Blood and Black Lace (2 Disc Special Edition)
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A fashion house in Italy becomes a slaughterhouse when the diary of one of the models is discovered. It seems that there is some unsavory material within the diary concerning the models. Everyone is after the diary, and in fact somebody even goes as far as to bump off a few people for the diary. Who will survive?
See folks, this is where the Italian giallo, the career of Dario Argento (my favorite Italian horror director), and the slasher film began. When I saw BLOOD AND BLACK LACE, I gained a new understanding of Italian horror and how cool it is. It's all right here: wild camera moves (achieved on a red wagon!), lighting in different colors (echoing EC Comics long before George Romero gave it a shot in CREEPSHOW and even before the first TALES FROM THE CRYPT movie in 1972), gorgeous but ill-fated women, psychosexually motivated mayhem, and of course truly awesome murder sequences! Yes indeed, we can all thank Mario Bava for the state of Italian horror in its heyday and for all those slasher movies that have come out recently because Mario Bava singlehandedly shaped the state of modern, non-Gothic/supernatural horror in just 90 minutes of murder and mayhem!
VCI's DVD is a testament to this movie's significance in horror history. The audio commentary by Bava expert Tim Lucas provides a treasure trove of trivia for Bava buffs and Italian horror fans alike!Read more ›
First the good stuff: This DVD restores footage from the original European release, including the original credit sequence, never before seen in North America, and features a wealth of extras, including interviews with stars Cameron Mitchell and Mary (Dawne) Arden, a selection of international trailers and an information packed commentary track by film scholar and Bava expert Tim Lucas. The video quality is excellent, though not faultless, and presented in a widescreen 1.66:1 aspect ratio, allowing the viewer the opportunity to appreciate Bava's visual canvas in a way not possible with previous video releases.
The not so good stuff: As much of a revelation as this VCI release is, in terms of visual quality, the limited edition PAL German DVD of BLOOD AND BLACK LACE (BLUTIGE SEIDE) is undoubtedly the hands down winner. The colours are even more vibrant and the film is presented in the full, correct, aspect ratio of 1.85:1. If you have PAL DVD capabilities, you might want to look at that release, but otherwise, the VCI edition is still an excellent purchase.
The biggest problem with this DVD is that there are at least three, different releases of this disc, some of which have very serious problems.
I can not personally verify the problems with the original release, which reportedly would not play in some DVD players including some makes of Philips/Magnavox and Pioneer players. I believe that this version has the front cover BLOOD AND BLACK LACE logo in yellow with red stripes, whereas the subsequent releases have the logo in red.Read more ›
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With the steelbook release continually delayed on amazon, I finally ordered directly from Arrow Films in the U.K. Read morePublished 12 days ago by B. Wells
Arrow releases the definitive edition of the Giallo masterpiece. If you love the film, this is the copy you want.Published 1 month ago by Hannibelectro
Possibly the best home video purchase I've made. Restoration is flawless. Extras are generous and informative. Visually, one of the most beautiful films I've ever seen.Published 3 months ago by Quart45
The US release is on hold. But the good news is that the UK release is region A and B/1 and 2 and will play fine on US players. I have the UK release and it's great. Read morePublished 9 months ago by D. Holt
Very good movie. Very suspenseful. Better to watch in French with subtitles...more ambient sound effects to hear.Published 14 months ago by beatlefreak
This was a very good movie. It was made in the 1060's but still stands up today. It was scary and had good atmosphere. Not too gruesome but today's standards. Read morePublished 21 months ago by telstar62
My english is not very good so I will be brief.
I definitely don't recommand this edition.
This movie deserved a better video and audio quality, I didn't expect too much... Read more
This is probably Bava's best use of color to make a statement in a film. It is a great mystery/serial murder movie. great 60s atmosphere. Read morePublished on August 2, 2013 by Pulpman
Great mid-1960s killer on the loose story. Takes place at a fashion house and the victims are the models, each seemingly with something to hide. Good color and spooky shadows. Read morePublished on May 28, 2013 by Celia Trimboli