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Black Sabbath (1964)

Boris Karloff , Michèle Mercier , Mario Bava  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)

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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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UVV22Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,603 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

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A terrifying vampire tale 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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54 of 59 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This is NOT the American Version 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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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT THE AMERICAN VERSION!!!!!!!!! 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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars English Version can be obtained!!!! 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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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Scariest Day of the Week! 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great purchase
Published 1 day ago by Glenn
4.0 out of 5 stars Clasiic Horror
this is one movie so well done, The picture Is fantastic, the transfer over to blue-ray was well done and so worth buying this disc. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Humberto Velazquez
1.0 out of 5 stars not in English
this is a great movie if it was in english I never even watched it because it is in another language
Published 5 months ago by clint
3.0 out of 5 stars Cheezy Flicks Version Not the American Dubbed
Amazon on their listing for Cheezy Flick's edition of AIP's "Black Sabbath" starring Boris Karloff is the dubbed in English version of the 1964 Mario Bava masterpiece. Read more
Published 5 months ago by V. Risoli
5.0 out of 5 stars I like this version because it explains discrepancies from the...
I like this version because it explains discrepancies from the American version. I wish it had both introductions in Italian and English.
Published 6 months ago by Mario Perez
1.0 out of 5 stars Not As Advertised
I ordered this childhood favorite of mine because it was supposed to be the "original" English Version from American International. It was not. Read more
Published 6 months ago by saenzcat
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Horror except
This Movie is Great , Many well done horror Stories moody atmosphere , very good acting except where is the English dubbed version ??. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jerry G
5.0 out of 5 stars BAVA & KARLOFF AT THEIR BEST!
True Karloff/Bava fans must have this. "The Drop of Water" haunted me as a child and to have this now and pass along to my kids to enjoy (hey, everyone needs a good scare)... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Steve A. Alvarez
4.0 out of 5 stars American International version available for streaming!
I too was disappointed when I received this DVD and found out it was not the US version I was familiar with, but there's GREAT NEWS! Read more
Published 7 months ago by rogeremail
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't have to watch subtitles for this one.
Three great classic horror shorts. Great in it's day, cheesy now, but still very watchable for today. Italian horror at it's best.
Published 7 months ago by James S. Layton
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