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Torso (1973)

Suzy Kendall , Tina Aumont , Sergio Martino  |  R |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Suzy Kendall, Tina Aumont, Luc Merenda, John Richardson, Roberto Bisacco
  • Directors: Sergio Martino
  • Writers: Sergio Martino, Ernesto Gastaldi
  • Producers: Antonio Levesi Cervi, Carlo Ponti
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dubbed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: March 21, 2000
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 630579720X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #319,345 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Torso" on IMDb

Special Features

  • NOTE: Some of Torso's English soundtrack was either never recorded or lost. Therefore, some whole or parts of scenes are in Italian with English subtitles
  • International Carnal Violence Trailer & U.S. Theatrical Trailer

Editorial Reviews

There's a killer on the loose who's murdering and mutilating beautiful young college girls, and there's no shortage of suspects. Four comely coeds decide to escape the madness by vacationing in an isolated country villa, but the maniac has his eye on them--one of them suspects his identity--and drops in for a homicidal holiday. With a title like Torso you know what you're getting, but despite the high body count and the suggestion of dismemberment, most of the gore in this Italian giallo is offscreen... with a few exceptions (an icky eye gouging stands out). Director Sergio Martino is no Dario Argento and the film is blunt, direct, and vicious, as can be seen when the killer disposes of a witness by ramming his skull into a brick wall with his car, not once but twice (with the appropriate close-up). The killer, who hides behind a ratty ski mask and strangles his targets with a florid scarf, is haunted by some obscure childhood memory involving a porcelain doll and a traumatizing accident. He straddles two clichés, the Norman Bates-variety psychos and the hooded, zombielike automatons of Halloween and Friday the 13th. It doesn't make much sense, but like most slasher films, it's really about suspense, spectacle, and a body count, and Martino doesn't disappoint. To restore the film, Anchor Bay has included a few brief scenes in Italian with English subtitles. --Sean Axmaker

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT DVD - Euro Trash at it's BEST April 5, 2000
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Anchor Bay's DVD of TORSO is incredible - the image is crisp, sharp, colorful and there is no artifacting whatsoever. The print is also UNCUT! For years the film was seen in the US only in an edited version with most of the gore and sex cut out. It's great to finally see the entire uncut film with it's original opening and the extra sex and gore bits....I love the head crushing scene (albeit kind of fake) plus there's extra shots of the killer sawing up the bodies into little pieces. What more do you want? There's the cool looking hooded killer plus lots of stylistic giallo touches...this movie is better than ever especially in this impeccable presentation. It's letterboxed and includes the fun US trailer-"Tor---so!" as well as the original euro-trailer. A few shots in the film are in italian with english-subtitles because either the english track was never recorded or it had been lost...but it's not annoying at all and you just can't help loving this disc...especially if you are into euro-sleaze! One of Anchor Bay's best!
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome September 29, 2011
By tesg
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This campy 1970's Italian slasher whodunnit flick pretty much has it all. It's stylish in a Dario Argento sort of way, but has far more breasts and overall sexuality. There's lots of potential suspects and dead people along the way. One death scene is almost painfully bad in execution as a rubber head gets crushed between a car and a wall (you can literally see the fake head cave), then in the next shot the guy's head is intact as he stumbles, not quite dead. Yet cinematography overall is gorgeous, largely thanks to the locations, and overall direction is solid. The whole thing clocks in at 90 or 93 minutes depending on if you choose the US or Italian version to watch, so it doesn't overstay its welcome either.

I've always been impressed with Blue Underground's ability to produce clean clear transfers of the sometimes obscure movies they release, and this one's no exception. Image and sound are near perfect for a film of this age and genre. It's probably never looked better, and probably sounds just as it did in its original theatrical run.

Another awesome Blue Underground release.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars When you're mute, no one can hear you scream October 9, 2011
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Blue Underground offers two versions of this film in DVD, both claiming to be the first uncut, uncensored US release. Both are indeed uncensored, but there are slight differences in the disks. The most recent version (yellow box, and less expensive) is missing a few brief scenes, none critical, that appear on the older (red box) one. Because the scenes are not important, and have apparently suffered the permanent loss of their English soundtracks (the Italian soundtrack is still there), they were probably deleted for the reissue, although the cuts do remove another brief bit of slasher fondling victim. I thought the yellow version looked crisper, with brighter color, perhaps benefiting from work done for the Blu-ray transfer. Given a choice, I would take the yellow version, but not pay extra for Blu-ray. The movie is a product of its time and place, and, by Hollywood standards of the day, crudely made with weak acting. It nonetheless has sufficient clever moments and, at the end, genuine suspense, to warrant its reputation. The first half looks more like a nudie film which, together with the graphic violence, made it much more provocative than contemporary mainstream American films (though not for long), and probably accounts for the censorship to which it was long subjected. Nice to see the original.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Stylish, gripping giallo-thriller February 24, 2004
[I Corpi Presentano Tracce di Violenza Carnale]

