The Bloodstained Butterfly aka "Una farfalla con le ali insanguinate" [Blu-ray]
(Duccio Tessari, 1971)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Warner-Columbia Filmverleih
Video: Arrow Video
Region: FREE (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 48,189,743,481 bytes
Feature Size: 29,214,581,376 bytes
Video Bitrate: 34.93 Mbps
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
• A Butterfly Named Evelyn (54:45)
• Me and Duccio (8:23)
• Mad Dog Helmut (17:34)
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.
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
Giallo worth a look.
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 toDay 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.
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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.
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.
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.
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