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Whip & The Body [DVD] [1965] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004Z1G1
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,808 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Feb. 2007
Format: DVD
One of Christopher Lee's darker films -- and Mario Bava's more gothic ones -- is "The Whip and the Body," a sort of ghostly-mystery with a perverse twist. It suffers from a slack midsection, but it's still loaded with wonderful direction and tons of atmosphere.

Kurt (Christopher Lee) has just returned after years in disgraced exile, and immediately grates on his sickly father and mild brother Christian (Tony Kendall). Also it turns out that Kurt's ex-girlfriend Nevenka (Daliah Lavi) has married Kurt, but she can't deny her feelings after a Kurt whips and seduces her.

Then Kurt is found dead. Everyone -- from Christian to the servants -- has a reason to want Kurt dead, but no one knows who did it. And Nevenka is acting strangely, as she is visited and whipped by Kurt when no one is around. Is she the victim of a ghost, or something far more terrible?

Mario Bava knew how to make creepy gothic movies (a la "Kill Baby Kill"), but he gives it a perverse twist here. "Thhe Whip and the Body" is gleefully split between ghost story, murder mystery, and dark erotic story of S&M and personal obsession. This is not cheerful, family-oriented fare.

As with his other gothic movies, this one is set in a creepy, crumbling estate, full of dark corners, grimy walls, torches and weird coloured lights. It does suffer from an uninspired middle section, between Kurt's death and the coffin's unearthing, which is mostly Nevenka wandering around hallucinatng.

And the direction is very solid -- disturbed, stormy, slightly off-kilter, and peppered with perversely erotic love scenes. The sight of Lee whipping the clothes off a moaning Lavi borders on campy, but it just stays on this side, and remains darkly intense right to the creepy finale.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Puzzle box on 21 July 2009
Format: DVD
Great film by the master of Italian horror Mario Bava, The Whip and the Body has irresistible and genuine Gothic scares, combined with atmospheric camera-work and breath-taking scenery. The Whip and the Body is a unique film in many ways, but particularly because of the controversial substance it dared to bring forward. Don't forget that the year of release was 1963 and Mario Bava unscrupulously introduces characters with taboo-fetishes like S & M. The story is terrifically set in the 19th century, where Kurt Menliff returns to his eminent family after being banished for several years. The family's hate towards Kurt's vile behavior is only surpassed by their fear and only the gorgeous Nevenka has a secret desire towards his wicked sexual preferences. In a particularly astonishing sequence, he whips her repeatedly (and roughly...) before continuing with making love. Terror overcomes the Menliff family when Kurt is found murdered in his room and when the tormented Nevenka begins to see his appearance in nearly every chamber of the castle. One of things that Mario Bava is often highly praised for is his use of lighting, and this film features what is probably the best use of lighting ever seen in a Bava film. The lights give flair to the scenery, and help to give the film that picturesque cinematography that the former cinematographer creates so well. Yes the story was quite bizarre but it was different from the usually 60's Gothic horror films mainly because of it's twisted finale. Christopher Lee as usual was superb as the sadistic and recently deceased Kurt who may or may not be haunting his relatives. Actress Daliah Lavi was also fabulous and complex as the anti-heroine. Music, sets and costumes, all contribute to make the movie a very satisfying (and bizarre) viewing experience. Plus, who could dislike a movie with such an enticing title?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Simon Butler on 15 Oct. 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
A good Mario Bava gothic ghost story set in a creepy old castle with Christopher Lee as an evil brother returning to cause havoc on his brother & new bride-very good print-this version is uncut-for years the whipping scenes were banned in most countries. Great theme. If you like Hammer horror you'll love this but be warned-the whipping scenes are quite violent.
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
The film is magnificent, this Blu-ray is a joke. The colour grading and restoration work done on the transfer for this disc is a shocking mess. Everything is covered in a greenish, blue tint, black levels are off and way too agressive dust removal settings are producing false positives in virtually every scene with horizontal movement, erasing entire objects such as bed posts, door knobs or candle sticks over several frames. I have never ever seen such a bad example of automatic dust removal without any apparent QC to assure image details remains intact. What a shame.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Thomas B. Walters on 3 Jan. 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Whip and the Body is my favorite Bava film ... Its positively operatic in its gothic melodrama ... And so rich in colour and texture ... Well at least the film is ... This atrocity is both faded ( in regards colour ) and hideously dark so that none of the detail is visible in the whole film ... Don't misunderstand me ... The detail is there in the bright parts of the picture but as we all know Bava is full of colour and shadows ... And there's none here
Even Novenka and Katia's horse ride to the beach looks as if it is late late evening and nearly dark !!! ... Farcical ... Awful transfer ... Probably done by the same people who did Bava's Block Sunday for Kino as it has the same problem of being much worse than the dvd
Lets hope someone has the sense to do right by this classic and release a transfer done by someone who hasn't got serious eyesight problems and knows the film he is transfering
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