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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal BluRay transfer
This one will be short: if you read this, it is likely that you have seen B&BL several times, and that you view Mario Bava as a "grand maître" of world cinema.
But if you read this, it is also likely that you have always found available copies frustrating. Well, friends, fear not: Arrow, Tim Lucas and all that lot have produced an absolutely FANTASTIC transfer of...
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gore Among The Girls
This is an entertaining film despite the --at times very-- gory nature of some of the murders. The ladies are indeed very beautiful and the settings in the Roman winter lusciously opulent, the main one being a palazzo where a fashion house is based. I also loved the soundtrack and extras (on second disc) by Carlo Rutichelli, very similar to some tracks from The Joker Is...
Published on 22 Sept. 2008 by Ian Millard


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal BluRay transfer, 19 April 2015
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This one will be short: if you read this, it is likely that you have seen B&BL several times, and that you view Mario Bava as a "grand maître" of world cinema.
But if you read this, it is also likely that you have always found available copies frustrating. Well, friends, fear not: Arrow, Tim Lucas and all that lot have produced an absolutely FANTASTIC transfer of this masterpiece. The sharpness, the colors, down to the skin problems of some actors - it is all there. The foggy quality of the piece at times is also well-rendered - although it is the first time I have noticed the small cut that makes the killer disappear in the antique shop (Nicole's murder). This is a drawback of having such a clear copy.
But - to give you an idea: the last time I felt like that in front of a BluRay transfer was when Lionsgate released the original Dracula with Christopher Lee. This transfer of B&BL is THAT good.
Extras: a lot of them and overall a good and eclectic effort, but not perfect.
For example, it is great to have the short film "Giallo" directed by Ryan Haysom & Jon Britt, a tribute to the genre even if far from ideal, due to a screenplay that tries to be too smart for its own good.
The new documentary on B&BL, "Psycho", is a bit too intellectual but will be revered for the interviews of Dario Argento and Lamberto Bava. Those two icons of Italian cinema are more present in the panel discussion organised at the cinema festival of Courmayeur.
The two best extras though are first the complete version of David Del Valle's "Sinister Image" show featuring Cameron Mitchell. This is a really good career interview - but the peak is reached with the phenomenal "Giallo and Gender", literally a PhD lecture on the relationship between genre and gender. The giallo is analysed through the lense of sociology and the demonstration is sublime. I watched it three times already...Let us not forget the original trailer (restored) and the alternative American titles.

Overall, this is the ultimate edition of a classic, that will keep you happy for years to come! Highly recommended.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stunning set piece slayings with style, 28 Nov. 2000
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At long last an oppurtunity to appreciate Mario Bava's masterpiece in it's complete unexpurgated format. For years the only version of this classic giallo or thriller has been a toned down American market orientated print - now at long last it is there to be enjoyed for the gruesome masterpiece that it is.
Bava, a maestro for simple visuals and effects designed to sock and surprise his audience set the pre-cursor with Blood and Black Lace - which later was to influence Dario Argento, and across the pond Martin Scorcese, Tim Burton and Brian De Palma. At long last Bava, 20 years after his death, is being appreciated, for his talent. Hopefully more of his works will become available to a wider audience to be enjoyed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Arrow restoration of the key giallo film of them all, 17 April 2015
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orvuus (Birmingham, AL USA) - See all my reviews
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Arrow wins for giallo Blu-ray / DVD of the year! I have bought at least four versions of this film, with the finest of the DVD versions being the German one (Blutige seide). This easily surpasses them all, due to meticulous sound and image restoration. It is almost like seeing a new film, because images hidden in the murk before become clear, while at the same time the brighter, sharper picture does not take away from the magic of the film. One Blu-ray and two DVD discs are included, along with a great booklet with essays and a review (of the included film Yellow). I've not gone through all the extras yet, but a short "neo-giallo" film is included, Yellow, as well as interviews, a panel discussion, a documentary, and a new commentary by Tim Lucas. All giallo fans and Bava fans must have this! It is a work of art. All that remains now is for Kill,Baby,Kill to be remastered.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great release of a classic, 20 April 2015
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A. Griffiths "Adrian" (London) - See all my reviews
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The new Arrow BluRay of this Bava classic is a wonderful release. The Bluray disc has amaxing picture quality, such that the movei looks brand new. I never expected to see it this clearly, plus it's a real relief to have the English audio soundtrack as well, instead of just English subtitles on another language.

