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RE: Mario Bava - Master Of Italian Horror - 26/10/2010 9:12:55 PM   
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Finally, we have official details on A Bay of Blood, which is due to be released on 22nd October!

Enjoy:

Blu-ray:

THIS AMAZING EDITION CONTAINS:

- Reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned art work

- Double-sided fold-out poster

- Collector's Booklet by Jay Slater, critic and author of Eaten Alive!

- Brand new high definition transfer of the English version of the film (1080p)

- Italian cut of the film

- Original Mono Audio

- Twitch of the Death Nerve Radio Spots

SPECIAL FEATURES:

- Argento! Bava! Fulci! The Giallo Gems of Dardano Sacchetti (1080p)

- Joe Dante on Mario Bava (1080p)

- Shooting a Spaghetti Splatter Classic: Cameraman Gianlorenzo Battaglia on A Bay of Blood (1080p)

- Audio discussion with Tim Lucas, author of Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark

- A Bay of Blood Trailers: 'Carnage' and 'Twitch of the Death Nerve' with commentary by Edgar Wright, director of Shaun of the Dead


DVD:

THIS AMAZING EDITION CONTAINS:

- Reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned art work

- Double-sided fold-out poster

- Collector's Booklet by Jay Slater, critic and author of Eaten Alive!

DISC 1 CONTAINS:

- Brand new transfer of the English version

- Original Mono Audio

SPECIAL FEATURES:

- Joe Dante on Mario Bava

- Shooting a Spaghetti Splatter Classic: Cameraman Gianlorenzo Battaglia on A Bay of Blood

- Audio discussion with Tim Lucas, author of Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark

- A Bay of Blood Trailers: 'Carnage' and 'Twitch of the Death Nerve' with commentary by Edgar Wright, director of Shaun of the Dead

- Twitch of the Death Nerve Radio Spots

DISC 2 CONTAINS:

- Italian Cut

- Original Mono Audio

SPECIAL FEATURES:

- Argento! Bava! Fulci! The Giallo Gems of Dardano Sacchetti



Wow!!! I think the commentary is on the R1 but good stuff all the same, I wonder what the Italian cut is like?


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RE: Mario Bava - Master Of Italian Horror - 10/11/2010 6:38:08 PM   
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Obviously A Bay of Blood didn't get released on 22nd October! It's now been moved to 22nd November.

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RE: Mario Bava - Master Of Italian Horror - 11/11/2010 4:36:57 PM   
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Obviously A Bay of Blood didn't get released on 22nd October! It's now been moved to 22nd November.

Have it on pre order and got the E Mail to say it was delayed.


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RE: Mario Bava - Master Of Italian Horror - 11/11/2010 7:50:20 PM   
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Now it's been moved to 6th December! Christmas present methinks !

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RE: Mario Bava - Master Of Italian Horror - 26/11/2010 3:36:23 PM   
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The release date for the Blu-ray of A Bay of Blood has now been moved to 20th December.

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RE: Mario Bava - Master Of Italian Horror - 29/11/2010 7:34:03 PM   
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The release date for the Blu-ray of A Bay of Blood has now been moved to 20th December.

Maybe get it just in time for Christmas????.


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RE: Mario Bava - Master Of Italian Horror - 7/1/2011 1:34:09 PM   
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Watched A Bay of Blood on Wednesday night. Here's my review:


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Mario Bava's A Bay of Blood (also known as Twitch of the Death Nerve, Last House on the Left Part II, and Blood Bath), a well-known UK video nasty, is considered to be the film which inspired the classic slasher flick, Friday the 13th. This is no surprise, as this Italian giallo has plenty of inventive and gory murders, as 13 cast members are brutally picked off one by one in this bloody fable on greed and death.

The film is tight, with fascinating cinematography by Bava himself, an excellent score by Stelvio Cipriani, a great cast comprising of cult actors such as Leopoldo Trieste, who would turn up in the infamous Tinto Brass epic, Caligula, OTT acting, and, as with many Italian horror films, ludicrous dubbing. But it's a good watch, and it's obvious that filming was a great time as everyone seems to be enjoying themselves in their respective roles.

However, the film is quite slow at times, with some exposition-heavy sequences, and drags to a crawl, which is quite frustrating.


Overall
Not the best giallo, but it's fun and entertaining, and is a good starting point for film fans who have yet to be introduced to one of the Masters of Italian cinema.



