - PAL vs. Alan Young Pictures - Region 2 - PAL vs. Blue Underground / Anchor Bay - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Blue Underground - Region FREE - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for all the PAL Screen Caps!

1) Shameless - Region 0 - PAL - LEFT

2) X Rated Kult Video - Region 2 - PAL - SECOND

3) Alan Young Pictures - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Blue Underground / Anchor Bay - Region 0 - NTSC - FOURTH

5) Blue Underground - Region FREE - Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

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Distribution

Shameless

Region 0 - PAL

X Rated Kult Video
Region 2 - PAL
Alan Young Pictures
Region 2 - PAL
Blue Underground / Anchor Bay
Region 0 - NTSC
Blue Underground
Region FREE -
Blu-ray
Runtime 1:29:35 (4% PAL speedup) 1:29:33 (4% PAL speedup) 1:29:33 (4% PAL speedup) 1:31:33 1:32:59.574 / 1:30:06.025
Video

1.72:1 Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.7 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.45 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.72:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.77 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.72:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.0 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size:46,604,265,870 bytes

Italian Version:

Feature: 21,399,031,872 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 25.05 Mbps

 

English Version:

Feature: 19,304,730,624 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 24.99 Mbps

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

 

Shameless

 

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X Rated Kult Video

 

Bitrate:

 

Alan Young Pictures

 

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Blue Underground / Anchor Bay

 

Bitrate:

 

Blue Underground

Blu-ray - Italian version

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Blue Underground Blu-ray - English version

 

Audio English/Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono)

German (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono); English (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono); Italian (Dolby Digital 1.0 mono)

Italian (Dolby Digital 1.0 mono); English (Dolby Digital 1.0 mono)

Italian (Dolby Digital 1.0 mono); English (Dolby Digital 1.0 mono)

Italian: DTS-HD Master Audio English 1889 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1889 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio Italian 1889 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1889 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

English: DTS-HD Master Audio English 2013 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2013 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles English (for Italian only sequences) German (for Italian only sequences) Italian HoH; none English (for Italian only sequences - not during the Italian 1.0 track) English, none

English (SDH), French Spanish, none

Features Release Information:
Studio: Shameless

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.72:1

Edition Details:
• CARNAL VIOLENCE trailer
• PHANTOM OF DEATH trailer
• BLACK CAT trailer
• BABA YAGA trailer
• KILLER NUN trailer
• VENUS IN FURS trailer
• NEW YORK RIPPER trailer

DVD Release Date: 26 Nov 2007
Amaray

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio: X Rated Kult Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.66:1

Edition Details:
• U.S. TORSO trailer (3:30)
• Italian trailer (3:06)
• German trailer (1:44)
• Italian title sequence (2:39)
• English export title sequence [mislabeled US title sequence] (2:49)
• English export end titles [mislabeled US end credits] (1:22)
• German title sequence (2:05)
• Artwork Gallery (1:24)
• 10 soundtrack cues
 

DVD Release Date:
Hardbox

Chapters 9

Release Information:
Studio: Alan Young Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.72:1

Edition Details:
• Audio Commentary by Sergio Martino (in Italian)
• Introduction by Sergio Martino (16:9; 0:36)
• Sequence with Alternate Lighting (5:05)
• International Trailer (4:3; 3:04)
• US Trailer (4:3; 3:30)
• English Export Opening/Closing Titles [mislabeled US titles] (16:9; 3:59)
• Image Gallery (1:40)
• Biofilmography
• DVD Credits

 

DVD Release Date: 5 December 2003
Amaray

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio: Blue Underground / Anchor Bay

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.80:1

Edition Details:
• International Trailer (
widescreen 16X9 - 3:07)
• US Trailer (widescreen 16X9 - 3:31)
 

DVD Release Date: July 28th, 2009
Transparent Keep case

Chapters 26

Release Information:
Studio: Blue Underground
Blu-ray

Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size:46,604,265,870 bytes

Italian Version:

