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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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Product Details

  • Actors: Riccardo Cucciolla, George Eastman
  • Directors: Mario Bava
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Blu-ray, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: July 16, 2013
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009CSVQOU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,792 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Clinton Enlow on April 29, 2007
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By orvuus on November 2, 2013
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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 By V. Risoli on February 23, 2014
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"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 had lived longer, I think this film would have brought him even more recognition. Lamberto had already coaxed the director out of early retirement and the result was Mario Bava winning an award for his screenplay for the 1977 final film "Shock," but I think the more aptly re-titled "Kidnapped" definitely threw me off with its unexpected brilliance. I really do not want to give any spoilers here by talking about the plot, but it is stunning, well acted, and I don't think Lamberto had to do very much to it to finish the effort, which credit should lavished on his father, who began so many trends in the horror film business by creating the blueprints for the first giallo ("Blood and Black Lace") and the first slasher movie ("A Bay of Blood") and was always on the edge of increasing his genius. Kino's Blu-ray remastered edition is excellent, however, the only extras are other Bava trailers. Color.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 7, 2014
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Four men rob a pharmaceutical company of its payroll. Armed and dangerous, they get the cash, killing anyone who tries to stop them. One of their number is shot dead during their escape. Hunted by the police, the three desperados must get to their hide-out, so they carjack a family -a man, woman, and a young boy- and force the man to drive them. Sadly, the boy was on his way to the hospital for emergency surgery! Now, the criminals take their hostages into the middle of nowhere. Adding tension and terror to the ordeal, is the fact that of the three kidnappers, one is semi-rational while the other two are depraved and unpredictable. Bava utilizes these thugs to ratchet up the suspense. We feel for the victims, knowing they are at the mercy of human monsters. The one good thing about eeevil psychopaths is their tendency to self-destruct! KIDNAPPED (RABID DOGS) illustrates this fact quite well. The finale is a twisted classic!...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Baleani on October 10, 2014
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It doesn't features the original 1972 version and the 1972 original dubbing...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Samuel Gaines on 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 By Veritas Veritatis on March 18, 2014
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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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