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The Case of the Scorpion's Tail (1973)

George Hilton , Anita Strindberg , Sergio Martino  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: George Hilton, Anita Strindberg, Alberto de Mendoza, Ida Galli, Janine Reynaud
  • Directors: Sergio Martino
  • Writers: Eduardo Manzanos Brochero, Ernesto Gastaldi, Sauro Scavolini
  • Producers: Luciano Martino
  • Format: Color, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: NoShame Films
  • DVD Release Date: May 31, 2005
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009ETD1Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,520 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Case of the Scorpion's Tail" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Creepy Crawl: The Scorpion's Shadow interviews with director Sergio Martino, producer Luciano Martino, writer Ernesto Gastaldi and star George Hilton  (30 Mins.)
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Poster and Still Gallery
  • Collectible Booklet with liner notes and talent bios

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Lisa Baumer's husband dies in a dramatic airplane crash and the widow soon collects on his million-dollar insurance policy. As a suspicious insurance agent investigates the case, the inevitable corpses start piling up.

Then, when the widow Baumer herself is found murdered, her million dollars mysteriously disappears! Smelling a hot scoop, an ambitious journalist begins to put together the pieces of an increasingly bloody puzzle.

Cleverly plotted by thriller specialist Ernesto Gastaldi (THE STRANGE VICE OF MRS. WARDH, THE 10th VICTIM) THE CASE OF THE SCORPION'S TAIL is a true classic of the Italian Giallo.

Using the sensual score of composer Bruno Nicolai (KILL BILL: VOL.2, THE CASE OF THE BLOODY IRIS), director Sergio Martino (THE STRANGE VICE OF MRS. WARDH, TORSO) magnificently exudes atmosphere and suspense with terrifying sequences worthy of genre masters Mario Bava and Dario Argento.

The high profile cast includes George Hilton (THE CASE OF THE BLOODY IRIS, ALL THE COLORS OF DARK), Anita St


A superb presentation of a fine giallo" "one of Sergio Martino's best gialli. -- DVD Maniacs

An awesome cast featuring many genre regulars. Spectacular and unflinching grand guignol style murder sequences, and an almost believable plot. -- DVD in My

Case of The Scorpions Tale is one of those films that start’s to grow on you the more you watch -- 10,000

Collector Rating: WORTH FULL PRICE --

Get out your glove, your blade, and your remote, NoShame is serving up another classic worthy of sacrifice. -- Film

Highly Recommanded! -- DVD

Image Transfer Grade: A Not only has NoShame restored the uncut film, but the Cromoscope 2.35:1 picture looks fabulous. -- Digitally

glorious, near pristine print The colors are crisp and the details are sharp. -- DVD

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous and Grisly May 29, 2005
Case of the Scorpion's tale has all the elements of a good giallo: grisly murders, inventive, eye-popping cinematography, expressive lighting, swanky interiors, a serpentine plot, and a couple of lovely actresses. While the plot does become a little convoluted, and there is too much dialogue (a lot of which is rather clunky) all of the film's minor faults can be forgiven because the movie is a spectacular visual feast that is just a lot of fun to watch. Many of the names famous to this genre are involved in this entertaining effort, the most prominent of which are, Sergio Martino, Ernesto Gastaldi, George Hilton and Bruno Nicolai.
This upcomming release, from a new company on the genre DVD scene NoShame, ranks right up there with releases from some of the more well established genre DVD companies like Blue Underground and Mondo Macabro. The image quality of the film print used for the DVD is absolutely outstanding, and there are two audio tracks, one in English and the second in Italian with optional English subtitles. Lastly, the few extras on the disc include interviews with Martino, Gastaldi and Hilton, the theatrical trailer and a poster and still gallery. If you're taking the time to read this review then this DVD probably belongs in your DVD library.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a fine giallo July 24, 2005
The opening ten minutes are a little rough, with an overdose of crash zooms, distorting lenses, clunky dialogue and poor model work. After the first story twist, however, the film becomes a superior giallo, worthy of comparison with Bava and Argento. Director Sergio Martino stages some strong set-pieces, displaying a visual flair only hinted at in THE STRANGE VICE OF MRS WARDH. It's possible Dario Argento saw SCORPION'S TAIL before making DEEP RED, as some scenes are remarkably similar (check out the murder in the theatre). There's even a bold female reporter, who helps unmask the killer at great personal risk. While DEEP RED is the better film, Argento owes Martino a debt or two. George Hilton is a solid lead - is it his own voice on the Italian soundtrack? - and spaghetti western regular Luigi Pistilli adds a touch of class in a rare good guy role. The plot twists are satisfying, though the photo blow-up trick was well parodied by Mel Brooks in HIGH RISK.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Giallo! January 1, 2010
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Five stars for the film itself which is an excellent and absorbing Giallo, and a wonderful example of the many engaging attributes of the genre put to fine use.

As for the DVD itself - There a few problems with the English subtitling being either absent or inconsistent during a couple of scenes, but these are relatively minor and do not derail the film in any sense. That aside, NoShame ought be called NoRegrets, because they've put forth a solid and respectful effort in presenting a classic Giallo with all due accord. Kudos!
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