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("Una farfalla con le ali insanguinate" or "The Bloodstained Butterflyor "Edgar Wallace: Das Geheimnis der schwarzen Rose" or "The Bloodstained Butterfly")

 

Directed by Duccio Tessari
Italy 1971

 

Directed by Duccio Tessari (Death Occurred Last NightA 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 GrayThe Godfather: Part III) alongside genre mainstays Evelyn Stewart (The PsychicThe Case of the Scorpion's Tail) and Carole Andrι (
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!

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Prolific Italian filmmaker Duccio Tessari (La Morte Risale a Ieri Sera) returned to the giallo field with this first-rate detective thriller which begins with a French co-ed (Carole Andre) repeatedly stabbed in a park during a thunderstorm. The suspicion falls on sportscaster Alessandro Marchi (Giancarlo Sbargia), who is being framed (or so it seems) by his trysting wife (Ida Galli, aka Evelyn Stewart) and lawyer (Gunther M. Stoll). Unfortunately, while Marchi is being railroaded into prison, the murders begin anew, and Marchi is released to face the dead girl's grieving lover (Helmut Berger), whose motives would later be echoed in even better Italian thrillers such as Tenebre.

Excerpt from B+N located HERE

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Theatrical Release: September 10th, 1971

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DTS-HD Master Audio Italian 1045 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1045 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1032 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1032 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary:
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

LPCM Audio German 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
LPCM Audio Italian 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Subtitles Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack / Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack, none English, German, None
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Edition Details:

• New audio commentary with critics Alan Jones and Kim Newman
• Introduction by Helmut Berger (1:22)
• Murder in B-Flat Minor, a new visual essay on the film, its cast and crew by author Troy Howarth (26:47)
• A Butterfly Named Evelyn (54:45)
• Me and Duccio (8:23)
• Mad Dog Helmut (17:34)
• Original Italian (3:16) and English theatrical trailers (3:16)
• 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.

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Blu-ray Release Date:
August 22nd-23rd, 2016
Standard Blu-ray Case inside cardboard sleeve

Chapters 13

Release Information:
Studio:
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2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 34,762,748,510 bytes

Feature: 31,468,330,368 bytes

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Edition Details:

• Helmut Berger Intro (1:22)
• Italian Trailer (3:14)
• English Trailer (3:14)
• Photo Gallery

 

Second Disc DVD:

• A Butterfly Named Evelyn (58:50)
• Mad Dog Helmut (16:04)
• Me and Duccio (8:00)
• Red Carnation (20:42)

 

16-page booklet with English and German text


Blu-ray Release Date:
July 10th, 2019
Digipck Blu-ray Case inside cardboard sleeve

Chapters 16

 

 

Comments:

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ADDITION: Camera Obscura - Region 'B' Blu-ray (July 2019): Camera Obscura out of Austria/Germany have transferred Duccio Tessari's The Bloodstained Butterfly to new 4K-restored Blu-ray transfer. There is a slight framing discrepancy with the Arrow showing it may very well be from a different source. The colors and contrast and remarkably improved on the Camera Obscura Blu-ray appearing far richer and deeper than the Arrow. It is absolutely gorgeous showing impressive grain textures. This also gives the impression of improved detail. It is also on a dual-layered disc with a max'ed out bitrate. By the matched captures below you can see for yourself the improvement in this new 4K-restoration.

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On their Blu-ray, Camera Obscura use linear PCM 2.0 mono tracks (16-bit) in the original Italian language with an optional German DUB. Arrow win in this area with 24-bit audio - notable in the jazz-infused score is by Gianni Ferrio (Death Occurred Last Night, Crime of Passion, Kreola) and, of course, we hear plenty of Tchaikovsky's 1st Piano Concerto - it's a wonderful piece supporting the viewing experience with the mysterious atmosphere befitting the genre.  Camera Obscura offer optional English or German subtitles on their Region 'B'-locked Blu-ray.

