The Bloodstained Butterfly (1971) Arrow Release Review

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Bloodstained Butterfly 1971The Bloodstained Butterfly (1971)

 
An Italian Giallo about a young woman that is murdered but when the main suspect is captured more killings occur.

Starting off very similar to What Have You Done To Solange? which is another great film to check out, Bloodstained Butterfly also finishes with a twist or more accurately such an improbable reason for all the killings.

Pulling many connecting threads together whilst throwing out titbits and new angles, twists throughout it never becomes too crowded storywise nor do you see that ending coming.

The cast is fine and from a variety of countries so when I opted to watch the English dubbed Version and not the Italian I found that most was filmed with the actors speaking English then dubbed over with American accents.
That explains why the Italian sports presenter called Football “soccer”.

The viewer is gifted with plenty of beautiful shots of the Italian town the feature was filmed at helped by the 4K transfer giving such a clear picture but Arrow fans have come to expect that by now.

In fact it is so expected taht the only time to bring up the transfer is if for once it isn’t of the high quality as we’re used to.

Included is a short documentary by So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films author Troy Howarth that expalins the importance of 1971 for Giallo before moving on to talking about Bloodstained Butterfly.

One thing people who read my reviews have probably deduced is that I’m not a big fan of modern films overall especially horror.
While this isn’t a horror film it has more quality in it than most of what I have to endure when viewing something newer.
Loved it and I’m sure fans of Giallo will too.

No trailer as I can’t find one so I’ll leave you with the Special Features…

  • Brand new 4K restoration of the film from the original camera negative
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Original Italian and English soundtracks in DTS-HD MA mono 1.0
  • Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
  • New audio commentary with critics Alan Jones and Kim Newman
  • Murder in B-Flat Minor, a new visual essay on the film, its cast and crew by author Troy Howarth
  • New career retrospective on director Duccio Tessari
  • Original Italian and English theatrical trailers
  • Gallery of original promotional images
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin
  • Limited edition 36-page booklet illustrated by Tonci Zonjic, containing writing by James Blackford, Howard Hughes and Leonard Jacobs