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RE: Mario Bava - Master Of Italian Horror - 7/1/2011 9:29:35 PM   
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Nice review, it does slow down rather alot in the final third doesn't it?  Still hugely enjoyable though, Bava just having fun, must get this DVD, as the old one I have is quite poor.

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RE: Mario Bava - Master Of Italian Horror - 15/1/2011 3:17:04 PM   
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ORIGINAL: paul.mccluskey

Watched A Bay of Blood on Wednesday night. Here's my review:


Reaction
Mario Bava's A Bay of Blood (also known as Twitch of the Death Nerve, Last House on the Left Part II, and Blood Bath), a well-known UK video nasty, is considered to be the film which inspired the classic slasher flick, Friday the 13th. This is no surprise, as this Italian giallo has plenty of inventive and gory murders, as 13 cast members are brutally picked off one by one in this bloody fable on greed and death.

The film is tight, with fascinating cinematography by Bava himself, an excellent score by Stelvio Cipriani, a great cast comprising of cult actors such as Leopoldo Trieste, who would turn up in the infamous Tinto Brass epic, Caligula, OTT acting, and, as with many Italian horror films, ludicrous dubbing. But it's a good watch, and it's obvious that filming was a great time as everyone seems to be enjoying themselves in their respective roles.

However, the film is quite slow at times, with some exposition-heavy sequences, and drags to a crawl, which is quite frustrating.


Overall
Not the best giallo, but it's fun and entertaining, and is a good starting point for film fans who have yet to be introduced to one of the Masters of Italian cinema.



Great review of a classic,i'd love to get the Blu-Ray of this one,my copy is part of the Box set released a number of years ago.


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RE: Mario Bava - Master Of Italian Horror - 18/3/2011 7:06:50 PM   
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BLOOD BATH (aka A BAY OF BLOOD)
 

 
Director: Mario Bava

First released: 1983 (although made in 1971)

Current status: Passed 18 uncut in the UK

Shockingly MarioBava’s classic film was refused a certificate by the BBFC in 1972 for it’s first cinema release and had to wait over ten years to finally get a VHS release in February 1983 on the Hokushin label. The film was removed from the shelves in March 1984 as part of the Video Nasty madness and became a collectable from The List. The film was finally released by Redemption in 1994 as Bay of Blood and had 43 seconds of cuts. The BBFC eventually allowed the film to be released uncut for the 2010 Arrow DVD/Bluray release.



Being a bit of a newcomer to Bava I must say I was highly impressed with this dark and unsettling mystery and yet cannot for the life of me understand how the film failed to even get a cinema release all those years ago. Here, Bava has created a horror film of the highest quality in every sense of the word and to not then go and learn some history of the great man I feel is an insult to his legacy. After all, it is said that Bava is the man responsible for creating one of the finest genres in horror, the Giallo. Bava studied to become a painter, and yet after helping out on his Dad’s films (his Dad Eugenio Bava was a well respected film photographer) Mario decided to enter the world of films for himself. Mario made a few short films in the 1940’s and moved on to be a cinematographer until the 1960’s and got himself a bit of a reputation as a special effects genius. His artistic background meant he was able to use colours and lighting ti exceptional effect and he was so good at it he was asked to do the special effects on the 1976 colour version of King Kong. Bava refused. He was so proud of his paintings too, and even used them in some of his films. In 1956 Bava stepped in to finish directing I Vampiri after the original director had a fall out with the studios,  the film was finished on time and also known as The Devil’s Commandment and went on to inspire a new wave of Italian Gothic horror. Bava went on to “save” two more films and eventually the studio Galatea offered Bava the chance to direct whatever he wanted and they would finance it.



Revenge of the Vampire (1960) was Bava’s first proper film and was in black and white. With films like Hercules in the Centre of the Earth (1961) and The Whip and the Flesh (1963) Bava really started to make full use of the colours and artistic skills he had as a painter, and Bava perfected his style with the following two films La Ragazza Che Sapeva Troppo (1963) and Sie Donne per L’assassino (1964) and finally the Giallo was born. Bava went on to make all sorts of films like Westerns, action films and even softcore movies, but his home was horror films and Giallo mysteries. His son Lamberto Bava worked as an assistant on most of his films from 1965, and Lamberto eventually became a director himself in 1980. From 1975 Mario’s films and popularity went into decline until his son asked his out of retirement to direct Shock. Mario died of a heart attack on April 27th 1980 aged 65.



