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A view on Blu-ray by Gary W. Tooze

The Bloodstained Butterfly aka "Una farfalla con le ali insanguinate" [Blu-ray]


NOTE: Arrow Blu-ray is compared to the Camera Obscura Blu-ray HERE


(Duccio Tessari, 1971)




Review by Gary Tooze



Theatrical: Warner-Columbia Filmverleih

Video: Arrow Video



Region: FREE (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:39:06.523 

Disc Size: 48,189,743,481 bytes

Feature Size: 29,214,581,376 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.93 Mbps

Chapters: 13

Case: Transparent Blu-ray case

Release date: August 22nd-23rd, 2016



Aspect ratio: 2.35:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video



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)

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps



Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack / Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack, none



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.

NTSC DVD in the package





Description: 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!




The Film:

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 MRQE located HERE

Subdued Giallo worth a look.
A young French girl is murdered in the park, brutally stabbed by an unknown assailant with a switchblade. After several eyewitnesses identify the killer as a local television personality, the perp is convicted and imprisoned. But soon someone with a blade is killing in the exact same manner...if the man in jail is innocent, who's out there stalking? Could it be unbalanced young Giorgio (Berger)? How about the accused man's wife ( Giallo regular Galli)? And what could be the psycho's motive?

Lowkey, but stimulating enough in the right spots (not unlike Bazzoni's The Fifth Cord), this has a beautiful score and a decent revelation ending to recommend it.

Excerpt from TheTerrorTrap located HERE


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


This is the another Arrow Blu-ray release that is being simultaneously released in both region 'A' (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.


NOTE: Arrow Blu-ray is compared to the Camera Obscura Blu-ray HERE


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.


















Audio :

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. 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 addition supporting the viewing experience with the mysterious atmosphere suiting the genre. There are optional English subtitles for both Italian and English (in SDH) audio versions. My Oppo has identified it as being a region FREE.


Extras :

Once again, Arrow are very gracious about adding supplements to on e of their releases. This has a riviting 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 an NTSC DVD in the package.




I enjoyed The Bloodstained Butterfly and am now keen to see 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 an excellent 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

August 20th, 2016


About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.

Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.

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