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Baba Yaga [Blu-ray]

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Product Description

The Psychedelic Shocker Based On The Erotic Comics Of Guido Crepax...

Legendary sex symbol Carroll Baker (BABY DOLL, THE WATCHER IN THE WOODS) stars as a mysterious sorceress with an undying hunger for sensual ecstasy and unspeakable torture. But when she casts a spell over a beautiful young fashion photographer (the gorgeous Isabelle De Funes), Milan's most luscious models are sucked into a nightmare world of lesbian seduction and shocking sadism. Are these carnal crimes the result of one woman's forbidden fantasies or is this the depraved curse of the devil witch known as BABA YAGA?

George Eastman (THE GRIM REAPER, HORRIBLE) co-stars in this provocative EuroShocker (also known as DEVIL WITCH and KISS ME KILL ME) written and directed by Corrado Farina and based on the notorious S&M comic Valentina by Guido Crepax. Blue Underground is now proud to present BABA YAGA newly transferred from pristine vault materials and presented in kinky High Definition!

Farina & Valentina - Interview with Co-Writer/Director Corrado Farina
Freud in Color - Guido Crepax Documentary
Deleted and Censored Scenes
Theatrical Trailer
Poster & Still Gallery
Comic Book-to-Film Comparison



'Unique!' --The Psychotronic Video Guide

'A Beautifully Filmed And Visually Audacious Shocker!' --Total Sci-Fi Online

'A Bizarre, Trippy Film... Filled With Eroticism And Odd Dreams Featuring Nazis, Lesbianism, And Kinky Sadism!' --DVD Drive-In

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Product Details

  • Actors: Carroll Baker, George Eastman, Isabelle De Funes
  • Directors: Corrado Farina
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Mono, Widescreen, Subtitled
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: February 28, 2012
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006DVB5CW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,390 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Stiggs on October 23, 2003
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Baba Yaga is the movie-wise definition of compelling. - This is one of those films that if you saw it in a movie theater you'd be afraid to go to the bathroom for fear you'd miss something. Luckily on DVD you can pause it.
After 10 minutes your rivited to this film to the end. Really plays and looks like a comic strip. Freeze-frame almost any scene and it has comic strip angles, framing, color and people. Whoever said there wasnt nudity is wrong - there is plenty but its approriate and stylish (but not very sexy) to it's underground comic book style.
You cant quite figure out what is going on but you cant take your eyes off the film.
Ultimatly - Baba Yaga is a sexy, old/young, lesbian witch with a cute little S&M doll - together they try to seduce our hero - a sexualy confused but hot babe. Thats what I think its about.
The film was shot by a fine director who apparently only made two movies - too bad.
Baba Yaga is an Italian film but, for the most part, well dubbed into english. Most actors were actually speaking english anyway.
Natzis, nudity, S&M, beautiful girls, murder, political commentarty and witches to name a few of the things going on in this film. Those who are true fans of comic books should love it.
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This movie is based on an Italian comic strip steeped deep in rich dream symbolism and sadomasochism. I felt the movie succeeds only partially in the mixing of dream and reality, which is odd, since so many Italian horror movies and giallos eschew rational in favor of dream logic.
The main plot revolves around the title character's (Baba Yaga) scheme to draw the comic strip's main protagonist, Valentina, into the underground world of lesbianism and witchcraft. Considering Valentina's politics, not to mention her sensitive New Age guy boyfriend, Arno (played by George Eastman), its a wonder that Valentina doesn't willing shackle herself to Baba Yaga's whipping post.
Other then the film itself, which looks gorgeous, there is an interview with director Corrado Farina and a documentary on Guido Crepax's comic strips. There are also about ten minutes of deleted scenes.
This is a hard film to recommend because about 1/2 of the people you would expect to enjoy it will end up hating it and wonder what kind of person you mistake them for. And about 1/3 of the people you would expect to loathe it will claim it's their favorite Italian film of all time.
I'm the type of person who thinks this movie will grow on him over time and after repeated viewings but right now I can only give it three stars, though the DVD is definitely a five-star effort.
If money is tight, rent before you buy. But if you're an Italio-phile, you're going to end up buying it at some point anyway so you might as well just make it your next impulse buy.
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Before I watched Corrado Farina's 1973 film, the only place I ever heard the name "Baba Yaga" before was on an Emerson, Lake, and Palmer album. Between the two, Farina's film and the ELP album, the latter made a lot more sense than the former. I love Eurohorror flicks, and will watch almost anything carrying that falls under that category, but "Baba Yaga" ranks as one of the most confusing films I have ever seen in ANY genre. That's saying something. Perhaps the best place to start is by defining what a Baba Yaga is. Well, according to what I found on a lengthy (two minutes, max) research excursion on the Internet, Baba Yaga is a witch in Russian folklore. She has a long nose, has two sisters also named Baba Yaga in order to confuse the unwary, and lives in a hut that can move around on chicken legs. She relies on three horseman and three strange pairs of disembodied hands to assist her in accomplishing her arcane goals. Scary, isn't it? Don't worry, though, since you won't see anything remotely resembling a hut on chicken legs, floating pairs of hands, long noses, or horsemen anywhere in this film. "Baba Yaga" is strictly low budget horror incapable of presenting anything as involved as the abovementioned fantastic features.

Instead, Farina's film is a cinematic adaptation of a comic strip created by Guido Crepax. Who is Guido Crepax? Good question. I never heard of him before watching this film, and haven't heard of him since. I'm sure there are plenty of comic book fans out there familiar with this bloke's name, but I'm not a comic book fan, having given up on that hobby decades ago. Anyway, what you have in the film is a beautiful fashion photographer named Valentina (played by French babe Isabelle De Funes), her beefy lover Arno Treves (George Eastman of "Anthropophagous" fame!
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This is not your typical horror movie by any stretch of the imagination. It is more likely to appeal to fans of Fellini's more extravagant works, of Antonioni or Nic Roeg. Plot involves a stylish young fashion photographer who attracts the attention of a creepily stylish witch (Carroll Baker looking like a beautiful reanimated corpse). Yes, the key word is STYLE. Director Corrado Farina is a director of the first order. His camera savors every image, intercut in a myriad of textures to create a fluid montage of erotic and disturbing imagery. Horror fans might find this an interesting curiosity but film lovers should appreciate it on a much higher level. Like Donald Cammell-Nic Roeg's "Performance" this film exploits the nature of cinema masterfully, transcending its purported genre. Its use of solarized desaturated stills predates the famous "Aha" video by two decades, and much more artfully. Farina sensuously assaults you with his imagery, moving from pop to Goth to pure art in the wink of an eye. If any of this sounds even vaguely tempting, dig up a copy and treat yourself to a slice of cinematic heaven. Sadly, like the equally brilliant and iconoclastic Donald Cammell, Farina seems to have been grossly under-appreciated in his time, yielding only a few films as his legacy.
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