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  • Actors: Boris Karloff, Michèle Mercier, Jacqueline Pierreux, Mark Damon
  • Directors: Mario Bava
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: Italian
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: October 23, 2007
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UVV22Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #290,349 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Black Sabbath" on IMDb

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Genre: Horror
Rating: NR
Release Date: 23-OCT-2007
Media Type: DVD

Customer Reviews

Why not release both versions on one disc.
Fred Godlash
This film was definitley shot in english, because when somebody says "pronto" on the telephone, you can tell they are really saying HELLO.
555
This Movie is Great , Many well done horror Stories moody atmosphere , very good acting except where is the English dubbed version ??.
Jerry G

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By jpd_t@hotmail.com [James Dalton-Thompson] on May 15, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Black Sabbath is one of those movies that made a horrifyingly-indelible impression on me when I first saw it. In "The Drop of Water", I can still see the contorted visage of the dead spiritualist as she fixes her malevolent stare on the woman who has robbed her in death. "The Telephone" was the weakest of the trio. But the third segment--The Wurdalak--gave me insomnia for days. As a lover of the vampire genre, I was struck by the twist in the old legend: a Wurdalak returns from the dead to attack those whom he loved best on earth. Boris Karloff plays the title character, a paterfamilias who sets out to destroy a local bandit-turned-Wurdalak. If he has not returned in exactly three days, the family will know that he has been victimized, and must be destroyed. Of course, he returns just after the three day mark. The sheer horror comes from the fact that the family knows the truth, but can't admit it. The scene of Karloff cuddling and stroking his young grandson is enough to make you want to call Child Protective Services! Really good stuff, and a clarion call to those who insist that one needs massive special effects or blatan, on-screen gore to succeed. Kudos!
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65 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Eric Huffstutler on October 31, 2007
Format: DVD
Buyers be forewarned. Unlike the "also from" Anchor Bay trailers showing the American AIP version of "Black Sabbath", what is on the disc is NOT that version. Instead this is the European Italian language version with subtitles and even Karloff's voice is dubbed in Italian. Their advertising is very misleading for the unaware.

Due to some sort of contractual differences with AIP, this is all that is currently available to the public.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Fred Godlash on October 31, 2007
Format: DVD
You know I have never seen a DVD that is more ambiguous in its description and based on Amazon's reviews I am not alone. I purchased this DVD fully thinking I was getting the U.S. version and not the Italian version that I already own. The movie is in Italian with subtitles and a commentary track. For those of you who think I am a pan and scan knucklehead who does not appreciate films in their true uncut version you are wrong- the American Version is actually a different cut with alternate footage. Why not release both versions on one disc. If you are a Bava fan check it out but if you own the Image DVD you do not need to purchase this disc.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Greg Blu Ray HD on May 26, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
I ordered the Arrow Blu Ray version of Black Sabbath from Amazon uk. It has both the US Version in English AND the Italian version with English Subtitles. Watching the English US Version, in High Def was a pleasure I never thought I'd see. To make this even better, there are Special Features; one of them A Tale of Two Versions, that shows the differences with the US and Italian version. It has clips from both comparing the various changes. The story lines are a little different and so are some of the camera angles. However, be warned....this is a Region 2 PAL Blu Ray. It won't play on a US Blu Ray Player (Region 1). I own a multi-region Blu Ray player (you can find some on ebay). One of the reasons I purchased one was to own this title. So, until whatever legal issues are sorted out in the US, this is the only way you will have the English US version. As an additional bonus, Arrow includes the Standard DVD of these movies as well. If you are a fan of this movie, order it from Amazon UK, and get a multi-region player. You won't be disappointed.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Brando on May 18, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
My headline is what watching this movie will be like for you with this shoddy Bluray release - SUBTITLED!! Kino Lorber once again has gone on-the-cheap with another Bava release. Their last offering was "Black Sunday" which like this one DOES NOT include the American Version of the Film!! The version we all grew up on playing on TV and before that at the drive-in was a recut, rescored, and most importantly ENGLISH version which included Boris Karloff's real voice. This version will ONLY feature the Italian Version of the movie WITHOUT Karloff's inimitable intonation AND SUBTITLES (unless you speak Italian). Now, admittedly the Italian Version is the stronger of the two - the 3 stories appear in a different order and slightly different cuts than they do in the American Version, which softens the horror and dumbs things down a little for the US Market. But for the Bluray release BOTH versions should most definitely have been included. A very small label from the UK recently released this title with BOTH versions as well as a SLEW of mouth-watering extras that are also not present in this lame release! Kino Lorber is a bigger label with more funding at their fingertips but has just decided to sloppily slap the same Italian version released on DVD a decade ago onto a Bluray and reel in the cash with the least amount of effort. Say NO to these slapdash releases and demand that Kino Lorber treat these iconic classics with the care and respect they deserve!
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Michael R Gates VINE VOICE on November 18, 2003
Format: DVD
One of the best Italian horror films ever made, director Mario Bava's 1963 movie BLACK SABBATH (Italian title: I TRE VOLTI DELLA PAURA) is actually a delicious trilogy of stories, each different in timbre and texture, but each a masterful atmospheric study in unmitigated fear.
In the first short, entitled "The Telephone," a contemporary (circa 1960s) woman is taunted by a series of bizarre and alarming phone calls. But things get really interesting when she learns who it is that's been calling. (Warning: Some viewers may be put off by the lesbian subtext of this story.)
"The Wurdalak," the second entry, is an eerie variation on the vampire legend that is based on the Aleksei Tolstoy novella THE FAMILY OF THE VOURDALAK (SEM'YA VURDALAKA). The action takes place in what appears to be medieval Europe, and the celebrated Boris Karloff (alas, with his dialogue dubbed in Italian) turns in an excellent performance as Gorca, the patriarch of a peasant family. When Gorca returns from assisting in the pursuit and destruction of a Wurdalak--a vampire of sorts that is compelled to feast only upon its own loved ones--his family suspects that he's not quite the man he used to be....
Purportedly an adaptation of story by Chekhov, "A Drop of Water" is the last entry of the trilogy, and it is unquestionably the creepiest. Set in a Victorian manor house, it involves a private nurse who steals a ring from her recently deceased charge and is subsequently haunted by the vengeful corpse. Or is she?
The acting is good, the sets are sufficiently eerie, the stories are well written and creepy, and the women are pretty. But first and foremost, BLACK SABBATH is a superior horror film due to Bava's great vision and direction.
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