I’ve decided to have a Sergio Martino season as many of his films are available on blu-ray thanks to Shameless Screen Entertainment. Have you ever seen The Strange Vice Of Mrs Wardh (1971)? I have to admit it’s not one I’m familiar with. Is any good? Let’s find out, so without further ado here’s my The Strange Vice Of Mrs Wardh blu-ray review.
- The Strange Vice Of Mrs Wardh (1971)
- Genre: Giallo
- Directed by Sergio Martino
- UK Rating 18
- Discs: 1
- Released By Shameless Screen Entertainment
- Blu-ray Released: 31 July 2017
A serial killer is on the loose and wealthy Julie Wardh feels she may be being target by the killer. She receives several letters that threaten to blackmail her over an affair she has been having. Is this really the killer or merely a former jealous lover?
Style / Direction
The film was directed by Sergio Martino whilst Emilio Foriscot handled the cinematography. The Strange Vice Of Mrs Wardh is a competently made giallo. There are some nicely framed camera angles and the movie and story has a good flow to it.
Music / Audio Effects
The music is provided by Nora Orlandi and has an Italian feel don’t expect a traditional horror vibe. Personally I think it works rather well.
Acting / Characters
All the main characters are acted competently enough. Well to be fair there is probably one male actor that’s below par. Ivan Rassimov as jealous lover Jean didn’t quite work for me. Once thing I should make clear, there’s a lot of nudity throughout the movie. Whilst most of it is justified by the genre and story I did think it went a little over indulgent at one point, the party scene.
- Edwige Fenech as Julie Wardh
- George Hilton as George Corro
- Conchita Airoldi as Carol Brandt
- Ivan Rassimov as Jean
- Manuel Gil as Dr. Harbe
- Carlo Alighiero as Commissioner
- Alberto de Mendoza as Neil Wardh
- Miguel del Castillo as Medico Spagnolo
- Luis de Tejada as The inspector
Conclusion: The Strange Vice Of Mrs Wardh (1971) Film Review
The Strange Vice Of Mrs Wardh is a stylish Italian giallo that has several twists making it a thoroughly entertaining Sergio Martino movie. If like me you are fan of giallo films I think you’re going to really enjoy this one.
If you’ve enjoyed my The Strange Vice Of Mrs Wardh blu-ray review so far you may want to check out the following films:
- The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970)
- Four Flies On Grey Velvet (1971)
- The Cat O’Nine Tails (1971)
- Deep Red (1975)
- Tenebrae (1982)
- Beyond Darkness (1990)
Conclusion: The Strange Vice Of Mrs Wardh Blu-ray Review
For the most part the image quality very good, I hold of calling it excellent purely because there are a few drops in quality which can give it a blurry and noisy look occasionally. To be fair I’m probably nit picking as it generally looks fabulous.
The extras include interviews with both director Sergio Martino and leading actress Edwige Fenech. Whilst interesting there are subtitled and can be a little hard going.
- Dark Fears Behind The Door: Interview with Sergio Martino & Edwige Fenech (31 mins)
- Thrills, Chills & Cleavage: Interview with Sergio Martino (23 mins)
- Edwige Fenech & The Genesis of Mrs Wardh (7 mins)
- Theatrical Trailer
On to my movie rating for The Strange Vice Of Mrs Wardh (1971)
- Movie Rating: WELL WORTH WATCHING
- Blu-ray Picture: VERY GOOD
- Extras: EXCELLENT
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For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…
Clip may not be representative of the blu-ray version
That concludes The Strange Vice Of Mrs Wardh blu-ray review, I’m aiming to review more horror movies soon. What’s next? Check back soon…
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Summary: The Strange Vice Of Mrs Wardh (1971) Blu-ray Review
Movie title: The Strange Vice Of Mrs Wardh (1971)
Movie description: Blu-ray release by Shameless Screen Entertainment
Duration: 100 mins
Director(s): Sergio Martino
Actor(s): Edwige Fenech, George Hilton, Conchita Airoldi, Ivan Rassimov, Manuel Gil, Carlo Alighiero, Alberto de Mendoza, Miguel del Castillo, Luis de Tejada
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A thoroughly entertaining Sergio Martino giallo