SLASHER AND GIALLI FANS WILL DEFINITELY WANT TO OWN ARROW VIDEO'S LATEST SPECIAL EDITION BLU-RAYS!
Chalk up two more great Arrow releases for films that I'm not super familiar with. I'm a fan of some of Sergio Martino's other films (e.g. THE GREAT ALLIGATOR, ISLAND OF THE FISHMEN), and I do enjoy the occasional giallo film, so THE CASE OF THE SCORPION'S TALE is a must-see for yours truly! And I love slasher movies in general, so I'm definitely interested in DOOM ASYLUM as well! Continue reading Vault Dwellers to find out more about this duo of stellar releases!
THE CASE OF THE SCORPION'S TALE (1971)
Synopsis: One of the major consequences of Western Europe s post-war Economic Miracle was the proliferation of international travel. Eager to tap into audiences desire to experience the glamor of the jet set lifestyle, the popular filmmakers of the day rushed to make the most of the exotic locales at their disposal.
Arguably no other giallo captured this trend as vividly as The Case of the Scorpion s Tail. The film begins in London, where Lisa Baumer (Evelyn Stewart - THE PSYCHIC) learns that her husband has died in a freak plane accident. Summoned to Athens to collect his generous life insurance policy, she soon discovers that others besides herself are keen to get their hands on the money and are willing to kill for it.
Meanwhile, private detective Peter Lynch (George Hilton - THE STRANGE VICE OF MRS. WARDH) arrives to investigate irregularities in the insurance claim. Teaming up with a beautiful reporter, Cléo Dupont (Anita Strindberg - YOUR VICE IS A LOCKED ROOM AND ONLY I HAVE THE KEY), Lynch resolves to unearth the truth... before he too ends up on the wrong end of the murderer s straight razor.
The second giallo by genre master Sergio Martino (TORSO, THE SUSPICIOUS DEATH OF A MINOR), THE CASE OF THE SCORPION'S TAIL combines stunning views of Athens and the Greek coastline with brutal bursts of violence, a typically tangled script by Ernesto Gastaldi (DEATH WALKS ON HIGH HEELS), and a cast overflowing with Euro cult talent, including Alberto de Mendoza (A LIZARD IN A WOMAN'S SKIN), Janine Reynaud (Jess Franco's SUCCUBUS) and Luigi Pistilli (A BAY OF BLOOD).
Not Rated | Color | 90 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.39:1)
Audio - Enlish & Italian LPCM Mono
- NEW! 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative!
- Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
- Audio commentary with writer Ernesto Gastaldi, moderated by filmmaker Federico Caddeo (in Italian with English subtitles)!
- NEW! Interview with star George Hilton
- NEW! Interview with director Sergio Martino
- NEW! Analysis Sergio Martino s films by Mikel J. Koven, author of La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film!
- NEW! Video essay by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films.
- Theatrical trailer
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon.
- FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Rachael Nisbet and Howard Hughes, and a biography of star Anita Strindberg by Peter Jilmstad!
DOOM ASYLUM (1987)
Synopsis: If you thought SEX AND THE CITY 2 was a stomach-churner, you ain't seen nothing yet! Long before playing one of Carrie Bradshaw's best gal pals, actress Kristen Davis found herself up against an altogether different kind of horror in 1987's DOOM ASYLUM: a riotous mix of gore, gags and goth girl groups galore!
When a group of horny teens wind up on the grounds of a creepy abandoned asylum, they think they've found the perfect place to party. Little do they know that inside the building's crumbling walls lurks a freakishly deformed maniac, driven to madness by the tragic loss of his fiancée in a car accident. With an array of grisly surgical tools at his disposal, it's only a matter of time before the youngsters begin meeting various splattery ends at the hands of the ghoulish Coroner.
Helmed by director Richard Friedman (SCARED STIFF, PHANTOM OF THE MALL: ERIC'S REVENGE), and also starring Penthouse Pet of the Year 1988 Patty Mullen (FRANKENHOOKER), DOOM ASYLUM combines outlandish gore and a wise-cracking villain to create one of the most wildly entertainingly blood-spattered slashers of the late '80s
Not Rated | Color | 77 minutes | Region Free
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1 & 1.33:1)
Audio - English LPCM Mono
- NEW! 2K restoration from the original camera negative! (Featuring both 1.85:1 and 1.33:1 versions of the film!)
- NEW! Audio commentary with screenwriter Rick Marx!
- NEW! Audio commentary with The Hysteria Continues!
- NEW! Tina’s Terror – An interview with actress Ruth Collins!
- NEW! Movie Madhouse – An interview with director of photography Larry Revene!
- NEW! Morgues & Mayhem – An interview with special make-up effects creator Vincent J. Guastini!
- Archival Interviews with producer Alexander W. Kogan, Jr., director Richard Friedmanm and production manager Bill Tasgal.
- Still Gallery
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Justin Osbourne.
- FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Fully-illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Amanda Reyes.