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Mario Bava Collection [DVD]

Mario Bava    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Mario Bava
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Starz Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Oct 2007
  • Run Time: 432 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VUVG2K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,956 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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More than a quarter of a century after his death, director Mario Bava remains one of international cinema s most controversial icons. Today his influence marked by stunning visuals, daring sexuality and shocking violence can still be seen in the works of Martin Scorsese, David Lynch, Tim Burton, Dario Argento and countless others in a legacy that extends far beyond the horror genre. This collection brings together 5 landmark movies from the first half of Bava s career encompassing the original giallo, a bold Viking epic, and his three gothic horror masterpieces featuring new transfers, original European versions, and exclusive featurettes to create the definitive celebration of one of the most important filmmakers of all time. The Mask Of Satan Audio Commentary with Author Tim Lucas Barbara Steel Biography International Trailer US Trailer TV Spot Poster & Still Gallery Mario Bava Biography Introduction By Alan Jones Black Sabbath A Life in Film: An Interview with Mark Damon Audio Commentary with Author Tim Lucas International Trailer US Trailer TV Spot Radio Spot Poster & Still Gallery Mario Bava Biography Boris Karloff Biography Introduction By Alan Jones Kill, Baby Kill! Curse of the Living Dead TV Spot International Trailer Mario Bava Biography Stills and Poster Gallery Introduction By Alan Jones Knives Of The Avenger Trailer Mario Bava Biography Still & Poster Gallery The Girl Who Knew Too Much Audio Commentary with Author Tim Lucas Remembering the Girl with John Saxon International Trailer US Trailer Poster & Still Gallery Mario Bava Biography Introduction By Alan Jones

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73 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Mario!!! 28 Dec 2007
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This is a superb collection of five early films from the Italian master of the macabre, Mario Bava.

First up is The Mask Of Satan (a.k.a. Black Sunday) which is about a witch and vampiress who is burnt at the stake and then resurrected, giving her the opportunity for revenge. This film features a haunting performance from horror icon Barbara Steele in the dual roles of Princess Asa and Katia. An extremely spooky atmosphere pervades through the entire film and the opening scene is particularly memorable.

Black Sabbath (a.k.a. I tre volti della paura - The Three Faces Of Fear) consists of three creepy stories, the most famous of which is `The Wurdalak' story - a vampire tale starring the late great Boris Karloff. This apparently was Mario Bava's favourite of his own films and it provided the name for a Brummie heavy metal band led by a certain Mr. Osbourne!

La ragazza che sapeva troppo (The Girl Who Knew Too Much a.k.a. The Evil Eye) is widely acknowledged as being the first `giallo' film. Leticia Roman plays a young American woman who travels to Rome to visit her aunt and then becomes embroiled in a murder mystery. There is some excellent black and white photography in this movie and there are lots of twists and turns in the plot. This film also stars cult actor John Saxon who went on to appear in such cult classics as Enter The Dragon, Cannibal Apocalypse and A Nightmare On Elm Street. La ragazza che sapeva troppo had a huge influence on Dario Argento when he directed his first film l'uccello dalle piume di cristallo (The Bird With The Crystal Plumage - recently referenced in Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof) and twenty years after La ragazza... Argento cast John Saxon in a significant role in one of his own giallo films, Tenebre.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential viewing for horror and film buffs 17 May 2009
If, like me, you are a fan of modern horror cinema and wish to know more about the roots of the genre, then this five film box-set featuring some of the key-works of pioneering Italian director Mario Bava is a good starting point.

In Bava's work the visuals play a significant role with evocative cinematography, lighting and scenery creating a singular artistic style. Gore and violence are kept to a minimum and are tame by contemporary standards, these films are characterised more by their tone and haunting sense of atmosphere.

The set starts off with "The Mask of Satan," a black and white, gothic horror classic starring the iconic Barbara Steele.

Next up is the anthology film "Black Sabbath", probably my favourite of the set, featuring Boris Karloff hamming it up to great effect. Watch out for what is surely one of the most bizarre endings in cinema!

Hitchcockian thriller "The Girl Who Knew Too Much" follows. A tense pace, arch humour and impeccable style making up for some shortcomings in the plot. Also of note is the fantastically cool theme song.

Viking mini-epic "Knives of the Avenger" is perhaps the weakest offering here, although it's enlivened by some inventive sequences (in particular the superbly-directed "bar-fight" between the two main characters).

Wrapping things up nicely is "Kill, Baby...Kill!" a superior tale of a vengeful spirit tormenting a remote rural town.

Picture-quality is reasonably good throughout with the films presented in anamorphic widescreen.
Extras are somewhat lacking, although the short introductions by Alan Jones are informative and illuminating. A documentary covering the director's career would have been a welcome addition.

Overall though, this is an excellent purchase which will reward repeat viewings.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only two of these classics have english soundtracks 10 April 2008
Contrary to the otherwise excellent review by Jeremy - only Black Sunday and Knives of the Avenger have english soundtracks... the cases do list the languages for the movies as 'English and Italian' but I think the english part only applies to the Alan Jones introductions. Still an excellent set - well worth purchasing if you have not seen any Bava movies before.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Bava Collection. 13 Aug 2009
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Italian director Mario Bava is quite possibly one of the most influential horror directors out there, his films have been an inspiration for generations of filmmakers. Besides being a far more economical purchase, the Anchor Bay/Starz Mario Bava Collection Volume 1 adds a pair of new Tim Lucas commentaries to the mix. For fans previously unaware of Bava, this new set is a great opportunity to discover one of horror's most artistic directors. A long-overdue showcase of Bava's amazing talent with a camera, Anchor Bay's The Mario Bava Collection, Volume 1 brings together almost all of the noted horror director's most significant films of the 1960s. This set includes Black Sunday, The Girl Who Knew Too Much, Black Sabbath, Knives of the Avenger and Kill Baby...Kill!. Though each of these films have been released before in various editions, Anchor Bay's tantalizing box set provides a fascinating compendium of the maestro of Italian horror's creepy cinematic visions, making it an essential package for Eurohorror fans.

Black Sunday:- The first film from this boxset is Mario Bava's most famous and well known gothic horror masterpiece Black Sunday. Before she is burned at the stake by her brother for being a witch, Princess Asa Vajda (Barbara Steele, Nightmare Castle) casts an evil curse on her family name. Centuries later, the bodies of Asa and her evil henchman Javutich (Arturo Dominici) are accidentally revived by Dr. Kruvajan and his assistant Dr. Gorobec, allowing the cunning witch to begin plans to possess the body of her lookalike descendant Katia (Steele) and kill the remaining Vajdas. Mario Bava's first credited feature is still the number one film of the Italian Horror renaissance, startlingly original and genuinely creepy.
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