Written by: Michael Den Boer on March 14th, 2018
BluRay Release Date: December 1st, 2015
Approximate running time: 96 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Rating: FSK 12 (Germany)
Sound: DTS-HD Mono Italian, DTS-HD Mono German
Subtitles: English, German (only available for the Italian language track)
BluRay Release: X-Rated Kult Video / ELEA-Media
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: 24,99 EUR
The Sweet Body of Deborah was directed by Romolo Guerrieri, whose other notable films include, Ring of Death and Young, Violent and Dangerous. Key collaborators on The Sweet Body of Deborah include, screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi (The Long Hair of Death, Almost Human), cinematographer Marcello Masciocchi (Tropic of Cancer, No, the Case Is Happily Resolved), composer Nora Orlandi (The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh) and producer Luciano Martino (Secret Agent Fireball, The Virgin, the Bull and the Capricorn).
In the late 1960’s Carroll Baker would star in a handful of Italian thrillers, that were more rooted in psychological terror, then elaborate murder set pieces. And after The Sweet Body of Deborah, Carroll Baker would star in a trio of similar themed Italian thrillers directed by Umberto Lenzi, Paranoia (aka Orgasmo), So Sweet… So Perverse and A Quiet Place to Kill (aka Paranoia).
The Sweet Body of Deborah was made during an area, when Italian thrillers relied more on atmosphere, then elaborate murder set pieces. The narrative is superbly realized and key moments are given an ample amount of time to resonate. Visually this film does not waste an opportunity to exploit its picturesque and the more than ample assets of its leading lady Carroll Baker. Standout moments include, the scene where the husband visits the home of his former lover, for the first time since learning of her suicide and the film’s very satisfying finale.
Performance wise, the cast are very good in their respective roles. With this film’s heart and soul being Carroll Baker (Knife of Ice, Baba Yaga) in the role of Deborah, the tormented wife. She delivers a strong performance that perfectly captures her characters state of mind. Other notable cast members include, Jean Sorel (A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin, Short Night of Glass Dolls) in the role of Deborah’s husband Marcel, Luigi Pistilli (Death Rides a Horse, Bay of Blood), Ida Galli (The Whip and the Body, The Bloodstained Butterfly) in the role of Marcel’s ex-girlfriend who committed suicide and George Hilton (All The Colors of The Dark, The Case of The Bloody Iris) in the role of Robert Simack, the nosy next door neighbor “Who Knew Too Much”.
The Sweet Body of Deborah comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. The image looks crisp, colors are nicely saturated and black levels remain strong throughout.
This release comes with three audio options, a DTS-HD mono mix in Italian with English and German subtitles and two German language options, a DTS-HD mono mix in German created in 1968 and a DTS-HD mono mix in German created in 1975 (there are no subtitle options for these two audio tracks). The Italian language tack sounds, clean, clear, balanced and robust, when it needs too.
Extras for this release include, a German language trailer for the film (2 minutes 40 seconds, in German no subtitle options), German advertising material, French promotional material and posters, German cinema opening and closing credits (3 minutes 11 seconds), a HD animated option to view the essay that is included as part of the booklet and an interview Dr. Marcus Stiglegger whose discusses The Sweet Body of Deborah (8 minutes 32 seconds, in German no subtitle options).
Other extras include, trailer for The Perfume of the Lady in Black (2 minutes 2 seconds, in German no subtitle options).
Rounding out the extras revisable cover art, a slip cover and sixteen-page booklet with an essay titled Il dolce corpo di Deborah written by Martin legs (all text in the booklet is in German). Also, included with this release is a DVD that has the same content included on the Blu-Ray included as part of this combo. Overall The Sweet Body of Deborah gets a solid audio / video presentation from X-Rated Kult Video.