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Black Sabbath: Standard Edition Remastered

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A beautiful woman is terrorized by call from an ex-lover who has escaped from prison for the pleasure of killing her...a family becomes a feeding ground when their father returns home wounded after ridding the countryside of a hideous vampire...a nurse is haunted by reproaches from the Beyond after stealing a ring from the finger of a dead medium! Join Boris Karloff as he hosts (and stars in) this trilogy of terror tales - presented in its original aspect ratio and remastered in HD for the first time, with every shock intact! This is the original Italian- language version with optional English subtitles. Movie only edition.

Product Details

  • Actors: Boris Karloff
  • Directors: Mario Bava
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: July 16, 2013
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CKWQNWA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,615 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: VHS Tape
Black Sabbath is one of those movies that made a horrifyingly-indelible impression on me when I first saw it. In "The Drop of Water", I can still see the contorted visage of the dead spiritualist as she fixes her malevolent stare on the woman who has robbed her in death. "The Telephone" was the weakest of the trio. But the third segment--The Wurdalak--gave me insomnia for days. As a lover of the vampire genre, I was struck by the twist in the old legend: a Wurdalak returns from the dead to attack those whom he loved best on earth. Boris Karloff plays the title character, a paterfamilias who sets out to destroy a local bandit-turned-Wurdalak. If he has not returned in exactly three days, the family will know that he has been victimized, and must be destroyed. Of course, he returns just after the three day mark. The sheer horror comes from the fact that the family knows the truth, but can't admit it. The scene of Karloff cuddling and stroking his young grandson is enough to make you want to call Child Protective Services! Really good stuff, and a clarion call to those who insist that one needs massive special effects or blatan, on-screen gore to succeed. Kudos!
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Format: DVD
Buyers be forewarned. Unlike the "also from" Anchor Bay trailers showing the American AIP version of "Black Sabbath", what is on the disc is NOT that version. Instead this is the European Italian language version with subtitles and even Karloff's voice is dubbed in Italian. Their advertising is very misleading for the unaware.

Due to some sort of contractual differences with AIP, this is all that is currently available to the public.
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Format: DVD
You know I have never seen a DVD that is more ambiguous in its description and based on Amazon's reviews I am not alone. I purchased this DVD fully thinking I was getting the U.S. version and not the Italian version that I already own. The movie is in Italian with subtitles and a commentary track. For those of you who think I am a pan and scan knucklehead who does not appreciate films in their true uncut version you are wrong- the American Version is actually a different cut with alternate footage. Why not release both versions on one disc. If you are a Bava fan check it out but if you own the Image DVD you do not need to purchase this disc.
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Format: Blu-ray
I ordered the Arrow Blu Ray version of Black Sabbath from Amazon uk. It has both the US Version in English AND the Italian version with English Subtitles. Watching the English US Version, in High Def was a pleasure I never thought I'd see. To make this even better, there are Special Features; one of them A Tale of Two Versions, that shows the differences with the US and Italian version. It has clips from both comparing the various changes. The story lines are a little different and so are some of the camera angles. However, be warned....this is a Region 2 PAL Blu Ray. It won't play on a US Blu Ray Player (Region 1). I own a multi-region Blu Ray player (you can find some on ebay). One of the reasons I purchased one was to own this title. So, until whatever legal issues are sorted out in the US, this is the only way you will have the English US version. As an additional bonus, Arrow includes the Standard DVD of these movies as well. If you are a fan of this movie, order it from Amazon UK, and get a multi-region player. You won't be disappointed.
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Finally the AIP version of Mario Bava's THREE FACES OF FEAR retitled BLACK SABBATH is available in a digital medium This new Kino Lorber Blu-Ray showcases the film in a high quality transfer but it is not quite fully restored. No matter, it is the English version and what a relief it is to hear Boris Karloff speaking in his own voice. If you own the previous Image or Anchor Bay editions which are in Italian and have never seen the AIP version, there are numerous changes. Aside from being in English, the order of the stories is rearranged. In the original it is 1) THE TELEPHONE, 2) THE WURDALAK, and 3) THE DROP OF WATER. The American version is 1) THE DROP OF WATER, 2) THE TELEPHONE and 3) THE WURDALAK.

There are also a number of different inserts as Karloff's narration was altered to make it seem more like his old THRILLER anthology series which was then at its height. The Italian segments are longer, more colorful visually, and more humorous in nature. The original ending to the Italian version involving Karloff riding a fake horse inside a movie studio is cut entirely. In addition to rearranging the order of the stories, the AIP version makes a number of vocal alterations to THE TELEPHONE changing it from a giallo type story to a supernatural one and disguising some lesbian overtones.

The plot summaries are as follows. In A DROP OF WATER a nurse steals a dead medium's ring only to have her reanimated corpse come back for it. THE TELEPHONE has a woman tormented by the ghost of her former lover through phone calls until he comes-a-calling. Finally THE WURDALAK (the longest segment) features Boris Karloff and Mark Damon in a period tale of a family stalked by its patriarch who has become a vampire.
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