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Well worth buying.
on 13 June 2009
The first Bava box set was an excellent collection of the masters work, but if you already own the special editions then perhaps could be considered unnessesary. As with the first box this presents definitive discs in full uncut glory with supurb picture and sound quality, heres a rundown of the films.
Lisa and the devil/house of exorcism:
Starring telly savalas and elke sommer, a young woman stumbles upon a sinister mansion and its strange inhabitants in one of bavas most stylish, surreal and dream like pictures. The film was poorley recieved on it's origional release and later recut with added scenes to be turned into a fairly lurid exorcist rip off. Though this was pretty much trashing one of bava's artiest films House of exorcism is actually pretty fun and will probably satisfy fans of the more extreme ends of italian horror. Both versions come with commentary tracks, Tim lucas for lisa and alfred leone and elke sommer for house of exorcism.
Baron blood stars joseph cotton as the titular count in this amazing looking gothic horror that also like the previous lisa and the devil stars elke sommer. This one though slow in places is more a mood piece featuring great locations and cast, as the count goes about his murderous business. This one has a Tim Lucas commentary.
Bay of blood is legendary as one of the main inspirations for Friday 13th and much of the 80's slasher movie craze as an unidentified killer murders his way through potential heirs to a luxury beachfront property. Inspired by ten little indians this gore fest is loads of fun and quite suspensful and totally uncut. Features a tim lucas commentary.
Roy colt and winchester jack, like knives of the avenger is possibly the odd man out in this box,though well worth watching. This one is a great entry into the spaghetti western genre with brett halsey. Quite a rare film this is one horror buffs might not buy on it's own so it's good to give them the chance to catch this excellent western. Bare bones disc unfortunately.
Kidnapped/rabid dogs, is a nhilistic kidnapping thriller set almost entirely over one day in a car. Though considered 'unfinished' Rabid dogs is my favourite version, as the extra scenes shot by lamberto bava and alfredo leone don't gell for me. This is a pretty down-and-dirty nasty little crime thriller that is well worth watching. features a making of and tim lucas commentary.
5 dolls for an august moon is considered on of bava's least accomplished films but I personally think it's still a cracking giallo, starring the gorgeous edwige Fenech. Also you get sex comedy four times that night on the same disc, not one I would personally own if it had not come with the box, it's a fun movie but italian humour does not always translate well.
Overall an excellent box set worth owning if you don't have the films already. Does not look like another is due out anytime soon, so I guess Danger Diabolik will have to get bought seperately ( a strange omission from the sets!)