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Blood and Black Lace (2 Disc Special Edition)
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A fashion house in Italy becomes a slaughterhouse when the diary of one of the models is discovered. It seems that there is some unsavory material within the diary concerning the models. Everyone is after the diary, and in fact somebody even goes as far as to bump off a few people for the diary. Who will survive?
See folks, this is where the Italian giallo, the career of Dario Argento (my favorite Italian horror director), and the slasher film began. When I saw BLOOD AND BLACK LACE, I gained a new understanding of Italian horror and how cool it is. It's all right here: wild camera moves (achieved on a red wagon!), lighting in different colors (echoing EC Comics long before George Romero gave it a shot in CREEPSHOW and even before the first TALES FROM THE CRYPT movie in 1972), gorgeous but ill-fated women, psychosexually motivated mayhem, and of course truly awesome murder sequences! Yes indeed, we can all thank Mario Bava for the state of Italian horror in its heyday and for all those slasher movies that have come out recently because Mario Bava singlehandedly shaped the state of modern, non-Gothic/supernatural horror in just 90 minutes of murder and mayhem!
VCI's DVD is a testament to this movie's significance in horror history. The audio commentary by Bava expert Tim Lucas provides a treasure trove of trivia for Bava buffs and Italian horror fans alike!Read more ›
Arrow did a fine job on restoring this Mario Bava classic in HD. The mono sound is nice as well. The film has never looked great on home video until now. You will be blow away by the PQ and AQ. There are a lot of great extra and a nice booklet also.
First the good stuff: This DVD restores footage from the original European release, including the original credit sequence, never before seen in North America, and features a wealth of extras, including interviews with stars Cameron Mitchell and Mary (Dawne) Arden, a selection of international trailers and an information packed commentary track by film scholar and Bava expert Tim Lucas. The video quality is excellent, though not faultless, and presented in a widescreen 1.66:1 aspect ratio, allowing the viewer the opportunity to appreciate Bava's visual canvas in a way not possible with previous video releases.
The not so good stuff: As much of a revelation as this VCI release is, in terms of visual quality, the limited edition PAL German DVD of BLOOD AND BLACK LACE (BLUTIGE SEIDE) is undoubtedly the hands down winner. The colours are even more vibrant and the film is presented in the full, correct, aspect ratio of 1.85:1. If you have PAL DVD capabilities, you might want to look at that release, but otherwise, the VCI edition is still an excellent purchase.
The biggest problem with this DVD is that there are at least three, different releases of this disc, some of which have very serious problems.
I can not personally verify the problems with the original release, which reportedly would not play in some DVD players including some makes of Philips/Magnavox and Pioneer players. I believe that this version has the front cover BLOOD AND BLACK LACE logo in yellow with red stripes, whereas the subsequent releases have the logo in red.Read more ›
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Great release of one of the classic iconic horror films of its era.Published 1 day ago by Steven G.
By and large, Blood and Black Lace is considered as one of the earliest examples of the giallo-, a genre that wouldn't come into full swing until the early 70's. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michael Haberfelner
At the heart of this mystery is the desperation to retrieve a diary that contains far too much information. To cover up the death of its author, a few other women had to die. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Einsatz
With the steelbook release continually delayed on amazon, I finally ordered directly from Arrow Films in the U.K. Read morePublished 6 months ago by B. Wells
Arrow releases the definitive edition of the Giallo masterpiece. If you love the film, this is the copy you want.Published 6 months ago by Hannibelectro
Possibly the best home video purchase I've made. Restoration is flawless. Extras are generous and informative. Visually, one of the most beautiful films I've ever seen.Published 9 months ago by Quart45
Very good movie. Very suspenseful. Better to watch in French with subtitles...more ambient sound effects to hear.Published 20 months ago by beatlefreak