Written by: Michael Den Boer on September 10th, 2011
BluRay released: September 27th, 2011
Approximate running times: 90 minutes (English Version), 93 minutes (Italian Version)
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive
Sound: DTS-HD Mono English (English Version), DTS-HD Mono Italian (Italian Version)
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish (English Version), English (Italian Version)
BluRay Release: Blue Underground
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $29.98
Synopsis: After a few of their classmates are murdered, four college coeds go to a remote villa in the country. What starts out as a relaxing weekend! Quickly turns into a nightmare when the four girls find themselves at the mercy of a madman.
Torso was directed by Sergio Martino who was one of the prominent giallo director’s of the 1970’s. Besides Torso Sergio Martino’s other giallo’s include The Strange vice of Mrs. Wardh, Case of the Scorpion’s Tail, All the Colors of the Dark, Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key and The Suspicious Death of a Minor. The screenplay for Torso was co-written by Ernesto Gastaldi a frequent collaborator with Sergio Martino. Other notable giallo’s that Ernesto Gastaldi’s wrote screenplays for include The Sweet Body of Deborah, So Sweet… So Perverse, Forbidden Photos of a Lady above Suspicion, Death Walks on High Heels, The Case of the Bloody Iris and Death Walks at Midnight. The score for Torso was composed by Guido De Angelis and Maurizio De Angelis who’s other notable scores include Giovannona Long-Thigh, Street Law, The Big Racket, Keoma, A Man Called Blade and A Blade in the Dark.
Torso like Sergio Martino’s other giallo’s is well made film that features stylish cinematography, inventive murder set pieces and a bevy of beautiful women in various stages of undress. The most memorable murder scene is when the killer stalks one of his victims in the woods. Torso is Sergio Martino’s most graphic giallo. The film evenly spreads out its numerous red herrings all leading up to a satisfying ending. The film hits its stride once the four girls have arrived at the secluded villa. Their isolation further adds to the films building tension. The film features a strong cast which includes Suzy Kendall (The Bird with the Crystal Plumage), Tina Aumont (Lifespan), Luc Merenda (Violent Professionals) and John Richardson (Eyeball). Ultimately Torso is a well made thriller that perfectly exploits many of the giallo genres cliches.
Torso comes on a 50 GB dual layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive anamorphic widescreen. Colors, black and contrast levels are all marked improvements upon all previous home video releases of Torso. Details always look crisp, there are no problems with compression and DNR is kept in check.
This release comes with two audio options, each version included with this release comes with one audio option, English for the English version and Italian for the Italian version. Both audio mixes sound clean, clear, balanced and robust when they need too. Subtitles for this release include English SDH, French and Spanish for the English Version and English for the Italian version, it should be noted that the subs for the Italian version appear to be a direct translation and not ‘dub’ titles.
Extras include a intro before the film with director Eli Roth (1 minute 55 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), U.S. opening credits (1 minute 17 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), 2 T.V. spots and radio spots, three trailers, U.S. trailer (3 minutes 31 seconds – letterboxed widescreen), International trailer (3 minutes 7 seconds – anamorphic widescreen) and Italian trailer (3 minutes 9 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), a poster & still gallery and a co-writer / director Sergio Martino (10 minutes 43 seconds – anamorphic widescreen, with English subtitles. Eli Roth’s intro is a concise overview about this film’s, he also touches upon his own personal connection to the film, most notably how one sequence in Hostel 2 was inspired by a scene from Torso. While the Sergio Martino interview covers all the main areas of this production, locations, the cast, the origins of this project and screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi’s contributions to this production, working with producer Carlo Ponti and the film’s score. Overall Torso gets a strong release from Blue Underground, that majority of those who bought previous releases of this film should be very happy with.