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Blood And Black Lace
Special Edition, 2-Disc Special Edition
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(Jul 12, 2016)
1-Disc Limited Special Edition Steelbook
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SIX MODELS. SIX VICTIMS FOR A CRAZED MASKED KILLER.
The Cristian Haute Couture fashion house is a home to models... and backstabbing... and blackmail... and drug deals... and MURDER.
Having established a template for the giallo with The Girl Who Knew Too Much, Mario Bava set about cementing its rules with Blood and Black Lace. In doing so he created one of the most influential films ever made an Italian classic that would spearhead the giallo genre, provide a prototype for the slasher movie, and have a huge effect on filmmakers as diverse as Dario Argento and Martin Scorsese.
Newly restored from the original camera negative and presented here in its original, uncut Italian form, this dual-format release allows fans to see Blood and Black Lace afresh and offers newcomers the ideal introduction to a major piece of cult filmmaking.
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
One of Bava's most accomplished works, executed with a dazzling, unprecedented use of bright colors and deep shadows --Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
Few films are anywhere near as lovely as Mario Bava's Blood and Black Lace --Bryant Frazer, Deep Focus
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At the time this film was made, it might have seemed brutal and extreme. By today’s standards, it is quite tame. The best thing it has going for it is the cinematography (Ubaldo Terzano), the editing (Mario Serandrei), and the art direction. It is very stylish and stylized; a great use of color, light, and shadow. Most of the sets are made of graphic elements that photograph well. Each scene is exquisitely composed. But the story is a bit routine and the actors tend to be stiff and formal, which is only worsened through the dubbing process (lips flapping with nothing coming out while a brief response is made in a voice that doesn’t quite match the look of the actor speaking). Still, even so, regardless, there is something about this film that is quite compelling. At the time of its initial release, Blood and Black Lace was a box office failure. It has since picked up a following of supporters.
Viewing the DVD now, from the perspective of my retirement years, I can see that there is far, far more to this trend-setting mystery than skin. Mario Bava produced a true whodunit with superb cinematography and set decoration and some fine acting. A number of things jump out at one: In a bevy of young models who are mostly blonde and fair, Claude Dantes is a statuesque, striking brunette whose watery demise hits one like a right cross; the Italian actor who plays one of the suspects is an absolute, dead ringer for Peter Lorre; and Mary Arden dies a horrible death by "taking the heat."
Bava's camera (he did most of the shooting himself) tracks and swoops through the salon, the eerie museum and down moonlit brick lanes with a unique energy of its own. The colors chosen by Bava for the sets tend to the brilliant primary -- the better to match, and contrast with, the blood which often flows in a number of scenes.
Who is the villain killing the models? Bava throws a number of red herrings across the trail before finally, deliberately, giving the game away as the climactic scene approaches.
An excellent "giallo" mystery that has become a cult classic. How little of its brilliance that young GI noticed, 43 years ago!