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Whip & The Body [DVD] [1963] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00FGAKEU0
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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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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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I don't need to review the film, we all know what it's about. I just wanted to say a couple of things about this Region 1 VCI version.

This version is non-anamorphic but it is a widescreen print 1.85 ratio. If you just zoom your screen setting you will get a perfectly acceptable widescreen picture that will fill your screen

Also, it is region free so will play on any machine. Hope that helps anyone wondering about the technical aspects of this disc.
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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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