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Bay of Blood: Kino Classics Remastered Edition [Blu-ray]

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When a rich countess is murdered, it's a race to see who'll inherit her estate and you can bet that the body count is going to rise rapidly in the process as the plot twists spin wildly out of control. The pile of bloodied corpses is going to get higher and higher as each one of the mangled victims are hung, speared, stabbed and macheted. One by one, the horrific murders turn the screen crimson with blood… A Bay of Blood! English Dubbed Version.

SPECIAL FEATURES: Alternate Italian language version (with differing footage), Audio Commentary by Tim Lucas, Original movie trailers for Mario Bava films

Product Details

  • Actors: Claudine Auger, Luigi Pistilli
  • Directors: Mario Bava
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Blu-ray, Dubbed, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: September 3, 2013
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B49GSQQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,187 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: Blu-ray
Bay of Blood/Twitch of the Death Nerve is a legendary horror film from director Mario Bava. In the Arrow Video region-free release, the picture quality is great but the sound is average. There is a decent amount of supplements for the film believed to have inspired Friday the 13th and its first sequel. The Kino Classic release is fairly similar with the same problems but contains much less bonus content. Many Bava fans consider this film a must own for their collection.

Arrow Video Special Features:
- Reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned art work
- Double-sided fold-out poster
- Collector's Booklet by Jay Slater, critic and author of Eaten Alive!
- Brand new high definition transfer of the English version of the film (1080p)
- 2 versions of the film including the Italian cut
- Original Mono Audio
- Twitch of the Death Nerve Radio Spots
- Argento! Bava! Fulci! The Giallo Gems of Dardano Sacchetti (1080p)
- Joe Dante on Mario Bava (1080p)
- Shooting a Spaghetti Splatter Classic: Cameraman Gianlorenzo Battaglia on A Bay of Blood (1080p)
- Audio discussion with Tim Lucas, author of Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark
- A Bay of Blood Trailers: `Carnage' and `Twitch of the Death Nerve' with commentary by Edgar Wright, director of Shaun of the Dead.

Kino Classic Special Features: Audio Commentary, Alternate European Cut (85-Minute), Trailers

Buy the Arrow Video imported release of Bay of Blood on Blu-ray. It has managed to hold its value.
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Some Facts about the movie: This movie was directed by Giallo director Mario Bava, it was produced by Giuseppe Zaccariello, the music is by Stelvio Cipriani, due to the movie low budget Mario Bava did the cinematography himself, plus many of the tracking shots had to be done on a child's wagon, the gore effects were done by Carlo Rambaldi, it came out in 1971 though it was released to U.S. movie theaters on May 3 1972, some of its alternate titles are: Twitch of the Death Nerve, Blood Bath, "Thus do we live to be evil", Carnage etc., finally this movie has highly influenced the American slasher and body count idea ever-present in the 1980's. It especially highly influenced Friday the 13th close to a decade before F13 came out and it came out a couple years before Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

The simple gist for the those that are new to it is: An elderly wheelchair bound woman named Countess Federica is seized and throttle with a noose by her husband, Filippo Donati. Donati places a supposed suicide note on a table and in a short time some unseen other killer stabs Donati and drags his corpse off to the bay. The police just runs with the countess's death just being a suicide and somehow are never aware about Donati's death. It isn't long before multiple murders soon ensue by one or more people that have a high desire to claim ownership of the Countess's bay property. Our possible suspects are: Countess Federica's beautiful daughter Renata, her husband Albert, sleazy real estate agent Frank Ventura, Frank's sexy secretary and lover Laura, local fisherman Simon, entomologist Paolo Fassati, and Paolo's psychic wife Anna.

The camera work is incredibly detailed showing the full environment outside and inside the houses.
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This is more a review based on the quality of the Blu-ray than an overview of the film. If you're a fan of slasher films or giallo horror, then this is well known as a masterpiece. It is a giallo classic, and it is a precursor to the slasher film. It's also one colorful, strangely motivated trip of a film. It is also available in the 2nd Bava boxed-set, in DVD format, and as a single disc release. As a horror film, the work is genius. Bava was a master, and this is one gory murder expose. The kill scenes were instant classics in their time, and the film has aged as well as Bava's earlier works like the beautifully gothic Black Sunday, or the giallo masterpiece, Blood and Black Lace. Yet, it remains incomparable to them in certain ways, and is more comparable to those he influenced including Argento and Fulci, and it's clear that his camerawork in this film helped take the stalker viewpoint into the slasher perspective, something that influenced his future counterparts in America during the late 70s and 80s slasher advance.

A summary of the film... people trespass at the wrong place at the wrong time, and the title holds true to the film, as there is a vicious and multi-seeded land dispute going on as the backstory. Bava elevated the disturbance of the audience through dedicated violence and dread-based suspense, rather than the atmospheric suspense he relied upon in his films from the 60s. This film was a turning point for Bava, in ways, this work really let him stretch out.

The quality of the DVD was good, a lot better than the VHS recording I grew up with. However, when the Blu-ray came out, I knew it was one of the few films from the 70s that I was interested in purchasing.
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