The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire (Blu-ray)

The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire (Blu-ray)

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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.


        New 2K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative 

        High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation

        Uncompressed mono 1.0 LPCM audio 

        Original English and Italian soundtracks, titles and credits 

        Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack

        Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack

        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 

        Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys