Written by: Michael Den Boer on May 27th, 2005
|Theatrical Release Date: Italy, August 16th, 1971
Director: Sergio Martino
Writers:Ernesto Gastaldi, Eduardo Manzanos Brochero, Sauro Scavolini
Cast: George Hilton, Anita Strindberg, Janine Reynaud, Luigi Pistilli
|Approximate running time:||91 minutes||91 minutes|
|Aspect Ratio:||2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen||2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen|
|Sound:||Dolby Digital Mono Italian and German with English subtitles||Dolby Digital Mono
Italian and English with English subtitles
|DVD Release:||X-Rated Kult||No Shame|
|Region Coding:||Region 2 Pal||Region 1 NTSC|
X-Rated Kult’s Region 2 DVD
No Shame’s Region 1 DVD
The Film :
Lisa Baumer (Ida Gali), makes love to her lover and in the sky above in an airplane with her husband Kurt Baumer an explosive detonates killing everyone on board. A phone call awakens her with the bad news as she lay in bed with her lover. She is informed that her husband unknown to her had taken out a life insurance policy for $1,000,000 that named Lisa as his beneficiary. In order to collect on the policy she must fly to Athens for the release of the funds. In Athens after Lisa has collected her money she runs into some trouble when Lara Florakis (Janine Reynaud), Kurt’s mistress wants a piece of the pie. Lisa is murdered by a blacked gloved killer in her hotel room and he makes off with her money. Insurance detective Peter Lynch (George Hilton), helps Cleo Dupont (Anita Strinberg), who photographed Lisa’s murder as they set out to solve Lisa’s Murder.
X-Rated Kult’s release has muted colors and un-natural looking flesh tones. The image is a bit to soft at times and anyone mark against this release is that the image has been cropped form its original aspect ratio. No Shame’s release boasts colors are vibrant as they come alive and flesh tones look healthy. Black levels are solid and remain constant through out. There is an exceptional amount of detail present in every frame. Grain is kept to a minimum and there are no problems with compression or artifacts. Overall the print is nearly flawless.
X-Rated Kult’s release comes with two audio options available German and Italian both are in Dolby Digital 2.0 mono. The only English option is during the Italian language track and the English subtitles are forced. The audio is too thin at times and suffers from some minor hiss. No Shame’s release comes with two audio options the films original Italian language track and an English dubbed track both are presented in a Dolby Digital mono. Both audio racks have some mild hiss, still nothing that ever becomes distracting. Dialog is comes through cleanly and there are no problems with distortion. Overall No Shame’s audio mix is more pleasing to the ears then X-Rated Kult’s.
The only extra included for X-Rated Kult release is the films original trailer. No Shame’s release is loaded with a wealth of extras that include the films original trailer which comes with two audio options English & Italian, a poster & still gallery that runs just shy on minute in length, a collectable booklet that includes bios for Sergio Martino, George Hilton and Anita Strindberg and the main extra for this release is a twenty four minute documentary titled “Creepy Crawly: The Scorpions Shadow”.
No Shame’s The Case of The Scorpions Tale DVD puts to shame X-Rated Kult’s DVD which was released barley one year ago and what a difference a year can make. It will take a monumental release to surpass No Shame’s exceptional release for The Case of The Scorpions Tale.