The film is a wonderful example of Italian style and ideas of the period (late 1960's) , telling the tale of a string of murders all taking place at a sophisticated fashion agency. The camera work is gorgeous, the sets, lighting and various actresses playing the fashion models all look fantastic. The murders are not overly gruesome, but they can be quite vicious, including death by a spiked glove and a hot stove as two examples that look particularly cruel. The overall atmosphere is of course down to the skill and visual style of director Mario Bava, and as a result of his vision, Blood and Black Lace has become a classic landmark in Italian horror and giallo cinema.

This Arrow release is jammed with extras, first of which is another version of the movie on DVD, and then several documentaries about the film and the giallo genre itself. These are all interesting although they do seem to cover the same basic ground. There are also audio commentaries and a booklet.

I am really happy that I purchased this release of the movie, and it definitely outclasses all other version (at least those in English) that I have so far been able to obtain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic presentation of a fine Bava film, 30 April 2015
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While my favourite Mario Bava films are still the Gothic horrors, this one is quite alright, and looks gorgeous, especially in this new restoration by the fine folk at Arrow. The colours are immensely rich and deep, detail is exquisite, with a pleasingly fine layer of grain that adds texture without subtracting from the clarity, and Bava's trademark tracking shots are more atmospheric than ever.
There are a ton of extras on the disc. Of these I saw Mike Mackenzie's video essay Gender and Giallo - I find his remarks on the giallo's relation to the social/political atmosphere of the time a tad unconvincing, I feel it is a case of drawing too much inference. But he makes some very interesting points on the differences between giallos with male and female protagonists.
In short, if you like this film and can play blu-rays, this is the definitive version of B&BL to get. The version currently available supports both A&B regions so even folks in the USA can buy and play this blu-ray.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking dark psychodrama, 24 Aug. 2008
This review is from: Blood & Black Lace [DVD] [1966] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
This is a very stylish and dark movie with a lot of striking imagery and some very vicious crimes. It's very intense and the plot is quite a twister. A good piece of very dark cinema.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gore Among The Girls, 22 Sept. 2008
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This review is from: Blood & Black Lace [DVD] [1966] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
This is an entertaining film despite the --at times very-- gory nature of some of the murders. The ladies are indeed very beautiful and the settings in the Roman winter lusciously opulent, the main one being a palazzo where a fashion house is based. I also loved the soundtrack and extras (on second disc) by Carlo Rutichelli, very similar to some tracks from The Joker Is Wild (I think now not available) on a vinyl disc not for public sale, which I recall having from my uncle (who met some Hollywood people at times) in the mid-1960's (that vinyl disc going under the title of the main track, La Dolce Vita).

Worth seeing for sure.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wildly stylish, fun and engaging, if not perfect, 28 Nov. 2011
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K. Gordon - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Blood & Black Lace [DVD] [1966] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
A great looking murder mystery that clearly laid the groundwork for later directors
(DePalma in particular), and has a fun macabre sense of humor to go with some
very effective tension.

Considered a masterpiece by many, I can't quite go there, with the bad dubbing,
some over the top acting, and a few silly twists. But that's not to say I didn't really enjoy it.

Someone is killing models at a high fashion house, and there are plenty
of suspects to go around.

Bava's use of color is wonderful, if not quite up to what he did in his own
`Whip and the Body', and there's also very effective use of shadows and
moving lights. Yes, many of those devices are now visual clichés, but
someone had to invent them, and Bava gets a lot of the credit.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Giallo masterpiece!., 24 July 2009
This review is from: Blood & Black Lace [DVD] [1966] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Mario Bava's seminal body count giallo was really the first film to merge the fashion world with ritualistic murders, and none of it's imitators have managed to capture the same level of intensity. Blood and Black Lace not only influenced and changed the giallo and Italian horror genre, but also managed to influence alot of great and talented filmmakers as well. In a way it seemed like Bava was like this Italian Hitchcock, his films were filled with suspense, great direction and sometimes some genuine frights like in Black Sabbath. Mario Bava's 1964 Blood and Black Lace is a stunningly beautiful piece of workmanship, crafted with obvious care and punctuated by some of the best violent ends, and with Lace Bava created the giallo form that would reign so predominately for the next dozen odd years in Italian horror cinema. Bava would follow Blood and Black Lace the following year with the ALIEN-esque Planet of the Vampires before returning to a more earthly terror in 1966's Kill, Baby, Kill!.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential viewing, 2 May 2008
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This review is from: Blood & Black Lace [DVD] [1966] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Classic Italien export. You don't know good dark cinema until you've watched some Mario Bava. One of, if not his best film. Not for everyones taste, but for me... heavenly.
Thank you Mr. Bava for this and all your other creations!
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