The tenth victim in blu-ray, the review: the best way to rediscover the Italian Hunger Games of 1965

The review of the blu-ray of The tenth victim: thanks to a great restoration, an excellent video and a juicy extra, the CG-Surf product is perfect for rediscovering Elio Petri’s fantasy-thriller with Marcello Mastroianni and Ursula Andress.

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The tenth victim: Ursula Andress and Marcello Mastroianni in a scene from the film

A truly unmissable homevideo output from CG-Surf. As we will see in the review of The 10th victim on blu-ray, this is the opportunity to admire for the first time in HD the corrosive cult with a sci-fi atmosphere directed by Elio Petri in 1965. The film, taken from the short story The Seventh Victim by Robert Scheckley, starring Marcello Mastroianni and Ursula Andress. Elio Petri is already far ahead of everyone if we think that the film is from 56 years ago and is a denunciation against the invasion of the mass media and the capitalist system, with intuitions from reality and big brother.

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The tenth victim: Marcello Mastroianni in a scene from the film

An excellent restoration for the merciless and surreal manhunt of over 50 years ago

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The tenth victim: Ursula Andress and Marcello Mastroianni in a scene from the film

The tenth victim is almost a sort of Italian Hunger Games of the sixties, and takes place in a future where wars have been canceled thanks to a relief valve of human aggression: a completely legalized manhunt is organized. and with lots of prizes, where each member is in turn hunter and prey. The American Caroline misses the tenth victim to have the maximum honors, so she leaves for Rome to kill Marcello, what should be her last prey. The film is presented in blu-ray with the restoration carried out in 2012 at the L’Immagine rediscover laboratory, made from the original negatives preserved by the owner of Surf Film. The scene negative was scanned at 2K resolution and digitally restored. For the installation of the images, a positive copy of the period conserved in the archives of the Cineteca di Bologna was used as a reference.

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Blu-ray: a solid, detailed video with a natural grain

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The result of the restoration is truly amazing. The video of the blu-ray CG-Surf not only boasts crystal clear cleanliness, but also amazing image solidity, with a detail that looks good compared to the latest products. The integrity of the original images is excellent, with a well-present grain but always natural and perfectly organic, without any alteration. The picture is clean and, as mentioned, the detail is of remarkable quality, especially on some close-ups, but it is generally valid on all elements, even those in the background. Only in a couple of sequences is there some slight bending, but always within the limits, without particular flaws. The chroma is also excellent, bright and incisive, just look at one of the opening scenes of the riding competition to admire a bright and intense red. But generally the colors of Rome are always beautiful warm and natural, with a deep black and a good hold even in the darkest scenes.

The audio: a track a little closed but perfectly clean and without smudges

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The tenth victim: Elsa Martinelli in a scene from the film

More difficult to get amazing results fromaudio, but here too the yield is certainly satisfactory. There are DTS HD 2.0 tracks (obviously preferable) and Dolby digital 2.0 for both Italian and English. The soundstage is understandably closed and restricted to the front axle, but the tracks are clean, without smudging or rustling, with good dialogue timbre, while some effects such as gunfire and car noises are a bit dry. However, listening is always very pleasant.

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The extras: the trailer and the long documentary of 2005 on Elio Petri

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The 10th Victim: Ursula Andress in a scene from the film

In the extra, in addition to the trailer, there is the beautiful documentary Elio Petri … notes on an author by Federico Bacci, Nicola Guarnieri and Stefano Leone, which lasts a good 80 minutes and was presented at the Venice Days in 2005. It retraces his career film by Elio Petri, who we remember died at the age of 53, narrated through interviews with actors, directors and collaborators, in addition to those of the author himself. And we remember his films that managed to represent the Italy of the time, made by an author of international value, perhaps uncomfortable and for this very reason little recognized. In the long documentary there are the testimonies of Robert Altman, Ursula Andress, Bernardo Bertolucci, Florinda Bolkan, Flavio Bucci, Lino Capolicchio, Marina Cicogna, Dante Ferretti, Gianni Fucci, Antonio Ghirelli, Giancarlo Giannini, Jean Gili, Marco Giusti, Tonino Guerra, Luigi Kuweiller, Carlo Lizzani, Enrico Lucherini, Francesco Maselli, Mariangela Melato, Giuliano Montaldo, Ennio Morricone, Franco Nero, Paola Pascolini, Berto Pelosso, Gillo Pontecorvo, Vanessa Redgrave, Marco Risi, Aggeo Savioli, Furio Scarpelli.

Conclusions

As we saw in the blu-ray review of The Tenth Victim, the CG-Surf product is very good and benefits from the excellent restoration of Elio Petri’s cult, with a video of truly remarkable quality for a 1965 film. is satisfying, while in the extras there is the nice surprise of the long documentary on the director made in 2005.

Because we like it

  • The video reflects the splendid restoration for detail and chroma.
  • The grain of the images is natural and pleasantly organic in the painting.
  • In the extras not to be missed the long documentary on Elio Petri.

What’s wrong

  • The audio is clean and of satisfactory quality, but it is physiologically the least exciting part of blu-ray.

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