(Italy - 1973)

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Theatrical soundtrack: Mono

Following the murder of several classmates by a frenzied sex-killer, a group of female students retire to an isolated villa until police have apprehended a viable suspect. But the maniac is wise to their deception, and he/she follows them...

This stylish, gripping giallo-thriller - the equal of anything directed by Dario Argento at the time - was co-written by veteran scribe Ernesto Gastaldi and director Sergio Martino, the latter a journeyman technician whose commercial ethos catapulted him from one genre to another within the dictates of Italian popular cinema (cf. BLADE OF THE RIPPER, THE VIOLENT PROFESSIONALS, SEX WITH A SMILE, etc.). Despite bland performances from an unremarkable cast (including Euro stalwarts Suzy Kendall [THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE], John Richardson [THE MASK OF SATAN] and Luc Merenda [THEY CALLED HIM AMEN]), and some pretty obvious red herrings amongst the supporting players, TORSO is augmented by a number of beautifully crafted set-pieces (most notably the stalking of a young woman [Cristina Airoldi] through desolate marshland by the masked maniac), photographed with stunning visual flair by Martino's regular DP Giancarlo Ferrando (THE CASE OF THE SCORPION'S TAIL) and edited to perfection by Eugenio Alabiso (MOUNTAIN OF THE CANNIBAL GOD).

The second half of the movie, during which Kendall becomes enmeshed in a nightmarish situation at a remote but picturesque country villa, is genuinely nerve-racking, staged with cat-and-mouse efficiency by Martino at his most inspired. Spiced with audience-pleasing elements of sex and violence which tested the limits of censorship in 1973, TORSO is a minor gem. Produced by Carlo Ponti, previously responsible for the likes of WAR AND PEACE (1956) and DOCTOR ZHIVAGO!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Well made junk
Except for the cinematography this thing pretty much stank. From the write up you'd expect some T&A - uh uh. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joe Z
5.0 out of 5 stars Martino's unintentional bridge to the western hemisphere
Anyone familiar with Sergio Martino's filmography knows that Torso is the film many cite not only as his most recognized achievment, but a bridge to the rest of his catalogue. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bill Edwards
4.0 out of 5 stars Torso Torso Torso Torso Torso
Overall it's a decent film and worth checking out if you're into this sort of thing. What more can I say? Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bartok Kinski
1.0 out of 5 stars Stinker Alert
Stinker nothing to see herd folks no nothing not a movie its a contract fulfillment that is all . over and out
Published 5 months ago by G. Hunt
4.0 out of 5 stars The Way of All Credit
This is an excellent blu-ray transfer of a rather rare giallo/slasher film that is given an introduction by writer/director of questionable renown, Eli Roth ("Cabin Fever" and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by V. Risoli
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect !
It's a nice edition. I'm very glad about it. and it's such a good movie. Very good giallo from Martino. One of my favorite
Published 11 months ago by Lavidalie Céline
4.0 out of 5 stars The Saw Before SAW
Sergio Martino takes a...ahem...stab at a giallo flick. And why not? Like most Italian directors, he's directed films in practically every genre anyway. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Stanley Runk
1.0 out of 5 stars There is a line between kitch and total cheese. This film crossed it.
It opens with a semi pornographic threesome which is pointless to the movie. I know these films always have gratuitous boobs and ass but this went too far for the sake of a weak... Read more
Published 17 months ago by maureen lynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Blue Underground has released another fantastic blu ray!!!
After all these years of Torso being available on VHS tape, the past few years this Italian slasher flick has seen a few DVD releases and now this fantastic looking blu ray. Read more
Published on November 28, 2011 by Monty
3.0 out of 5 stars PORNO LITE
Was not overly enthusiastic about the film tho it had its moments. Basically it is low grade porno with all kinds of trysts including at least one girl on girl. Read more
Published on November 8, 2011 by cynicalgirl
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