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The film kicks off with a murder followed by a suicide.
After a brief introduction to some of the residents and key characters of the thinly populated bay, a group
of teens arrive at the lakeside location for some recreational fun-time.
From the moment they arrive you become aware that they are being watched.
The story though is centered around the chase to claim the murdered Countess's legacy, wealth enough
to kill for.
Meanwhile the fun loving teens start to become the victims of the killing spree very quickly.
In truth there are many suspects to choose from as the story and killings continue, and the body count mounts
The victims all have a bloody end as the possible estate claimants become fewer,the film does have a satisfying
twist at the end.
An Italian made movie pretty typical of the material that was being turned out by both European and American
film makers during the early 70's into the early 80's.
Some pretty graphic killings but in truth little tension, the script and story-line perhaps a little thin.
Okay for a one-off viewing.
The Blu-ray upgrade is good with the close-up scenes, a little grainy on the distance shots.
The film does have many features along with a booklet.
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A Bay of Blood is a great Italian Slasher, and Arrow have done a brilliant job with the Blu-ray transfer, and well worth the upgrade, it gets a huge 5/5 from me, even the dark scenes are pretty flawless. And you can watch an alternate Italian version.
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Love this video nasty great film imo not the best or to everyone's liking but suits me
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on 9 June 2015
it was a very good dvd and i enjoyed this very much from malcolm hicklin
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on 7 April 2017
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on 5 March 2015
Arrow Blu-ray. A beautiful, elegant Bava film. Is there any other kind?...violence so frequent, so energetic, so in the face that it becomes a black comedy in mere moments, edited with panache, a verve for the macabre. But the blu ray, for all it's sharpness and crisp detail in abundance, is distinctly too bright, beneath a sheen of heightened light levels regardless of the scenario in question. The black levels are such that almost all the interior shots where blacks & solid shadows are prominent (and these scenes are frequent throughout) particularly in the foreground, are all awash with brightness & are greyed out. So although you get bright detail for close-ups and graphic moments, the black areas are deadened with light. Which to me, undermines the whole. The superb soundtrack and the eye of Bava saves the blu ray from being a waste of an upgrade. The italian version and the extras compensate.

The italian print, though of lower grainier and non HD quality, has on this blu ray a superior denser level of black, and dare i say, fuller mono sound. Apparently the film was shot english and italian as separate entities, and the italian certainly feels more natural in fluidity of dialogue and the tempo overall.The one obvious flaw with the italian print is that the contrast is actually too high, and whites tend to become burning areas of blur. A middle ground print that exemplifies the black solids and the even temper of the other colours would be welcomed.

The usual dubbed mono soundtrack is very quiet or loud. The italian track on the italian print has occasional roughness or treble issues but is more pert, apparent than the american one. Extras and other variations of covers are appealing add ons, the interviews insightful, the Edgar Wright appreciation may attract newer fans. But i cannot forget the bugging lack of blackness to that main feature HD. The detail may well be an improvement, comparatively, i have a number of prints on dvd and they all vary in colour and contrast, but as to being superior remastering, it is not as final or definitive as it might be.
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on 7 February 2016
Awful. Not a fan of this suspense-free snore fest. Others may enjoy it, but not me.
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on 13 March 2017
Thankyou will order again!
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NB: As is their wont, Amazon have bundled together the reviews for various editions and formats of this title. This review refers to Anchor Bay's US NTSC DVD.

A Bay of Blood aka Twitch of the Death Nerve is something of an endurance feat that seems more interesting for its influence on the splatter movie genre (in particular the Friday the 13th series) than as a film. It's light on plot for a giallo, being little more than a collection of gruesome sudden deaths, some, like the opening murder of a woman in a wheelchair, imaginative, others less so, all related to various unpleasant characters out to control the rather grotty looking bay of the title to either redevelop it or preserve its natural beauty. The plot is largely thrown away in a series of flashbacks in the last couple of reels, but seems little more than an excuse for the killings, which are exercised with surprisingly little atmosphere: until the finale there's no real build up or suspense, just multiple murders from multiple murderers. There's also surprisingly little flair to it all, leaving a film that's not much better than the very average splatter movie. Still, at least there's some fun to be had from a duplicitous lawyer being dubbed in the American version by someone doing what sounds like a Gregory Peck impersonation.
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on 16 June 2005
A truly inspired piece of cinema from the mighty Mario Bava. This film set the standards for Halloween, Friday 13th and pretty much every horror film after. Bay of Blood is the original, ultimate stalk and slasher experience. Check it out!Also, which is funny for a film like this, the plot is fantastic and actually took me 2 views to work out what was happening. Great fun if you love horror. And the cinematography is beautiful.
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