“The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail”
Special Blu-ray Edition
“The Case of the Scorpion s Tail” is certainly representative of 1971 it was released with citizens of the world traveling all over. The film begins in London, where Lisa Baumer (Evelyn Stewart) learns that her husband has died in a freak plane accident. She goes to Athens to collect his generous life insurance policy, she soon discovers that others beside herself are eager to get their hands on the money and are willing to kill for it. Meanwhile, private detective Peter Lynch (George Hilton) arrives to investigate irregularities in the insurance claim. Teaming up with a beautiful reporter, Cléo Dupont (Anita Strindberg), Lynch resolves to find out what is going on before he too ends up dead.
Sergio Martino directed and brings together beautiful views of views of Athens and the Greek coastline and violence as performed by a cast filled with Euro cult talent. “The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail” is an excellent example of the Italian Giallo. It has beautiful women in distress and danger, a killer dressed all in black, gruesome, bloody deaths, and a great soundtrack Bruno Nicolai.
A gorgeous reporter (Anita Strindberg of Lucio Fulci’s “A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin”) and an insurance agent (George Hilton of Sergio Martino’s “The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh) investigate the slashing death of Lisa Baumer and the million dollars of insurance money that was stolen from her. Of course, as they get closer to the killer’s identity, the bodies pile up. Both Strindberg and Hilton are perennial Gialli actors. In this movie, they prove that not only do they look great but also their acting abilities are also superb. Both give believable,, dynamic performances in this suspenseful, well-plotted thriller.
The film is a wonderful example of the many engaging attributes of the Giallo genre and that are put to fine use. Director Martino stages some strong set pieces, with quite a visual flair. George Hilton is a solid and the plot twists are satisfying.
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS include
Brand new 4K restoration of the film from the original camera negative
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks
Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English 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
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