Written by: Michael Den Boer on September 6th, 2017
Theatrical Release Date: Spain / Italy, 1971
Director: Jose Maria Forque
Writers: Rafael Azcona, José María Forqué, Mario di Nardo
Cast: Analía Gadé, Jean Sorel, Rosanna Yanni, Tony Kendall, Maurizio Bonuglia, Julio Peña, Mario Morales, José Félix Montoya, Pilar Gómez Ferrer
BluRay released: September 12th, 2017
Approximate running time: 98 minutes
Aspect Ratios: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: LPCM Mono English, LPCM Mono Italian
BluRay Release: Mondo Macabro
Region Coding: Region A
Retail Price: $29.95
The Fox with a Velvet Tail was co-written and directed by Jose Maria Forque, whose other notable films include, Autopsy (Tarot) and Lola (It’s Nothing Bad, Mama, It’s Only a Game). Key collaborators on The Fox with a Velvet Tail include, cinematographers Giovanni Bergamini (The Inglorious Bastards, Cannibal Ferox) and Alejandro Ulloa (One on Top of the Other, Companeros) and composer Piero Piccioni (Camille 2000, Three Brothers).
Though Italian thrillers are primarily remembered for their stylized murder set pieces. There are a handful of Italian thrillers that are almost devoid of onscreen carnage and these films are more rooted in psychological terror. Most notably films that fall into the latter category include, Death Laid an Egg, The Sweet Body of Deborah, Paranoia, So Sweet… So Perverse and A Quiet Place to Kill.
And though these more psychological leaning thrillers were predominantly made during the latter half of the 1960’s. There were a few Italian thrillers post 1960’s, that are content wise in line with these aforementioned films. Case in point, The Fox with a Velvet Tail.
Content wise, there are no black gloves killers The Fox with a Velvet Tail. And when someone does succumb to an untimely death, things are not always as they seem. And nowhere is then more evident, then when it comes to this film’s use of misdirection. With its most devious moment of deception saved for its very satisfying finale.
Performance wise, the cast are very good in their respective roles. With this film’s standout performance being Analía Gadé (Exorcism’s Daughter) in the role of Ruth, the woman who has just left her husband for another man. She delivers a perfect performance that captures her characters deteriorating state of mind. Other performances of note include, Jean Sorel (Short Night of Glass Dolls, A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin) in the role of Ruth’s lover Paul and Tony Kendall (The Whip and the Body) in the role of Ruth’s estranged husband.
Not to be overlooked are this film’s striking visuals, which do a superb job reinforcing the mood. And standout moments visually include, a scene where Ruth discovers while driving down a treacherous road that her breaks don’t work. Other standout moments include, a scene where Ruth’s equipment malfunctions while she is skin diving and the scene where Ruth discovers the identity of the person who is trying to kill her.
The Fox with a Velvet Tail comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. The 4k Transfer for this release was created from the film’s original 35mm camera negative. Colors are vibrant, flesh tones look accurate, black levels are solid throughout, details look crisp and there are no issues with DNR or compression.
This release comes with two audio options, a LPCM mono mix in English and LPCM mono mix in Italian. Both audio mixes sound, clean, clear and balanced throughout. Included with this release are removable English subtitles.
Extras for this release include, the Mondo Macabro’s Promo Reel, a trailer for the film (3 minutes 49 seconds, in Italian with English subtitles), an extra scene (1 minute 54 seconds), alternate English language opening and closing credits (3 minutes 12 seconds), a documentary titled So Sweet, So Perverse (25 minutes 18 seconds, in French, German, Italian and English with English subtitles) and an audio commentary with Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse.
The extra titled So Sweet, So Perverse is part of British T.V. series and this episode provides an informative overview of actresses who were prominent in European cinema form the 1970’s.
Topics discussed in the audio commentary include, the origins of the film, background information about the cast and director Jose Maria Forque, other production related topics and his thought about the film.
Overall The Fox with a Velvet Tail gets an exceptional release from Mondo Macabro.