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Danger: Diabolik (1968)

John Phillip Law , Marisa Mell , Mario Bava  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Phillip Law, Marisa Mell, Michel Piccoli, Adolfo Celi, Claudio Gora
  • Directors: Mario Bava
  • Writers: Mario Bava, Adriano Baracco, Angela Giussani, Arduino Maiuri, Brian Degas
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: June 14, 2005
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000228EJA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,913 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Danger: Diabolik" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by Actor John Phillip Law and Historian Tim Lucas
  • Danger: Diabolik: From Fumettito Film
  • Teaser Trailer
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Music Video - Body Movin' - The Beastie Boys, with Optional Commentary by Adam "MCA" Yauch

Editorial Reviews

The suave, psychedelic-era thief called Diabolik (Law) can't get enough of life's good - or glittery - things. Not when there are currency shipments to steal from under the noses of snooty government officials and priceless jewels to lift from the boudoirs of the superrich. The elusive scoundrel finds plenty of ways to live up to his name in this tongue-in-cheek, live-action caper inspired by Europe's popular Diabolic comics. He clambers up walls, zaps a press conference with Exhilaration Gas, smacks a confession out of a crime lord while freefalling with him from an airplane, and pulls off the heist of a twenty-ton gold ingot.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A faithful comic book adaptation! June 21, 2005
By Cubist
Mario Bava was known predominantly for making classic horror films like Black Sabbath but he also essayed several other genres in his long, illustrious career: sword and sandal epics, science fiction and, with Danger: Diabolik, a comic book heist thriller.

In the first 15 minutes there is more visual imagination at work than most films of its ilk made today. Bava uses close-ups for establishing shots (a la Sergio Leone), unusual perspective shots and snap zooms. The veteran filmmaker elevates the standard premise that was so in vogue in the `60s with impressive sets, cutting edge fashion (for its time), cool cars, hot babes, high-tech gadgets and a hep, swinging `60s Euro-lounge soundtrack mixed with jazzy spy music by Ennio Morricone. Bava understood that film was predominantly a visual medium and he tells the story with a minimal use of dialogue (Diabolik rarely speaks), instead propelling the narrative largely through eye-catching imagery.

Danger: Diabolik seems refreshingly inventive today and has aged surprisingly well despite the `60s fashion and décor. You have to admire a film that has the balls to have an anti-hero as its protagonist who has no problem killing cops that get in his way, stealing from a wealthy elderly couple and living a decadent lifestyle. Bava's film fulfills all of the requirements of its genre-exciting car chases, sword fights and so on-and does so with a style and panache that is missing from today's movies.

There is an audio commentary by actor John Phillip Law and Bava biographer Tim Lucas. Law recounts some of his experiences making the movie (including working with his lovely co-star Marisa Mell) with a great, deep resonating voice reminiscent of Robert Evans.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a blast! (Deep, deep, dooooooooowwwwwwwnnn...) June 17, 2005
I was introduced to this lovely little slice of sin when it aired as the final triumphant episode of "Mystery Science Theater 3000." Unlike their usual verbal slamming of previous movies on the program, Mike Nelson and the gang seemed to approach this film with more of an affectionate teasing. Watching the stylish bank note lovemaking scene in Diabolik's swank underground hideout, I turned to my wife and said, "This isn't like the other Mistie spoofs. I would actually like to a version of this WITHOUT Mike Nelson poking fun at it!"

So for my birthday just a few days ago, my wife surprised me with a copy of "Danger: Diabolik!" on DVD. We were amazed at how many stunning scenes were excised from the MST3K version: Valmont gunning the snitch doctor for example, and most especially Diabolik and Eva detonating all those tax and debtor's buildings! That scene presaged the finale of "Fight Club" by thirty-two years! WOW! Tyler Durden IS Diabolik!

Let us not forget the peek-a-boo His and Hers shower scenes! This coy presentation of lethal sexuality puts that horrific Brad Pitt/Angelina Jolie vehicle "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" to shame!

Savory DVD bonuses include: The Beastie Boys' video "Body Movin'" - inspired visually by "Diabolik!" There is also a featurette tracking the development of "Diabolik!" from comic book to feature film. It features interviews with comic book illustrator Steve Bisette, Beastie Boy Adam "Ad-Rock" Yauch, and "Diabolik!" star John Phillip Law.

