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Kidnapped (1997): Standard Edition Remastered [Blu-ray] (1974)

Riccardo Cucciolla , George Eastman , Mario Bava  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Riccardo Cucciolla, George Eastman
  • Directors: Mario Bava
  • Format: Anamorphic, Blu-ray, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Kino Classics
  • DVD Release Date: July 16, 2013
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009CSVQOU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,482 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

For Master Of The Macabre Mario Bava (Black Sunday), ''Rabid Dogs'' was to be the most startling film of his entire career: After a botched payroll heist, a trio of vicious criminals take hostages in a desperate getaway that explodes with cruelty, degradation and shocking violence. But when the film's financier was killed during the last stages of production, his entire estate - including the sole unfinished work print of ''Rabid Dogs'' was seized and impounded by an Italian court. Mario Bava's final masterpiece - and one of the most intense EuroCrime thrillers of all time - would remain locked away for nearly 23 years. In 1997 Alfredo Leone and Mario's son (and longtime assistant) Lamberto Bava finished the film, adorning it with the title ''Kidnapped'', and features new footage added, overseen by Leone and Lamberto Bava in order to complete the film. Movie only edition. In Italian with English subtitles.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kidnapped aka Rabid Dogs April 29, 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I'll admit that I've never seen films by Mario Bava. I've only recently gotten into Italian Cinema with the films of Dario Argento and other Giallo taken up my interest. Until now I had never tried any Bava. So hearing of this film and being intrigued with the premise I picked up the DVD.
The premise of the film is four criminals rob a pharmaceutical companies payroll during which the getaway driver is killed. The three remaining killers flee to a parking lot taking hostages, one of which they kill in order to escape. Afterwards in order not to be spotted by police in a familiar car they pull off and take more hostages this time a middle aged man and a sick child. At this point the films been a violent crime film. When it gets in the car the film is basically centered on the drive of the criminals and their hostages. Whats good in the film despite minor flaws is that even in its form (neither Rabid Dogs or the re-edited Kidnapped was completed with Bava's support due to circumstances which earned its "lost" status until recently) its a really well assembled suspense thriller building its tension slowly. As tensions in the car rise and victims plead for their lives even the criminals begin to turn against each other. One wants to rape the woman hostage, while another goes along with what ever happens while the leader is more concerned with just getting to their destination. There are moments in the film that to me were great in a transgressive way that newer films couldn't even come close to topping. And in the end, I don't want to ruin it but if you get into the plot as much I did it will definitely suprise you. I was totally blown away by the film. One thing also is the feeling of anger that seeps from every frame.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Desperate car ride Bava-style November 2, 2013
By orvuus
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
First of all, Kino's recent run of Bava on blu ray has been a dream come true for me. I resisted watching this until I got this blu ray -- and I'm glad I did. Apparently there are two different versions of this film, as once again Bava had just about finished the movie when they pulled out the rug from under him. This blu ray version has flawless picture and sound, and the story will take hold of you from the start and never let go. If this had been released at the time it was made, it would have been considered a classic, but now that it is out, it is still lingering in obscurity. A fine film, and the final film with Bava firmly in the director's chair. Kudos to Kino for this quality release. (Now please somebody release Blood and Black Lace, Kill Baby Kill, and Planet of the Vampires on blu ray!).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a decent print! November 2, 2009
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Already had a fair-quality gray-market DVD of this "lost" Bava classic (as _Rabid Dog_), but was delighted to find a more legit copy here at Amazon. Sure enough, it's a better print! As for the movie, if you're a Mario Bava fan, you know this is a gem. Definitely worth the price, all the more so compared to other versions out there.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mario Bava takes a little drive in the country October 20, 2010
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Some films are just born unlucky. Mario Bava's 'lost' 1974 film Rabid Dogs is a classic case in point. Shooting started as A Man and a Boy with Al Lettieri and an extremely low budget: Lettieri dropped out after a week due to 'illness' and the money barely materialised only for the film to never get through post-production when the producer died and the film was seized by creditors for a quarter of a century. When co-star Lea Lander pulled together a deal to get Bava's rough cut restored, the only US deal she could get with it was with producer Alfred Leone, who, in a throwback to the old days when no foreign film could be allowed on US shores untouched, promptly re-edited, rescored and redubbed the film with new dialogue and added stock footage and new scenes shot by the director's son Lamberto Bava 'to complete it the way my old friend wanted it to be seen.' Sure... An attempt to make a more contemporary shocker in a more naturalistic setting as the European horror genre was hitting the skids, it plays a bit like an automotive addition to the Last House On the Left genre as the surviving members of a payroll robbery kidnap a female hostage and, later, a driver rushing his unconscious son to hospital to help them in their getaway. Cue much humiliation, boorish behavior, relentless nihilism and fatal divisions coming to the fore as you wait for the tables to be turned Tall-T style by the 'little man' (Riccardo Cucciolla, literally miniscule whenever seen standing next to the towering George Eastman). That it doesn't always do so in the most obvious ways and offers a remarkably passive hero is all to the good and Bava's confident handling never makes the fact that most of the film takes place in a car seem uncinematic - harder than you might think. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hijacked March 18, 2014
Format:DVD
Q: Why do you need "Kidnapped" when you have "Rabid Dogs"?
A: You don't.

