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Five Dolls for an August Moon: Kino Classics Remastered Edition [Blu-ray] (1970)

William Berger , Ira Furstenburg , Mario Bava  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: William Berger, Ira Furstenburg, Teodoro Corra
  • Directors: Mario Bava
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Blu-ray, Dubbed, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: September 3, 2013
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DI67N94
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,661 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Industrialist George Stark (Teodoro Corra) invites a small group of wealthy friends to his private island for a weekend of relaxation and light business. He wants them to meet the brilliant chemist Gerry Farrell (William Berger) who has invented a new chemical process. Against his wishes, Farrell is engaged in business discussions revolving around millions of dollars worth of investment. As each of the potential investors goes behind each other's back, fear and mistrust grow, particularly once the guests begin turning up dead. English Dubbed Version.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant surprize ! June 12, 2001
Mario Bava has taken a step back to his horror genre and created a psychadelic, mysterious, sexy, black comedy. The film is TERRIBLY dated to the late 60s/early 70s. (The girls look like they just walked out from the 'Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls' set). But DON'T let that stop you from viewing this VERY original piece of film !
The plot is simple: A group of married friends are on a 'getaway' weekend and they find themselves being killed off one by one. THATS IT ! Sounds like a "Ten Little Indians" clone, right ???? Wrong ! You have the brutality of "Fargo" in some spots and the wickedly DARK comedic moments as in "Pulp Fiction". If you liked both of those films, you will enjoy this little seen Bava masterpiece. The music is TOTALLY 60s, the outfits are right out of the Jimi Hendrix thrift store, and the stage sets look like a 'hippie' Brady Bunch dwelling. Its a FUN movie !
Without a doubt: This was WAY before its time. Very enjoyable ! Even though its not HORROR, (its more of a mystery), this is a MUST for Bava fans !
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Agatha Christie on Acid August 5, 2001
Although Bava said this was his worst film, "Five Dolls..." is now enjoying a much deserved re-appraisal. When I saw a washed-out 35mm print some years ago, I was inclined to agree with the director's opinion, but the DVD release has laid any doubts I may have had to rest. The unusually framed compositions, frenetic zip-panning, intrusive zooms and gaudy colours give the film a psychedelic Eurotrash ambience that is difficult to resist. The unconvincing characterizations and hackneyed plot are lost in a welter of striking incidental details: hundreds of glass baubles rolling down a staircase and into the bloody water of a suicide victim's bathtub, being a particularly impressive example. The kitschy easy-listening soundtrack compliments the visuals perfectly, humorously underscoring the hanging of the corpses in the freezer with childishly sinister fairground music. The English dubbed track seems suffers from occasional irritating crackles, so I suggest you enjoy this garish "10 Little Indians" variant in Italian with English subs. Riddled with loose ends, it's not one of Bava's most substantial movies, but it's by no means devoid of the classic, unusual touches that are associated with his name.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the indiscreet charmlessness of the bourgeoisie. November 5, 2001
It is surely no coincidence that the two greatest adaptations of Agatha Christie (Rene Clair's 'And then there were none' and this) have been by directors who might be loosely called Surrealist, and have been based on the same book, 'Ten Little Indians', in which the traditional emblem of consciousness in the crime novel, the detective, is removed, allowing the unconscious free rein. 'Five Dolls for an August Moon' is not often rated as highly as Bava's horror films, but I think it might be his masterpiece, the murder mystery as Bunuellian bad dream. a number of couples are invited by magnate George Stark to his island retreat, as cover for his attempts to force a brilliant scientist to sell some secret formula that is worth millions but potentially dangerous. the increasingly tense atmosphere soon becomes the backdrop for a series of grotesque murders.
There is something of 'the Tempest' about 'Five dolls', with its enchanted island (seemingly pivoted around the title moon), a presiding power manipulating everyone's movements and an Ariel-like figure flitting freely and decisively on the margins. but it is Bunuel who is the true guiding spirit - like the party-goers in 'The Exterminating Angel', Bava's bourgeoisie can't leave their opulent surroundings, and their elegant facade is soon stripped away to reveal sexual neurosis, financial greed and violence (lingering traces of fascism in the bright new democratic, industrial Italy, and all prominent in the brutal George); while, like 'Belle de Jour', the mystery narrative is subverted by a complex pattern mixing dream, subjective point-of-view and reality - one amazing sequence sees the survivors magically disappearing when potential rescuers arrive on the island.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu-Ray Revelation September 19, 2013
By Anon.
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It's extremely unfortunate that Kino has chosen to release this Mario Bava film (as well as others) on Blu-Ray without the option of hearing it in Italian with English subtitles, especially since the release of a number of these works on region 2 has made it clear how readily available such options appear to be. For this alone, it would normally receive a one or two star deduction in my book. If I refrain from doing so in the case of FIVE DOLLS it is because the image quality is absolutely stunning, and the audio commentary by Tim Lucas is also truly first-rate. (One of the highlights: the discussion of Bava vis-à-vis Kandinsky.) In fact, the ideal way to watch this Blu-Ray may be with the audio commentary, since it allows you to focus not on the silly plot or egregious dubbing (neither of which can be attributed to Bava) but on the compositions and overall visual design of the piece. Bava, who spent nearly twenty years as a cinematographer before he directed his first feature, is a master when it comes to lighting, framing, etc., and once you focus on this aspect FIVE DOLLS seems less like "minor Bava" than like a major example of his remarkable talent. So while Kino has missed the boat on releasing the absolutely definitive FIVE DOLLS, the image quality + commentary more than make up for its flaws. (But having said all this, newcomers to Bava beware: FIVE DOLLS is not the place to start with this director. If anything, it is where you may want to end. Because it allows you to appreciate his specific talents almost unadulterated, without the distraction of an interesting plot, characters, etc.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Where are all those marbles going?
This Kino blu-ray has only one flaw to my mind -- it's in English and has no option for Italian with subtitles, as with all their titles. Boo hoo. Also, big deal. Read more
Published 7 months ago by orvuus
1.0 out of 5 stars italian language
italian language

