Blu-ray Review: ENIGMA ROSSO (Red Rings Of Fear)

ENIGMA ROSSO (Red Rings of Fear) was directed by Alberto Negrin and stars Italian cult superstar Fabio Testi, Christine Kaufmann, Ivan Desny, Jack Taylor and Helga Liné. ENIGMA ROSSO also features a memorable score by the late composer Riz Ortolani.

ENIGMA ROSSO begins when the brutally violated body of a young woman is dragged from the river. The investigating law officer, Inspector Gianni Di Salvo (Testi), is drawn to dark deeds at an exclusive girls’ school where the beautiful members of a group known as “The Inseparables” are being targeted with sinister letters and murder attempts. Following a clue in the dead girl’s diary, Di Salvo meets an unlikely ally in the form of the victim’s young sister, and as the pair begins to put the pieces together, he realizes that the school’s web of sex and homicide is more tangled then he ever could have imagined.

This 1978 Italian giallo follows this ace inspector who takes a tough case where a young woman has been brutally murdered. It doesn’t take long for suspects to begin to present themselves and some of them even end up being the young woman’s friends from school. As his investigation presses forward, more dead bodies start to show up and he finds himself trapped in a game of cat and mouse with the elusive killer. As more clues surface, this mysterious investigation ultimately leads the inspector to a shocking revelation of who the killer actually is and how this mysterious figure has to be stopped.  

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features its own indivual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The movie has been remastered in high definition transfer via a brand new scan of the original negatives, with extensive color correction executed in the U.S.. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio. This is another nice high-def upgrade by Doppelgänger and Scorpion.

Bottom line is, Enigma Rosso is the chilling mystery that follows a detective’s investigation into the savage assault and murder of a schoolgirl and the subsequent stalking of her classmates at their private school. Italian giallo plays a little differently than American murder mysteries because it’s more lavish and the theatrics are pushed to the limit. This movie nothing more than a simple murder mystery but when you add the stylized eroticism, nudity, blood, and plot twists, it becomes more of a grand watch. I liked the movie and it’s worth a watch but it’s nowhere close to my favorite giallo. The movie looked really good in high-def even though I did notice a couple of blotches in a few scenes. As far as the sound goes, it was crystal clear and just right. Enigma Rosso was another first time watch for me and it’s a movie that I probably would never have gotten the opportunity to watch if it wasn’t for Doppelgänger and Scorpion. Enigma Rosso will make its Blu-ray debut in the U.S. on April 10th.

Distributor: Doppelgänger Releasing and Scorpion Releasing

Run Time: 85 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)

Blu-ray Audio: Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / English Dubbed DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Subtitles: English

Special Features:

  • Audio Commentary with Historian Nathaniel Thompson
  • Trailers
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