It’s time to take a look at another of director Sergio Martino’s films that have been released on to blu-ray. Here’s The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail blu-ray review, let’s find out if this is a giallo great or merely a so so affair. Released by Arrow Video back in 2018 its had a new 2K restoration so hopes are high for this release.
- The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail (1971)
- Genre: Thriller / Giallo
- Directed by Sergio Martino
- UK Rating 15
- Discs: 1
- Released By Arrow Video
- Blu-ray Released: 16 July 2018
When Lisa Baumer’s husband is killed in a plane crash she receives $1 million from his insurance. However soon after Lisa collects the money several people are brutally killed. Meanwhile insurance investigator Peter Lynch has been asked to look into the case to see if there is anything suspicious.
Style / Direction
Directed by Sergio Martino it’s a competent but generic giallo. It’s certainly not a bad looking film but does lack a little in the way style.
Meanwhile Emilio Foriscot took on the director of photography duties.
Music / Audio Effects
The music is provided by Bruno Nicolai.
Acting / Characters
The acting is pretty decent without any real standout performers.
- George Hilton as Peter Lynch
- Anita Strindberg as Cléo Dupont
- Alberto de Mendoza as John Stanley
- Ida Galli as Lisa Baumer
- Janine Reynaud as Lara Florakis
- Luigi Pistilli as Inspector Stavros
- Tom Felleghy as Mr. Brenton
- Luis Barboo as Sharif
- Lisa Leonardi as Hostess
- Tomás Picó as George Barnet
Conclusion: The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail (1971) Film Review
The film’s main problem lies with a rather generic feeling giallo formula and poor story. It’s not terrible but I did feel like I’d already seen the movie, which I hadn’t.
Overall I say it’s rather average.
If you’ve enjoyed my The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail blu-ray review so far you may want to check out the following films:
- The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970)
- Seven Blood-Stained Orchids (1972)
- Night Train Murders (1975)
- Macabre (1980)
Conclusion: The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail (1971) Blu-ray Review
Whilst I wasn’t blown away with the story I was extremely impressed with the picture quality. I found it to be pretty much perfect. In fact that’s because the film has undergone a brand new 2K restoration.
On the extras side of this blu-ray release Arrow as usual include a lot of extras. Whilst impressive I didn’t find any to be what I class as essential viewing.
- Audio Commentary by Ernesto Gastaldi
- Under the Sign of the Scorpion (21 mins)
- The Scorpion Tales (47 mins)
- Jet Set Giallo (20 mins)
- The Case of the Screenwriter Auteur (16 mins)
- Theatrical Trailer
- Image Gallery
On to my movie rating for The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail (1971)
- Movie Rating: WORTH WATCHING
- Blu-ray Picture: EXCELLENT
- Extras: VERY GOOD
Amazon UK Links
The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail (1971) is available out now on blu-ray.
For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…
Clip NOT be representative of the blu-ray version
That concludes The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail Much blu-ray review. An excellent Arrow Video blu-ray release. I’m aiming to review more Arrow releases soon so expect a few more giallo movies. What’s next? Check back soon…
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Summary: The Case of the Scorpion's Tail (1971) Blu-ray Review
Movie title: The Case of the Scorpion's Tail (1971)
Movie description: Sergio Martino giallo released on to blu-ray by Arrow video following a 2K restoration.
Duration: 95 mins
Director(s): Sergio Martino
Actor(s): George Hilton, Anita Strindberg, Alberto de Mendoza, Ida Galli, Janine Reynaud, Luigi Pistilli
Genre: Giallo, Horror, Thriller
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Picture Rating
Average Sergio Martino giallo but fabulous blu-ray release by Arrow Video