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Danger: Diabolik

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The suave, psychedelic-era thief called Diabolik (Law) can't get enough of life's good - or glittery - things. Not when there are currency shipments to steal from under the noses of snooty government officials and priceless jewels to lift from the boudoirs of the superrich. The elusive scoundrel finds plenty of ways to live up to his name in this tongue-in-cheek, live-action caper inspired by Europe's popular Diabolic comics. He clambers up walls, zaps a press conference with Exhilaration Gas, smacks a confession out of a crime lord while freefalling with him from an airplane, and pulls off the heist of a twenty-ton gold ingot.

Special Features

  • Commentary by Actor John Phillip Law and Historian Tim Lucas
  • Danger: Diabolik: From Fumettito Film
  • Teaser Trailer
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Music Video - Body Movin' - The Beastie Boys, with Optional Commentary by Adam "MCA" Yauch

Product Details

  • Actors: John Phillip Law, Marisa Mell, Michel Piccoli, Adolfo Celi, Claudio Gora
  • Directors: Mario Bava
  • Writers: Mario Bava, Adriano Baracco, Angela Giussani, Arduino Maiuri, Brian Degas
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: June 14, 2005
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000228EJA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,992 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Danger: Diabolik" on IMDb

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Mario Bava was known predominantly for making classic horror films like Black Sabbath but he also essayed several other genres in his long, illustrious career: sword and sandal epics, science fiction and, with Danger: Diabolik, a comic book heist thriller.

In the first 15 minutes there is more visual imagination at work than most films of its ilk made today. Bava uses close-ups for establishing shots (a la Sergio Leone), unusual perspective shots and snap zooms. The veteran filmmaker elevates the standard premise that was so in vogue in the `60s with impressive sets, cutting edge fashion (for its time), cool cars, hot babes, high-tech gadgets and a hep, swinging `60s Euro-lounge soundtrack mixed with jazzy spy music by Ennio Morricone. Bava understood that film was predominantly a visual medium and he tells the story with a minimal use of dialogue (Diabolik rarely speaks), instead propelling the narrative largely through eye-catching imagery.

Danger: Diabolik seems refreshingly inventive today and has aged surprisingly well despite the `60s fashion and décor. You have to admire a film that has the balls to have an anti-hero as its protagonist who has no problem killing cops that get in his way, stealing from a wealthy elderly couple and living a decadent lifestyle. Bava's film fulfills all of the requirements of its genre-exciting car chases, sword fights and so on-and does so with a style and panache that is missing from today's movies.

There is an audio commentary by actor John Phillip Law and Bava biographer Tim Lucas. Law recounts some of his experiences making the movie (including working with his lovely co-star Marisa Mell) with a great, deep resonating voice reminiscent of Robert Evans.
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I will keep this short and sweet. Underground lairs, 60's sports cars, beautiful women, exotic locals, hippies smoking pot at an orgy and some groovy music. This movie has it all. Diabolik's underground hideout is 100% pimp with a car elevator, giant revolving bed, swimming hole that leads into the ocean, sexy see-through shower stalls and more! If I had a few million dollars, I would recreate his pad for sure! Buy this movie, it rules!
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I was introduced to this lovely little slice of sin when it aired as the final triumphant episode of "Mystery Science Theater 3000." Unlike their usual verbal slamming of previous movies on the program, Mike Nelson and the gang seemed to approach this film with more of an affectionate teasing. Watching the stylish bank note lovemaking scene in Diabolik's swank underground hideout, I turned to my wife and said, "This isn't like the other Mistie spoofs. I would actually like to a version of this WITHOUT Mike Nelson poking fun at it!"

So for my birthday just a few days ago, my wife surprised me with a copy of "Danger: Diabolik!" on DVD. We were amazed at how many stunning scenes were excised from the MST3K version: Valmont gunning the snitch doctor for example, and most especially Diabolik and Eva detonating all those tax and debtor's buildings! That scene presaged the finale of "Fight Club" by thirty-two years! WOW! Tyler Durden IS Diabolik!

Let us not forget the peek-a-boo His and Hers shower scenes! This coy presentation of lethal sexuality puts that horrific Brad Pitt/Angelina Jolie vehicle "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" to shame!

Savory DVD bonuses include: The Beastie Boys' video "Body Movin'" - inspired visually by "Diabolik!" There is also a featurette tracking the development of "Diabolik!" from comic book to feature film. It features interviews with comic book illustrator Steve Bisette, Beastie Boy Adam "Ad-Rock" Yauch, and "Diabolik!" star John Phillip Law.

Many people in the U.S. are put off by Diabolik's amorality. This from the country that produces everything from the bone-headed Rambo and the monstrous Terminator to that repulsive vigilante "hero," the Punisher.
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Diabolik(1967, alias Danger: Diabolik) is a film version of the Diabolik comic books created by Angela and Luciana Giusanni.
Director Mario Bava only used up $500,000 of Dino De Laurentiis' budget making the film. Superman and Batman fight crime while Diabolik is an outlaw. John Phillip Law plays a flesh and blood version of Diabolik. Marisa Mell plays Eva Kant and Michel Piccoli plays Inspector Ginko. Terry Thomas also plays a stereotypical, European politician. Adolfo Celi(Thunderball) plays Valmont, a nasty crime boss. The funniest scene is where Diabolik unleashes laughing gas at a press conference! Diabolik was referenced in CQ(2002) and the Beastie Boys music video 'Body Movin'. It was also the last film shown on Mystery Science Theater 3000(1989-1999). Director Mario Bava gives a "comic book" feel to the film. A mob lackey stands in front of a bookshelf. The bookshelf looks like comic strip panels. Ennio Morricone's energetic, avant-garde, 1960's psychedelic music score still sounds awesome! The theme song Deep Deep Down sung by "Christie" is cool, but it's hard to find on LP's or CD's or any medium. Diabolik is still worthy of a PG-13 rating. There's drug use and mild violence. Diabolik and Eva takes showers and the nudity is barely covered up. Diabolik is a 20th Century Jesse James with Batman and Austin Powers style gadgets and sports cars. Diabolik is one of the best movies based on a comic book.
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