The Fox With A Velvet Tail [Blu-ray]
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This 1971 Italian/Spanish giallo is a hugely enjoyable and very stylish murder mystery set on the luxurious Côte d'Azur. Spanish director José María Forqué - who later made the controversial Beyond Erotica - brings together a talented and good looking cast, one of the best cinematographers of the day (Alejandro Ulloa) and a fantastic, lounge style score from Maestro Piccioni to create a twisty, and twisted, tale of deception and revenge. The director's long career at the more prestigious end of Spanish cinema and the presence of award winning scripter Rafael Azcona - who worked with many top European film makers - give the film an edge of sophistication alongside its enjoyably devious narrative.
The film is like the smooth blue waters of the Mediterranean where it's set. It looks inviting and seductive, the sun glistening off the gentle waves; but just beneath the surface, sharks are swimming, and they're hungry for prey...
- New 4k transfer from negative
- Fully restored audio commentary by Troy Howarth
- So Sweet documentary
- Original Trailer
- Alternate scenes
- New artwork from Justin Coffee
- Newly created English subtitles with English/Italian audio choice
- Mondo Macabro previews
"The story unfolds in an extremely clever way and has a few very unexpected twists and turns... A highly recommended slice of early 70s thriller writing." ---Letterboxd.com
"Unpredictable twists and turns along the way to a pleasingly ironic denouement." ---Giallo Fever
"Director José María Forqué delivers a winning hand..." ---Adrian Luther Smith - Blood and Black Lace
Top customer reviews
Where the movie took me off guard is with how weird it is. The first half of the film plays like a game of how are they gonna hide the nudity. It's a bit like the movie Austin Powers where there's always a handy cantaloupe, another large fruit, or furniture decoration to obscure any raw material so to speak. It feels a bit like a comedy.
The second half of the movie though stuff suddenly starts coming off. I guess in a lot of ways it's a smart move as the movie becomes more unhinged so does the clothing. What's less smart is the most awkward sex assault scene I've seen in a while. The actors are game for being scared victims and predators. The problem is the Dion Warwick/Adele style lost romance song playing over it. The music makes the sequence unintended parody or intentional satire. I couldn't tell. The movie is a bit too knowing in certain sequences but at the same time it was made in the 70's, which was a decade with no self awareness. It still oddly works but mostly just cause the actors are all old hat at this stuff. Between Jean Sorel and Analia Gade, you already have more than a 5 lifetimes worth of thriller movie experience.
It's not a great film in the sense it won't change your life but it's a fun one. It's also a really good looking one. The Mondo Macabro team have done a great job restoring the film, which is a good thing cause it's a good looking movie. They also included good extras complete with a great documentary called So Sweet So Perverse where you get to see a bunch of the actresses from these films talk about making these movies. It's good value for your dollar.