Feature: 21,399,031,872 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 25.05 Mbps

 

English Version:

Feature: 19,304,730,624 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 24.99 Mbps

 

Edition Details:
• Murders in Perugia - Interview with Co-Writer/Director Sergio Martino (10:43 in 1080P)
• U.S. Opening Credits (1:17 in 1080P)
• U.S. Trailer
• International Trailer
• TV Spots (2 X :30)
• Radio Spot
• Poster & Still Gallery
• Eli Roth Intro (4:06)
 

Blu-ray Release Date: September 27th, 2011
Standard Blu-ray case

Chapters 18 (for both versions)

 

Comments

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Blue Underground - Region FREE - Blu-ray - September 11': Blue Underground have released Sergio Martino's iconic Torso in 1080P offering both the English and slightly longer Italian versions - NOT seamlessly branched - on the same dual-layered Blu-ray disc. They are both progressive and in the original 1.66:1 aspect ratio - and despite being individual transfers I can make no differentiation between the visual quality of the two versions. Many scenes brighten, skin tones move to more realistic hues, detail picks up and there are instances of depth. Typical of Blue Underground there is some nice grain visible in spots. This is from the same source as the old Blue Underground/Anchor Bay DVDs which now seem vertically stretched (thinner faces) to a small degree beside the hi-def OR the Blu-ray is horizontally stretched (fatter faces). I'm sure many familiar with the film will be able to speak with more authority of how authentic this is to the original appearance but I suspect it is far in advance of all previous digital offerings.

Audio is DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel all around with about 2000 kbps. The Italian version offers an English DUB as well as the Italian language and the English version only has that language track. Screams are potent with a dynamic quality not previously heard on the DVDs. It takes hold of the high end that frequently could sound tinny on the SD transfers. Depth is infrequent but there is some perceived separation. There are optional subtitles offered, for both versions, on the region FREE Blu-ray disc.    

The same supplements are accessible independent of which version you choose from the first menu screen. We get a 10-minute interview with Co-Writer/Director Sergio Martino entitled Murders in Perugia. This is in 1080P - plus the option of a 4-minute Eli Roth enthusiastic 'Introduction' choice when you select 'play' also in HD. The U.S. opening credits are still there - now in 1080P, as well as the usual tidbits - ex. TV + Radio Spots, poster & still gallery, and trailers.

Blue Underground have established themselves inspiring confidence from their legion of fans. Torso aka Carnal Knowledge has imperfection - most probably inherent in the production source but this Blu-ray does produce some impressive sequences - in both video and audio. I anticipate that fans will be genuinely pleased with this Blu-ray package as it provides a more film-like experience supporting the heavy genre appeal.

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ADDITION: Blue Underground / Anchor Bay DVD - July 09': I don't own any of these PAL DVD version so I will have to defer to Eric's comments as definitive when he has a chance. This may very well be a duplication of the out-of-print Anchor Bay but the VOB files are February of 2009 - so while it may be the same transfer - it is also the newest put to DVD for this particular film.

From my standpoint the Blue Underground / Anchor Bay image can looks the strongest but is also cropped on all 4 edges but most notably on the top. It can tend to look quite greenish at times but may be the sharpest. It's single-layered and only has two anamorphic trailers as supplements. Subtitles only exist for the Italian opening whether you choose the English or Italian audio option. The latter does not offer English subtitles.

There are questions about the running time - as it should be longer (ex. I could not obtain the first capture - the subtitle one - with the same image but the opening was rife with roaming focus sex acts). This does seem to be from an NTSC source as there are no ghosting or combing artifacts. The transfer appears to be progressive as well. Again we will defer to Eric - stay tuned.

The film is a fetishists paradise with naked mud-rolling, peering up young lady's skirts and gratuitous nudity of very pretty women. It's pure for the genre and a bit of a hoot. I'm curious now as to if it's the full version as I can't imagine what could have been cut.     

