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Bay of Blood: Kino Classics Remastered Edition [Blu-ray] (1971)

Claudine Auger , Luigi Pistilli , Mario Bava  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Claudine Auger, Luigi Pistilli
  • Directors: Mario Bava
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Blu-ray, Dubbed, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: September 3, 2013
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B49GSQQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,558 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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When a rich countess is murdered, it's a race to see who'll inherit her estate and you can bet that the body count is going to rise rapidly in the process as the plot twists spin wildly out of control. The pile of bloodied corpses is going to get higher and higher as each one of the mangled victims are hung, speared, stabbed and macheted. One by one, the horrific murders turn the screen crimson with blood… A Bay of Blood! English Dubbed Version.

SPECIAL FEATURES: Alternate Italian language version (with differing footage), Audio Commentary by Tim Lucas, Original movie trailers for Mario Bava films

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bay of Blood (classic film, atrocious print) March 24, 2000
Simitar video's transfer to DVD of this classic slasher film is nothing short of an abomination. The picture quality is inferior to my VHS print. Amazon have the aspect ratio as 2.35:1.It is 1.77:1 at best!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bay of Blood/Twitch of the Death Nerve on Imported Blu-ray September 28, 2013
Bay of Blood/Twitch of the Death Nerve is a legendary horror film from director Mario Bava. In the Arrow Video region-free release, the picture quality is great but the sound is average. There is a decent amount of supplements for the film believed to have inspired Friday the 13th and its first sequel. The Kino Classic release is fairly similar with the same problems but contains much less bonus content. Many Bava fans consider this film a must own for their collection.

Arrow Video Special Features:
- Reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned art work
- Double-sided fold-out poster
- Collector's Booklet by Jay Slater, critic and author of Eaten Alive!
- Brand new high definition transfer of the English version of the film (1080p)
- 2 versions of the film including the Italian cut
- Original Mono Audio
- Twitch of the Death Nerve Radio Spots
- Argento! Bava! Fulci! The Giallo Gems of Dardano Sacchetti (1080p)
- Joe Dante on Mario Bava (1080p)
- Shooting a Spaghetti Splatter Classic: Cameraman Gianlorenzo Battaglia on A Bay of Blood (1080p)
- Audio discussion with Tim Lucas, author of Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark
- A Bay of Blood Trailers: `Carnage' and `Twitch of the Death Nerve' with commentary by Edgar Wright, director of Shaun of the Dead.

Kino Classic Special Features: Audio Commentary, Alternate European Cut (85-Minute), Trailers

Buy the Arrow Video imported release of Bay of Blood on Blu-ray. It has managed to hold its value.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DVD Quality Scarier Than The Film January 3, 2000
By A Customer
Terrible picture and audio quality on this DVD mar Bava's pioneering effort. The transfer is just the pits, I'm sorry to say, and takes away from the film's enjoyment.
There's rumored to be another release of this coming from the same folks who recently released "Black Sunday", with which they did an excellent job. Wait for that, and pick up "Black Sunday" or "Baron Blood" in the meantime.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Can Leave Her Hanging: Bava on Blu Ray November 10, 2012
By Malo Bo
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is more a review based on the quality of the Blu-ray than an overview of the film. If you're a fan of slasher films or giallo horror, then this is well known as a masterpiece. It is a giallo classic, and it is a precursor to the slasher film. It's also one colorful, strangely motivated trip of a film. It is also available in the 2nd Bava boxed-set, in DVD format, and as a single disc release. As a horror film, the work is genius. Bava was a master, and this is one gory murder expose. The kill scenes were instant classics in their time, and the film has aged as well as Bava's earlier works like the beautifully gothic Black Sunday, or the giallo masterpiece, Blood and Black Lace. Yet, it remains incomparable to them in certain ways, and is more comparable to those he influenced including Argento and Fulci, and it's clear that his camerawork in this film helped take the stalker viewpoint into the slasher perspective, something that influenced his future counterparts in America during the late 70s and 80s slasher advance.

A summary of the film... people trespass at the wrong place at the wrong time, and the title holds true to the film, as there is a vicious and multi-seeded land dispute going on as the backstory. Bava elevated the disturbance of the audience through dedicated violence and dread-based suspense, rather than the atmospheric suspense he relied upon in his films from the 60s. This film was a turning point for Bava, in ways, this work really let him stretch out.

The quality of the DVD was good, a lot better than the VHS recording I grew up with. However, when the Blu-ray came out, I knew it was one of the few films from the 70s that I was interested in purchasing.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bay of Bloody Bava March 20, 2005
The first scene is classic Mario Bava...Director Bava, wants us to think there is a plot here to follow-- trouble is, there is no plot.... A countess is murdered along with her murderer...(still with me)...And others start to die in ugly ways.

The scene with the octopus clinging to a rotting dead corpse's face is freaky beyond all cinema. Can you say "Alien"?

There is no one murderer in this movie...Everyone in this film is a murderer.

In this flick, everybody dies...Everyone kills everyone else over greed and materialism-- This seems to be Bava's take on humanity...

In the final scene-- children murder their parents and skip down to the water's edge without a second thought.

Conclusion: Dated but, face it, Mario Bava is a lost genius.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars friday the 13th redux October 2, 2013
By Tracys
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
if you are a horror fan like myself and love the early friday the 13th movies especially pt 1-2 you will immediately notice the influence of Bava Bay of Blood(AKA Twitch of the Death nerve) You will see the heavy influence of the kill scenes throughout this movie. Bava to me is the most talented out the holy trinity of Italian horror directors that came on the scene the movie still hold up to today standards of horror and in some cases surpassed it ..A must have if you're a Bava fan..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 29 days ago by Linda R SantaMaria
3.0 out of 5 stars I LOOOOOVE THIS MOVIE (5 stars, with qualifications)... but I'm rating...
Apparently this is the best transfer out there, reportedly better than the UK Arrow blu ray, but I think it could still look better. It's a bit dupey, and colors could pop a more. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gryphon X
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great film from Bava
No complaints with Mario Bava from me, I like pretty much his entire filmography... This one is no exception, I can watch this anytime and enjoy many different elements upon each... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jason A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic. Not for wooses.
Amazing. Great. Incredible. Awesome get it get it get it get it.If you have great taste this is for you. Not like the horror crap out today.
Published 4 months ago by William George Heisey
4.0 out of 5 stars Swim in this inviting Bay
People blather on endlessly about how "A" was the influence for "B" and so on. Here, they got it correct. Read more
Published 5 months ago by James Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Bava Somewhat Over-rated
Once again with the exception of his last film ("Kidnapped" (AKA: "Rabid Dogs") which was a total departure for him, and despite his awful turn at comedy ("Dr... Read more
Published 5 months ago by V. Risoli
3.0 out of 5 stars One of Bava's most enjoyable films with excellent video and terrible...
No need for a full film review here. All you need to know is that it's one of Bava's most influential and enjoyable films. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ian M. Zapczynski
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Sickle Of Death Is About To Strike!"...
After a Countess is murdered, her vast estate sits empty. When a group of young people breaks into the mansion to party, they find out that the killer is still there. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein
4.0 out of 5 stars Bay of blood
The bluray of Bay of Blood is great looking and the special features are a good bonus. It's always good to see more Bava.
Published 7 months ago by Justin Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Bava!!!
Classic Bava film! This film was clearly ahead of it time and started the whole slasher film trend. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Film Addict
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