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The Fox with a Velvet Tail aka "El ojo del huracán" or "In the Eye of the Hurricane" [Blu-ray]


(José María Forqué, 1971)





Review by Gary Tooze



Theatrical: Producciones Cinematográficas Orfeo

Video: Mondo Macabro / 88 Films



Region: 'A'  / Region 'B' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:40:06.875 / 1:40:08.836

Disc Size: 24,245,538,756 bytes / 24,536,124,188 bytes

Feature Size: 21,780,864,384 bytes / 22,443,319,296 bytes

Video Bitrate: 22.95 Mbps / 24.99 Mbps

Chapters: 12 / 12

Case: Standard Blu-ray case / Transparent Blu-ray Case inside cardboard slipcase (see below)

Release date: September 12th, 2017 / November 6th, 2017


Video (both):

Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video



LPCM Audio English 768 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit
LPCM Audio Italian 768 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit

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


LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
LPCM Audio Italian 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit


Subtitles (both):

English, none



Audio commentary by Troy Howarth
So Sweet, So Perverse documentary (25:18)
Original Trailer (3:50)
Alternate Title sequence (3:12)

Extra Scene (1:54)
Mondo Macabro previews


Theatrical trailer remastered in UHD 4K (3:50)
Alternative English Titles and Credits Sequence (3:12)

Extra Scene (1:43)

Limited Edition Booklet notes by Francesco Massaccesi




1) Mondo Macabro - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM




Description: This 1971 Italian/Spanish Giallo is a hugely enjoyable and very stylish murder mystery set on the luxurious Côte d'Azur. Spanish director José María Forqué - who later made the controversial Beyond Erotica - brings together a talented and good looking cast, one of the best cinematographers of the day (Alejandro Ulloa) and a fantastic, lounge style score from Maestro Piccioni to create a twisty, and twisted, tale of deception and revenge. The director's long career at the more prestigious end of Spanish cinema and the presence of award winning scripter Rafael Azcona - who worked with many top European film makers - give the film an edge of sophistication alongside its enjoyably devious narrative.

The film is like the smooth blue waters of the Mediterranean where it's set. It looks inviting and seductive, the sun glistening off the gentle waves; but just beneath the surface, sharks are swimming, and they're hungry for prey...




The Film:

The film also benefits from a strong cast. Analía Gadé makes for a compelling lead. She’s attractive enough that you can see why both Michel and Paul would lust after her, but not impossibly so. She handles the role quite well and has decent chemistry with her co-stars. Tony Kendall, no stranger to Eurocult fans what with his fairly extensive genre-heavy filmography, is rock solid as Michel and handsome French leading man Jean Sorel, probably best known for appearing in Belle de Jour and The Day Of The Jackal, is as dashing as can be, making him a great choice to play the man who lures Ruth away from her husband. Throw in a supporting role from beautiful Jess Franco and Paul Naschy regular Rosanna Yanni and an extra quirky turn from The Perfume Of The Lady In Black’s Maurizio Bonuglia and things shape up quite nicely with the talent assembled in front of the camera.

Excerpt from RockShockPop located HERE

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

Mondo Macabro's Blu-ray transfer of The Fox With a Velvet Tail is described as a "New 4k transfer from negative". It's on a single-layered disc and looks pleasing. Detail is decent - there is some inherent softness - consistent throughout but colors rise and the overall image is solid in-motion. I enjoyed the presentation and appreciated the film-like thickness. This Blu-ray is in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio. I saw no damage or speckles but little grain texture. There are instances of depth. We will compare this Blu-ray to the 88 Films release coming in November, 2017 entitled "In the Eye of the Hurricane".


The 88 Films is advertised as "New UHD 4K Transfer from the original negative" and is very similar, technically, to the Mondo Macabro Blu-ray transfer. Colors may be marginally cooler but most wouldn't notice any difference in-motion.




1) Mondo Macabro - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM



1) Mondo Macabro - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM



1) Mondo Macabro - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM



1) Mondo Macabro - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM



















Audio :

Linear PCM mono tracks are included for both English and Italian versions - the latter with English subtitles.  My Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.


88 Films offer both Italian and English tracks in linear PCM as well. It's a slightly more robust audio transfer but the Italian still sounds a shade weak - which is probably authentic. There isn't much in the way of audio effects (a dramatic, out-of-control, car scene) but there is a punctuating score by Italian composer and jazz musician Piero Piccioni (Three Brothers, The 10th Victim, Adua and Her Friends, Hands Over the City, L'assassino, The Moment of Truth) and can vary from gentle and calm during lovemaking to deep suspense carrying depth - impacted via the uncompressed. It offers optional English subtitles - in a slightly different translation (see above) and is Region 'B'-locked.



Extras :

This Mondo Macabro package includes an audio commentary by Troy Howarth where he covers a lot from plenty of references of cast and crew to other Giallo films and the shift of the lighter mood to something far more sordid as the film progresses. He addresses Spanish Giallos what is idea of ' Giallo' is. He's good to listen to. Also included is the 25-minute So Sweet, So Perverse, Andrew Starke and Pete Tombs' Eurotika!, late 90s, documentary profiling of some of the leading actresses of European sexploitation since the 1960s including Erika Blanc, Orchidea de Santis, Daniela Giordano and others. There is a, long, original trailer, the alternate title sequence with In the Eye of the Hurricane and a short, 2-minute ' Extra Scene' as well as Mondo Macabro previews.


No commentary but we still get a theatrical trailer - remastered in UHD 4K - an alternative English Title and Credits Sequence and the extra scene also with no audio. The 88 Films has a slipcase cover and a limited edition booklet with essay notes by Francesco Massaccesi.


Mondo Macabro - Region 'A' - Blu-ray



88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray



The Fox with a Velvet Tail is a genuine piece of the genre and is listed on our page HERE. A rare Spanish-produced Giallo but it has plenty of Italians in the cast. It is abundant in the heavy style reminiscent of the 70's and it looks very pleasing on 4K-transferred, 1080P, Blu-ray. It has Jean Sorel - who we've seen in notable gialli like A Lizard in a Woman's Skin, and The Sweet Body of Deborah (which this actually reminded me of) and hotties Analía Gadé and Rosanna Yanni. Fans of the genre will eat this up... and the commentary, and documentary, give it further value. Very cool. Certainly recommended!


Enjoyable Giallo! - Mondo Macabro win with the extras but this is a strong package - very worthy for Region 'B' genre fans!   

Gary Tooze

August 30th, 2017

November 7th, 2017






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