Original Itlain title: Una Farfalla con le ali insanguinate
A film that benefits from a fresh approach to the genre; combining all our favourite ingredients with that of a court-room drama. This really is a great giallo and one that I would definitely pick for a top ten best. I've only seen two of Tessari's gialli [this and the inferior, though enjoyable PUZZLE], but based on the evidence of BLOODSTAINED BUTTERFLY, he was certainly as adept at these potboilers as he was at crime flicks and spaghetti westerns.
The back of the Spanish DVD's jacket states that the film is presented in 1.85:1. This is incorrect. The film is actually 2.35:1 but is NOT anamorphically enhanced. The print itself shows some signs of age and is plagued with white dots but on the whole, is completely watchable. I'd say that the quality of image is probably best described as being similar to some those Euro Cult films that have been released on DVD by the German company X-Rated - this is definitely a fair comparison. In fact, the presentation is a step up from most of X-Rated's transfers.
The sound is fine for the most part but their are passages of the film where the volume seems to decrease. Very odd but the dialogue is never inaudible.
The Spanish subtitles are forced but can be easily circumvented if you start the film in English. Press Menu. Go to Languages. Select the Without Subtitles Option. Return to Main Menu. Select Continue. The film will then play without subs. It's strange that the subtitles can't be deactivated before the film starts but this really is a minor niggle.
All in all, the presentation of the film is not the best you could ask for BUT, this is a very hard-to-find film and I'm very happy to have it in my collection.