The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail Blu-ray Review – Sergio Martino Classic?

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.

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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

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The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail (1971) is available out now on blu-ray.

The Case of the Scorpion's Tail Blu-ray Review

Film Trailer

For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…

Arrow Story

Original Trailer

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
The Case of the Scorpion's Tail 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
  • Extras


Average Sergio Martino giallo but fabulous blu-ray release by Arrow Video

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