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  • Actors: John Phillip Law, Marisa Mell, Michel Piccoli, Adolfo Celi, Claudio Gora
  • Directors: Mario Bava
  • Writers: Mario Bava, Adriano Baracco, Angela Giussani, Arduino Maiuri, Brian Degas
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Jun. 2005
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000228EJA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,031 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By T. J. Kennedy on 22 Mar. 2007
Format: DVD
This Italian crime caper is based on a series of comic books and, as you might expect if you're familiar with director Mario Bava, is a visual feast.

Absolutely stunning set design and rich colours dominate this fantastical kitsch piece of eye candy from the 60s.

It's not to be taken seriously in terms of plot and the performances, especially that of the wonderful Terry Thomas, are uniformly scenery chewing .

That, of course, is the main attraction of 'Diabolik'. It is very much of it's time and a must see for fans of Euro-Cinema from that period.

The DVD is of very high quality, with an informative commentary track, excellent documentary and a rather special music video homage from The Beastie Boys.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Cornish on 6 Jun. 2011
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Danger Diabolik is a classic! It was made in the late 60s, produced by Dino de Laurentiis, based on the Diabolik comics & brilliantly realises a fantasy world of a guy who steals for pleasure. Excellent acting from a leather-clad John Phillip Law & Marisa Mell with a special guest appearance for Terry Thomas! Best parts of the film: Diabolik in black leather and the revolving bed of money scene!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
A faithful comic book adaptation! 21 Jun. 2005
By Cubist - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Mario Bava was known predominantly for making classic horror films like Black Sabbath but he also essayed several other genres in his long, illustrious career: sword and sandal epics, science fiction and, with Danger: Diabolik, a comic book heist thriller.

In the first 15 minutes there is more visual imagination at work than most films of its ilk made today. Bava uses close-ups for establishing shots (a la Sergio Leone), unusual perspective shots and snap zooms. The veteran filmmaker elevates the standard premise that was so in vogue in the `60s with impressive sets, cutting edge fashion (for its time), cool cars, hot babes, high-tech gadgets and a hep, swinging `60s Euro-lounge soundtrack mixed with jazzy spy music by Ennio Morricone. Bava understood that film was predominantly a visual medium and he tells the story with a minimal use of dialogue (Diabolik rarely speaks), instead propelling the narrative largely through eye-catching imagery.

Danger: Diabolik seems refreshingly inventive today and has aged surprisingly well despite the `60s fashion and décor. You have to admire a film that has the balls to have an anti-hero as its protagonist who has no problem killing cops that get in his way, stealing from a wealthy elderly couple and living a decadent lifestyle. Bava's film fulfills all of the requirements of its genre-exciting car chases, sword fights and so on-and does so with a style and panache that is missing from today's movies.

There is an audio commentary by actor John Phillip Law and Bava biographer Tim Lucas. Law recounts some of his experiences making the movie (including working with his lovely co-star Marisa Mell) with a great, deep resonating voice reminiscent of Robert Evans. This is a very informative track with Lucas providing the bulk of the factoids and Law the anecdotes.

"Danger: Diabolik: From Fumetti to Film" is a 20 minute featurette that traces the film's origins from its long-running Italian comic book (or Fumetti). Legendary artist Stephen Bissette (Saga of the Swamp Thing) and Beastie Boy Adam Yauch sing the praises of Bava's film. John Phillip Law talks about how he prepared for the role and even does Diabolik's famous laugh. This is an excellent look at the film and Bava's skill as a filmmaker.

Also included is the Beastie Boys' music video for "Body Movin'" which samples heavily from Diabolik only to substitute the close-ups with members of the band playing the certain roles. This is a funny, clever video that is the hallmark of the Beasties. Yauch provides an optional commentary which repeats most of what he said in the featurette.

