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Sam Hell
PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2007 6:37 pm  Reply with quote



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2007 will make a poor man out of me.

From the Tim Lucas Video WatchBlog:

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Everybody's wondering what's going to be included in Anchor Bay Entertainment's forthcoming MARIO BAVA COLLECTION, VOLUME 1 box set (due April 3). Well, I've been wondering too, but today my friends at ABE sent me an itemized list of all the contents and gave me first dibs on sharing them with you, the Video WatchBlog audience. I recorded audio commentaries for a few of these titles last December, but even I was surprised by some of the contents! Suffice to say, there's some very welcome news here, so let's get right down to it. Here's what to expect from VOLUME 1:

BLACK SABBATH / THE THREE FACES OF FEAR
1.77:1/16:9 (both)
English and Italian versions with English subtitles
Featurette: Mark Damon interview
Tim Lucas audio commentary
International & US trailers
TV Spots
Poster and Stills gallery
Mario Bava & Boris Karloff bios
Bava trailers

BLACK SUNDAY
(This is actually the "Mask of Satan" version)
1.66:1/16:9
English mono with subtitles
Tim Lucas audio commentary
International and US trailers
TV spots
Radio spots
Mario Bava & Barbara Steele bios
Bava trailers

THE GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH / EVIL EYE
English and Italian versions with English subtitles
1.33:1 (English), 1.66:1/16:9 (Italian)
Featurette: "Remembering the Girl with John Saxon"
Tim Lucas audio commentary
International and US trailers
Poster and Still gallery
Bava trailers

KILL, BABY... KILL!
1.85:1 / 16:9
English and Italian audio with English subtitles
International trailer
TV Spots 1 - 3
Mario Bava bio
Bava trailers

KNIVES OF THE AVENGER
2.35:1 / 16:9
English and Italian audio with English subtitles
International trailer
Mario Bava bio
Bava trailers

The best and most surprising news, of course, is that ABE is adding the English language versions of BLACK SABBATH and EVIL EYE to the same discs with their Italian language counterparts THE THREE FACES OF FEAR and THE GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH. (I actually conclude my GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH commentary hoping that the English version will somehow become available someday -- so much for how "in the loop" I am!) Also good to know is that BLACK SABBATH will share the same anamorphic ratio as its Italian counterpart, making this the first time that the version featuring Boris Karloff's audio performance will be released on DVD, or in widescreen. These titles were last released on DVD by Image Entertainment back in 2000, so these new remasters should also reflect the improvements made in digital restoration over the past seven years.

The BLACK SUNDAY commentary is the same one I recorded for the out-of-print Image Entertainment release, so I assume the source material will be the same. The contents listing for the BLACK SUNDAY disc make no reference to the sidebar I wrote for the Image release about a scene exclusive to the Italian language version between Prince Vajda and Princess Katia, so perhaps it hasn't been carried over. I was expecting RABID DOGS to be part of this set, because I also recorded an audio commentary for it, so it must be coming out separately or in the second Bava box.

I'm told that I should be able to offer you a preview of the box set's cover art sometime in the coming week.


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sonny gaunt
PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2007 12:43 am  Reply with quote



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Great news-love to have 'em anomorphic
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The Reaper
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Yes, Rabid Dogs is being released separately on the same day.
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Nobodaddy
PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2007 5:31 am  Reply with quote



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Indeed it is. It looks like Tim just posted the information on his blog, so I'll put it up here, too.

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http://videowatchdog.blogspot.com/2007/02/more-bava-specs-from-anchor-bay.html



Also due on April 3 is RABID DOGS/KIDNAPPED, which will present the two extant versions of Bava's cult crime thriller, originally produced in 1975 but impounded when the production was bankrupted and shelved until a belated release more than 20 years later. Anchor Bay's disc will include the following:

RABID DOGS
96 minutes
1.78/16:9
Italian mono with English subtitles
Tim Lucas audio commentary

KIDNAPPED
95 minutes
1.78/16:9
Italian mono with English subtitles
Featurette: "End of the Road: Making RABID DOGS and KIDNAPPED" with producer Alfredo Leone
Mario Bava bio
Bava trailers


Tim also says that both the American and Italian versions of Mask of Satan are going to be included.

It should be one hell of a day for Bava fans.
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Zombie65
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I've been waiting for these to come out! Hooray!
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Borgosi
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I'd buy it for the english version of Black Sabbath alone.
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sweeeet Ahhh!
definite must haves
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Samhain
PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 9:23 pm  Reply with quote
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We DEFINITELY need a remasterd (both picture AND sound) version of 'Twitch of the Death Nerve'
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thedudeabides
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I love Bava movies.
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sonny gaunt
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Samhain wrote:
We DEFINITELY need a remasterd (both picture AND sound) version of 'Twitch of the Death Nerve'


Absolutely.
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Richard Bastard
PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 4:11 pm  Reply with quote



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my kids are going to have to go hungry for a week, is all. They can fill their minds instead with BAVA.
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Richard Bastard
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oh man, that looks great
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elric300
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I'm sold. New commentaries by Tim Lucas, English versions of BLACK SUNDAY and BLACK SABBATH make this a no brainer, even though I'll be double dipping on KILL BABY,KILL, as the Dark Sky release has a Lucas commentary and a sweet sounding feature with Bava's son Lamberto, revisiting the shooting sites.
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Nobodaddy
PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2007 4:17 pm  Reply with quote



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Well, this hurts a bit. This comes from Tim Lucas, again. From his Video Watchdog blog:

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I've just been notified by Ed Peters, the publicist for Anchor Bay Entertainment's MARIO BAVA COLLECTION VOLUME 1, that "the specs [for the set] have changed."

There's no nice way to break the news, so I'll just come out with it: I am now told that the English versions of BLACK SUNDAY, BLACK SABBATH and EVIL EYE will not be included in the set, after all. I'm not privy to the behind-the-scenes story, so don't ask; I've just been asked to make the announcement. I'm as surprised and disappointed as you must be. All I can say is that I hope my audio commentaries for the three films (and the attendant release of RABID DOGS/KIDNAPPED) will be added incentive enough for Bava fans to support the release of the new ABE transfers.


I still intend on buying the box, but that takes a bit of shine off of it.
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