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(aka "Seven Blood Stained Orchids" or "Sette orchidee macchiate di rosso" )

 

directed by Umberto Lenzi
Italy 1972

 

A maniac on the loose is committing savage acts of slaughter, and one survivor may be the only key to unmasking the serial slayer known as the Half-Moon Killer. The mysterious half-moon lockets could be the only key to unraveling his sinister motives, but will that be enough before he completes his ice-cold plot to claim his intended seven victims? Based on a classic murder mystery novel by Edgar Wallace (King Kong) and starring Uschi Glas (College Girl Murders), Antonio Sabato (Grand Prix, Escape from the Bronx) and the stunning Marisa Mell (Danger Diabolik), this stylish shocker from the golden age of Italian thrillers is a crimson-dripping gem from cult director Umberto Lenzi (Almost Human, Spasmo).

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Theatrical Release: 24 February 1972 (Italy)

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Comparison:

Shriek Show / Media Blasters - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Code Red / Kino Lorber - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman and Gary Tooze for the Screen Caps!

(Shriek Show / Media Blasters - Region 1 - NTSC - LEFT vs. Code Red / Kino Lorber - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - RIGHT)

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Distribution

Shriek Show / Media Blasters

Region 1 - NTSC

Code Red / Kino Lorber
Region 'A' -
Blu-ray
Runtime 1:32:15 1:32:13.528
Video

2.29:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 8.41 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1080P / 23.976 fps Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,708,548,620 bytes

Feature: 22,674,315,264 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.63 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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Shriek Show / Media Blasters

 

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Code Red / Kino Lorber Blu-ray

 

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0)

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1994 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1994 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio Italian 1994 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1994 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB

Subtitles None English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Shriek Show / Media Blasters

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.29:1

Edition Details:
� Interview with Gabriella Giorgelli (2:53)
� Interview with Umberto Lenzi (7:31)
� Liner Notes (2:24)
� Trailers - Eaten Alive, Spasmo (6:10)
� Trailer - Seven Blood Stained Orchids (2:44)
� Art Gallery (0:52)

DVD Release Date: February 25th, 2003
Keep Case

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio: Code Red / Kino Lorber

 

1080P / 23.976 fps Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,708,548,620 bytes

Feature: 22,674,315,264 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.63 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Edition Details:

• Brand New Interview With Director Umberto Lenzi  (24:02)
• Brand New Audio Commentary By Film Historian Troy Howarth
• Vintage Interview With Umberto Lenzi (7:35) And Gabriella Giorgelli (2:56)

• Art Gallery
• Original Theatrical Trailer (2:46)

Blu-ray Release Date: January 2nd, 2018
Custom
Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 17

 

 

Comments

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

ADDITION: Code Red (Kino) - Region 'A'  Blu-ray - January 2018: The Code Red is advertised as a "Brand New 2017 HD Master" but remains subject to the source and it advances over SD but is not without occasionally niggling issues. There was one prominent instance of macro-blocking (see HERE) but it seemed isolated. The quality can be a shade less consistent mostly looking thick and heavy and it loses a shade of information on all four sides of the 2.35:1 frame as compared to the dual-layered Shriek Show DVD. This single-layered 1080P transfer is very watchable in-motion and colors are more layered. I enjoyed the HD visuals.

Code Red offer both English and Italian audio tracks in DTS-HD Master tracks (24-bit) with, plenty of screaming/screeching, and a Giallo-esque score by Riz Ortolani (The Pyjama Girl Case, The Valachi Papers, Seven Deaths in the Cat's Eyes, The McKenzie Break, Day of Anger, Il Sorpasso, Woman Times Seven, Cannibal Holocaust, The Voyeur, Mondo Cane). It can have that hollow, and tight (high end) sound we hear frequently from Gialli. There are optional English subtitles (actually DUBtitles that don't always, accurately, translate the Italian-language dialogue) - see sample below. The box identifies the Blu-ray as Region 'A'-locked although I have not tested.

Supplements have an audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films. He's very amusing - commenting on everything - and the film's themes of fashion and his indifference for Sabato, Lenzi but his enjoyment of the gals. He barely takes a breath providing excellent details and I found it both rewarding and fun. There is a new, 24-minute, interview with director Umberto Lenzi and shorter vintage interviews with Umberto Lenzi (7:35) and Gabriella Giorgelli (2:56) plus a gallery of weak images and an original theatrical trailer.

Seven Blood Stained Orchids is a solid Giallo - part of our listing HERE filled with the conventions of beautiful women, an unknown killer, black gloves, sharp weapons and the Ortolani score. The commentary adds immense value and the film is a bona-fide part of this rich, stylish genre. How can we resist? Recommended to fans!

 - Gary Tooze


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Region 'A' -
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