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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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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.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • 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 (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009CSVQOU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,753 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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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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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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1 of 1 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 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 Trevor Willsmer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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