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11th January 2013 13:17:00
Posted by Dave Foster

Mario Bava Blu-rays this month

News
Arrow Video have a double-bill of Mario Bava titles coming to UK Blu-ray for the first time on 28 January 2013. Black Sunday and Lisa and the Devil will be released as Deluxe Editions boasting never-before-seen versions of each film, a wealth of special features and bonus material and exclusive interchangeable artwork. Both films are presented as Dual Format Editions.

Also available are limited edition slipbox editions featuring a 4-panel reversible sleeve, comprised of 3 original posters and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys. These are only available direct from the Arrow Store - www.arrowfilms.co.uk

Features are outlined below...

Black Sunday
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of two versions of the film; The Mask of Satan – the European version with score by Roberto Nicolosi & Black Sunday – the re-edited and re-dubbed AIP version with Les Baxter score, on home video for the first time anywhere in the world
  • Three audio versions: Optional Italian, European English and AIP English re-dub and re-score
  • English SDH subtitles for both English versions and a new English subtitle translation of the Italian audio
  • Audio Commentary with Bava biographer and expert Tim Lucas
  • Introduction to the film by author and critic Alan Jones
  • Interview with Black Sunday star and horror icon Barbara Steele
  • Deleted Scene from the Italian version with notes by Tim Lucas
  • International Trailer
  • US Trailer
  • Italian Trailer
  • TV Spot
  • I Vampiri (1956) – Italy’s first ever sound-era horror film directed by Riccardo Freda and Mario Bava
  • US I Vampiri Trailer – ‘The Devil’s Commandment’
  • Trailer reel – trailers of all the major works by Mario Bava
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
  • Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the films by Matt Bailey and Alan Jones, as well as a statement by Riccardo Freda on I vampiri and Bava, translated from the original Italian for the first time, illustrated with original archive stills and posters

Lisa and the Devil
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of both versions of the film: Lisa and the Devil and The House of Exorcism producer’s cut
  • Optional English and Italian audio on Lisa and the Devil
  • English SDH subtitles on both features and a new English subtitle translation of the Italian Audio of Lisa and The Devil
  • Audio Commentary on Lisa and The Devil by Bava biographer and expert Tim Lucas
  • Audio Commentary on The House of Exorcism by producer Alfredo Leone and star Elke Sommer
  • Introductions to both films by author and critic Alan Jones
  • The Exorcism of Lisa – Assistant Director Lamberto Bava, screenwriter Roberto Natale, Roy Bava and Alberto Pezzotta discuss the making of both versions of the film
  • Deleted Scene
  • Original trailers
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
  • Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic and author Stephen Thrower, an interview with Bava from 1976, translated from the original Italian for the first time, illustrated with original stills and archive posters.

Arrow Video have also confirmed the deluxe editions of two further Bava classics this Spring. Black Sabbath and Baron Blood will both be released in April 2013

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About Dave Foster
Dave has been loitering the virtual halls of TDF for a decade now and the majority of that time has been spent as Editor of the Home Cinema section (formerly DVDTimes). He doesn't contribute reviews anywhere near as much as he once did (or indeed would like to) but when he does it will invariably be something in the anime or Asian film area.