Many people in the U.S. are put off by Diabolik's amorality. This from the country that produces everything from the bone-headed Rambo and the monstrous Terminator to that repulsive vigilante "hero," the Punisher.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Step aside Bond, Diabolik is here! August 23, 2005
By Tommy
I will keep this short and sweet. Underground lairs, 60's sports cars, beautiful women, exotic locals, hippies smoking pot at an orgy and some groovy music. This movie has it all. Diabolik's underground hideout is 100% pimp with a car elevator, giant revolving bed, swimming hole that leads into the ocean, sexy see-through shower stalls and more! If I had a few million dollars, I would recreate his pad for sure! Buy this movie, it rules!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exhilarating Gas July 6, 2008
The Italian comic book comes to life in this incredibly strange and enjoyable picture. You know all those day-glo, pop-arty 60s misfires like Barbarella? This is what they were going for. It's like a nihilistic episode of the Batman TV show except that it's seriously sexy as well. Needs to be seen to be believed. Stick around for the commentary and extras too. (And this must be Morricone's craziest score.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why would Paramount let this go out of print? April 15, 2009
Don't understand Paramonut,they put out a nice edition of Danger Diabolik and let it go out of print,I was lucky enough to find a brand new copy at a Piggly Wiggly of all places when I was visiting South Carolina for only 7.99 + tax,this is after it went out of print so I feel so lucky,the quality of the Widescreen print is superb on this DVD,it also has some interesting extras as well,hopefully it will go back in circulation,one can hope,I'm so glad to ahve this in DVD as is my VHS got eaten(Oh ther horror!) FYI,this movies is based on Europe's Dibolik comics!!! A+
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a delicious fantasy thrill ride . . . September 6, 2009
Visually striking, fast-paced, atmospheric, and exciting, Mario Bava's Danger: Diabolik (1968) is a delicious, fantasy thrill ride. A Dino de Laurentiis production, based on an Italian comic book series, the cinematic Diabolic is a bold, audacious super crook who with the help of his gorgeous girlfriend Eva Kant, commits the most outrageous of crimes, executed with savage zeal, and fearless efficiency, that leaves the police gasping for breath.

John Phillip Law (Barbarella) is Diabolik, a mysterious figure who typically wears a skintight costume, and ninja style mask that exposes his eyes and eyebrows. Eva, his partner in love and crime, is played by Austrian beauty Marisa Mell. Together they make a sexy and ruthlessly efficient criminal team, gathering in the riches, racing away in a Jaguar, and then reveling in the ecstasy of wealth.

Famed for his creative camera work and use of colors in the horror genre, director Mario Bava does a magnificent job of translating a comic book to the big screen. The editing is reflective of the quick-hitting style of an action comic, with few wasted moments. There isn't much character development, or thoughtful chit chat, the movie is an exhilarating ride, where you figure things out on way. The film is littered with creative and striking visuals. Diabolik's futuristic underground lair is a showcase for Bava's imagination and skill. With the revolving bed, shower, and gold splattered cavern scenes being among the highlights. Danger: Diabolik is like watching a magic show, not every illusion works, and the projection shots appear very dated, but for the most part, it holds your attention.

Diabolik is opposed by Inspector Ginko (Michel Piccoli), a policeman who has the idea to use the underworld as a tool against Diabolik.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Cool
Great movie, so cheesy but it has a great feel. I'm pretty sure I got it mostly because of Ennio Morricone's score. Deep Deeeepp Downnnnnnnnn.
Published 1 month ago by Benjamin Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by JUAN CARLOS GARCIA CRISTOBAL
5.0 out of 5 stars funny and classic
love the movie and funny to see how those days technology was not that advance like these days but we still loved watching it
Published 8 months ago by Fita J. Massoud
2.0 out of 5 stars Wow
One of those movies that's so bad its good. Worth watching with a group of friends just to make fun of it.
Published 10 months ago by Kevin Newton
5.0 out of 5 stars Danger: Diabolik
Excellent Euro adventure from the late 1960s based on an Italian comic book. Directed and photographed by Mario Bava and it shows. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Celia DLF
3.0 out of 5 stars Cool for its time
If you like jags, killer mid-cent sets and pre-batman campy as hell spaghetti bond movies, its for you. Read more
Published 18 months ago by kindshuh
5.0 out of 5 stars Rare gem.
For such a rare film, I can't get over the lengthy bonus features on the DVD. I wish it was on blue ray.
Published 19 months ago by Joseph Tramantano
4.0 out of 5 stars Diabolik(1967)
Diabolik(1967, alias Danger: Diabolik) is a film version of the Diabolik comic books created by Angela and Luciana Giusanni. Read more
Published on May 31, 2011 by Jorge A. Zarco
1.0 out of 5 stars Speechless.
I was speechless when this movie ended, it was so bad. The screenplay was so flimsy that there was hardly any dialogue spoken, and the film itself was so long and drawn out that... Read more
Published on November 22, 2010 by Diane the Teacher
3.0 out of 5 stars Dangerously Cheesy
"Danger: Diabolik" was Mystery Science Theater 3000's final movie... and it works. '60s era hottie John Philip Law stars as super-criminal Diabolik, with Marisa Mel as his longtime... Read more
Published on April 19, 2008 by Amaranth
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