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Don't Torture A Duckling - Fan Edition + Booklet [DVD]

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  • Actors: Florinda Bolkan, Barbara Bouchet, Tomas Milian
  • Directors: Lucio Fulci
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Shameless Screen Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Aug. 2011
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004O8ATB4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,523 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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.

Special Features:

- 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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Lucio Fulci is considered by some to be a pioneer in exploitation, others often dismissed him as a talentless hack, plagiarising the success of more talented artists. Perhaps most known for his gruesome zombie classics City of the Living Dead, The Beyond, The House By the Cemetery and Zombi 2, Fulci had spent the latter half of his career cementing his reputation as the `godfather of gore.' But a few years before finding international success as a regular on the UK's `video nasty' list, he had directed three dark and seductive giallo thrillers, 1969's Una sull'altra (aka Perversion Story), 1971's Una lucertola con la pelle di donna (A Lizard in a Woman's Skin) and Non si sevizia un paperino (Don't Torture a Duckling), released the following year. Although they would feature the trademark nihilism and brutality which his fans have come to expect, his gialli were also beautifully constructed and nightmarish experiments in twisted narratives and perverse violence.

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).
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I haven't spent much time watching giallos, not for any particular reason really; I just haven't got around to them yet. I decided to start (again) with Lucio Fulci's "Don't Torture a Duckling." This is a rare film that I believe Fulci haters will tend to enjoy,

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.
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The story..A police investigation is started when several young boys are found murdered in a remote village. An out of town reporter arrives to cover the story and help find the person responsible for the crimes...
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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This film is a total classic and it's not only for horror-fans of Lucio Fulci. It is layered and concerned with deep social and cultural issues, like the abuse, power and sexual repression of the Church, the sexual arrogance of the new middle class, the relationship between modernisation and traditional culture in Southern Italy, the interconnection between magic and religion, the scapegoating of women (and of children), and more.... But it succeeds at touching these themes within the typical Giallo style and structure, which make it very compelling and 'fun' to watch. There a few really disturbing scenes... And I don't mean the gory ones. Just go and watch it.
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