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The Murder Clinic aka 'Die Mörderklinik' or 'La lama nel corpo' or 'Night of Terrors' or 'The Blade in the Body' or 'Das Monster auf Schloß Moorley' [Blu-ray]
(Elio Scardamaglia as 'Michael Hamilton', 1966)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Ci. Ti. Cinematografica
Video:Media Target Distribution / Film Art spine #7
Region: FREE (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Runtime: 1:26:57.837 / UN-restored - 1:26:59.839
Disc Size: 48,656,019,630 bytes
Feature Size: 18,446,137,344 bytes bytes / UN-restored - 26,529,681,408 bytes
Video Bitrate: 22.99 Mbps / UN-restored - 34.80 Mbps
Case: Yellow DVD-sized Blu-ray case
Release date: November 3rd, 2015
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio Italian 827 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 827 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio German 929 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 929 kbps
/ 16-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)
• UN-restored transfer version
• German Trailer
Das Auge Des Bosen (3:34)
• German Trailer Night Ripper (2:00)
Large booklet - German text
Description: A young woman, having just arrived at an asylum
to become its new nurse, has no idea what she has gotten
herself into. Not only is her boss, Doctor Vance a little
unusual and obviously hiding something, a few of the
patients are a little frightening with their various
psychoses and there also happens to be a killer on the
loose. With secrets and murder running rampant within the
hospital’s walls, there is a good chance that she will not
make it out alive, or at least so director Elio Scardamaglia
would have you believe.
Elio Scardamaglia's THE MURDER CLINIC marks a first for the still growing filone. It's a period piece, set in the late 1800s. While watching the film, the time period seems apropos. It is every inch a Victorian Gothic melodrama, steeped in madness, repression and guilt, tied loosely together with a nice yellow ribbon. Pretty women skulk around dark corridors lit only by candlelight in search of answers to dangerous mysteries. Scenes like that exist in the more modern gialli of the 1960s, but THE MURDER CLINIC seems to be purposefully trying to recreate the Victorian Gothic rather than merely calling back to it, if not outright parodying it.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The Murder Clinic also known as "La lama nel corpo" is on Blu-ray from Germany offering both a restored and unrestored version. Both have the same scenes - slightly different framing but the egregious damage has been address - generally quite well although an occasional irrevocably altered frame was simply removed. I enjoyed both but the unrestored, with the higher bitrate, is easily acceptable after a while and gives the presentation some character. The image quality is quite strong - decent contrast, colors - same on both - may lean a shade teal but the grain is rich and consistent. The film has some very dark sequences that seem faithful to the theatrical. This Blu-ray has a better image than I was expecting and I appreciated the option of restored/unrestored.
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Audio comes in DTS-HD Master (16-bit) mono tracks in both original Italian, two German DUBs, and an English DUB - for both transfers. The latter had a few awkward translations but was more than acceptable for viewing the film. It sounded authentically flat - reasonably clean with some modest effects. The score is by Francesco De Masi (Private Vices, Public Virtues, The Hanging Woman, The New York Ripper) and it has a subtlety that enhanced the mystery - not a typical Giallo score. There are optional German subtitles, for both transfers, and my Oppo has identified it as being a region FREE - playable worldwide.
I'm not German so bear with me on what I suspect some of these extras are; the, aforementioned, UN-restored transfer version and there is a video of some alternate scenes running less than 5-minutes plus 13-minutes of a the original Italian opening title and a few following scenes. Then there are trailers for the film and a number of other Giallos plus the package has a DVD and a large yellow, liner notes, booklet with German text. Nothing English-friendly that I saw.
November 8th, 2017
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 3500 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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Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
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