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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

Chapters: 8

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


Audio (both):

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)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 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 828 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 828 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)



German, none



• UN-restored transfer version
Alt-scenes (4:34)
Alt-opening (12:59)
German Trailer Die Mörderklinik (1:50)

German Trailer Das Auge Des Bosen (3:34)
German Trailer La Coda dello Scorpione (2:27)
German Trailer La Strano Vizio della Signora Wardh (3:05)
German Trailer Amore e Morte Nel Giardino Degli Dei (2:29)

• German Trailer Night Ripper (2:00)


Large booklet - German text




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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.

Despite being a somewhat obscure film, The Murder Clinic or La lama nel corpo, is well worth seeking out due to its very moody atmosphere and compelling performances. The very talented William Berger stars as the disgraced Doctor Vance, a man who is made out to be the killer during the first act of the film and it is so obvious, that you wonder if the movie actually holds any surprises going forward.

Excerpt from TheTellTaleMind located HERE


The Film:

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.

Excerpt from YouHaveDiedofDysentery located HERE


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 :

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.



Extras :

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.



The Murder Clinic is a richly-atmospheric Gothic/Victorian Giallo part of our listing HERE. It's a very cool concept with the asylum, mysterious Doctor, attractive nurse and criminal guest - plus the badly-scarred secret kept in the upper floor. You have to have quite a suspension of disbelief but the period art direction beneficially helps the film's charisma.
The Blu-ray is the only way to presently see this in 1080P - and it's a decent presentation with an English DUB - for both restored and unrestored versions. I would think that if you appreciate Giallo, or simply Gothic mysteries - you will probably also get a kick out of The Murder Clinic

Gary Tooze

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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