Finally, there is a teaser and theatrical trailer.
24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
What a blast! (Deep, deep, dooooooooowwwwwwwnnn...) 17 Jun. 2005
By John J. Baker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I was introduced to this lovely little slice of sin when it aired as the final triumphant episode of "Mystery Science Theater 3000." Unlike their usual verbal slamming of previous movies on the program, Mike Nelson and the gang seemed to approach this film with more of an affectionate teasing. Watching the stylish bank note lovemaking scene in Diabolik's swank underground hideout, I turned to my wife and said, "This isn't like the other Mistie spoofs. I would actually like to a version of this WITHOUT Mike Nelson poking fun at it!"

So for my birthday just a few days ago, my wife surprised me with a copy of "Danger: Diabolik!" on DVD. We were amazed at how many stunning scenes were excised from the MST3K version: Valmont gunning the snitch doctor for example, and most especially Diabolik and Eva detonating all those tax and debtor's buildings! That scene presaged the finale of "Fight Club" by thirty-two years! WOW! Tyler Durden IS Diabolik!

Let us not forget the peek-a-boo His and Hers shower scenes! This coy presentation of lethal sexuality puts that horrific Brad Pitt/Angelina Jolie vehicle "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" to shame!

Savory DVD bonuses include: The Beastie Boys' video "Body Movin'" - inspired visually by "Diabolik!" There is also a featurette tracking the development of "Diabolik!" from comic book to feature film. It features interviews with comic book illustrator Steve Bisette, Beastie Boy Adam "Ad-Rock" Yauch, and "Diabolik!" star John Phillip Law.

Many people in the U.S. are put off by Diabolik's amorality. This from the country that produces everything from the bone-headed Rambo and the monstrous Terminator to that repulsive vigilante "hero," the Punisher. The latter are presented as righteous figures, wheras director Mario Bava makes no bones as to what Diabolik is, a vain big-time thief and terrorist. His actions are not meant to be emulated, merely to be enjoyed as eye-candy.

As a sidetrack on morality. I find it repulisve that Arnold Schwarzenegger used his Terminator persona as a standard for his supporters to rally around, as though that killing machine was meant to be perceived as a hero! Has anyone heard tell of John Phillip Law using Diabolik in the same manner? Well? I'm waiting...

Marisa Mell is tasty as Eva, and the actors who play Jenko(?), Valmont, and the Minister of Finance deserve a belated round of applause. They all made the shady "Diabolik" a joyful, fantastic romp.

Like a pop-culture version of "Richard III," "Danger: Diabolik!" is the proverbial guilty pleasure. It invites you to revel in vices of theft, wealth, and stylized sex. You KNOW it's not right of course, but you ENJOY it anyway... MWAH-HAH-HAAAAAA!!!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Step aside Bond, Diabolik is here! 24 Aug. 2005
By Tommy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I will keep this short and sweet. Underground lairs, 60's sports cars, beautiful women, exotic locals, hippies smoking pot at an orgy and some groovy music. This movie has it all. Diabolik's underground hideout is 100% pimp with a car elevator, giant revolving bed, swimming hole that leads into the ocean, sexy see-through shower stalls and more! If I had a few million dollars, I would recreate his pad for sure! Buy this movie, it rules!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Exhilarating Gas 7 July 2008
By EddieLove - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
The Italian comic book comes to life in this incredibly strange and enjoyable picture. You know all those day-glo, pop-arty 60s misfires like Barbarella? This is what they were going for. It's like a nihilistic episode of the Batman TV show except that it's seriously sexy as well. Needs to be seen to be believed. Stick around for the commentary and extras too. (And this must be Morricone's craziest score.)
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Why would Paramount let this go out of print? 15 April 2009
By Jason P. Pumphrey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Don't understand Paramonut,they put out a nice edition of Danger Diabolik and let it go out of print,I was lucky enough to find a brand new copy at a Piggly Wiggly of all places when I was visiting South Carolina for only 7.99 + tax,this is after it went out of print so I feel so lucky,the quality of the Widescreen print is superb on this DVD,it also has some interesting extras as well,hopefully it will go back in circulation,one can hope,I'm so glad to ahve this in DVD as is my VHS got eaten(Oh ther horror!) FYI,this movies is based on Europe's Dibolik comics!!! A+
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