But Bava left a legacy behind him, not only did he single handedly start the Giallo genre, many say it was this film (Blood Bath) that started the slasher genre. Watching Blood Bath it is not hard to see why. The film is delivered with exceptional style and vicious violence. Bava used his skills like no other in creating one hell of an atmosphere in a simple location in a bay. Budget restraints meant that most of the shots inside houses were done using houses of the crew, or a favourite villa of Bava’s was used as the Countesses house. Bava was only able to film on a small private part of land, however his skills with camera trickery were put to great use to create a much larger landscape. Supposedly he used branches to cover his camera’s to give the effect of woods, which gave the crew much to laugh about during filming. The film itself is a simple tale of double crossing and murder but told in a way that it never becomes boring or slow, and even though the film barely gets past 80 minutes, it is constantly interesting, intriguing and exciting. Countess Federica (Isa Miranda) opens the main story by what looks like a suicide. It would seem that she has hung herself, and left a conveniant suicide note, however other members of her family feel she may have been murdered for either her money or her land. Her husband is also missing and doubt and mystery consume the bay as family and friends point fingers and try to solve the mystery. Everyone who was in the Countesses will are involved in working out the clues and blaming the other person. Pretty soon violent and nasty murders begin to take place, with the killer never being revealed but with each death more brutal than the next. To say much more about the plot would honestly spoil things as this is a good old fashioned mystery where the less you know about the story the better.



However, the inclusion of a group of friends who visit the bay for a weekend away will not spoil the plot. It almost feels like they were added  to the film to give the killer a proper introduction, and allow Bava to include a few more deaths on screen. As soon as the friends arrive and settle in, they get murdered in specatcular fashion. In fact, the murders in this film are so influential, Friday the 13th Part 2 copied two of them scene for scene alike. A large meat clever is used in sickly fashion as it literally tears a chunk out of a poor girls neck, a spear is brilliantly used to stab through two lovers having sex and knives come out for multiple stabbings. Argento was supposedly in love with this film, and you can see it’s influences all over his brilliant work. Argento also stole a print of this film when it was first released in Italy. A friend of his worked as a projectionist, and Argento got him to steel the print, and instead the theatre played a different film while Argento kept his stolen print at home. Apparantly he still has it!



The music and style to Bava’s masterpiece is undoubtedly Italian, with strong European Jazz music used to create a dangerous tone, and every now and again the use of strong yellows and reds are used, much like Argento went on to make his trademark. But is it the incredibly forced use of dark and bright blues and serious blacks that Bava utilises best. Most of the film is either filmed at night, or as the sun is going down, and so there is little help from a bright, happy atmosphere. It is dark, moody and intense with all the actors giving surprisingly brilliant performances. Each character has his or her own personality and it would seem that Bava has left nothing to chance, making sure even the smallest characters get given the chance to made an impact. The guy who collects bugs is a great creation, a true oddball and Bava very very cleverly arouses suspicions on the whole cast before the final reveal. The film also has a very sexy mood, even though there is hardly any sex in it, the female characters are very seducing and feel almost porn-like. Whether this was intentional, or whether it was just Bava’s past soft-porn films shinning through I don’t know but the girls here are very attractive and pleasing on the eye.



Camera movements are put to great use here too, and tracking shots were created using a child toy, again due to budget restraints. Bava like’s to jolt the viewer into a sense of panic. His murders are quick, but horrific with the camera often panning into a sudden close-up to conjure up fear. One victim brilliantly lands on the camera after being strangled! Christopher Lee saw this film at the cinema and supposedly walked out in protest about the level of violence on offer, so that is testament to the films nature. Personally, i think the violence is carefully handled, is not too gratuitous as to be tha main draw of the film, and instead carries the film in the direction its creator wanted it to go. Considering when this film was made, it is well before it’s time and can sit nicely alongside horrors today. With more alternative titles than any other movie in history, Bava’s Blood Bath, or Bay of Blood as it is better known, is a tour de force in horror and one of THE most influential horrors of all time. For that reason alone, it demands respect. This was my first venture into Bava’s world and i must admit it is a truly unique and quite brilliant world that is timeless and clever. Horror directors clearly still learn from this movie alone, and even try to better it. Not many can.

