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(aka "Giornata nera per l'ariete" or "Evil Fingers " )


directed by Luigi Bazzoni
Italy 1971

A beautifully crafted, nuanced Italian crime thriller that moves along at a nice clip. Handsome Nero is always a pleasure to watch, and this is no exception.

Boasts another excellent score from composer Morricone.

Excerpt from TheTerrorTrrap located HERE


I am going to commit murder, intones the faceless killer. I can imagine the thrill and pleasure I will experience as I stalk my victim. There must be no mistakes! But when four trendy socialites are brutally murdered, an alcoholic reporter (a terrific performance by Franco Nero) begins to unravel a twisted trail of clues. Can this desperate journalist stop a depraved psychopath before he himself becomes the fifth victim?"


Luigi Bazzoni (Le Orme) directed this outstanding Giallo thriller starring Franco Nero as a hard-drinking newspaperman who gets involved in a string of brutal murders. After he investigates the first, he becomes a suspect himself but eventually manages to unravel a complex plot involving blackmail, adultery, and private sex shows. Wolfgang Preiss plays a creepy doctor, and Edmund Purdom is around as well. The impressive score is by Ennio Morricone, and the film looks great thanks to cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, on his way to his triumph with Last Tango in Paris.

Excerpt from B+N located HERE


Theatrical Premiere: August 28th, 1971


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DVD Review: Blue Underground - Region 1 - NTSC

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Blue Underground

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:32:45

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.15 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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


Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Blue Underground

Aspect Ratio:
Original - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
 Girnata Nera (Black Days) - interviews with Franco Nero and Vittorio Storaro (15:53)
 Theatrical Trailer (3:03)

DVD Release Date: March 28th, 2006
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The Fifth Cord is an entertaining example of the Giallo genre starring genre icon Franco Nero (Django, Hitch-Hike, Nymph) and Silvia Monti (A Lizard in a Woman's Skin) and Pamela Tiffin (One, Two, Three) , with DoP extraordinaire Vittorio Storaro (The Bird with the Crystal Plumage) and score by the greatest of Italian composers Ennio Morricone (Property is No Longer a Theft).

This is also part of Sony's Midnight Movies Vol 13: Suspense Triple Feature DVD with Forbidden Photos and Pyjama Girl Case (unknown quality.)

NOTE: Gregory tells us: "...the Sony set you mention - is actually includes the same stand-alone DVDs, contents and graphics. The set was released by Blue Underground in 2013. It was initially distributed by Entertainment One which is now owned by Sony Pictures, hence this studio is listed on Amazon. I picked up this collection to get all these gialli I was missing."

Blue Underground's, anamorphic DVD transfer is in around the 1.85:1 aspect ratio and looks pretty decent for the lesser format. The image is clean and clear with no damage, examples of depth and pleasing detail. It exports strong SD visuals - and this is extremely serviceable while awaiting a 1080P transfer. 

Lossy Dolby track only in the English DUB. The score by the iconic Ennio Morricone (Luna, A Bullet for the General, Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion, U Turn, Stay As You Are etc. etc.) doing a wonderful job of setting tone - often restrained. There are no subtitles on the NTSC DVD.

The extras consist of a 16-minute piece entitled Girnata Nera (Black Days) with interviews of both Franco Nero and Vittorio Storaro running consecutively. It's in Italian with English subtitles and it's a good, short, piece touching upon the production of The Fifth Cord., and their involvement etc. There is also a theatrical trailer

This is a solid Giallo from Luigi Bazzoni (Footprints)- let's hope for it to surface on Blu-ray one day - however, I appreciated this Blue Underground DVD to allow me to see, and enjoy, the film.

  - Gary Tooze



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