Kino Classics Press Release: Black Sabbath -and- Kidnapped (DVD)

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    [​IMG] Kino Classics Releases Mario Bava's Black Sabbath and Kidnapped on Blu-ray and DVD

    Blu-ray and DVD editions, mastered in HD from original 35mm elements, will become available on July 16



    [​IMG] [​IMG] New York, NY - July 3, 2013 - Kino Classics is proud to announce the Blu-ray and DVD releases of two more horror classics from Mario Bava: Black Sabbath, starring the great Boris Karloff; and Kidnapped, for decades a lost film before being restored and released again by producer Alfredo Leone and Bava's son, Lamberto Bava. Now, Kino Classics brings these two works from one of the masters of the horror genre to Blu-ray and DVD in HD transfers from original 35mm elements.

    Black Sabbath is mastered in HD from the 35mm negative of the uncut international version, and is presented in its original Italian language soundtrack with optional English subtitles. Special features include original trailers of other Bava films.

    Kidnapped is mastered in HD from an archival 35mm print, and is presented in its original Italian language audio with optional English subtitles. The disc also includes original trailers of other Bava films.

    Both Black Sabbath and Kidnapped are set to street on July 16, 2013, with individual SRPs of $24.95 each for the Blu-ray editions and $19.95 each for the DVD editions.

    Acknowledged as one of the genre's
    true masters, Mario Bava combined a distinct visual style with strong sense for atmospheric horror to create a compelling and original body of work that still retains its power for audiences today. Black Sabbathand Kidnapped stand as two of his most important works, and Kino Classics is proud to bring them to Blu-ray and DVD in editions that do justice to Bava's masterful eye for design and cinematography.

    Black Sabbath is one of the great
    [​IMG]horror anthology films, consisting of three segments, one of which stars genre icon Boris Karloff. Black Sabbath was Bava's personal favorite of his own films, and solidified his reputation as Europe's maestro of the macabre.

    In "The Telephone", a woman is haunted by menacing phone calls from a former lover. "The Wurduluck" stars Boris Karloff as a vampire hunter whose family is stalked by the wandering spirit of an undead ghoul. "A Drop of Water" involves a nurse who steals a ring from a corpse - not realizing the curse that is carried with it.

    This Kino Classics edition showcases Bava's original European cut of the film (I tre volti della paura, or Three Faces of Fear), before it was re-edited and re-scored for American release.


    [​IMG] Kidnapped is a brutal tale of abduction and psychological torment. It tells the story of a criminal gang who take a man, woman, and a sick child hostage after their robbery goes wrong. Bava, in a departure from his usual, audacious visual style, keeps the action claustrophobic, and the tension tightly wound, building the film to its unexpected - and unforgettable - finale.

    Kidnapped had a troubled post-production history. Shot in the mid-1970s, it was, for decades, considered a lost film, having been shut down near the end of production after the death of its principal investor. However, years later, producer Alfredo Leone (Lisa and the Devil) and Mario's son, filmmaker Lamberto Bava, rescued the footage and brought the long-abandoned project to fruition, allowing the film to see the light of day again and be re-introduced to audiences.

    For more information on Black Sabbath and Kidnapped, or to request press screeners for review, please contact Matt Barry at (212) 629-6880 ormbarry@kinolorber.com

    BLACK SABBATH

    Special Features:
    Mastered in HD from the 35mm negative of the uncut international version
    Italian with optional English subtitles
    Original trailers of other Bava films

    Technical Specs:
    Italy / 1963 / Color / 92 mins. / 1.78:1 / 1920x1080p

    Directed by Mario Bava
    Produced by Salvatore Billitteri and Paolo Mercuri
    Screenplay by Mario Bava, Alberto Bevilacqua and Marcello Fondato
    Based on stories by Ivan Chekhov, F.G. Snyder, and Aleksei Tolstoy
    Photographed by Ubaldo Terzano
    Music by Roberto Nicolosi
    With Boris Karloff, Michèle Mercier, Lidia Alfonsi, Mark Damon, Susy Andersen

    Genre: Horror
    Street date: July 16, 2013
    Blu-ray SRP: $24.95
    DVD SRP: $19.95

    KIDNAPPED
    Special Features:
    Mastered in HD from an archival 35mm print
    Italian with optional English subtitles
    Original trailers of other Bava films

    Technical Specs:
    Italy / 1974/2001 / Color / 92 min. / 1.78:1 / 1920x1080p

    Directed by Mario Bava
    Produced by Lamberto Bava, Alfredo Leone, and Roberto Loyola
    Screenplay by Alessandro Parenzo
    Director of Photography: Mario Bava and Emilio Varriano
    Music by Stelvio Cipriani
    With Riccardo Cucciolla, Don Backy, Leo Lander, Maurice Poli, George Eastman

    Genre: Horror
    Street date: July 16, 2013
    Blu-ray SRP: $24.95
    DVD SRP: $19.95

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  2. Thomas T

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    I wish Kino had used the U.S. version of Black Sabbath as well as the European cut for two reasons. So we could actually hear Karloff's voice rather than an anonymous Italian actor and for Les Baxter's superior underscore. Both Black Sabbath and Kidnapped have previously been released by Anchor Bay with a generous dose of extras and special features which are not being replicated here. I don't think I'll be upgrading.
     
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    Concur. If it were the AIP cut of Black Sabbath, I would have been in, but a rehash of the Anchor Bay release with less extras is a fail for me.
     
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    Arrow's exceptional BLACK SABBATH Blu-ray is there for the taking, if you're region-free or RB-capable. A terrific disc that includes the long-unseen AIP version.
     
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    The Kino blu-rays aren't good enough.

    I recommend everyone buy the Arrow blu-rays of Bavas's films from the U.K. The discs are region B locked, so you will need a multi-region player. If you are thus equipped, the Arrow blu-rays offer a picture quality slightly superior over the Kinos. The Arrow blu's also offer both versions of Black Sunday, both versions of Black Sabbath, and additional supplements including commentaries.

    Black Sunday (1960):
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Black-Sunday-Dual-Format-Blu-ray/dp/B009WU5YVE/ref=pd_bxgy_d_h__text_y

    Black Sabbath (1963)
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00B5CTRV0/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=&seller=

    Bay of Blood aka Twitch of Death Nerve (1971)
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bay-Blood-Blu-ray-Region-Free/dp/B003Y3ZHUS/ref=pd_sim_d_h__9

    Lisa and the Devil + House of Exorcism (1972)
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lisa-Devil-Dual-Format-Blu-ray/dp/B009X84YVQ/ref=pd_sim_d_h__1

    Baron Blood (1973)
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Baron-Blood-Blu-ray-Joseph-Cotten/dp/B00B5CTRZG/ref=pd_sim_d_h__1
     
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    Kino's blu-ray of KIDNAPPED (1974) is of course sharper than a DVD but it looks too soft to me, as if they lightened the black level and added more contrast. It's also missing RABID DOGS, the alternative edit which nearly all Bava fans prefer over KIDNAPPED.

    Stick with the Anchor Bay DVD's from 2007. They contain both versions of the film, and the picture quality is excellent with KIDNAPPED being slightly better than RABID DOGS but even that looks just fine. The DVD is worth owning just for RABID DOGS:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000MV8AB8/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=&seller=

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000XQRM98/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=&seller=

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000UVV23S/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=&seller=


    If Arrow decides to release KIDNAPPED / RABID DOGS I'm sure they'll do a better and more complete job.
     

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