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Giallo in Venice (1979) - Blu-ray Review

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The balls!  Why’d it have to be in the balls?!  With all the hanky panky bouncing around in this sin on skin flick, it seems appropriate that Giallo in Venice begins with an unknown killer striking one poor son of a bitch right in the balls with a sharp knife.  OUCH!  What follows is the sound of every man screaming in response.  Sadism is definitely not sexist in this sick flick!

While absolutely worthless in the story department, this film is gory and intense and, as a screaming woman is seen next in our opening set of murders, its roughness is not unlike being forced to swallow tacks.  Thank you, Mario Landi.  The murder mystery in this trashy flick is only window dressing as gruesome scenes of murder and sex take first place.

"Those curious about exploitation flicks should probably check out Giallo in Venice.  It is now on Blu-ray with extensive color corrections performed exclusively for this release from Scorpion Releasing"

The images contained here in Giallo In Venice will burn straight into your retinas…especially the sight of actor Gianni Dei slobbering all over the place.  The dude, already repeatedly struck with the ugly branch of his family tree, can’t manage a normal kiss to save his life at all.  And we get to bear witness to him dripping all over his co-star.  CLOSE YOUR MOUTH, DUDE.

And then there is slow grind of a woman getting her leg cut off.  To say that this video nasty is beyond depraved just might be the understatement of the year.  If only it could also be a good flick!  I guess we SINema psychotics can’t have our cake and shove it in our pieholes, too.

Giallo in Venice is a ridiculous movie.  There.  I said it.  It’s not good and, even for a low budget giallo flick, is borderline unwatchable.  Its fans know this, of course, and will champion this uncut release from Scorpion Releasing as its unholy second coming (of sorts), yet they have to know that this horrid flick will forever remain U-G-L-Y as it exists only for its gruesomeness. {googleads}

The unsuspecting types – desiring possibly a different sort of (maybe) Fulci-like mystery with the lovely Venice as its backdrop – will definitely be let down.  The film is a boring dud of a firecracker.  Even the sex scenes, of which there are plenty, are clumsily put together and poorly edited.  With no chemistry between the couple at the center of the murder flick, the bedroom scenes look all sorts of uncomfortable.  Scene by scene, Giallo in Venice, alongside its egg sucking lead investigator, Inspector DePaul (Jeff Blynn), proves itself to be only about the gore-gore girls.

Poor Flavia (Leonora Fani).  The girl gets sexually abused and by her coked-out (and bad kissing) boyfriend (Dei) and is often seen hiding her private parts from the camera.  There’s something behind the scenes at work here.  Maybe no one is happy.  It becomes all to obvious when a peeping Tom enters the picture.  Suddenly, even we are aware of her nudity.  COVER UP!  The creep factor is high with this release.

This is grindhouse gore and point-and-shoot theatrics through and through.  But, as with the sex scenes, we get lots and lots of kill scenes and they do indeed get worse and worse. Death by gasoline and lighter anyone?  Barbeque for everybody! 

Giallo in Venice (1979) - Blu-ray Review

There is a murder mystery at the center of this one after all and, even though it is told in a backwards fashion, it does need solving. You see, the film opens with the murder of Flavia and her boyfriend and, thanks to a hardboiled egg eating inspector (Blynn), the people he goes to interrogate in trying to put the pieces together of this deceased couple’s life.  Except the people that know them and their exhibitionist habits keep getting killed.  Someone doesn’t want the truth to be revealed.  But our wisecracking inspector doesn’t care.  He has a job to do…even if he sucks at it...even cracking his egg is sometimes a difficult thing.

Those curious about exploitation flicks should probably check out Giallo in Venice.  It is now on Blu-ray with extensive color corrections performed exclusively for this release from Scorpion Releasing.  All others need to avoid this one like the plague as nothing good will come of it.  It's not great, but it is my collection for good reason.

A Eurocult Trashterpiece finally gets its wings with this official release from Scorpion Releasing!  Sleaze and cheese to the eXXXtreme and it is only available through Ronin Flix.  Time to dispose of the bootlegs, Boils and Ghouls.


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Giallo in Venice (1979) - Blu-ray Review

MPAA Rating: Unrated.
91 mins
: Mario Landi
Aldo Serio
Leonora Fani, Jeff Blynn, Gianni Dei
: Horror | Crime | Mystery
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August 21, 2018
Synopsis: The beautiful canals of Venice are stained with blood when the bodies of young couples are found savagedly murdered. Inspector De Paul sets out to unravel what happened to the young victims. The deeper he digs, the more sordid secrets he uncovers, but more people will die before the mystery is finally resolved.


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Giallo in Venice (1979) - Blu-ray Review


Blu-ray Details:

Home Video Distributor: Ronin Flix
Available on Blu-ray
- August 21, 2018
Screen Formats: 1.66:1
: English
Italian: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
Discs: Blu-ray Disc; single disc
Region Encoding: Locked to Region A

Newly minted from the original 35mm camera negative, Scorpion Releasing’s handling of the new remaster is solid.  Night scenes are no longer blurry puddles of goo.  Lines have edges and black levels are STRONG.  The transfer has extensive color corrections and it shows with a blissfully sharper palette.  Details are strong and the night scenes of escape and pleasure have strong edges throughout.  Shadows are defined, too.  The film is presented in a 1.66:1 aspect ratio and has an Italian  DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 track.



• Any redeeming value in this film can be found here with the BRAND NEW audio commentary with film historian Troy Howart.

Special Features:

Fans, with the purchase of this title, get  a BRAND NEW REMASTER OF THE FILM with extensive color correction performed exclusively for this release, a BRAND NEW audio commentary with film historian Troy Howarth, and a soundtrack in Italian audio with English subtitles.


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Giallo in Venice (1979) - Blu-ray Review