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Review: The Bloodstained Butterfly (Arrow Films)

The Bloodstained Butterfly
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3.5 stars
Starring: Helmut Berger, Giancarlo Sbragia, Evelyn Stewart

Directed: Duccio Tessari

Release Date: August 23, 2016

Run Time: 99 Minutes

Format: Blu-Ray Color: Color

Audio: English / Italian Subtitles: English

Distributor: Arrow Films


Directed by Duccio Tessari (Death Occurred Last Night, A Pistol for Ringo), The Bloodstained Butterfly melds the lurid giallo traditions popularized by Dario Argento and Mario Bava with courtroom drama, resulting in a film that is as concerned with forensic detail and legal process as it is with grisly murders and audacious set-pieces.

When a young female student is savagely killed in a park during a thunderstorm, the culprit seems obvious: her lover, TV sports personality Alessandro Marchi (Giancarlo Sbragia, Death Rage), seen fleeing the scene of the crime by numerous eyewitnesses. The evidence against him is damning… but is it all too convenient? And when the killer strikes again while Marchi is in custody, it quickly becomes apparent that there s more to the case than meets the eye…

Starring 70s heartthrob Helmut Berger (Dorian Gray, The Godfather: Part III) alongside genre mainstays Evelyn Stewart (The Psychic, The Case of the Scorpion s Tail) and Carole André (Colt 38 Special Squad), and featuring a score by Gianni Ferrio (Death Walks at Midnight), The Bloodstained Butterfly is presented uncut and in a sumptuous new 4K restoration that allows this unique and haunting thriller to shine like never before!




Audio Language: English / Italian
Subtitles: English

The Sound Quality is pretty good. Clear Dialogue. The Italian Version is less warm compared to the English Dub which makes some of the score clip some during High Notes. The English version is warmer and masks the clipping some but it’s still clipping

Rating: 4 stars


Picture Quality

Disc Format: Blu-Ray

The Picture Quality is good. Sharp details and Vivid eye candy colors pop on-screen. Black levels seem fine but Skin tone seems a bit off in dark scenes giving it a more faded look or an older movie look…. as it is an older movie.

Rating: 4 stars

Note: Equipment used to watch the film can be found below

Theatrical release Date: September 10, 2016 (Italy)
Disc release Date: August 23, 2016 (USA)
  • Brand new 4K restoration of the film from the original camera negative
  • High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray (Region A) and Standard Definition (480p) DVD (Region 1) 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
My Thoughts

The Bloodstained Butterfly is an Italian Giallo dealing with Mystery and death. A Woman is Killed and a Killer has been caught but did he really do it? He was there an a few people did see him. But maybe it wasn’t? And why was he let go later. Its all a big Mystery.

The story isn’t that big of a plot but has its twists and turns. The first Half and hour we see the police try to solve a Murder of a young lady witnessed by a few kids playing in a wooded area with their mom. A Few other seen a guy running away from the scene and the Police catch up to him. A Trail takes place and he is convicted. But wait! He may not be the guy. As far as the viewer knows and of course the witnesses in the film know is that this is the guy. The film has its twists and turns, some gore and some Nudity.

Overall the film was a good watch but at times can feel slow. The film is more of a Mystery and has a kind of Hitchcock feel to it. I Love those elements and you add some gore and Nipples it just adds to it in a good way. If you’re a fan of Mystery, Italian Giallo films and or A Arrow Video Film Collector you should pick this up.

With that Said I Give The Bloodstained Butterfly a 3.5 out of 5.


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Samsung (UN46C6900) 46-Inch 1080p LED HDTV

DVD/Blu-Ray Player

OPPO BDP – 103 (Highly Recommended)

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Stereo Receiver

Pioneer VSX-516-K 7.1-Channel

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Pioneer S-HF 11C

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(2) Front Speaker

KLH 9250B Floor – 350 watts

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KLH 100 watt Bookshelf

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Sony SA-W3000 180 Watt 12″ sub

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Note: I Know my speakers are way outdated. OPPO Blu-Ray Player is one of the best around and used in most home theaters. The Receiver is pretty good but on the line of out dated. Subwoofer is good with tons of bass but not the theater quality from a $400 Sub. Front speakers are fun with tons of power and are good for standalone’s but higher end sound (Hz) is lower quality. Overall I need to update on all speakers granted I do get decent sound out of them just the higher end falls short.


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