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Hatchet for the Honeymoon [Blu-ray]

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John Harrington (Stephen Forsyth) and his wife, Mildred (Laura Betti), run an exclusive salon devoted to wedding apparel for women. Although he seems a harmless fashion designer, John is actually a serial killer, doing in his young customers on their wedding nights. With each murder, John is able to see a bit more of the long-repressed memory of his mother's death. When he murders his wife, she returns to haunt him.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Stephen Forsyth, Dagmar Lassander, Laura Betti, Jesus Puente
  • Directors: Mario Bava
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Blu-ray, Extra tracks, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2012
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008BWFOVO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,758 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Garry Messick on September 19, 2000
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A unique blend of giallo and ghost story/tale of madness, Hatchet for the Honeymoon is quite an entertaining trifle. The plotting is careless, what with the police inspector showing up at just the right moment at least three times too many, but Mario Bava's many visual and editing flourishes are so clever they're downright witty. I particularly like the way the psycho, John Herrington, literally puts his wife at a distance by looking at her through the wrong end of his binoculars while she harangues him. Also wonderful is a transition where the camera pans across a line of mannequin heads that seem to float against the black background of a darkened room. The camera stops at the final head, which we realize with a start is Herrington, and we hear a woman's voice speaking. There's a momentary sense of dizzying disorientation before the camera suddenly continues its pan and we see the woman speaking and realize that we're in a different scene now. There's also a bit worthy of Hitchcock at his best involving a single drop of blood poised to drop from a dead woman's hand that threatens to expose Herrington while he's being questioned by the police. The picture and sound quality of the DVD is not in the same league as other movies in the Bava Collection such as Black Sunday or Black Sabbath, but it's safe to assume that Image did the best they could with the best source material they could find. Overall, perhaps not among Bava's very best films, but still more than worthwhile for those who appreciate imaginative, well-crafted filmmaking.
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[Hatchet For The Honeymoon - 1969 - Widescreen - English - 88 minutes] The HD blu ray treatment of this film is certainly worth the upgrade for all Mario Bava aficianados - the picture quality is superb, the colors rich and vibrant, the contrast uncanny for a film this old. Over and over again while I was watching I had to remark to myself how gorgeous it was, unlike a lot of other blu ray flicks I 'upgraded' lately. The audio, however, is a slightly different story - it appears that with each new reel of film, there's an abundance of snap, crackle, and popping and some hiss for around 20 seconds before it clears up. After that, it's fine. A minor distraction, but worth the trade for the video brilliance offered.

Not technically a gaillo, due to the fact that we know the killer's identity within three minutes as he gives an internal monologue declaring his psychological dilemma and love for killing women, this is still Bava working full throttle, though not necessarily paving new roads with this film. It's very different from his 'Bay of Blood', from the following year which, along with Sergio Martino's 'Torso', ushered in the slasher film about six years before John Carpenter's 'Halloween'. This is more like his other 60's film's, psychological horror without the gothic feel, yet the goth elements are evident everywhere - the lead's wife is a spiritualist, the elaborate castle manor they live in, the creepy mannequins that dreadfully dominate and dictate his desire to kill, and the childhood murder that haunts him currently, puzzle pieces of which he still can't come to grips with all play out with elaborate visual splendor, as Bava also plays cinematographer as well as director.
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As always, my review is based on the QUALITY of the DVD.
I appreciate Image Entertainment giving us the opportunity to view "Hatchet for the Honeymoon" and another work of Mario Bava to observe. It is remarkable that we have this new entertainment medium and that we can enjoy these films from so long ago. But -- this DVD is the worst one that I own. The picture is lousy and the sound is awful. You get the 1.66:1 screen ratio, but that wouldn't be so bad if the picture was CLEAR. I'm not sure if this was released prematurely. Just take into consideration my review of picture + sound to make your decision if you really want to buy this. In addition, it comes in a snap-case although there are some notes within.
Volume is at an all-time low. I had to crank up my speaker and software volume to the maximum and still had trouble hearing the dialogue. You could not possibly eat potato chips and listen to this at the same time!
The movie itself is pretty good, perhaps worthy of three stars. Some good points: a nice, recurring love/fantasy theme music or melody. Perhaps the love theme is derived from the bridal costumes and weddings. Parts of the movie are quite haunting. There are no luscious beauties here at all found in other Bava films; the women are rather plain with the exception of what appears to be one beautiful, tall Black woman walking by (quick) and an extremely nice, long pair of legs close-up.
While the theme music is pleasant, there are nauseating guitar sequences during action shots. Horror buffs and people who crave gore will not find either in this movie. Own this only if you are serious about building a Mario Bava collection (I am).
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This is from Mario Bava's middle period, when his work becomes more "tongue-in-cheek." It doesn't have the same level of intensity, or belief, as Black Sunday or Black Sabbath or Whip and the Body or Blood and Black Lace. The plot could have made for a good Giallo thriller but Bava pushes it towards the comic or absurd. What is interesting though is the way Bava - serving as his own cinematographer - experiments with the visuals, including the use (perhaps overuse) of the zoom lens. Some of the visuals are first-rate, and the new DVD/Blu-Ray release does them justice. So too does Tim Lucas who provides his usual excellent audio commentary. Glad to see Bava finally coming out on Blu-Ray! Can't wait to see Bava's color Giallo thrillers get the Blu-Ray treatment they so rightfully deserve. (I only hope that when they are eventually released they come with multiple language/subtitle options. The English dubbed films are usually poorly done and quite distracting. It's too bad that Hatchet for the Honeymoon doesn't allow one to watch it in Italian.)
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