The 10th Victim [Blu-ray]
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It is the 21st Century, and society's lust for violence is satisfied by 'The Big Hunt,' an international game of legalized murder. But when the sport's two top assassins (Marcello Mastroianni and Ursula Andress) are pitted against each other, they find that love is the most dangerous game of all. As the world watches, the hunt is on. Who will become THE 10TH VICTIM?
THE 10TH VICTIM is the international cult classic whose wild action and sexy style has influenced a generation of movies, from THE RUNNING MAN to the AUSTIN POWERS series. Now this outrageous satire has been newly remastered from the original negative and is presented here in groovy High Definition!Extras:
- Marcello: A Sweet Life (2006) (98 Mins.)
- U.S. Trailer
- Italian Trailer
- Poster & Still Gallery
- Marcello Mastroianni Still Gallery
Includes a bonus feature-length documentary on Star Marcello Mastroianni!
(Five Stars) 'Blessed By A Game Cast, Gorgeous Visuals And A Director Who Would Eventually Make It To The Oscars!' -- Time Out New York
The opening sequence of Elio Petri's 1965 Italian film THE 10th VICTIM establishes Ursula Andress as a particular kind of femme fatale. Performing as an erotic dancer in a decadent New York nightclub of the not-so-distant future (where the white plastic decor could have been dreamed up only by a designer at Cinecitta) she is actually a professional assassin who claims her first victim by shooting him in the face with her double-barreled gun-bra: one way of deflecting the male gaze with a vengeance.
One of the countless films inspired, officially or unofficially, by Richard Connell's 1924 short story 'The Most Dangerous Game,' Petri's black comedy imagines the hunting of humans as a government-sanctioned, globally televised sport, a gladiatorial combat meant to relieve tension and settle conflicts in an otherwise anesthetized world devoted to mindless consumption. Contestants in the Big Hunt are chosen by a punch-card-shuffling computer in Geneva, which matches pairs of strangers (always a man and a woman, just to make things more interesting) and sends them out to kill each other. Whoever survives to make 10 kills receives a $1 million prize and the right to live to enjoy it. Having claimed her ninth victim, the American champion, Caroline Meredith (Ms. Andress), is now ready to move to the next round, where she'll face the ultimate opponent, an Italian (Marcello Mastroianni, his hair dyed blond to match his co-star's).
Petri won the foreign-language Oscar for his far superior 1970 film, INVESTIGATION OF A CITIZEN ABOVE SUSPICION, but it's THE 10th VICTIM that lingers in the public imagination and has now been reissued by Blue Underground in an excellent Blu-ray transferred from the original negative. The playful production design, by Michelangelo Antonioni's regular collaborator Piero Poletto, probably accounts for much of the movie's continued appeal. His Rome of the future has been assembled out of the architecture of the Fascist past (Bernardo Bertolucci would return to some of the same locations for his 1970 period drama THE CONFORMIST) and festooned with the fetish objects of the Op-Pop 60s: inflatable furniture, Trimline telephones. Several big themes are bruited about in the screenplay: how the mass media have turned violence into entertainment, how capitalism has commodified the most primal human urges, how the vacuity of modern life has obscured the riches of a mythic past. (The climax is set at the Temple of Venus in Rome, transformed for the occasion into a backdrop for a teabag commercial.) But at heart THE 10th VICTIM amusingly remains a classic commedia all'italiana of the 1960s, with Mastroianni in his archetypical role as the castrated Casanova, struggling to maintain his inbred macho poise as he is assaulted, not only by Ms. Andress's gun-toting Amazon, but by a mercenary wife (Luce Bonifassy) and an impatient mistress (Elsa Martinelli), who have joined forces against him. In this Italy before civil divorce the battle of the sexes could, in the movies at least, become hilariously literal (as in Pietro Germi's 1961 DIVORCE, ITALIAN STYLE, with Mastroianni as a frustrated Sicilian aristocrat, married to a battle ax but in love with his doe-eyed cousin). In the end there is a 10th victim -- but just who it is and how are questions Petri leaves conspicuously unanswered.--Dave Kehr, The New York Times, September 30, 2011
Top Customer Reviews
Marcello at his Mastroianniest
Ursula in full sexual animal mode
60's design and fashion
Dry to the exreme humor
Stylistic Italian direction
Then buy this disc! Oh yea, the story ain't half bad either.
Ursula Andress (at the peak of her beauty and animal sensuality) and Marcello Mastroianni (the epitome of jaded cool) play hunter and victim, respectively, both vying for a million-dollar prize if one can murder the other, and each also lining up a corporate sponsor who will pay out if the killing can be timed to happen during a live commercial for their product. But love, of all things, intervenes (not to mention his ex-wife and mistress), seriously complicating their cat-and-mouse game of death. Along the way we are treated to some great futuristic pop-art set designs and decor, terrific, catchy Eurojazz soundtrack, and breezy satire of the media, society's fetishization of violence, religion, marriage and divorce, Bondian intrigue, television, and shameless, opportunistic corporate advertising.Read more ›
The action takes place in a near future in Rome, Italy. In order to prevent wars, governments have invented " The Big Hunting ". The players must win 10 times to gain the right to leave with a million dollars prize. In this game, to win means to kill the hunted if you are the hunter or to discover and kill the hunter if you're the hunted. A slight pre-RUNNING MAN flavour, isn't it ?
THE 10th VICTIM is more a parodical and satirical comedy than an action movie and presents at least one scene deserving to stay in our memories, the first scene involving a masked Ursula Andress dancing and slapping the faces of the "Masoch Club" male audience before killing her adversary in a very stylish manner.
If you like italian comedies or a smart satire of the television, religion or our political institutions, the movie is certainly worth a look. If, like me, you are an amateur of B movies of the sixties, THE 10th VICTIM is a must have.
Bonus features include an english dubbed version, the italian version with optional english subtitles, the theatrical trailer and an incomplete filmography of Marcello Mastroianni and Ursula Andress. Great images and sound.
A DVD zone discovery.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Besides the case this is a comedy of
the absurd but also a political answer
to violence in these days. Must recommended.
For those that might enjoy biting social satire this is a very good one! It's something of a precursor to the Hunger Games series, but more darkly comical for my money. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Wayman
get all blu ray classic sci-fi and horror movies before corps start phazing dvds and blu rays out in the near future .Published 8 months ago by ANTON PHIBES
1965, oh, those 60's movies. here we go....absolutely awful background music. it was shot in NYC but it is any Italian film so it is dubbed in English?! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Russell S
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