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Don't Torture A Duckling [Blu-ray]
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From Lucio Fulci, the godfather of gore (The Psychic, The Beyond), comes one of the most powerful and unsettling giallo thrillers ever produced: his 1972 masterpiece Don t Torture a Duckling.
When the sleepy rural village of Accendura is rocked by a series of murders of young boys, the superstitious locals are quick to apportion blame, with the suspects including the local witch , Maciara (Florinda Bolkan, A Lizard in a Woman s Skin). With the bodies piling up and the community gripped by panic and a thirst for bloody vengeance, two outsiders city journalist Andrea (Tomas Milian, The Four of the Apocalypse) and spoilt rich girl Patrizia (Barbara Bouchet, The Red Queen Kills Seven Times) team up to crack the case. But before the mystery is solved, more blood will have been spilled, and not all of it belonging to innocents...
Deemed shocking at the time for its brutal violence, depiction of the Catholic Church and themes of child murder and paedophilia, Don t Torture a Duckling is widely regarded today as Fulci's greatest film, rivalling the best of his close rival Dario Argento. Arrow Video is proud to present this uniquely chilling film in its UK high definition debut.
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The scenery is as much of a character in this movie as any of the actors, with the breathtaking juxtaposition of the road that brings the corruption of the city into the anachronistic rusticity of the village. And the police and journalists that descend upon the area to find the children's killer cause just as much damage and pain as the murderer.
While the acting of the children is impressive, it is Florinda Bolkan who is outstanding. Having taken a glacially elegant role in another of Fulci's giallos - A Lizard in a Woman's Skin - she now proves her talents as the mad vindictive witch who has her own reasons for wanting the young boys dead, and the scene in the cemetery when she is confronted by angry villagers is one of the most haunting pieces in cinema ever.
Both fans of Dario Argento's earlier works and dedicated Fulci fiends should find enough in this wonderful movie to satisfy them.
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 ›
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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The German Bluray Mediabook is great but buyers should note that when you select the English soundtrack you cannot remove the foreign subtitles on a standard unmodified player.Published 5 months ago by Phelings
Not sure about this, it's lacking " tension ", and not sure once again if this British version is cut to pieces.....?Published 18 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