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#21 Sam Sanchez

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 10:51 AM

Yeah...my wife was randomly browsing NetFlix and asking me about movies on there and if they are good. And I was kind of surprised when she named like four Bava movies in a row. Great to see that. Bay of Blood, Kill Baby Kill, Black Sunday, Black Sabbath, and Planet of the Vampires are essential to watch from that list. Hope to pick up the Black Sunday Blu-Ray soon as well.

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 11:24 AM

I'd add Lisa and the Devil to that list.

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 11:31 AM

I still need to see that actually. So I'll definitely take that as a recommendation. Own that film in the Bava set, but was contemplating picking up the recently released Blu-Ray, not sure if I'll bite though.

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 03:41 PM

Here's some exciting news!

 

From the interview:

 

"Well, Arrow has plans to release everything, every single Bava film. I can't say how long it's going to take, and I can't attest to the quality of every master either. The thing with Bava is, he made so many films and some were made with sizeable budgets and some very small. And as a consequence, some of his films have been well looked after, while others have not. So the masters reflect this. But regardless of the origins of any particular film, we'll be doing our best to release it in the highest quality and most definitive presentation possible."

 

Arrow is a great label, so I'm very excited about this.  This is incredibly ambitious as well, since "everything" ranges from the Paramount (?)-owned Danger: Diabolik to the MGM titles Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bomg (atrocious film) and Planet of the Vampires.  Who knows how many companies own the rights to the various Italian films and titles that haven't seen a release yet.



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Posted 16 July 2013 - 10:45 AM

I love Arrow, though I am worried about this losing steam before all the more rare stuff is released. I really hope these sell expected numbers.



#26 Izo

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 01:47 PM

I don't have any of their Bava releases (yet) due to lack of region free Blu player, but the extras are drool-inducing. I'dimag ine that some of the minor works will be in some kind of Eclipse-style set, similar to some of the boxes they've released already .

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 07:32 PM

It also just occurred to me that the minor films may also be used as supplements to improve the value of the more well-known works, similar to their Black Sunday , which features I Vampiri as a supplemen .

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 12:29 PM

Planet of the Vampires (1965: Mario Bava: Italy/Spain)

Finally I saw my first Mario Bava film. I had definitely wanted to watch my first one during the month of October continuing the trend of horror and macabre movies. While this movie really has nothing to do with vampires this is a fun sci-fi horror movie that should be shown to film students. This helps show that you do not need a large budget to make a good looking film even it if it a sci-fi horror which nowdays would be done with CGI and often would bloat the budget. While the interiors were strangely enormous, the color and the in camera effects are impressive. This reminds me of John Ford’s use of fog in The Informer to help cover the inexpensive sets. The result is that you do not think of the cost of the sets (unless you notice a couple of Ed Woodian moments where “heavy” things get bumped into and move) but are more aware of a claustrophobic feeling that is the result of the combination of the set and dense atmosphere. It made me think of Star Trek (the TV series) in many of the scenes.

While I have not watched Bava’s Danger: Diabolik yet, some of the outfits that I have seen in that remind me of the fetishistic uniforms in this movie.

I liked the Twilight Zone style ending. That got a chuckle out of me.

This is on the R1 MGM Midnite movie release which unfortunately is OOP. If you see it used, buy it.


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Posted 28 October 2013 - 01:11 PM

Bava was kind of miraculous when it came to making a film without any money, and Planet of the Vampires is probably the greatest display of this. The film never exactly looks expensive, but it certainly never looks like the cheapie international coproduction that it is. On top of this, though, it's just a hell of an entertaining movie.

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Posted 11 November 2013 - 09:17 PM

I'm not really sure what I expected from the relatively unknown giallo Blood and Black Lace, but I found myself very pleasantly surprised from it.  Once you get down to the few stragglers of a favorite director's catalogue, you tend to start finding the duds and outright misfires, but Blood and Black Lace is certainly neither of those things.  In fact, it's pretty great.  What I didn't expect from the 1964 film is a fully-formed slasher picture like you'd find from the mid 80s complete with masked killers, fetishistic hunt-and-kill sequences, and (intentional or not) psychosexual subtext.  Truly, it's kind of startling just how prescient the film seems to be in the genre.  Between this and Bava's Bay of Blood/Twitch of the Death Nerve, you can almost see the genre completely formed by the hands of a single director.  Just four years after the 1960 one-two punch of Psycho and Peeping Tom, it seems that Bava developed an entire subgenre all by himself.  As you find over and over again in Bava's oeuvre, the script appears to be a typical murder-mystery type plot and in the hands of a less inspired director wouldn't hold much interest.  Bava has put the emphasis in the film in the murders, and there are some really beautiful, haunting images in this film.  There are plenty of macabre Bava touches, like the way the bubbles come up out of the bathwater during a certain scene, and it's the little things like that that tend to set Bava on a level above his contemporaries.  Highly recommended.

 

Another pleasant surprise from the same year was The Road to Fort Alamo, Bava's slight but enjoyable spaghetti western.  Certainly, it's better than the completely uninteresting Roy Colt and Winchester Jack.  It was filmed more or less around the same time as Sergio Leone's Fistful of Dollars which really laid the groundwork for the spaghetti western genre, so instead of the usual Leone influences, this film takes its cues more from the German "Winnetou" series of westerns that were made in the early '60s and remain mostly unseen by me with a couple of exceptions.  Atypical for the Italian western, Native Americans (played by Europeans, of course) play a major role in the plot.  For the most part the whole thing is pretty well written and while Bava's usual flairs aren't exactly at the forefront, well-directed.  A slight film, but a good one.  Amusingly, Bava is credited at the start of the film as "John Old".






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