Did this film deserve to be on the Video Nasty List: For its time, oh yes most definitely, the violence on offer here for all those years ago is quite shocking, although the quality of the actual films means that it is clearly not violence for violence sake and is instead a well crafted mystery that maybe the BBFC should have been a bit more leniant with



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RE: Mario Bava - Master Of Italian Horror - 31/3/2011 9:01:22 PM   
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BLOOD BATH (aka A BAY OF BLOOD)
 

 
Director: Mario Bava

First released: 1983 (although made in 1971)

Current status: Passed 18 uncut in the UK

Shockingly MarioBava's classic film was refused a certificate by the BBFC in 1972 for it's first cinema release and had to wait over ten years to finally get a VHS release in February 1983 on the Hokushin label. The film was removed from the shelves in March 1984 as part of the Video Nasty madness and became a collectable from The List. The film was finally released by Redemption in 1994 as Bay of Blood and had 43 seconds of cuts. The BBFC eventually allowed the film to be released uncut for the 2010 Arrow DVD/Bluray release.



Bay of Blood as it is better known, is a tour de force in horror and one of THE most influential horrors of all time. For that reason alone, it demands respect. This was my first venture into Bava's world and i must admit it is a truly unique and quite brilliant world that is timeless and clever. Horror directors clearly still learn from this movie alone, and even try to better it. Not many can.

Did this film deserve to be on the Video Nasty List: For its time, oh yes most definitely, the violence on offer here for all those years ago is quite shocking, although the quality of the actual films means that it is clearly not violence for violence sake and is instead a well crafted mystery that maybe the BBFC should have been a bit more leniant with



Well what a review of a true classic and a milestone in cinema history,and a must have for any horror fan.


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RE: Mario Bava - Master Of Italian Horror - 8/6/2011 8:08:08 PM   
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Blood Brides 1970 AKA Hatchet for the Honeymoon
John Harrington(Stephen Forsyth) owns a fashion gallery in Paris, specialized in wedding dresses and there are a lot of models working for him.But he also a mass killer who hacks up a bride's on there wedding night with a meat cleaver,so the face of his mother's killer (she died similarly) becomes a bit more clear with each killing. Compelled to discover the killer's identity, he kills again and again, even killing his own unloveable wife, who returns to haunt him as a ghost that everybody can see but him!

This is the blackest of black comedy,and shows that Mario Bava was still on top form in the 70's,even though some new talent from Italy was out to take his crown as king of horror,which he earned during the 60'sIn this film he served as his own cinematographer with smooth camera moves and striking compositions,we get a real visual treat and the result is as attractive backdrops,awesome scenery and a tense atmosphere in this beautiful horror film.The editing too, is creatively done,as is his creative and colourful direction and Sante Romitelli's memorable playful creepy score.In truth this is a creative reworking of Hitchcock's classic PSYCHO (1960),but in this case it's patently clear from the start who killed John Harrington's mother.And of course it opens with the voiceover narration "My name is John Harrington. I'm thirty years old. I am a paranoiac. Paranoiac! What a marvellous world. So delicate. And full of possibilities. The fact is, I'm completely mad."

While watching this i thought,did Bret Easton Ellis see this film before writing American Psycho,cause it's not that far off the same plot,also in the 80's there was a slasher called He Knows Your Alone,very much in the same vain,just more bloody.But this is by far the better movie,with Stephen Forsyth staring with chilling wonderfully brooding performance and makes his psychotic character strangely likeable.Also co-star Laura Betti, in a fiendish performance as Forsyth's domineering wife,who he murders,but only for her to return to haunt him.This is the main set piece killing  when faced with the prospect of a sexually charged wife, he goes berserk in a sexual panic, dons a bridal veil and applies lipstick, and in a perverted reversal of the wedding night, chases her around the bedroom and brutally chops her with his weapon of choice, a cleaver. This scene is the most graphic and bloody yet extremely mild by Giallo standards,but then this is not just a Giallo film it is a very dark comedy,as seen in the aftermath of his wife's murder,as the arival of the suspicious police inspector shows.He keeps returning to Harrington to clear up minor points of other killings,and inquires about the screams which emanated from the house just minutes before. Harrington covers himself by showing the detective a scream-filled horror movie (Bava's own "Black Sabbath") which just happens to be playing on television. The three other murders we see Harrington commit are very subdued compared to this, the gore and blood obscured by flashy visuals,and no where near as fun filled.

