10th Victim

The 10th Victim

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Director: Elio Petri

Cast: Elio Petri, Marcello Mastroianni, Ursula Andress, Elsa Martinelli

     
 

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Blue Underground has given Elio Petri's zesty and visually inventive satire La Decima Vittima (aka The 10th Victim) a fresh release on Region One DVD after its initial North American DVD presentation from Anchor Bay Entertainment dropped out of print. The new edition of The 10th Victim has been given a widescreen

Overview

Blue Underground has given Elio Petri's zesty and visually inventive satire La Decima Vittima (aka The 10th Victim) a fresh release on Region One DVD after its initial North American DVD presentation from Anchor Bay Entertainment dropped out of print. The new edition of The 10th Victim has been given a widescreen transfer to disc, letterboxed at the 1.85:1 aspect ratio of conventional televisions and enhanced for anamorphic play on 16:9 monitors. The quality of the image is very good indeed; Gianni Di Venanzo's cinematography looks sharp and clear on this disc, and the colors and both natural and sharply vivid when they need to be. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo and features two different sound tracks -- the original Italian language track, which is clear and pleasing, and a dubbed English-language version, which is louder but has a harsher tone that leans heavier on the high end (though the dubbing is good for the period). The disc also features optional English subtitles, which are clear and easy to read. Bonus materials include the picture's original British-release trailer and biographical essays and filmographies for stars Marcello Mastroianni and Ursula Andress. There isn't a significant difference between Blue Underground's new version of The 10th Victim and the out-of-print Anchor Bay release in terms of quality and features, so if you have the old disc you probably won't feel the need to upgrade it, but fans who've been looking for the movie while its been unavailable will be happy to find it back in print and looking great.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
Elio Petri's La Decima Vittima (aka The 10th Victim) is an unlikely combination of satire, science fiction, cat-and-mouse thriller and dark-humored romantic comedy, and it manages to work quite well on all these levels thanks to Petri's light but pointed touch and a pair of engaging performances by Marcello Mastroianni and Ursula Andress. Set in that Not Too Distant Future that was so common in 1960s sci-fi, Petri gives this story of a game of death (a notion that had been familiar since The Most Dangerous Game in 1932) a fresh touch with a striking visual style (thanks to Piero Poletto's production design, Gianni Di Venanzo's camerawork and Giulio Coltellacci's costumes) that manages to be sleek, colorful and just a bit ridiculous all at once, and the narrative style follows the images as the two handsome killers are surrounded by bumbling television producers intent on shoehorning a sponsor's message into the show at every opportunity. Mastroianni and Andress also have the intelligence to underplay the film's humor (Mastroianni just about defines laconic in his performance), and they have a powerful onscreen chemistry that makes their attraction to one another seem plausible despite the incredibly unlikely circumstances. (It certainly doesn't hurt that Andress is appallingly beautiful in this role -- who wouldn't be smitten with her?) And while suspense takes a back seat to satire and curious romantic byplay in The 10th Victim, Petri juggles the various elements with enough dexterity that the false endings seem genuine (at least for a moment) and the ending is a genuine surprise. The 10th Victim may well have been the smartest and most original offshoot of the European spy boom of the 1960s (most of the plot elements are there, even if the spies are not), and it's still sharp, sexy and engaging entertainment more than forty years after it was released; the rise of reality television has made it all the more timely, though thankfully no one has yet tried to bring "The Big Hunt" to the small screen.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/28/2009
UPC:
0827058114394
Original Release:
1965
Rating:
NR
Source:
Blue Underground
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:32:00
Sales rank:
24,637

Special Features

Theatrical Trailer; Talent Bios

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marcello Mastroianni Marcello Polletti
Ursula Andress Caroline Meredith
Elsa Martinelli Olga
Massimo Serato Lawyer
Salvo Randone Professor
Mickey Knox Chet
Richard Armstrong Cole
Walter Williams Martin
Evi Rigano Victim
Milo Quesada Rudi
Anita Sanders Relaxatorium Girl
George Wang Chinese Assailant

Technical Credits
Elio Petri Director,Screenwriter
Giulio Coltellacci Costumes/Costume Designer
Ennio Flaiano Screenwriter
Tonino Guerra Screenwriter
Gino Landi Choreography
Ruggero Mastroianni Editor
Dario Michell Set Decoration/Design
Piero Piccioni Score Composer
Piero Poletto Art Director
Carlo Ponti Producer
Giorgio Salvioni Screenwriter
Gianni Di Venanzo Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- 1Oth Victim
1. Program Start / The Big Hunt [2:13]
2. Main Titles [1:58]
3. Ursula Undress [4:53]
4. Boots Ala Boom! [2:19]
5. Celebrity [3:39]
6. Kiss & Kill [1:11]
7. Open Season [4:11]
8. Confiscation [2:50]
9. Hunter & Victim [2:21]
10. In The Crosshairs [7:14]
11. Pow! [2:20]
12. Lost & Found [2:52]
13. Sunset [5:47]
14. Home Games [9:28]
15. Temple Of Venus [3:52]
16. What a Croc [3:47]
17. The Big Hunt Club [1:54]
18. Double Dates [4:47]
19. Better Lovers [2:33]
20. Truth & Lies [1:48]
21. Sex By The Surf [3:00]
22. A Moving Experience [2:37]
23. Love & Death [4:51]
24. The Tenth Victim [1:35]
25. Women Never Die [3:30]
26. Flight To Paradise [2:51]
27. End Credits [1:32]

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The 10th Victim 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Tokyojoe777 More than 1 year ago
If you like spaghetti westerns you'll love this sci-fi futuristic view of what I can imagine could happen to us as humans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago