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Night of the Devils [DVD] [1972] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Gianni Garko    DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Gianni Garko
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Raro Video USA Ltd.
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Sep 2012
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008H1Q3JG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,554 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This once very obscure Italian/Spanish film (titled at source as La Notte dei Diavoli) is based on the 'wurdulak' legend - a vampiric creature originating, I believe, from either European or Russian mythology, who returns from the grave to sacrifice loved ones, bringing them into the netherworld, in order to combat the loneliness of limbo death. In the film a man (driven insane, Lovecraft-style, and recalling the tale in flashback) crashes his car when he believes he sees an elderly woman crossing the vehicle's path, someone who is nowhere to be seen when he emerges from the damaged motor. Wandering off in search of help that can't initially be found he discovers a local man who, after an amiable discussion, offers to let him stay at his house for the night. There he finds a family in the midst of perpetual fear as each evening a recently deceased family member returns to the building to summon them. The dead person seeks company in its lonely ethereal world paradoxically by killing those loved during life, and our protagonist finds himself apparently unable to escape this increasingly threatening and supernaturally plagued environment.

The film was once virtually impossible to find on home video formats (although of note, there was a soundtrack CD available in Italy) - it deserves to be seen by a wider audience and the Euro horror crowd (of which I am one) in particular should be appreciative of any such release. Raro Video (their US arm) have struck a new high definition transfer for this Blu-ray and it is sumptuous. Detail is advanced over anything standard definition can produce in a delicate fashion, rather than looking overly sharp.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Raro release 3 July 2013
The quality of the Raro release is actually very good (one other review here is clearly not of the Raro disc.) All in all it may seem rather tame to todays viewers but I remember finding this all rather unsettling and disturbing when I first saw it over 35 years ago. A retelling of Tolstoy's "The Wurdulak" set in the former Yugoslavia the film is still creepy and showcases some gory special effects courtesy of Carlo Rambaldi and a score by Giorgio Gaslini featuring the vocal talent of Edda Dell'Orso. Manuel Berebuer's cinamatography is preseved in a crisp 2.35:1 print and a choice of Italian (with optional English subtitles) and English language soundtracks is included. Having said that the dubbed English language version is quite distorted and probably not the best option for viewing this film. Despite this I would recommend that fans of Italian horror of the 1970's should consider snapping this up.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy and engaging 16 Mar 2013
My son picked this up for me last July at Comic Con and I have only just got round to watching it. It is Region 2 (UK) and an old plain silver DVD. The film features the original Italian dialogue and is also dubbed adequately in English. I say adequately as when Nicholas gets to the house in the woods and knocks on the door the knocking sound starts before the action and also ends before it does. Otherwise its not a bad dub. Obviously its no good for lip readers as they're all speaking Italian. The picture quality is VHS, definitely not high definition yet.
The story is about a businessman; English or American, who gets lost in the woods in Yugoslavia and stumbles across a family who are being plagued by a wurdulak, a sort of vampire or revenant that preys on its loved ones after death to save itself from being lonely in the afterlife. You won't see any fangs in this movie but some necks get bitten and blood is spilled, and consumed.
I have a lot of low budget American vampire films in my collection and most of them are rubbish but this despite the picture quality is very good. There are probably about a dozen cast members, all unknown to the general movie audience but they combine well to create an aura of genuine menace in depicting this family in the woods who live every night behind barred doors and shuttered windows and fear the knock after dark.
If you're a fan of a good story or just love vampire movies then this is one you will want to see.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ferroni's Undead Reboot 6 Jan 2013
By William Amazzini - Published on
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
When I had read throughout various Euro Cult Cinema websites that Raro Video USA was releasing Director Giorgio Ferroni's 'THE NIGHT OF THE DEVILS' aka 'LA NOTTE DEI DIAVOLI"-1972 on BluRay , I shivered with anticipation. Available for over a decade in inferior VHS and DVD bootlegs, the film can now be fully appreciated in its wonderful 2.35 glory with updated English subtitles and gorgeous DTS-HD MA 2.0 audio. Director Ferroni touched many genres including sword and sandal and a quartet of Spaghetti Westerns with actor Giuliano Gemma but only made two entries in the Horror/Thriller genre, this one and the wonderfully atmospheric 'MILL OF THE STONE WOMEN' aka 'IL MULINO DELLE DONNE DI PIETRA'- 1960 available in a beautiful transfer from the Mondo Macabro label. The short story by Tolstoy 'THE WURDALAK' was unforgettably lensed as part of a horror trilogy by Horror maestro Mario Bava in 'BLACK SABBATH' aka 'I TRE VOLTI DELLA PAURA'-1963 starring Boris Karloff but now Ferroni reboots the tragic family tale into a modern setting somewhere in the Hungarian countryside. By having our protagonist confined to an insane asylum, we are allowed to experience the nightmare in flashback culminating in an exciting climax at the fade out. The cast is excellent: Gianni Garko who is known to Euro fans as the classic Western character Sartana : the stunning Agostina Belli who made many genre titles including Director Edward Dymitryk's infamous version of 'BLUEBEARD'-1972 (wait till you see her beautiful blue eyes in Blu-Ray) and other familiar faces including a wonderful cameo by actress Maria Monti who plays the eerie witch of the town. Monti also acted in Bava's 'DROP OF WATER' episode in 'BLACK SABBATH' .as the spiritualist's housekeeper. The true scene stealer is child actress Cinzia De Carolis who plays Irena predating the child vampires from such films as Neil Jordan's 'INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE' -1994 and Director Tomas Alfredson's 'LET THE RIGHT ONE IN'-2008 among others. De Carolis who also played in Director Dario Argento's 'THE CAT OF NINE TAILS' aka 'IL GATTO A NOVE CODE'-1971 as blind Karl Malden's sidekick plays her vampire role with animalistic gusto and is hard to shake after the film fades to black. I purchased this through a company called Fictions because it seems Raro Video keeps postponing the release through Amazon so scoff it up while you can, it arrives in good condition and it is a US release not an import. The release has a few extras including an unnecessarily loud introduction to the film by Fangoria magazines Chris Alexander and an interview with composer Giorgio Gaslini who seems annoyed with his interviewer throughout the Q's & A's. There is a booklet included with the same Q & A interview with Gaslini and liner notes by Alexander. Highly recommended for Euro Horror and vampire film fans, Raro Video should be commended for bringing this rarity into the digital age showing how Britain's Hammer Films were not the only memorable studios releasing excellent product in the late sixties/early seventies.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Eurohorror film 1 Mar 2013
By Duspan - Published on
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I was truly entertained by this lost masterpiece. Takes me back to Saturday night movie marathons (which no longer exists thanks to dumbed down American Idol TV wanting audiences). Raro Entertainment's restoration of this film is right on par with a Criterion quality release, be proud, very proud. What I got out of this film is that this is not a zombie move. It's not a werewolf, it's something in between.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Night of the Devils 13 Dec 2012
By Carlos E. Velasquez - Published on
Giorgio Ferroni (1908-1981) was an Italian director that helmed almost every kind of genre of films, including war, ancient Rome, Mythology, and more. He also made incursions into the then popular culture of Italian horror movies during the early seventies, a great result being the penetrating and electrifying "The Night of the Devils."