As usual it's Mario Bava's cinematography, production design and lighting that lift this straight forward film to a higher level,yet it's no classic compared to his earlier work.It still has that sureal feel that mark so many of his films,and like all his work it's beautiful to look at.And there are two great suspense set-pieces to give you chills,like  the scene where the killer waltzes with his next victim to the eerie tune of a music box in a shadowy elegant store-room full of truly creepy plastic mannequins in wedding dresses,and then the  scene where he talks to the suspicious cop while his dead wife's arm is hanging from the staircase and dripping blood onto the carpet.Love the dark humour in this,and would recommend this film to any horror fan,but more so to all the Italian horror fan's,as this is an underrated gem worth every penny.7/10

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RE: Mario Bava - Master Of Italian Horror - 9/6/2011 6:24:05 PM   
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Great to see a good review of this almost forgotten Bava movie and you also noticed the similairities to American Psycho! Maybe a lesser Bava but even his lesser films are fascinating in my opinion.


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RE: Mario Bava - Master Of Italian Horror - 10/6/2011 2:38:36 PM   
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I watched "Bay of Blood" last night and loved it, totally and utterly bonkers and what an ending?!?

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RE: Mario Bava - Master Of Italian Horror - 27/8/2011 12:00:05 PM   
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A Bay of Blood is moving to Arrow Video's new label, ArrowDrome, on 26th September so if you haven't bought the Special Edition, buy it now.

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RE: Mario Bava - Master Of Italian Horror - 27/10/2012 1:04:26 PM   
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Arrow have announced that they will release Dual Format editions of Black Sunday and Lisa and the Devil on 28th January next year.

Black Sunday Special Features
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of two versions of the film; ‘The Mask of Satan’ – the European version with score by Roberto Nicolosi & ‘Black Sunday’ – the re-edited and re-dubbed AIP version with Les Baxter score, on home video for the first time
- Three audio versions: Optional Italian, European English and AIP English re-dub and re-score
- English SDH subtitles for both English versions and a new English subtitle translation of the Italian audio
- Audio Commentary with Bava biographer and expert Tim Lucas
- Introduction to the film by author and critic Alan Jones
- Interview with star and horror icon Barbara Steele
- Deleted Scene from the Italian version with notes by Tim Lucas
- International Trailer
- US Trailer
- Italian Trailer
- TV Spot
- I Vampiri (1956) – Italy’s first sound horror film directed by Riccardo Freda and Mario Bava
- US I Vampiri Trailer ‘The Devil’s Commandment’
- Trailer reel – trailers of all the major works by Mario Bava
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
- Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the films by Matt Bailey and Alan Jones, illustrated with original archive stills and posters

Lisa and the Devil Special Features
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of both versions of the film: ‘Lisa and the Devil’ and ‘The House of Exorcism’ producer’s cut
- Optional English and Italian audio on ‘Lisa and the Devil’
- English SDH subtitles on both features and a new English subtitle translation of the Italian Audio of ‘Lisa and the Devil’
- Audio Commentary on ‘Lisa and the Devil’ by Bava biographer and expert Tim Lucas
- Audio Commentary on ‘The House of Exorcism’ by producer Alfredo Leone and star Elke Sommer
- Introductions to both films by author and critic Alan Jones
- The Exorcism of Lisa – Assistant Director Lamberto Bava, screenwriter Roberto Natale, Roy Bava and Bava biographer Alberto Pezzotta discuss the making of both versions of the film
- Deleted Scene
- Original trailers
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
- Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic and author Stephen Thrower illustrated with original stills and archive posters





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RE: Mario Bava - Master Of Italian Horror - 2/11/2012 10:19:35 PM   
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I hope they better the Italian DVD by also including full English subs. The Italian DVD did only have English subs for that particular scene which was never dubbed. I much prefer the Italian soundtrack to the English.
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RE: Mario Bava - Master Of Italian Horror - 23/1/2013 2:33:37 PM   
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Arrow have now accounced that they will release the Bava classics, Baron Blood and Black Sabbath, on Dual Format Blu-ray and DVD on 29th April.