If someone was to suggest that a Rembrandt painting
be touched up here and there, that individual would
be vilified.
I guess film art has been compromised
by an opinion that it is only mindless entertainment
and therefore subject to mutilation.
nb: I like mindless entertainment :-)

If Mario Bava is the great genius of cinema that he is nearly
universally claimed to be, and he is, why alter his work?
Both movies are on this DVD, so you don't need to decide
which one you want before making a decision to get a copy.
That is as it should be in the world of DVD's and Anchor Bay
does it right, as usual.

*** contains spoilers***
"Rabid Dogs" is a great and relentless action movie,
from start to finish.
Very cynical.
One of the ancestors of "Reservoir Dogs" of more recent fame.
If you want happy endings and answers to the meaning of life,
look elsewhere.
"The Last House On The Left" (original)
is a philosophical meditation compared to "Rabid Dogs".

The cover insert states that "Rabid Dogs" has been given
a newly created opening credits sequence.
It is great, but what was the original one?
This movie fan wants to see it.
The music for "Rabid Dogs" is amazing. Just right.
Tense, edgy rock music with distorted "fuzz" guitar
that starts at the opening credits and underlies the movie's action.
"Kidnapped" uses generic atmospheric symphonic music
appropriate for a ladies tea party. WTF?!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Stunning Departure
"Kidnapped" is Lamberto Bava's re-titled completion of his famous father's 1974 film "Rabid Dogs" which is such a departure for Mario Bava, if the famed director... Read more
Published 1 month ago by V. Risoli
1.0 out of 5 stars Extremely boring
If you want to watch a movie where a group of thugs grab three people and drive around in a car for 90 minutes, this is the one to see.
Published 2 months ago by J. Roscovius
5.0 out of 5 stars Road Trip...
Four men rob a pharmaceutical company of its payroll. Armed and dangerous, they get the cash, killing anyone who tries to stop them. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein
4.0 out of 5 stars Saved by the end
Note; this US Anchor Bay DVD has two alternate cuts, one finished by
Bava's son, called 'Kidnapped'. Read more
Published on November 29, 2011 by K. Gordon
4.0 out of 5 stars Saved by the end
Note; this US Anchor Bay DVD has two alternate cuts, one finished by
Bava's son, called 'Kidnapped'. Read more
Published on November 29, 2011 by K. Gordon
2.0 out of 5 stars BAVA'S LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT
There's a scene where the criminals force a kidnapped woman to urinate in front of them---even the commentary on the dvd mentions it being done first in LAST HOUSE ON THE... Read more
Published on October 22, 2010 by sakara
5.0 out of 5 stars Well, maybe 4.5 stars ...
I liked the movie pretty much. It got a little ham-handed at moments, but in general it was about as tight as the original short story on which it was based: Man and Boy (in the... Read more
Published on September 6, 2007 by mijcar
5.0 out of 5 stars Mario Bava's lost masterpiece
To all you Quentin Tarantino fans out there, WATCH THIS MOVIE. First off let me start by saying this is not a horror movie, it is however very extreme and violent. Read more
Published on July 27, 2007 by M.
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