Gary Tooze

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ON THE PAL DVDs: The dual-layer Italian disc from Alan Young Pictures sports a fine image (only slightly sharper than the single-layer UK release) and Italian language track but the English track is rebuilt from the US version so the track opens with the guitar sting at the end of the US credits and features alternate scoring over the opening group sex scene (which was the title sequence of the Italian and export version) but since that scene is shorter in the US version, the rest of the title sequence is filled out with English dialogue from the post-lecture scene which is then repeated after the Italian language Perguino lecture in sync with the image track. The commentary track is of little use to English speakers but the split-screen comparison to the tinted and natural-light versions of the marshland sequence is a nice extra (the sequence on the German disc is untinted as it was in the US theatrical version). Although the audio on the English and Italian tracks is pitch-corrected for the PAL speedup, the menu music is noticeably sped up.

Using what looks like the same master as the Italian disc,
Shameless have subtitled all of scenes not dubbed into English (Anchor Bay also did this but that disc was missing the image track for the lecture sequence (the audio was presented in Italian with English subtitles over the opening credits; muffling the music and distracting from the visuals). The track is however missing the last two lines of dialogue (which were never dubbed in English and subtitled in the Anchor Bay release). The audio track is okay but there is hiss throughout and a warble in the music during the last scene. Shameless presents the new title card before Carlo Ponti's production company credit and the credits of the main actors but the gap where the title is supposed to appear is not distracting (the X-Rated disc utilizes a video generated title in gaudy lettering and Anchor Bay imposed an artificial closing of the camera shutter to add their title card over a black screen). Despite almost no contextual extras and the somewhat inappropriate tagline "Where whores meet saws!" Shameless presents the film with a pleasing amount of gusto and have the edge as far as being the most English-friendly.

 

The UK and Italian discs presents the film in 16:9 with an aspect ratio of 1.72:1 while the anamorphic Anchor Bay disc was matted to 1.85:1 (as it would have been presented theatrically) although 1.66:1 seems to be the original aspect ratio (both the Italian and UK discs loose a bit on the top and are slightly stretched but have the same horizontal information as the German 1.66:1 disc). The out of print German DVD from X-Rated Kult Video featured an attractive non-anamorphic transfer which was the first to feature the image track of the art lecture which was missing from the Anchor Bay disc (which played the audio of the scene with subtitles over the title sequence). Besides the aforementioned replacement title card, the German and English tracks substitute a suspense music cue over the main titles in place of Guido and Maurizio de Angelis' more lyrical one which is better suited to the "action" under the credits. The Italian track featured the original scoring (the German track also features Italian audio for scenes not included in the export version). Judging by the supplements in the X-Rated disc, the original German version of the film derived its image track from the U.S. theatrical release by Joseph Brenner which featured a new title sequence and animated title card over teaser footage from the marshland sequence later in the film and some familiar seventies library music. As a result, this title sequence is labeled as the German one while the opening and end credits ascribed to the US version are actually from the English export version baring the CARNAL VIOLENCE title (the Italian disc also does this). The trailer is likewise a hybrid featuring footage and optical effects from both the Italian and US trailers. Besides the ten soundtrack cues from the RCA Italy CD - which paired the score with cues from Bruno Nicolai's score for Umberto Lenzi's EYEBALL, extended albums of both scores are now available from Digitmovies - the disc also sports a cool animated main menu.

The Scandinavian DVD from Another World Entertainment and the Spanish DVD are reportedly uncut and feature the English track but lack subtitles for the Italian-only scenes. Beware the Australian DVD under the title CARNAL VIOLENCE which is heavily censored. The Anchor Bay disc is out of print and the upcoming Blue Underground / Anchor Bay disc is expected to be a reissue of the Anchor Bay version.

