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on 18 January 2011
Satan's Baby Doll is considered a cheap knock-off of Malabimba (coincidentally also directed by a man called Bianchi!). Made in the early 80s it features Mariangela Giordano (a respected actress who went through a period of starring in exploitation movies due to influence from her husband at the time) as a self-satisfying nun, and Jacqueline Dupré as a rather attractive young woman driven to kill by either her insane mind or the demonic spirit of a recently deceased woman. The film is slow by some standards, and it's not shot with a great deal of flair, but I did like the dark gothic castle/mansion setting and the strange bunch of characters that inhabit the place, each one messed up in their own particular way. There's a certain degree of sexiness injected by Bianchi, and a morbid tone underpins the proceedings. It should also be mentioned that the score is quite unique and adds to the atmosphere of the movie.

Shameless present the film on DVD in an anamorphic widescreen transfer, an accurate representation of the film's original aspect ratio, with Dolby mono sound. The image looks good for standard definition and I projected it to a pretty big screen with decent results - colours are not particularly saturated, though detail is moderate and overall the film seems to look pretty much as it should. Shameless have thoughtfully reinserted harder core shots from a scratchy German print to make the film as complete as possible - of course the picture quality drops during these shots but it only amounts to a minute or so during the course of the whole film, and I'd rather have them there than not despite their presence not necessarily developing the story in any way. Audio is Italian language with good English subtitles available for those who can't speak Italian. As extra material: There are a couple of alternate sequences, which are reasonable little bonuses, a text document detailing a biographical history of the aforementioned Giordano (adapted from an article that appeared in Shock Express back in the 90s), plus there's a massive trailer section for this and (I think) all of Shameless's other films - great fun to watch some of these and to check out which titles you may be interested in picking up. Finally, the company provide the cover as a reversible option so you can choose which side you like. Oh, and they've put in a nice little poster with the film's cool artwork on one side, and a Shameless cover gallery on the other.

The DVD is better specified than the US disc released a few years ago by Severin, and a lot cheaper too! Overall this is a very good release of a sordid little movie that can be enjoyed by those of us with odder tastes, and Shameless are to be commended. The only thing is, Shameless, could we have some of these films on Blu-ray at some point please?
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on 23 September 2013
I want to thanks Shameless for enjoying this little-known italian horror.The story and acting is really fun to watch.There's naked ladies, weird characters and strange music.This one is for all of You - Hollywood haters, trash and grind cinema fans.Highly recommended.
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VINE VOICEon 1 February 2012
The best bit of this disc was the trailer for a sex and cannibalism movie whose name I can't remember but must look up and order! Lots of nudity, explicit sex, straight and lesbian, and some heart ripping out and munching and much more fun in a couple of minutes than in the entirety of this film. Completely misleading cover as there's no devil anywhere. The triple X reinserts aren't remotely hardcore either so don't get too excited when the screen gets grainy. Okay, the naked beautiful faux-nun fondling herself isn't bad but there's a lot less sex than you'd expect. There isn't much gore either and what there is is pretty feeble. Most of the film is the cast emoting as loudly as they can. You have the nasty patriarch, blubbering servant who wants to save the daughter from being possessed by the soul of the dead (naked) mother in the catacombs -too late, the beautiful faux-nun, the doctor who... Oh never mind. The best bit is a sort of necrophiliac lesbian scene but that doesn't come until -spoiler- the end.

And I've probably made it sound better than it is. Dull, glum, and dull. Now what was the title of that opening trailer? Something with 'naked' 'cannibal' and 'queen' in it I think.
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on 17 June 2012
Satan's Baby Doll: Shameless v. Severin DVD

Satan's Baby Doll: Shameless v. Severin DVD
I hear the Shameless DVD has some extra footage that the Severin doesnt have, but still isnt the complete X-Rated Cult version.

Can anyone chime in on the Shameless DVD anymore? How is the video and audio? Is it comparable to the Severin edition?

I would like to get it just for the small amount of extra footage, so long as everything else is the same, if not superior.
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on 19 April 2011
this typical Italian fare i found to be one of those films that sped by. the dysfunctional family, the barking doctor, greed, revenge. Yep it's all there and the usual quota of flesh.
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on 22 January 2012
OK so this is based on Malabimba a far superior film. This has been given the usual Shameless treatment and has been lovingly restored. Great picture quality and all the usual fab trailers, but the film itself bored me to tears. There were one or two good moments but trust me - if you want to see a tacky possession film full of boobs and bums (and a lot more) then watch the original. This lacks all the charm of the other Shameless releases I've seen. Although it's interesting seeing the grainy footage they put back in from the XXX version. Maybe if the whole film looked that grimey it would add a certain something?
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on 20 May 2012
This another film i bought with the hope of seeing beautiful naked women. what on earth did i see, another cheap stupid film.
one wonders' just a waste of eye saw.
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