Baron Blood: Kino Classics'
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In director Mario Bava's sumptuous Technicolor Gothic horror classic, an American student Peter Kleist travels to Austria on summer holiday to learn more about his family roots. By reciting an incantation on a piece of ancient parchment, he succeeds in scaring up a genuine ancestor--Baron Otto von Kleist, a 16th century sadistic nobleman whose appetite for cruelty earned him the nickname ''Baron Blood''. Before Peter can reverse the incantation, the parchment burns...How many innocents will die before Peter learns how to send the evil Baron back to the hell from whence he came? BONUS FEATURES: Original Theatrical Trailer, Audio Commentary from Tim Lucas, Radio Spots and more!
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Unknowing to them both, the body and spirit of Baron Blood has been awakened and he wants nothing more than revenge on the living occupants of his estate and the surrounding town.
That's just the mere start of this movie. I found it both entertaining and a thriller. I used to own the DVD on this one, but this edition is far superior to that one.
There are a few Special Features here ~
It's Mastered in HD from the 35MM negative.
Audio Commentary by Tim Lucas, author of Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark.
Alternate Title Sequence
Original Theatrical Trailers
Original Trailers of other Bava Films
Kino Lorber did a good job on this one. I would have liked some reversible graphics on the interior of the bluray package though. I'm sure there are plenty of graphic artwork available for that, but they only did the front cover and back.
It's widescreen 1:78:1
1972, 98 minutes Made in Italy, but it's English language for the movie.
Anyway, I digress. It's worth the watch of you like movies from this genre/era. Better that a lot of the things that came out in that era (story wise anyway), though I felt the special effects were quite lacking. It's pretty much a PG-13.
Joseph Cotten as Baron Otto von Kleist aka Baron Blood / Alfred Becker was good - he was better in this horror film than I anticipated (I really don't think of Cotten as a horror actor that's why I mentioned it).
One thing about these types of films - the living dead or undead always seems to have plenty of money - filthy rich they are! How does a long time dead man get such riches without selling off his gold? The money has changed over the years (I think in every country) so how can he spend it - sell it I suppose to those interested in old money I guess. Whatever, I still by into it for a movie. LOL.
Not a bad film to watch for fans of the older horror - in particular the Italian horror films.