 - Eric Cotenas

 



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Shameless - Region 0 - PAL - LEFT vs. X Rated Kult Video - Region 2 - PAL - MIDDLE vs. Alan Young Pictures - Region 2 - PAL - RIGHT)


 

 

   

 

Blue Underground / Anchor Bay - Region 0 - NTSC

 

 

Blue Underground - Region FREE - Blu-ray

 


 

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Screen Captures

 

1) Shameless - Region 0 - PAL - TOP

2) X Rated Kult Video - Region 2 - PAL - SECOND

3) Alan Young Pictures - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Blue Underground / Anchor Bay - Region 0 - NTSC - FOURTH

5) Blue Underground - Region FREE - Blu-ray (Italian) - FIFTH

6) Blue Underground - Region FREE - Blu-ray (English) - BOTTOM

Subtitle sample

 


1) Shameless - Region 0 - PAL - TOP

2) X Rated Kult Video - Region 2 - PAL - SECOND

3) Alan Young Pictures - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Blue Underground / Anchor Bay - Region 0 - NTSC - FOURTH

5) Blue Underground - Region FREE - Blu-ray (Italian) - FIFTH

6) Blue Underground - Region FREE - Blu-ray (English) - BOTTOM

 

 


1) Shameless - Region 0 - PAL - TOP

2) X Rated Kult Video - Region 2 - PAL - SECOND

3) Alan Young Pictures - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Blue Underground / Anchor Bay - Region 0 - NTSC - FOURTH

5) Blue Underground - Region FREE - Blu-ray (Italian) - FIFTH

6) Blue Underground - Region FREE - Blu-ray (English) - BOTTOM

 

 


1) Shameless - Region 0 - PAL - TOP

2) X Rated Kult Video - Region 2 - PAL - SECOND

3) Alan Young Pictures - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Blue Underground / Anchor Bay - Region 0 - NTSC - FOURTH

5) Blue Underground - Region FREE - Blu-ray (Italian) - FIFTH

6) Blue Underground - Region FREE - Blu-ray (English) - BOTTOM

 

 


1) Shameless - Region 0 - PAL - TOP

2) X Rated Kult Video - Region 2 - PAL - SECOND

3) Alan Young Pictures - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Blue Underground / Anchor Bay - Region 0 - NTSC - FOURTH

5) Blue Underground - Region FREE - Blu-ray (Italian) - FIFTH

6) Blue Underground - Region FREE - Blu-ray (English) - BOTTOM

 

 


1) Shameless - Region 0 - PAL - TOP

2) X Rated Kult Video - Region 2 - PAL - SECOND

3) Alan Young Pictures - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Blue Underground / Anchor Bay - Region 0 - NTSC - FOURTH

5) Blue Underground - Region FREE - Blu-ray (Italian) - FIFTH

6) Blue Underground - Region FREE - Blu-ray (English) - BOTTOM

 

 


1) Shameless - Region 0 - PAL - TOP

2) X Rated Kult Video - Region 2 - PAL - SECOND

3) Alan Young Pictures - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Blue Underground / Anchor Bay - Region 0 - NTSC - FOURTH

5) Blue Underground - Region FREE - Blu-ray (Italian) - FIFTH

6) Blue Underground - Region FREE - Blu-ray (English) - BOTTOM

 

 


1) Shameless - Region 0 - PAL - TOP

2) X Rated Kult Video - Region 2 - PAL - SECOND

3) Alan Young Pictures - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Blue Underground / Anchor Bay - Region 0 - NTSC - BOTTOM

 Alternate Title Cards (top: US theatrical, 2nd: export, 3rd: X-Rated, 4th Blue Underground / Anchor Bay DVD)

 


 

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Image:

Blue Underground Blu-ray

Sound:

Blue Underground Blu-ray

Extras: Blue Underground Blu-ray

 
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Distribution

Shameless

Region 0 - PAL

X Rated Kult Video
Region 2 - PAL
Alan Young Pictures
Region 2 - PAL
Blue Underground / Anchor Bay
Region 0 - NTSC
Blue Underground
Region FREE -
Blu-ray

 


 





 

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