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(aka "The Strange Vice of Mrs. WardH" or "Lo strano vizio della Signora Wardh" or "Blade of the Ripper" or "La perversa seņora Ward")

 

directed by Sergio Martino
Italy/Spain 1971

 

A ‘violent masterpiece’ directed by Sergio Martino (Torso).


An ambassador’s wife discovers that one of the men in her life – either her husband, an ex-lover or her current lover – may be a vicious serial killer. This beautiful hypnotic film depicts a series of grisly murders, the victims of which all have some connection to our heroine, Mrs. Julie Wardh (the stunning queen of 1970′s Italian Giallo cinema: Edwige Fenech)


Voted one of the top Giallos ever, not only for its surreal S&M imagery featuring plenty of suspense, sleaze, nudity and gruesome killings but also because it this is the film which placed Edwige Fenech (Strip Nude For Your Killer) in the hearts of besotted fans around the world.

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Theatrical Release: 6 August 1971 (USA)

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Comparison:

NoShame Films - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Shameless - Region FREE - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the NoShame Films Screen Caps!

(NoShame Films - Region 0 - NTSC - LEFT vs. Shameless Screen Entertainment - Region FREE - Blu-ray - RIGHT)

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Distribution

NoShame Films

Region 0 - NTSC

Shameless
Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:36:24 (4% PAL speedup) 1:40:06.125
Video

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.18 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 39,094,793,882 bytes

Feature: 26,347,776,000 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 30.00 Mbps

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

 

NoShame Films

 

Bitrate:

 

Shameless Blu-ray

 

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono; Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

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 English, none English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: NoShame Films

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
•  'Dark Fears Behind the Door' 2005 interviews with Director Sergio Martino, Producer Luciano Martino, Writer Ernesto Gastaldi and Stars George Hilton and Edwige Fenech (30:58)
•  Introduction by director Sergio Martino (from the Venice International Film Festival (3:00)
•  Italian theatrical trailer (3:02)
•  Poster & Still Gallery: An 8-image slide show set to Nora Landi's score for the film (0:40)
•  Booklet with biographies

DVD Release Date:
Amaray

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio: Shameless

 

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 39,094,793,882 bytes

Feature: 26,347,776,000 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 30.00 Mbps

 

Edition Details:

•  Introduction by director Sergio Martino (0:10)

• Dark Fears Behind the Door - 2005 interviews with Sergio Martino ansd Edwige Fenech (31:03)
• 
Thrills, Chills and Cleavage interview with Sergio Martino (22:33)

• Edwige Fenech and the genesis of Mrs WardH (7:11)
• Fact track by Justin Harries
•  Trailer (3:11)
• Shameless trailer park

 

Blu-ray Release Date: July 31sr, 2017
Yellow Blu-ray Case

Chapters: 7

 

 

 

Comments

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

ADDITION: Shameless - Region FREE - Blu-ray - August 17': Shameless come out with their, much anticipated, 1080P release of Sergio Martino's The Strange Vice of Mrs. WardH. Colors, especially flesh tones dramatically improve over the NoShame DVD. It tightens up and the Blu-ray exports some rich textures. There is more information in the frame - notably on the left edge.  It is transferred in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio on a dual-layered disc with a high bitrate. Contrast has some nice layering and it looks solid in-motion. It's a substantial notch over the SD, in just about every visual category - looking far more film-like.

NOTE: The credits, title and two text notes are in English on this Blu-ray. Eric tells us: "The English titles appear to be original and not recreated (the us prints added a credit for Fima Novek who recut the American version) but the Freud epigraph is digitally recreated in a plain font)" (Thanks Eric!)

Both the English-language and Italian-language tracks are available - in 2.0 channel linear PCM transfers (16-bit.) There is the expected slight sync issue in dialogue that I would say is only noticeable - not distracting. Effects have a hollowness that I deem to be authentic. The score is  Nora Orlandi (The Sweet Body of Deborah, Boccaccio '70, 10,000 Dollars for a Massacre), composer, violinist, pianist and singer born in Voghera (North Italy) which, adds to this classic Giallo with some disorienting sequences and sly gentleness before switching gears to become aggressive. There are optional English subtitles (smallish yellow font - see sample.) The package is Region FREE-playable on both sides of the Atlantic.

We get a very brief introduction by director Sergio Martino mentioning Shameless and the 2005, 1/2 hour Dark Fears Behind the Door interviews with Sergio Martino, Edwige Fenech, and others, as found on the NoShame DVD. Thrills, Chills and Cleavage is a 23-minute interview with Martino discussing the film and his career. There is a 7-minute text bio of Edwige Fenech relating to the genesis of Mrs. WardH. Included is the Fact track option by Justin Harries (sample below). There is also a trailer and the disc starts with 4 Shameless trailers.

One of the quintessential Giallos defining the genre with an overdose of style, sex and violence and the Blu-ray gets a strong recommendation!

 - Gary and Eric

 


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Distribution

NoShame Films

Region 0 - NTSC

Shameless
Region FREE - Blu-ray

 

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