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Five Dolls for an August Moon: Kino Classics Remastered Edition [Blu-ray]

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Industrialist George Stark (Teodoro Corra) invites a small group of wealthy friends to his private island for a weekend of relaxation and light business. He wants them to meet the brilliant chemist Gerry Farrell (William Berger) who has invented a new chemical process. Against his wishes, Farrell is engaged in business discussions revolving around millions of dollars worth of investment. As each of the potential investors goes behind each other's back, fear and mistrust grow, particularly once the guests begin turning up dead. English Dubbed Version.

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  • Actors: William Berger, Ira Furstenburg, Teodoro Corra
  • Directors: Mario Bava
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Blu-ray, Dubbed, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: September 3, 2013
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DI67N94
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,943 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
It's extremely unfortunate that Kino has chosen to release this Mario Bava film (as well as others) on Blu-Ray without the option of hearing it in Italian with English subtitles, especially since the release of a number of these works on region 2 has made it clear how readily available such options appear to be. For this alone, it would normally receive a one or two star deduction in my book. If I refrain from doing so in the case of FIVE DOLLS it is because the image quality is absolutely stunning, and the audio commentary by Tim Lucas is also truly first-rate. (One of the highlights: the discussion of Bava vis-à-vis Kandinsky.) In fact, the ideal way to watch this Blu-Ray may be with the audio commentary, since it allows you to focus not on the silly plot or egregious dubbing (neither of which can be attributed to Bava) but on the compositions and overall visual design of the piece. Bava, who spent nearly twenty years as a cinematographer before he directed his first feature, is a master when it comes to lighting, framing, etc., and once you focus on this aspect FIVE DOLLS seems less like "minor Bava" than like a major example of his remarkable talent. So while Kino has missed the boat on releasing the absolutely definitive FIVE DOLLS, the image quality + commentary more than make up for its flaws. (But having said all this, newcomers to Bava beware: FIVE DOLLS is not the place to start with this director. If anything, it is where you may want to end. Because it allows you to appreciate his specific talents almost unadulterated, without the distraction of an interesting plot, characters, etc.)
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This Kino blu-ray has only one flaw to my mind -- it's in English and has no option for Italian with subtitles, as with all their titles. Boo hoo. Also, big deal. Even if you heard the "original" audio, Bava never used direct sound to my knowledge, and the actors either post dubbed their own lines or in some cases were dubbed themselves (like Barbara Steele). That being said, you just can't beat this fabulous, lucious version of one of Bava's most beautiful films. It is also the ONLY blu ray of this great film available, so I applaud Kino in hopes they'll come out with more of the same. (P.S. in one case the Kino version to me is far preferable for not having the "original" audio -- Black Sabbath on their blu ray -- as it has the original far superior Boris Karloff dialogue!)

I've heard it said this is one of his lesser movies, that he did it only for the money, etc., but to my mind it is the maestro at his height, filled with Bava touches that no one of the time (or now) comes close to. Several new Italian obscurites have been remastered and reissued by that great company Raro, but with the exception of one or two, nothing comes close to Bava. This film does indeed have a "Ten little indians," or "Then there were none" kind of plot. But I don't think Agatha Christie could have come up with the idea of hanging bodies up like a musical mobile of death in the walk-in freezer! William Berger, the exquisite Edwege Fenech, the ultracool Ely Galleani (the youngest woman), and all the other actors are top notch for their roles.

Bava's wicked wit is supreme here, in the deaths, the freezer scene, and the final denouement. It's like a crazy carnival of color, blood, and fabulously dressed Italians! SEE the wildest '60's/'70's party of them all!
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I don't really understand folks who claim to love Eurohorror, but won't watch films that are subtitled. Anyone with an 8th grade education can read subs, and seeing these classics dubbed by people who do cartoonish voiceovers is nothing more than insulting - to the viewer, to the director, to the actors involved, to the viewing experience. The entire film's focal point is diverted to the gutter and suffers as a whole. Many casual viewers will disagree, but devotees understand my point completely. The English-dubbed version is wretched to listen to - you will not hear ANY of the actual actors real voices, and the flick suffers as much as the viewer does who wastes his/her time screening it. How do I know this? I've seen it in BOTH languages, and it's like two completely different movies...

First off, these are Bava films, so you either love his late-60's work or hate it, period. The same things that we fans of his later 60's output love are usually the very same things that turn others off. So I'm not going to spend a lot of time reviewing the actual movie itself, but rather what's on display in them - the luscious Euro babes with big, teased hair and false eyelashes, the accompanying mini-skirts, go-go boots and chain belts, the futuristic furniture, accessories and decor (the same stuff that's resurgently popular today), the elaborate architecture and European landscapes, the cool cars, the extravagant, permissive lifestyles and hedonistic parties and, of course, Edwige Fenech.
I realize that these things have nothing to do with whether these are good movies or not, but I also know I'm not alone in my rabid fascination for all things from this particular time period, and that WILL have an impact on whether you enjoy these films. Derivitive plot? Sure. Annoying soundtrack? Yup.
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