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5.0 out of 5 stars Information about this release, 30 Mar 2010
This review is from: Blade of the Ripper [DVD] [1971] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
If like me you are in love with the screen persona that is Edwige Fenech this movie is for you. Featuring my all-time favourite giallo soundtrack, yes I love it more than all those incredible Goblin-Argento scores, a perfect symbiosis of sound and visuals elevate the surreal S&M imagery into a hyper-kinetic mesmeric delirium. Sergio Martino peppers his film with the customary abuse metered out to his queen of 1970's Italian genre cinema. Adding an extra layer of perversity, not least in part due to Edwidge being married to his brother Luciano, but because how could you abuse the face of such a darkly luscious angel, even in make believe? Poor Ivan Rassimov he must have been racked with Self-loathing at the end of his scenes, "Sergio do we have to do another face slapping take?"

A beautiful sensually hypnotic dream of a picture oozing style and pizzazz from every frame, with the ever likable George Hilton, the only Italian genre leading man handsome enough to place alongside our heroine in peril, but is nice guy George quite so clean-cut in this tale, you'll just have to tag along to discover: The Strange Vice Of Mrs Wardh; loin pumping stuff.

Now say her name with me one more time Ed-wi-dge Fen-e-ch, isn't that the sexiest name in cinema history???????

This re-release by Mya Communications, a new label which is predominantly putting out Italian films, offers a great opportunity to those who missed the NoShame edition (see my other review for details on that edition). There are no extras on this disc and only the dubbed English soundtrack, but if you're gripped by the financial pinch, represents an acceptable alternative. Just don't expect it to be around for too long....
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