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Don't Torture A Duckling - Fan Edition + Booklet [DVD]
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In a small Italian village, pre-adolescent boys are turning up dead and evidence points to either the local witch (Florinda Bolkan), or a beautiful, bored, city girl (Barbara Bouchet) hiding out after a drug scandal... From Lucio Fulci, the infamous director of The Beyond and The New York Ripper, comes this accomplished, stylish thriller in the Italian giallo genre. Naturalistic settings, stunning make-up effects and inspired use of music lend a genuinely shocking intensity to a violent tale of tragedy, prejudice and murder, depicting a world in which injustice goes unpunished, moral values are a sham, and innocence is destroyed.
Don't Torture a Duckling is also a stinging attack on the Italian Establishment which allegedly resulted in Lucio Fulci being blacklisted for many years. A strong story full of challenging moral concepts, Don't Torture a Duckling is as brutal and disturbing as Lucio Fulci's horror films, but it's also his most powerful and morally focussed work, and a magnificent high point in his long and distinguished career.
- English & optional Italian Audio with English Subtitles
- Booklet inside adapted by Stephen Thrower from his definitive book BEYOND TERROR
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Shameless trailer park
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In 1970, the Italian film industry would take a dramatic turn and become obsessed with giallo, a type of thriller that had been inspired by old pulp novels of the thirties. Heralded by Dario Argento's brilliant debut film L'uccello dalle piume di cristallo (The Bird with the Crystal Plumage), many filmmakers would suddenly turn to the horror genre and soon the market became flooded with variations of the formula, including Sergio Martino's Lo strano vizio della Signora Wardh (The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh), Aldo Lado's La corta notte delle bambole di vetro (Short Night of the Glass Dolls) and Giuliano Carnimeo's Perché quelle strane gocce di sangue sul corpo di Jennifer? (The Case of the Bloody Iris).Read more ›
In a small village in southern Italy, young preadolescent boys are turning up dead from strangulation. Evidence points to a number of possible suspects, especially the local "witch," Martiara (Florinda Bolkan), whose voodoo practices and possible insanity make her a likely candidate. But what about Patrizia (Barbara Bouchet), the bored city girl hiding out after a drug scandal, who now passes the time by flaunting her naked body in front of children? The local Catholic Church, headed by young Don Alberto (The Psychic's Marc Porel) and his mother, Aurelia (Irene Papas), tries to keep the population under control, but even the local police are baffled by the case. A reporter from the north, Andrea (Tomas Milian), comes to investigate and recruits Patrizia to discover some genuinely ugly truths about the quiet provincial town.
There really isn't much gore except for two scenes; that of a woman being beaten with a chain and a man scraping his face down the side of a cliff (ouch!). This is probably my favorite Lucio Fulci film being that I did not enjoy The House By the Cemetery and Zombi 2 (25th Anniversary Special Edition 2-Disc Set) I enjoyed the acting, especially the man who played the priest, who is a dead ringer for Orlando Bloom (just in looks, though, not in lack of acting skill, thank goodness!). The rest of the cast did an excellent job as well, even the children.
This is a disturbing film, but not the typical slasher flick. Since it is a giallo, it is more murder-mystery than horror.Read more ›
Lucio Fulci's "Don't Torture A Duckling" came soon after his very impressive "Lizard In A Womans Skin" and I actually prefer this to that high class film. The quality cast here includes Tomas Milian, Florinda Bolkan and the ultra sexy Barbara Bouchet. There's also a brilliant eerie score by Riz Ortolani (Cannibal Holocaust). Fulci's direction is on top form as he creates tension and twists throughout in this superior and stylish Giallo. Gore fans expecting "Zombie" and "The Beyond" type violence will be disappointed and there's very little here. This succeeds and shines on style, atmosphere and mystery, but you do get a gory chain whipping scene (think the intro of "The Beyond"). Overall this is an excellent film recommended to all. And For me it proves that Fulci could make Gialli as good as anyone in the genre.
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Not sure about this, it's lacking " tension ", and not sure once again if this British version is cut to pieces.....?Published 7 months ago by .kramsie
Il film è arrivato molto in ritardo ,e non presenta traccia audio in Italiano come invece descritto,quindi sconsiglio questo prodotto e questo venditore... Read morePublished on 10 Sept. 2012 by Max
I cannot praise Shameless enough for the films they are reviving - long may they keep up the good work. Although I enjoyed this film, I was a little disappointed by the story line. Read morePublished on 8 Nov. 2011 by Liverpool Mike
Without a shadow of a doubt, this 1972 Italian film is quite simply one of Fulci's all-time greatest works, alongside THE BEYOND and ZOMBIE FLESH EATERS. Read morePublished on 28 Aug. 2011 by KD
This is one of Lucio Fulci's best films (Far better than Zombie Flesh eaters and House by the Cemetery). Read morePublished on 30 July 2010 by A. J. Harrison
Italian horror maestro Lucio Fulci's third giallo film is one of his best and perhaps one of his most deeply disturbing movies. Read morePublished on 17 May 2010 by Jeremy W. Newbould