Blade of the Ripper

Overview

In this flashy giallo from Italian filmmaker Sergio Martino, Julie Wardh Edwige Fenech is a lovely but jaded woman who is no longer satisfied in her relationship with husband Neil Alberto de Mendoza, a wealthy but emotionally cold man of privilege. However, as she ponders the fate of her marriage, her thoughts often turn to her former lover Jean Ivan Rassimov, a cruel libertine with a taste for inflicting pain. Julie meets handsome George George Hilton at a wild party and discovers he's attracted to her just as ...
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Overview

In this flashy giallo from Italian filmmaker Sergio Martino, Julie Wardh Edwige Fenech is a lovely but jaded woman who is no longer satisfied in her relationship with husband Neil Alberto de Mendoza, a wealthy but emotionally cold man of privilege. However, as she ponders the fate of her marriage, her thoughts often turn to her former lover Jean Ivan Rassimov, a cruel libertine with a taste for inflicting pain. Julie meets handsome George George Hilton at a wild party and discovers he's attracted to her just as she's drawn to him. Julie and George are soon involved in a torrid affair, but it's Julie's poor fortune that Jean attended the party where they first met and knows about her new infidelity. Even worse, Jean is willing to blackmail Julie to get what he wants, forcing her into a desperate situation.
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Special Features

Original trailer; Photo and poster gallery
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Editorial Reviews

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Director Sergio Martino's first entry into Italy's giallo genre delivers everything this style of thriller requires and then some: Ernesto Gastaldi's fills his script to the brim with beautiful people doing terrible things to each other to create a plot overflowing with twists, brutal murders, and a hefty dollop of kinky sex. The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh is short on sympathetic characters and often strays from believability during its overheated finale, but fans of the genre won't care because Martino keeps the film stylized in the extreme. The resulting exercise in thriller mechanics layers on Bruno Nicolai's spooky lounge score at every opportunity and juxtaposes the story's mayhem with lush settings and gorgeous photography. Martino also gets effectively stylized performances from his cast. Edwige Fenech might not have the most sympathetic role, but she does an excellent job of conveying the title character's mysterious, emotionally and sexually overheated persona. Her work is ably backed up by George Hilton, who is believably smarmy as her would-be playboy suitor, and Ivan Rassimov is sublimely creepy as her perverted ex-lover. In short, The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh is a skillful example of how the giallo can be a head-spinning experience in style over substance. It's not for all tastes, but Euro-cult enthusiasts are likely to eat it up.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/9/2010
  • UPC: 812592010417
  • Original Release: 1971
  • Rating:

  • Source: Mya Communication
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: Italiano
  • Time: 1:21:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 41,790

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
George Hilton George
Edwige Fenech Julie Ward
Carlo Alighiero
Christina Airoldi Carol
Ivan Rassimov Jean
Alberto de Mendoza Neil Ward
Technical Credits
Sergio Martino Director, Producer
Eugene Alabiso Editor
Eduardo M. Brochero Screenwriter
Vittorio Caronia Screenwriter
Antonio Crescenzi Producer
Jaime Perez Cubero Art Director
Miguel Fernandez-Mila Cinematographer
Emilio Foriscot Cinematographer
Jose Luis Galicia Art Director
Ernesto Gastaldi Screenwriter
Luciano Martino Producer
Nora Orlandi Score Composer
Paolo Ormi Musical Direction/Supervision
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Blade of the Ripper
1. Chapter 1 [6:52]
2. Chapter 2 [9:43]
3. Chapter 3 [8:04]
4. Chapter 4 [7:46]
5. Chapter 5 [9:44]
6. Chapter 6 [5:38]
7. Chapter 7 [8:17]
8. Chapter 8 [7:41]
9. Chapter 9 [8:07]
10. Chapter 10 [7:56]
11. Chapter 11 [9:15]
12. Chapter 12 [7:18]
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Disc #1 -- Blade of the Ripper
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   Language: English
   Language: Italian
   Subtitles: On
   Subtitles: Off
   Trailer
   Gallery
   Chapter Selection
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