Welcome to the Vinegar Syndrome Staff Picks section, where we highlight our favorite releases from the many other fine labels releasing films on home video. This section, which will be updated semi regularly, features an array of crucial genre films, which no home library should be without.
This 1971 Italian/Spanish giallo is a hugely enjoyable and very stylish murder mystery set on the luxurious Côte d’Azur. Spanish director José María Forqué – who later made the controversial Beyond Erotica – brings together a talented and good looking cast, one of the best cinematographers of the day (Alejandro Ulloa) and a fantastic, lounge style score from Maestro Piccioni to create a twisty, and twisted, tale of deception and revenge. The director’s long career at the more prestigious end of Spanish cinema and the presence of award winning scripter Rafael Azcona – who worked with many top European film makers – give the film an edge of sophistication alongside its enjoyably devious narrative.
The film is like the smooth blue waters of the Mediterranean where it’s set. It looks inviting and seductive, the sun glistening off the gentle waves; but just beneath the surface, sharks are swimming, and they’re hungry for prey…
REGION A (For North America)
- New 4k transfer from negative
- Fully restored
- Audio commentary by Troy Howarth
- So Sweet, So Perverse – documentary
- Original Trailer
- Alternate scenes
- New artwork from Justin Coffee
- Newly created English subtitles
- English/Italian audio choice
- Mondo Macabro previews