MARIO BAVA’S BLACK SABBATH & KIDNAPPED COMING TO BD/DVD FROM KINO CLASSICS

Kino Classics Releases Mario Bava’s

Black Sabbath and Kidnapped

on Blu-ray and DVD

 

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Blu-ray and DVD editions, mastered in HD from original 35mm elements, will become available on July 16

New York, NY – July 3, 2013 – Kino Classics is proud to announce the Blu-ray and DVD releases of two more horror classics from Mario Bava: Black Sabbath, starring the great Boris Karloff; and Kidnapped, for decades a lost film before being restored and released again by producer Alfredo Leone and Bava’s son, Lamberto Bava. Now, Kino Classics brings these two works from one of the masters of the horror genre to Blu-ray and DVD in HD transfers from original 35mm elements.

Black Sabbath is mastered in HD from the 35mm negative of the uncut international version, and is presented in its original Italian language soundtrack with optional English subtitles. Special features include original trailers of other Bava films.

Kidnapped is mastered in HD from an archival 35mm print, and is presented in its original Italian language audio with optional English subtitles. The disc also includes original trailers of other Bava films.

Both Black Sabbath and Kidnapped are set to street on July 16, 2013, with individual SRPs of $24.95 each for the Blu-ray editions and $19.95 each for the DVD editions.

Acknowledged as one of the genre’s true masters, Mario Bava combined a distinct visual style with strong sense for atmospheric horror to create a compelling and original body of work that still retains its power for audiences today. Black Sabbath and Kidnapped stand as two of his most important works, and Kino Classics is proud to bring them to Blu-ray and DVD in editions that do justice to Bava’s masterful eye for design and cinematography.

Black Sabbath is one of the great horror anthology films, consisting of three segments, one of which stars genre icon Boris Karloff. Black Sabbath was Bava’s personal favorite of his own films, and solidified his reputation as Europe’s maestro of the macabre.

In “The Telephone”, a woman is haunted by menacing phone calls from a former lover. “The Wurduluck” stars Boris Karloff as a vampire hunter whose family is stalked by the wandering spirit of an undead ghoul. “A Drop of Water” involves a nurse who steals a ring from a corpse – not realizing the curse that is carried with it.

This Kino Classics edition showcases Bava’s original European cut of the film (I tre volti della paura, or Three Faces of Fear), before it was re-edited and re-scored for American release.

Kidnapped is a brutal tale of abduction and psychological torment. It tells the story of a criminal gang who take a man, woman, and a sick child hostage after their robbery goes wrong. Bava, in a departure from his usual, audacious visual style, keeps the action claustrophobic, and the tension tightly wound, building the film to its unexpected – and unforgettable – finale.

Kidnapped had a troubled post-production history. Shot in the mid-1970s, it was, for decades, considered a lost film, having been shut down near the end of production after the death of its principal investor. However, years later, producer Alfredo Leone (Lisa and the Devil) and Mario’s son, filmmaker Lamberto Bava, rescued the footage and brought the long-abandoned project to fruition, allowing the film to see the light of day again and be re-introduced to audiences.

For more information on Black Sabbath and Kidnapped, or to request press screeners for review, please contact Matt Barry at (212) 629-6880 or mbarry@kinolorber.com

BLACK SABBATH
Special Features:
Mastered in HD from the 35mm negative of the uncut international version
Italian with optional English subtitles
Original trailers of other Bava films
Technical Specs:
Italy / 1963 / Color / 92 mins. / 1.78:1 / 1920x1080p
Directed by Mario Bava
Produced by Salvatore Billitteri and Paolo Mercuri
Screenplay by Mario Bava, Alberto Bevilacqua and Marcello Fondato
Based on stories by Ivan Chekhov, F.G. Snyder, and Aleksei Tolstoy
Photographed by Ubaldo Terzano
Music by Roberto Nicolosi
With Boris Karloff, Michèle Mercier, Lidia Alfonsi, Mark Damon, Susy Andersen
Genre: Horror
Street date: July 16, 2013
Blu-ray SRP: $24.95
DVD SRP: $19.95
KIDNAPPED
Special Features:
Mastered in HD from an archival 35mm print
Italian with optional English subtitles
Original trailers of other Bava films
Technical Specs:
Italy / 1974/2001 / Color / 92 min. / 1.78:1 / 1920x1080p
Directed by Mario Bava
Produced by Lamberto Bava, Alfredo Leone, and Roberto Loyola
Screenplay by Alessandro Parenzo
Director of Photography: Mario Bava and Emilio Varriano
Music by Stelvio Cipriani
With Riccardo Cucciolla, Don Backy, Leo Lander, Maurice Poli, George Eastman
Genre: Horror
Street date: July 16, 2013
Blu-ray SRP: $24.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

With a library of 700 titles, Kino Lorber Inc. has been a leader in independent art house distribution for over 30 years, releasing over 20 films per year theatrically under its Kino Lorber, Kino Classics, and Alive Mind Cinema banners, including four Academy Award® nominated films in the last six years. In addition, the company brings over 60 titles each year to the home entertainment market with DVD and Blu-ray releases as well as digital distribution on all platforms.

Jon Abrams

Editor-In-Chief at Daily Grindhouse
Jon Abrams is a New York-based writer, cartoonist, and committed cinemaniac whose complete work and credits can be found at his site, Demon’s Resume. You can contact him on Twitter as @JonZilla___.
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