The Camera Obscura Blu-ray has some of the same extras as the 2016 Arrow. same Helmut Berger Intro found on the Arrow, plus trailers and photo gallery. The package includes a second disc PAL-standard, Region 2, DVD with the repeated hour-long A Butterfly Named Evelyn (although running about 4-minutes longer - NTSC timing?) which spends time with Evelyn Stewart - referencing her roles in spaghetti westerns and Giallo films in the 1960s and 1970s. She has appeared under several pseudonyms, including Ida Galli, Isli Oberon and Arianna. It's quite interesting hearing her history. Mad Dog Helmut is also her but runs about 1.5 minutes short than on the Arrow. I will look into these time discrepancies although they may be editing preferences. This has Helmut Berger discussing his career and memories of shooting The Bloodstained Butterfly. Me and Duccio, is also on both editions, and runs eight minutes with Lorella De Luca, actress and wife of Duccio Tessar discussing the writer / director. New is Red Carnation which runs almost 21-minutes with Fabio Melelli, a movie historian, who wrote Kiss Kiss... Bang Bang. Il cinema di Duccio Tessari referencing the 1966 Italian spy movie directed by Tessari. He talks about Tessari's importance in Italian cinema as a screenwriter (he wrote the script for A Few Dollars More) and director. It is in Italian with English or German subtitles. These featurettes are described as Camera Obscura and Freak-o_Rama productions. We lose the commentary with critics Alan Jones and Kim Newman, the Howarth visual essay and the impressive booklet although Camera Obscura does include a 16-page booklet with English and German text with an essay by Pelle Felsch.

This key Giallo looks amazing on this new Camera Obscura Blu-ray package. The video is a marked improvement over the older Arrow. The audio is a notch below though - and it loses the English DUB, and commentary etc. Camera Obscura (see their definitive River's Edge Blu-ray) are doing exceptional work and we will continue to watch them closely. I was immensely impressed with the image quality of their The Bloodstained Butterfly. Giallo completists will want this.

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Arrow (August 20th, 2016): This is the another Arrow Blu-ray release that is being simultaneously released in both region 'B' (US) and 'B' (UK). It is the exact same package on both sides of the pond to the best of our knowledge.

NOTE: As Michael Brooke informs us on Facebook in regards to Day of Anger: 'As the producer of Arrow's release, I can confirm first hand that the UK and US discs are absolutely identical: we only paid for one master, so there's no doubt about this at all! Which means that no matter which package you buy, the discs will play in any Region A or B setup (or Region 1 or 2 for DVD - and in the latter case the video standard is NTSC, to maximise compatibility). The booklets are also identical, but there are minor cosmetic differences on the disc labels and sleeve to do with differing copyright info and barcodes, and the US release doesn't have BBFC logos.' The Bloodstained Butterfly is the same situation.

The Bloodstained Butterfly gets an impressive, brand new 4K restoration, transfer to Blu-ray from Arrow. It is dual-layered with a max'ed out bitrate for the 1 hour 39-minute feature. Colors are rich and there is some wonderfully consistent textures supporting the presentation as film-like. The 1080P reproduces solid contrast exhibiting healthy, black levels and some pleasing depth in the 2.35:1 frame. It's very clean with a no intrusive speckles or surface scratches. This Blu-ray looks highly remarkable in-motion. Indeed, very pleasing.

Arrow give the option of DTS-HD Master mono tracks in either Italian or English (both 24-bit). There are some aggressive effects - but the film is one of the more passive Giallos. There are optional English subtitles for both Italian and English (in SDH) audio versions. My Oppo has identified it as being a region FREE Blu-ray.

Once again, Arrow are very gracious about adding supplements to on e of their releases. This has a riveting new audio commentary with critics Alan Jones and Kim Newman expounding upon the details of this Giallo and the genre. We are offered a brief introduction to the film by Helmut Berger and 4 videos. Murder in B-Flat Minor, a excellent new visual essay on the film, its cast and crew by author Troy Howarth who explores the film, exclusively for this release, for over 26-minutes. A Butterfly Named Evelyn spends almost an hour with Evelyn Stewart - referencing her roles in spaghetti westerns and Giallo films in the 1960s and 1970s. She has appeared under several pseudonyms, including Ida Galli, Isli Oberon and Arianna. It's quite interesting hearing her history. Me and Druccio has a brief 8-minutes with Lorella De Luca, actress and wife of Duccio Tessar discussing the writer / director. Mad Dog Helmut spends over 17-minutes with Helmut Berger discussing his career and memories of shooting The Bloodstained Butterfly. There are trailer - the original Italian and English versions and a gallery of original promotional images. The package has a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin and a limited edition 36-page booklet illustrated by Tonci Zonjic, containing writing by James Blackford, Howard Hughes and Leonard Jacobs. Included is a DVD in the Blu-ray package.

As with Death Occurred Last Night I really enjoyed The Bloodstained Butterfly and am now keen to see even more from, director, Tessari. There are plenty of 'adult' oriented aspects to the storyline and although not graphic delves into some sexually-uncomfortable areas. I thought it was a fabulous addition to this genre. The Arrow Blu-ray provides a strong a/v presentation with very valuable supplements. Fans of this genre shouldn't miss out on this - especially with the inclusion of the limited edition 36-page booklet. We strongly recommend to Giallo aficionados. 

Gary Tooze

 


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