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Kidnapped (1997): Standard Edition Remastered [Blu-ray]

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For Master Of The Macabre Mario Bava (Black Sunday), ''Rabid Dogs'' was to be the most startling film of his entire career: After a botched payroll heist, a trio of vicious criminals take hostages in a desperate getaway that explodes with cruelty, degradation and shocking violence. But when the film's financier was killed during the last stages of production, his entire estate - including the sole unfinished work print of ''Rabid Dogs'' was seized and impounded by an Italian court. Mario Bava's final masterpiece - and one of the most intense EuroCrime thrillers of all time - would remain locked away for nearly 23 years. In 1997 Alfredo Leone and Mario's son (and longtime assistant) Lamberto Bava finished the film, adorning it with the title ''Kidnapped'', and features new footage added, overseen by Leone and Lamberto Bava in order to complete the film. Movie only edition. In Italian with English subtitles.

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  • Actors: Riccardo Cucciolla, George Eastman
  • Directors: Mario Bava
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Blu-ray, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: 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: July 16, 2013
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009CSVQOU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,096 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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First of all, Kino's recent run of Bava on blu ray has been a dream come true for me. I resisted watching this until I got this blu ray -- and I'm glad I did. Apparently there are two different versions of this film, as once again Bava had just about finished the movie when they pulled out the rug from under him. This blu ray version has flawless picture and sound, and the story will take hold of you from the start and never let go. If this had been released at the time it was made, it would have been considered a classic, but now that it is out, it is still lingering in obscurity. A fine film, and the final film with Bava firmly in the director's chair. Kudos to Kino for this quality release. (Now please somebody release Blood and Black Lace, Kill Baby Kill, and Planet of the Vampires on blu ray!).
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Almost all the action takes place on the road, in the getaway car. While the desperate robbers and killers are a constant threat to the woman, the driver and the sick child with him, it does get tedious at times. But it still manages to stay intense. When they have to stop for gas, when their hostages try to escape, when the hostages see someone they know--those scenes help break the monotony, and introduce new suspense. Then, at the very end, Bava throws us a twist, which I won't reveal, but which I thought was very clever. Not as gory as later movies, but I could see someone like Tarantino doing a remake of something like this. I am sure he would relish the role of Blade. The police, of course, are incredibly inept. It does seem funny to see gangsters driving around in little Fiats, instead of the high-powered steel monsters typical of US films, but crooks do their best with what's available, obviously.
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"Kidnapped" is Lamberto Bava's re-titled completion of his famous father's 1974 film "Rabid Dogs" which is such a departure for Mario Bava, if the famed director had lived longer, I think this film would have brought him even more recognition. Lamberto had already coaxed the director out of early retirement and the result was Mario Bava winning an award for his screenplay for the 1977 final film "Shock," but I think the more aptly re-titled "Kidnapped" definitely threw me off with its unexpected brilliance. I really do not want to give any spoilers here by talking about the plot, but it is stunning, well acted, and I don't think Lamberto had to do very much to it to finish the effort, which credit should lavished on his father, who began so many trends in the horror film business by creating the blueprints for the first giallo ("Blood and Black Lace") and the first slasher movie ("A Bay of Blood") and was always on the edge of increasing his genius. Kino's Blu-ray remastered edition is excellent, however, the only extras are other Bava trailers. Color.
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Four men rob a pharmaceutical company of its payroll. Armed and dangerous, they get the cash, killing anyone who tries to stop them. One of their number is shot dead during their escape. Hunted by the police, the three desperados must get to their hide-out, so they carjack a family -a man, woman, and a young boy- and force the man to drive them. Sadly, the boy was on his way to the hospital for emergency surgery! Now, the criminals take their hostages into the middle of nowhere. Adding tension and terror to the ordeal, is the fact that of the three kidnappers, one is semi-rational while the other two are depraved and unpredictable. Bava utilizes these thugs to ratchet up the suspense. We feel for the victims, knowing they are at the mercy of human monsters. The one good thing about eeevil psychopaths is their tendency to self-destruct! KIDNAPPED (RABID DOGS) illustrates this fact quite well. The finale is a twisted classic!...
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Three homicidal maniacs murder two and kidnap three innocent people. Then they drive around in a car for 90 minutes, along with the cameraman, for 90 minutes while the hostages beg for mercy. Then the movie ends. Hammy acting, absurd cinematography, zero plot development, and the bad guys win. This is just about as bad as a movie can get.
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I'll admit that I've never seen films by Mario Bava. I've only recently gotten into Italian Cinema with the films of Dario Argento and other Giallo taken up my interest. Until now I had never tried any Bava. So hearing of this film and being intrigued with the premise I picked up the DVD.
The premise of the film is four criminals rob a pharmaceutical companies payroll during which the getaway driver is killed. The three remaining killers flee to a parking lot taking hostages, one of which they kill in order to escape. Afterwards in order not to be spotted by police in a familiar car they pull off and take more hostages this time a middle aged man and a sick child. At this point the films been a violent crime film. When it gets in the car the film is basically centered on the drive of the criminals and their hostages. Whats good in the film despite minor flaws is that even in its form (neither Rabid Dogs or the re-edited Kidnapped was completed with Bava's support due to circumstances which earned its "lost" status until recently) its a really well assembled suspense thriller building its tension slowly. As tensions in the car rise and victims plead for their lives even the criminals begin to turn against each other. One wants to rape the woman hostage, while another goes along with what ever happens while the leader is more concerned with just getting to their destination. There are moments in the film that to me were great in a transgressive way that newer films couldn't even come close to topping. And in the end, I don't want to ruin it but if you get into the plot as much I did it will definitely suprise you. I was totally blown away by the film. One thing also is the feeling of anger that seeps from every frame.
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