Gianni Garko, who we meet at the beginning of the movie after being found in the wild and taken to the hospital, is Nicola, the unlucky fellow who crashes his car in the woods, trying to avoid a lady that crossed his way. He looks for help at the closest town that he is able to find. Only that this town is almost deserted - and there is a good reason for it. The only family left is the one led by Gorca (Bill Vanders), who has told his family that if he doesn't show up at a certain time to the house, to not let him back in, because he will kill them all. Many that have done so in town have had that experience, and met a horrible dead. It is the curse of Vourdalak, that is, incorporeal material creatures, which has taken over the community and created a never-ending chain of death. Nicola, of course, is incredulous, but he will learn the hard way. In addition, things get complicated when he falls for Sdenka (Agostina Belli), Gorca's beautiful daughter.

The film is dark and the atmosphere is eerie, like a good horror flick should be. It also has some nudity, as it was required during those years in Italian Cinema, and it has survived the test of time as a Euro-Horror classic. The Blu-ray edition features interviews with Chris Alexander (Fangoria Magazine) and composer Giorgio Gaslini, and a great booklet with the story of the film and its director. (Italy / Spain, 1972, color, 93 min plus additional materials). Reviewed on December 3, 2012 by Eric Gonzales for RaroVideo Blu-ray
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Blu-ray. 17 April 2013
By Chasemouse - Published on
I'm not sure what the deal is here but every time I click on this title Amazon does not have it in stock so I feel an urge to speak up. As of this writing the THE NIGHT OF THE DEVILS Blu-ray is still in print and can be purchased directly from Raro (that's how I got mine). Look them up. It's a fantastic disc. Show them your support. It's also worth liking them on Facebook. You not only get product updates but they sometimes offer a free bonus DVD with purchase. And no I don't work for the company I just dig what they are doing. Hopefully Amazon will clear this issue up (more sales for Raro) but it's been going on for months.
4.0 out of 5 stars funny business 14 Nov 2013
By Gpeezy1 - Published on
What's the deal. I had this blu-ray on pre-order then I was notified that it was no longer available? I couldnt get it. Now I see its on blu-ray. Amazon should work that glitch out. I wonder how much this DVD company lost sales revenue. Also I told some friends I was waiting for Night of the Devils for us to watch, this made me look foolish. I have another Raro :blu ray disc of 80's sub titled italian horror. It is a nice transfer to watch but I wouldnt say that it's the greatest.
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