Baron Blood Special Features
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of three versions of the film: Gli orrori del castello di Norimberga with Italian opening and closing titles and Baron Blood with English opening and closing titles and the European English export version audio, and for the first time on home video, the AIP version with alternate score by Les Baxter
- Three audio versions: Optional Italian, European English and AIP English re-dub and re-score
- English SDH subtitles and a new English subtitle translation of the Italian audio
- Audio Commentary with Bava biographer and expert Tim Lucas
- Introduction to Baron Blood by author and critic Alan Jones
- Trailers for Baron Blood
- Baron Blood Radio Spots
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
- Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Oliver James, illustrated with original archive stills and posters

Black Sabbath Special Features
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of two versions of the film; ‘I tre volti della paura’ – the European version with score by Roberto Nicolosi & ‘Black Sabbath’ – the re-edited and re-dubbed AIP version with Les Baxter score, on home video for the first time
- English SDH subtitles for English Audio and a new English subtitle translation of the Italian audio
- Audio Commentary with Bava biographer and expert Tim Lucas
- Introduction to the film by author and critic Alan Jones
- A Life In Film – An Interview with star Mark Damon
- Three Faces of Black Sabbath – A comparison of the different versions of the film
- International Trailer
- US Trailer
- Italian Trailer
- TV and Radio Spots
- Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic David Cairns and a substantial interview with AIP Producer Samuel Z. Arkoff on his experiences of working with Bava, conducted by Tim Lucas, illustrated with original stills and posters





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RE: Mario Bava - Master Of Italian Horror - 9/2/2013 3:57:52 PM   
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Arrow have now accounced that they will release the Bava classics, Baron Blood and Black Sabbath, on Dual Format Blu-ray and DVD on 29th April.

Baron Blood Special Features
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of three versions of the film: Gli orrori del castello di Norimberga with Italian opening and closing titles and Baron Blood with English opening and closing titles and the European English export version audio, and for the first time on home video, the AIP version with alternate score by Les Baxter
- Three audio versions: Optional Italian, European English and AIP English re-dub and re-score
- English SDH subtitles and a new English subtitle translation of the Italian audio
- Audio Commentary with Bava biographer and expert Tim Lucas
- Introduction to Baron Blood by author and critic Alan Jones
- Trailers for Baron Blood
- Baron Blood Radio Spots
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
- Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Oliver James, illustrated with original archive stills and posters

Black Sabbath Special Features
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of two versions of the film; 'I tre volti della paura' – the European version with score by Roberto Nicolosi & 'Black Sabbath' – the re-edited and re-dubbed AIP version with Les Baxter score, on home video for the first time
- English SDH subtitles for English Audio and a new English subtitle translation of the Italian audio
- Audio Commentary with Bava biographer and expert Tim Lucas
- Introduction to the film by author and critic Alan Jones
- A Life In Film – An Interview with star Mark Damon
- Three Faces of Black Sabbath – A comparison of the different versions of the film
- International Trailer
- US Trailer
- Italian Trailer
- TV and Radio Spots
- Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic David Cairns and a substantial interview with AIP Producer Samuel Z. Arkoff on his experiences of working with Bava, conducted by Tim Lucas, illustrated with original stills and posters





Now that's two films i'd pay money for again.

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RE: Mario Bava - Master Of Italian Horror - 27/2/2013 4:54:09 PM   
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I watched Baron Blood last week (it was one of the films I had left to watch in the Region 1 Bava Box set I bought a while ago).

Got to say it was a major disappointment. I know no Bava film ever had major money splashed on it and the cheapness is half the charm but the acting and make up are so poor as to be almost laughable.

One for completeists only I think.

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RE: Mario Bava - Master Of Italian Horror - 16/9/2013 5:26:14 PM   
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Arrow will release Rabid Dogs on Blu-ray on 11th November. Extras include:

- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of two versions of the film; ‘Rabid Dogs’ – Bava’s original version posthumously completed from his notes & ‘Kidnapped’ – the re-edited, re-dubbed and re-scored version, supervised by Bava’s son and assistant Lamberto Bava and producer Alfredo Leone
- Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing on both versions
- Audio Commentary with Bava biographer and expert Tim Lucas
- End of the Road: The Making of Rabid Dogs – A documentary featurette including interviews with Lamberto Bava, Alfredo Leone and star Lea Lander
- Original Trailer
- Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Stephen Thrower, a history of the multiple versions of the film from Semaforo Rosso to Rabid Dogs to Kidnapped by Peter Blumenstock, illustrated with original stills and posters
- Much more to be announced!



