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Rabid Dogs/Kidnapped [Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD]

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  • Actors: Lea Lander, George Eastman, Riccardo Cucciolla
  • Directors: Mario Bava
  • Format: CD+DVD, PAL
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Arrow Video
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Oct. 2014
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00EZ6G4R8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,147 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Product Description

Following difficulties in his career Mario Bava happened across an idea that would enable him to compete with the younger directors lighting up the Italian box office such as Dario Argento and Sergio Martino.

Rabid Dogs begins as $70,000 of wages are being transferred when the Ajaccio gang hit. With a hail of bullets in a quick raid they speed off in their waiting getaway car. Tough, violent and realistic, Bava s film ramps up the tension and doesn t stop as hostages are added and the film builds to its dizzying finale.

Unfolding in real time, a rare device seen only in earlier films such as High Noon and 12 Angry Men yet totally unheard of in Italian cinema at the time, Rabid Dogs is a singular film in Bava s filmography and one of the greatest crime films of the period.

Special 3-Disc Edition Features:

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of two versions of the film; Rabid Dogs Bava s original version posthumously completed from his notes & Kidnapped the re-edited, re-dubbed and re-scored version, supervised by Bava s son and assistant Lamberto Bava and producer Alfredo Leone
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing on both versions
  • Audio Commentary with Bava biographer and expert Tim Lucas
  • End of the Road: The Making of Rabid Dogs A documentary featurette including interviews with Lamberto Bava, Alfredo Leone and star Lea Lander
  • Original Trailer
  • Collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Stephen Thrower, a history of the multiple versions of the film from Semaforo Rosso to Rabid Dogs to Kidnapped by Peter Blumenstock, illustrated with original stills and posters
  • Much more to be announced!

Review

One of the best of the Italian crime thrillers of the 1970s --DVD Drive-In

A collection of chilling litmus tests that repeatedly point to humanity's complex notions of moral decency and entitlement --Slant Magazine

Deserves to be seen --Diabolique Magazine

A collection of chilling litmus tests that repeatedly point to humanity's complex notions of moral decency and entitlement --Slant Magazine

Deserves to be seen --Diabolique Magazine

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Format: Blu-ray
This film starts with an armed robbery that goes wrong. The gang make the grab but are chased by the police. They get cornered in a car park and take an innocent woman hostage in order to make their escape. Then they car jack another car and demand the owner drive them to their safe house.

Sounds like a simple plot and to all intents and purposes it is. But the beauty of it is in the simple tale there is so much else going on. The gang are universally unlikeable - there is no chance of any Stockholm syndrome taking place here. Trentadue (Thirty Two) is a muscle bound lout who gets his nick name because of his allusions to his `man hood' (think centimetres not inches) his mate is called `Blade' because he like stabbing things - people mainly and Dottore as their sort of leader is just nasty, but with Italian flare. Most of the action takes place in the hi-jacked car but there is plenty besides and the tension is high end throughout. It also never runs out of steam - even when you think it has.

This dual format contains `Kidnapped' the updated version made after director Mario Bava had dies. It was a project carried out by his son Lamberto and both are well worth a watch.

The picture and sound quality vary at times this was because Arrow films have put this together from the best surviving versions, and it can be distracting but not fatal. The music is quite progressive for the time and the SFX like blood are very much of their time too. That said this is a little corker it just tears along and keeps up the atmosphere right to the end. This is one for film enthusiasts who love to remember how film has developed and also anyone who likes a good crime caper - in Italian with good sub titles, seventies fashion, criminal antics and loads of fake blood - bellisimo.
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Arrow KNOWS how to release Mario Bava films on home video! I have all the titles in the Bava releases because they offer so much more than the US versions I would buy. And "Rabid Dogs/Kidnapped" is no exception! Kino released several Bava films on blu ray in the US (Kidnapped being one of them) but they only release one version of each film (usually the Italian print) and not releasing the AIP (cut and dubbed for American audiences) because of legal rights here in the states (until now. They expect fans to double dip on each title). Rabid Dogs is the version (work in progress) that Mario Bava would have released (must listen to Tim Lucas' brilliant commentary to hear about it) but did not finish it. Years later his son Lamberto Bava finished what his father started and the title became Kidnapped. Both films are awesome thrillers (not typical Bava horror) with some good acting and action. I am so excited to see both films get the blu ray release. Arrow has such respect for Mario Bava and his fans. This is the ultimate version to buy! I am so grateful for having a region free blu ray player to be able to play these region B discs! Arrow UK has become my favorite for these Italian classics in the UK. Cannot wait to see what they have to offer us fans when Arrow US starts releasing titles!
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What an amazing movie from the dialogue(even though in Italian)the theme,the suspense.
I absolutely loved this movie and I will definitely be looking out for other Mario bava titles
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a tough , violent movie with a dizzying finale.
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