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Author Topic: The Bloodstained Butterfly / Una farfalla con le ali... (Duccio Tessari, 1971)  (Read 14600 times)

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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.
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I've got a great subtitled copy of the Italian DVD of this film, which doesn't come with English subs but Martin put paid to that!  :'(

I'm assuming that the image quality is a step up from the Spanish DVD as the image quality is mint throughout on this release, lovely scope ratio too...




Really like the skull & butterfly image on the cover art too...



Quality film, you've inspired me to revisit this one Paul!
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It's great, isn't it - the use of classical music throughout the film is inspired, but had been done the year before in Michele Lupo's WEEKEND MURDERS. The screen grabs from the Italian prink look better than the Spanish one, though I'm quite happy with my copy.
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Can't add much to what you've both already said.  A quality giallo in my book.  ::)
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As a test for my upcoming composites of CRIMES OF A BLACK CAT and DEATH STEPS IN THE DARK I decided to see how easy, or difficult, it would be to produce one since I have not done one before.  I had recently received the fan subtitled version of BLOODSTAINED BUTTERFLY (which is a fantastic piece of work) and was already in possession of the Spanish Manga films DVD which as an English audio track.  I was aware the Manga films DVD was missing some footage but thought it would be an ideal test for my first composite.

After a weekend of editing the audio track in Adobe Premiere I managed to finish the DVD this morning.  For the scenes that did not have English audio I used a separate subtitle track.  There are some slight pops and jumps but that is mostly due to the source material.  I also carried over the Italian track with full English subtitles from the previous fan version.  The DVD was authored in the extremely easy to use DVD Lab and below are some screenshots from menus (which were quickly threw together) and the DVD.









Do these fan composites always take so much time?  Hopefully my next composites will be much easier to do.
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Do these fan composites always take so much time?

Yes they do, usually longer!  ;D

Sounds like a good job you've done there Oli.
 
Looking forward to seeing what you get up to next.  :'(
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Yeah nice work demented_uk.  ::)

As Jonny said they usually take longer but I did have one that I did in about an hour (most of that was just encoding and ripping for DVD).  The audio from the VHS matched perfectly with the DVD.  God knows how.
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Thanks for the nice words guys, was no more than a bit of a fuck around really but I am happy with the results.
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Just a quick thing that's been niggling me... How come the subtitles in that screen grab are in the top portion of the image?
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They are not my subs, they are scrolling titles during the opening sequence that introduce the story.  My subs are yellow and in the regular position.
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They are not my subs, they are scrolling titles during the opening sequence that introduce the story.  My subs are yellow and in the regular position.

Haha! I thought as much after I posted but it did make me wonder, I'd not have thought to make a grab halfway through the credits so it did get me thinking!  :'(
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I tried to take grabs of scenes where the subs were actually displayed but for some reason the screenshot taken in VLC did not include the subs.

There is a method to my madness.  ;D
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I tried to take grabs of scenes where the subs were actually displayed but for some reason the screenshot taken in VLC did not include the subs.

There is a method to my madness.  ;D

None of my screengrab software can take grabs of optional subs either.
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Anybody come across this poster before?

http://www.polishposter.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=0419

Looks like it should be for a Walerian Borowczyk film or something like that, very strange.
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