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The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire

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Genres: Thriller
Plot Synopsis:

One of several ‘animal-in-the-title’ cash-ins released in the wake of Dario Argento’s box-office smash The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire is a gloriously excessive giallo that boasts a rogues gallery of perverse characters; violent, fetishized murders, and one of the genre’s most nonsensical, red-herring laden plots (which sees almost every incidental character hinted at potentially being the killer). 

Set in Dublin (a rather surprising giallo setting), Iguana opens audaciously with an acid-throwing, razor-wielding maniac brutally slaying a woman in her own home. The victim’s mangled corpse is discovered in a limousine owned by Swiss Ambassador Sobiesky (Anton Diffring, Where Eagles Dare) and a police investigation is launched, but when the murdering continues and the ambassador claims diplomatic immunity, tough ex-cop John Norton (Luigi Pistilli, A Bay of Blood) is brought in to find the killer… 

Benefitting from a sumptuous score by Stelvio Cipriani (Nightmare City, Death Walks on High Heels) and exuberant supporting performances from Valentina Cortese (The Possessed, Thieves' Highway) and Dagmar Lassander (The Frightened Woman, The Black Cat), The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire is a luridly over-the-top latter-day entry in the filmography of acclaimed director Riccardo Freda (Caltiki – The Immortal Monster, Murder Obsession). An archetypal giallo from the genre’s heyday, Freda’s film is presented here in a stunning new restoration with a host of newly produced extras. 

  • Release Details
    Release Date: April 9th, 2019
    Movie Release Year: 1971
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Arrow Video
  • Technical Specs
    Length:92 Minutes
    Specs:Blu-ray
    NEW 2K RESTORATION FROM THE 35MM CAMERA NEGATIVE
    Audio Formats:Uncompressed mono 1.0 LPCM audio
    Original English and Italian soundtracks, titles and credits
    Subtitles/Captions:Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
    Special Features:New audio commentary by giallo connoisseurs Adrian J. Smith and David Flint
    Of Chameleons and Iguanas, a newly filmed video appreciation by the cultural critic and academic Richard Dyer
    Considering Cipriani, a new appreciation of the composer Stelvio Cipriani and his score to The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire by DJ and soundtrack collector Lovely Jon
    The Cutting Game, a new interview with Iguana's assistant editor Bruno Micheli
    The Red Queen of Hearts, a career-spanning interview with the actress Dagmar Lassander
    Original Italian and international theatrical trailers
    Image gallery