according many sites of review blue ray there is Not italian language on this kino blue ray ......
Published 10 months ago by paco
1.0 out of 5 stars Five Italian redshirts walk into a mansion...
5 Bambole per la Luna d'Agosto (Five Dolls for an August Moon) (Mario Bava, 1970)

Every few years, I sit down with another Mario Bava movie to see if I can finally get a... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Robert Beveridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a Chess Grandmaster People Become Pawns
FIVE DOLLS FOR AN AUGUST MOON is another classic film from director Mario Brava. Released in 1970 this film features William Berger (SABATA) who masterfully unfolds his master... Read more
Published 13 months ago by gobirds2
4.0 out of 5 stars Why Butcher Bava, The Maestro? Have it your way...
I don't really understand folks who claim to love Eurohorror, but won't watch films that are subtitled. Read more
Published 15 months ago by 4-Legged Defender
3.0 out of 5 stars obscure, offbeat mystery/thriller from Mario Bava...
Italian director Mario Bava (1914-1980) delved into several genres, including horror, suspense, and westerns. Read more
Published on July 21, 2011 by trebe
3.0 out of 5 stars Takes some getting used to
Most of the reviews I've seen for this film (on and other sites) are written by Bava fans. Read more
Published on July 13, 2010 by Donald D. Coney, Jr.
3.0 out of 5 stars .....and then there was Bava
While this film has it's moments, and probably should be viewed by all Bava enthusiasts, I wouldn't recommend this as your Bava intro if you're a newcomer. Read more
Published on July 9, 2007 by Stanley Runk
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very interesting.
This early giallo from Italian master Mario Bava concerns a party of rich sophisticates who are gathered on holiday at a luxury island home. Read more
Published on January 16, 2007 by A. Griffiths
5.0 out of 5 stars Superior Mario Bava black comedy
Ruthless businessmen compete for a professor's new formula on a remote island. Then, the bodies start piling up (literally). Read more
Published on November 8, 2006 by M. Smith
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