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RE: Mario Bava - Master Of Italian Horror - 17/9/2013 6:50:44 PM   
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ORIGINAL: paul.mccluskey

Arrow will release Rabid Dogs on Blu-ray on 11th November. Extras include:

- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of two versions of the film; 'Rabid Dogs' – Bava's original version posthumously completed from his notes & 'Kidnapped' – the re-edited, re-dubbed and re-scored version, supervised by Bava's son and assistant Lamberto Bava and producer Alfredo Leone
- Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing on both versions
- Audio Commentary with Bava biographer and expert Tim Lucas
- End of the Road: The Making of Rabid Dogs – A documentary featurette including interviews with Lamberto Bava, Alfredo Leone and star Lea Lander
- Original Trailer
- Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Stephen Thrower, a history of the multiple versions of the film from Semaforo Rosso to Rabid Dogs to Kidnapped by Peter Blumenstock, illustrated with original stills and posters
- Much more to be announced!



I did a review of this a while back, and it's worth adding to any collection of Bava films, a real gem.


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RE: Mario Bava - Master Of Italian Horror - 8/4/2014 8:41:27 PM   
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Dora suffers a nervous breakdown following the mysterious suicide of her husband Carlo, a drug addict who abused her. After a stay in a sanatorium, she is released to the care of her new husband Bruno. Dora, Bruno and her young son Marco settle down in the house she shared with Carlo until a more convenient location can be found, and strange events begin to transpire. Things seem to move and Marco starts behaving very oddly, not just seeming to have unhealthy feelings for his mother but striking up conversations with an imaginary friend….

It’s my belief that Mario Bava, generally considered one of the three kings of Italian horror – the other two being Dario Argento and Lucio Fulci – was possibly the best film-maker of the three, though much of his work was not critically appreciated much in his lifetime. Though I did review four of his movies when this website began, I don’t feel that I did them justice at the time [I like to think I’ve improved as a reviewer since then but I could be wrong!], so I will review one of his films every month or so from now on, as in my opinion he really is one of the great film-makers, and not just of horror. His work is usually stunning to look at, thematically fascinating, rich in black humour, incredibly well made considering the tiny budgets he had to work with, and hugely influential. Perversely, I’ve began with Shock, which was the last film Bava made for the cinema, the only reason being that it was the first one that caught my eye. It’s not actually one of his better films – there is a strong feeling that Bava didn’t put his ‘all’ into the project and that seems to have been true – and much in it doesn’t make much sense either, but it’s still an intriguing, if quite low-key, psychological ghost story that is also, as Bava set out to do every now and again, quite frightening.

Bava actually came out of retirement to make this film. His artistic masterpiece Lisa And The Devil had been released in a re-cut version that all-but-destroyed the original work, and Rabid Dogs was shelved a few days before completion when the studio went bankrupt. It’s understandable that Bava was disheartened with film-making. Shock actually began life in 1971 as an idea about a living house cooked up with Dardano Sacchetti, onto which Bava drafted elements of a true story about marital vengeance. Producer Dino De Laurentiis lost interest in the project but Lamberto later revived it to get his father working again. Mario and Lamberto wrote the script with Francesco Barbieri and Paolo Brigenti. Lamberto has gone on record as saying that Shock is more his own work than that of his father’s, who often walked off the set saying he was ill but possibly ensuring his son got directorial experience [interestingly, Lamberto's first solo film Macabre is almost like a non-supernatural semi-remake of Shock]. Star Daria Nicolodi, Dario Argento’s ex-girlfriend and star of some of his films, whom Bava specifically requested for the film, loved working with Bava and said that it’s her favourite of all the films she made. She went on to star in Bava’s TV movie The Venus Of Ille. Shock only did middling business at the box office. In the US it was released as Beyond The Door 2, an attempt to cash in the success of The Devil Within Her, which had been re-titled Beyond The Door for American audiences. Two minutes were cut, reducing the role of a psychiatrist, and in the process removing one vital scene, though you wouldn’t know it was missing if you didn’t know about it. These cuts still exists in many cheap DVD versions.

Shock opens with a virtual tour of the house in which most of the story will take place. The camera glides along at floor level going all over the place, and throughout the film Alberto Spagnoli’s camera is constantly prowling around and observing, often from a distance, creating a quietly powerful atmosphere of unease, an atmosphere where innocuous objects adopt a sinister aspect to them even when scary things aren’t occurring. Shock lacks the lush, even beautiful, look typical to Bava’s work, its more muted, realistic approach perhaps showing the input of Lamberto, though it must be said that Mario’s Rabid Dogs also adopted a style very different to Mario’s usual dreamlike, Gothic fashion, so perhaps his style was just evolving in the way Argento’s style became less over-the-top and in-your-face over the years. There’s no doubt though that Shock is a Mario Bava film through and through thematically, it being another of the director’s explorations of the destructive power of family [yet he seems to have had a happy family life] and the cyclical nature of violence, not to mention necrophilia, which he seems to have had a special interest in [and almost made a film about a true-life necrophiliac]. The story is really quite similar to that of The Whip And The Body, where a woman is haunted by her abusive husband, even up to the way it ends, though the approach is maybe more akin to that of Lisa And The Devil in that what is happening on screen is often ambiguous and can be interpreted in more than one way.

