- Uncut, European version, including nearly eight additional minutes never shown in American theaters
- Restored Original Score by Stelvio Cipriani
- Photo & Poster Gallery
- Liner notes by Bava expert Tim Lucas
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In Italian 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?
Mario Bava's 1972 ghost thriller returns him to his gothic horror roots: a magnificent castle, an ancient curse, a cruel killer from the past resurrected by his ancestor to continue his reign of terror. That description sounds like a Technicolor reworking of Bava's masterpiece, Black Sunday, but Baron Blood evokes a mood similar to Roger Corman's Edgar Allan Poe films, notably Vincent Price's cruel manipulations in The Masque of the Red Death. Baron von Kleist (a.k.a. the notorious Baron Blood) is resurrected in a bit of schoolboy theatrics gone terribly wrong. The bloody, disfigured corpse rises from the grave to murder hapless townspeople and stalk miniskirted Elke Sommer, finally transforming himself into the respectable but mysterious millionaire Joseph Cotten. "Sadist. Murderer. Merely matters of terminology," he says, smiling while restoring his beloved torture chamber to the sounds of tape-recorded screams. Bava spikes the often slack story with eerie images (the crook-necked dead stare of a hanging man, blood seeping under a heavy oak door, a tower adorned with corpses spiked on jutting pikes). Cotten makes a sinister von Kleist, with an ominous tremble in his voice that belies his seemingly frail, wheelchair-bound body. The uncut version restores bloody scenes cut from American prints and the original jazzy score, but the gorgeous color photography is muted by a slightly murky transfer. The accompanying essays by Tim Lucas are thoughtful, informative, and wonderfully detailed, especially considering their brevity. --Sean Axmaker
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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.