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(aka 'Non si sevizia un paperino')

 

Directed by Lucio Fulci
Italy
1972

 

The oddly titled Don't Torture a Duckling (taken from a minor plot point) is one of director Lucio Fulci's most linear and conventional narratives, relying more on story and mystery than on gore and atmospherics. In a rural Italian village, young boys turn up dead, and the authorities are stumped as to who the murderer is. A reporter lends his efforts to the hunt for the killer, many red herrings turn up, and more kids are murdered while the police search for the culprit. A sexually liberated young woman from Milan, a local witch, and the village idiot all fall under suspicion until the killer is uncovered. Gone is much of the director's trademark visual style, replaced with the blinding sunlight of an Italian summer for a hyperrealistic feel (though Fulci's affinity for the zoom shot and deep focus comes through). More tellingly, though, Fulci points toward the superstition and ignorance of the villagers as being as dangerous and destructive as the murderer himself. Also, the film's vehemently anti-Catholic sentiment had to have been controversial at the time of its release. Fans of the giallo and Italian horror in general would do well to seek out this film for an example of Lucio Fulci at his most grim and serious.

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Theatrical Release: September 29th, 1972

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Blue Underground - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Happinet - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

1) Blue Underground - Region 0 - NTSC - LEFT

2) Happinet - Region 'A' - Blu-ray  RIGHT

 

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Distribution Blue Underground - Region 0 - NTSC Happinet - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:42:24  1:48:13.653 
Video 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.54 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s   

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 46,570,425,622 bytes

Feature: 30,012,086,592 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 31.19 Mbps

Bitrate:

Bitrate: Blu-ray
Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0)  Dolby TrueHD Audio English 445 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 445 kbps / 16-bit (AC3 Embedded: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 256 kbps)
Dolby TrueHD Audio Italian 471 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 471 kbps / 16-bit (AC3 Embedded: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 256 kbps)
Subtitles None Japanese, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Blue Underground

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1

Edition Details:

• Lucio Fulci Bio text page

DVD Release Date: February 27th, 2007

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Chapters: 9

Release Information:
Studio:
Happinet

 

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 46,570,425,622 bytes

Feature: 30,012,086,592 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 31.19 Mbps

 

Edition Details:
• The DP's Eye (46:18 in Italian with Japanese subtitles)
• Alternate Opening (3:17)
• Alternate Ending (2:00)
• Italian Trailer (3:49)

• Image Gallery

Blu-ray Release Date:
December 2nd, 2016
Black
Blu-ray Case

Chapters: 21

 

 

 

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

 

ADDITION: Happinet - Region 'A' - Blu-ray March 17'': I'm investigating the differences - not only because the Japanese Blu-ray runs about -minutes longer but, as far as I remember, I think some scenes are slightly in a different order than than the Blue Underground DVD. Eric tells us that "I have been told the Blu has extended exit music cut short on the DVD. Not sure if that accounts for all" and that The German "Leather Book" 4-disc set with Blu-ray (limited to 1250 units) also runs 1:48:00 like this Japanese Blu-ray. Once we have the full story - we will post it here.

 

NOTE: Jochen from FB HERE says "Maybe a hint to clarify the mystery of the longer runtime - and something I only learnt recently myself: if this is the same restoration as the German BluRay, it has some very serious issues. It serms like there has been a mistake in the restoration that adds 8 excess frames at every single cut (!) in the movie. Frames that were never supposed to be in the film. So this adds 1/3 of a second to every shot, and a few minutes to the complete film. Altering the complete rhythm of the montage, subtly but of course significant. A restoration disaster. I can provide links to a forum discussion explaining this deeper (and very technical, so I myself only understand parts of it). But only in German." (Thanks Jochen!)

Ed. I don't think that is it - but will investigate further...

 

The Happinet is dual-layered and colors take a dramatic shift - much warmer than the SD - exuberant, very rich (skin tones gain some orange) and a shade more information in the frame on the right and bottom - losing a smidgeon on the left and top edges. It looks fabulous on my system. So much brighter than the DVD, yet I can't, obviously, confirm its theatrical appearance resemblance.

 

Audio is Dolby True HD - a lesser used encode - it's 16-bit but not very robust, luckily the film's production doesn't require excessive depth or separation. It's available in English or Italian. There are optional Japanese subtitles on the region 'A' disc.

 

The Happinet includes some extras - unfortunately the 46-minute piece entitled The DP's Eye (a Freak-ORama Production) is only in Italian with Japanese subtitles - not English-friendly. There is also an alternate opening and ending, Italian trailer and image gallery.

This skirts around the edges of the Giallo genre but still an impressive effort. Don't Torture a Duckling has limited graphic imagery - making it decidedly less Giallo-like - but is a very adept mystery with grim horror elements. It's an excellent example of a stylish, creepy, Italian early 70s film - and it can still be quite disturbing. Fulci seems in full control of his evolving signature. It's often considered one of his best. I love it and watching this new Blu-ray was like seeing the film for the first time.  Hubba Hubba Barbara Bouchet. Without owning the pricey German Blu-ray I have to endorse this to fans of the film and genre. Enjoy!

 

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ON THE DVD: I have the Blue Underground DVD from 2007 but there is an Anchor Bay edition from 2000 (I suspect both are the same.) By modern standards it's pretty weak although is anamorphic. The disc is single-layered and region free in the NTSC standard.  The visuals looks decent enough in-motion if a shade clunky at times. It's not fully interlaced but does have some combing between chapter stops. I don't know what the elements are like but I think this is the only English-friendly DVD but I hope to compare the very pricey German "Leather Book" 4-disc set with Blu-ray (limited to 1250 units.)

The audio is English-only (and no subtitle options). The lossy transfer sounds adept if a bit hollow. The score by Riz Ortolani (Requiescant, Il Sorpasso, Woman Times Seven, Cannibal Holocaust, The Voyeur, Mondo Cane) can be a little 'scratchy' which is probably reasonably accurate to the original theatrical presentation though. It supports the film with wonderful atmosphere.

No extras aside from a few text screens of a Fulci bio. I reviewed this because it has significant value - especially at the price. Giallo and Fulci fans should indulge if they have not already. You can get for around $10. At that price it's pretty much a no-brainer - even with the limitations. Recommend! 

Gary Tooze

 

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