It’s actually incest which Shock dangerously skirts close to at times. We spend some time with the family in happy mode, but soon Marco is cutting up his mother’s knickers, spying on her in the shower, pining her down and mimicking sexual thrusting motions, and, in one of the film’s most startling moments, caressing his sleeping mother’s face and neck with a hand that transforms into that of a rotting dead person, presumably Carlo’s. The scene is shot from the point of view of Marco, and therefore it may just be a product of his mind, but then later on the boy does actually appear to be properly possessed, even if he more often just seems to switch places with his father. It’s up to the viewer to decide if the film is just carelessly or randomly written, or whether it’s intended to confuse. I would say it’s the latter – just look at the way Dora’s sightings of Carlo vary, sometimes being of just some invisible thing often waving a visible knife around [a scene which could have looked stupid but is really well achieved considering this was the days before CGI], though some things could have been clarified more. In any case, Shock often feels like a Fulci film with its languid pacing, unexplained deviations and scenes which sometimes go nowhere. One especially interesting and very self-aware scene has Marco do a drawing for the psychiatrist [this was the main scene that is missing from some versions]. The psychiatrist says it’s harmless and means nothing, but we know the drawing has dark implications and actually means quite a lot.

There is probably only one great shock in Shock, but it’s a good one, a superbly executed jump where Marco runs towards Dora and Carlo jumps out at her. Though this film is only mildly gory [a bit of axe violence, some startling severed fingers], there are some moments and devices in Shock that really get under the skin, like when Carlo is seen through the reflection of a glass table, distorting his face, and the whole tale, in whatever sense you take it, is very disturbing. Shock is one of those films where it would be wrong to reveal too much about the story [though I reckon some would guess the twist that occurs two thirds of the way through because it’s been used many times since], so I will be a bit vague here, but, after the hair-raising climactic scenes of what is mostly a very leisurely picture, the coda manages to be sad, even genuinely upsetting, yet also oddly touching at the same time. The surviving character will be traumatised for the rest of their life [and here the film recalls Bava’s A Hatchet For a Honeymoon too], yet their totally different perception of what is real may get him or her through it. I suppose it depends whether you think positively or negatively about such things. Bava had a nihilistic view of life [though not as nihilistic as Fulci’s], but also saw comfort in the unreal, the fantastic, even the frightening. In this respect, he was very much like another of my favourite artists in this area, Edgar Allan Poe, which Shock also seems to occasionally reference such as the old bricked up corpse routine!

While less attractive visually than most of Bava, Shock does have the odd pretty image, like when Dora’s hair floats all over the screen like she’s a more benign Medusa. Daria Nicolodi gives the performance of her life in this film, channelling aspects of her own near-breakdown after the end of her relationship with Argento into what is a very detailed study of insanity [or is it?]. It’s so good that one almost forgets the dubbing, which isn’t too bad in Nicolodi’s case though not so good elsewhere. John Steiner also does well as Bruno: he has a slightly sinister manner to him which adds to the unease. The score by the band The Libra is often very Goblin-like with its catchy prog-rock riffs, though it perhaps works best in its quieter passages, like when a music box tune like a nursery rhyme has distorted synthesiser noises playing beneath it. Shock only possesses a small amount of the elegance and gorgeousness of great Bava, and it can’t help seeming like a compromised work where Lamberto’s influence, whether it extended to directing most of the film or not, was as strong as Mario’s. However, it still has that compulsive feeling of dread that exists in all of Mario’s horror films, and stays lodged in the mind for far longer than most films along similar lines today. This is partly because, I suppose, lots of jump scares and gore may work wonders on first viewing but can’t help but diminish in effect with successive watches, while unsettling moodiness and a really cruel story will always remain as powerful as ever.

Rating: 7.5/10

Apologies for large pic, just can't reduce them on here though can on HCF.

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