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"Black Sunday," set in Romania, opens at an unspecified date in the seventeenth century. Some of the local nobles decide to get together and roast a couple of Satan's followers, but this barbecue bears a special meaning for the House of Vajda because one of its own is on the spit. The beautiful Princess Asa Vajda fell under the evil spell of the dark one, along with her unseemly lover Javutich, and both now face a painful execution. In order to insure that these two sullied creatures wear the mark of their crimes, Asa's own brother orders a metal mask of Satan nailed to their faces. Unfortunately for the Vajda family, Asa casts a curse on the family immediately before her execution, promising to come back from the dead and plague her relatives throughout the centuries.Read more ›
I won't bore you with tedious plot summarys. All I will tell you is that if you haven't seen Black Sunday, you must, and that if you have seen it, you must see it again in this presentation (because you've been missing plenty both in content and quality).
Presented in its origanal 1:66:1 theatrical aspect ratio, viewers for the first time can see this classic in ALL its macabre glory. The image quality is absolutely astounding when one compares it to the VHS editions floating around. The audio is also presented in pristine condition gaurenteed to sound excellent in any stereo thanks to the various formats.
All this makes one wonder exactly how much time went into this? If Video Watchdog editor/publisher Tim Lucas's liner notes and commentary are any indication, then the answer has to be a lot! Both are well-informed and thorougly entertaining.
It is a wonderful feeling to know that someone took the time to give you your money's worth -- that is exactly what the people behind this gorgeous DVD have done.
As an avid fan of the writings of Tim Lucas, I would like to strongly encourage fans of Mario Bava and like-minded artists to check out his magazine, Video Watchdog and his post-modernistic vampire novel, Throat Sprockets.
reviewers, I was floored by the print used for this disc: it looks, almost literally, like it was shot yesterday, and it's almost impossible to believe the film is almost 40 years old. If there are other films from this era that look this pristine, I haven't seen them. My only quarrel with the disc has to do with the dubbing. In all honesty, I feel this film sports one of the worst American dubbing jobs ever performed on a film, and the big question (which neither Tim Lucas nor anyone else seems to have raised)is this: WHERE is the original Italian-language version of "Black Sunday," and why wasn't an attempt made to give us the original dialogue with OPTIONAL English subtitles? Mr. Lucas would have us believe that this DVD was the original version, but obviously the entire cast is speaking Italian (duhhh - why else would you have to dub in English?). So, yes, I'm thrilled to have this beautiful print, but hopefully in the future we'll get the original Italian dialogue and not have to endure the abominable dubbing...
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What can I say about this film that hasn't been said before. Bava is the master, plain and simple. Beautiful piece of filmmaking. A classic gothic horror film.Published 2 days ago by nothinggoingon
This is my favorite Barbara Steele film. For me this blu ray edition is great. Very clear and the sound is good too. This film offers a lot of chills for a 1960 film. Read morePublished 13 days ago by telstar62
I was surprised. There are some great scenes. Scary movie buff her and I liked itPublished 14 days ago by AMANDA LAPIERRE
The creep factor is over the top in this atmospheric Mario Bava/Barbara Steele horror classic.Published 19 days ago by Ronald Adams
I saw this part of this movie when it first came out. I wanted see it again but I couldn't connect with it now.Published 22 days ago by Sebweb
This release on Blu-ray will be as good as it is going to get. There is still some noise in the picture but what do you expect considering the era and quality of film that was used... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Mark Fair
!!! YOU NEED A REGION "2/B" OR MULTI-REGION PLAYER TO VIEW THESE GREAT DISCS !!! From bluebeaver:
THE MASK OF SATAN aka BLACK SUNDAY
(also aka "Le... Read more
Wasn't expecting what I saw. At first I was weary as to whether or not I'd even like this film/DVD, but after watching the opening scene in the first 2 minutes, I was hooked. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Myke