Director: Sergio Martino
Writers: Ernesto Gastaldi (screenplay), Sergio Martino(screenplay)
Stars: Suzy Kendall, Tina Aumont and Luc Merenda
What they say: One Day She Met A Man Who Loved Beautiful Women…
BUT NOT ALL IN ONE PIECE! A series of sex murders shock a college campus, and four beautiful young girlfriends head for the safety of an isolated country villa. But as they succumb to their own erotic desires, their weekend of pleasure becomes a vacation to dismember at the hands – and blade – of the lecherous maniac.
Directed by Sergio Martino (MOUNTAIN OF THE CANNIBAL GOD) and starring Suzy Kendall (THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE) and Tina Aumont (SALON KITTY), this Euro Horror chiller was originally released in America with much of its controversial violence removed by censors. Now freshly transferred in thrilling High Definition from the original negative, TORSO is presented in both its Uncensored English Version and Full-Length Italian Director’s Cut for the first time ever!
What I say: Most people prefer the giallos of Dario Argento. I, myself, am a Sergio Martino man. And Torso is easily one of my favorite giallos. Torso truly has it all! A black gloved killer! Hot naked women! Lots of red herrings to keep you guessing! Hot naked women! Tons of violence! Hot naked women! Groovy Italian tunes! And, oh, you know all ready.
A giallo is an Italian murder mystery, typically filled with violence, sex, and general sleaze. The name comes from the old Italian paperbacks that started the genre. The covers were always bright yellow. Giallo is the Italian word for yellow.
As I’m sure you can guess. A giallo is a difficult thing to get right, it’s a delicate balance between the sex, violence, and sleaze. And it’s too easy to tip too far one way or the other. Torso strikes it’s balance beautifully. Sergio Martinos direction is sharp and skillfully done. The performances, especially Suzy Kendall, are very good. And the score is haunting and beautiful.
The restoration is quite impressive. Colors pop nicely, and black are nice and inky. A definite must in a film like this. Only a couple of scenes seem to suffer, but overall it’s quite an impressive effort, and as someone who has watched the previous DVD release many, many times, I can tell this disc is a huge improvement , and this film has NEVER looked any better. The sound, while unimpressive, is fine as a DTS MA HD 1.0 track.
So, was there anything bad about this release? Unfortunately, yes. King of the leeches Eli Roth has somehow weaseled his way onto my beloved Torso disc. He filmed an introduction for the film that, luckily, can be skipped. But just seeing his name is enough to leave a pall over the experience. *Cries*
Blu-Ray: 8/10 (Would have been 9/10 if Eli Roth had not been involved)