Arrow Video, with domestic sales and distribution support provided by MVD Entertainment Group, has selected Aug. 23 as the street date for a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack 4K restoration (from the film’s original camera negative) of director Duccio Tessari’s 1971 quasi-giallo whodunit, The Bloodstained Butterfly.
Françoise (Carole André — Death in Venice, Dirty Weekend, etc.), a beautiful young woman, is brutally murdered in a park in the film’s opening sequence. There are witnesses.
The police, specifically Inspector Berardi (Silvano Tranquilli), follow the clues and they lead straight to Alessandro (Giancarlo Sbragia — Death Rage, Nest of Vipers), a sports broadcaster who just so happens to be having an affair with Françoise, a student friend of his daughter, Sarah [Wendy D’Olive — Catch-22, The Dead are Alive).
The evidence is overwhelming … and there were witnesses in the park that day!
His defense attorney, Gulilio (Günther Stoll), begins to pick apart the prosecution’s case — and we discover in the process that he is having an affair with Alessandro’s wife, Maria (Evelyn Stewart, aka: Ida Galli — Maniac Mansion, The Psychic, etc.) — but when two more young women are murdered in the same park in similar fashion, the case unravels.
In the meantime, Sarah, has taken up with Giorgio (Helmut Berger — Ludwig, The Damned, etc.), whose connection to Françoise, coupled with his ever-increasing bizarre behavior — including some rough sex — leads Sarah (and us) to suspect that Inspector Berardi might be chasing the wrong killer.
Oh, if only it was that simple! The Bloodstained Butterfly could easily have been titled “The Bloodstained Red-Herring” … it will keep you guessing right up until the end.
As to bonus goodies, Arrow Video has both the original Italian-language track and the English-dubbed audio track, with newly translated English subtitles for the Italian version. Film critics Alan Jones (author of such books as: “Dario Argento: the Man, the Myths, the Magic” and “The Rough Guide to Horror Movies”) and Kim Newman provide commentary, the featurette titled, “Murder in B-Flat Minor,” and a retrospective on the work of director Duccio Tessari.