The Case of the Bloody Iris [DVD] [1972]

This Italian thriller delivering equal portions of sex and violence gets a careful presentation on DVD with this release from Blue Underground. The Case of the Bloody Iris (aka Perche quelle strane gocce di sangue sul corpo di Jennifer?) has been given a widescreen transfer to disc, letterboxed at 2.35:1 on conventional televisions and enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16x9 monitors. The source print looks quite good, the color balance reflects the look of early Seventies Eastmancolor with impressive accuracy, and the image is sharp and well detailed throughout. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo, retaining the original monophonic sound mix, and the results sounds great. However, Blue Underground has only included a dubbed English sound track, with no option for the original Italian audio, and no subtitles appear on this release. As a bonus, this disc features the film's British trailer, an alternate version of one of the death scenes, and a filmography for director Anthony Ascott (aka Guiliano Carnimeo). Blue Underground's releases often feature a bit more in the way of additional features and language options, but this is still a better-than-average American release for a Italian giallo, and fans should be pleased with the presentation.
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Special Features

  • Alternate stabbing scene
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Anthony Ascott filmography


The Case of the Bloody Iris
This brisk little thriller is a textbook example of a giallo: Perche Quelle Strane Gocce Di Sangue Sul Corpo Di Jennifer? doesn't make a lot of sense but it keeps the viewer guessing throughout and packs plenty of wild visual excess into its running time. Ernesto Gastaldi's script is thin on characterization and logic but delivers all the elaborate murder setpieces, red herrings and radical plot twists the genre requires. Director Giuliano Carnimeo avoids allowing the viewer to dwell on the gimmicky nature of the storytelling by maintaining a snappy pace and trotting out a vast array of eye-catching visual devices (zooms, fish-eye lens shots, point-of-view camerawork) to keep the viewer's eye dazzled throughout. The performances are limited by the weak characterizations but Edwige Fenech is easy on the eyes as the film's heroine and George Hilton makes a decent square-jawed hero. All these elements make Perche Quelle Strane Gocce Di Sangue Sul Corpo Di Jennifer? a fast-paced, occasionally startling piece of macabre eye candy. Viewers looking for narrative depth won't find much of interest here but fans of 1970's Eurotrash are likely to consider it a kitschy delight. ~ Donald Guarisco, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Giampiero Albertini
    Giampiero Albertini
  • Edwige Fenech
    Edwige Fenech
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    George Hilton
  • Annabella Incontrera
    Annabella Incontrera
  • Georges Rigaud
    Georges Rigaud

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