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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Diabolik!" )

 

directed by Mario Bava
Italy 1968

 

The Italian response to James Bond, this sly, sexy, cool-as-all-hell film manages to one-up the Bond series in just about every category. Starring John Phillip Law as the arch super-criminal Diabolik who elaborately steals from the rich and who plays a dangerous game of cat and mouse with Inspector Ginko (Michel Piccoli) as he conspires to steal the world’s largest bar of gold. Director Mario Bava, who has been grossly overlooked in this country as something of a cult item, uses the film to expound one elaborate set piece after another. His over-the-top sensibilities seem a perfect fit with the comic book world of the film. Filled with wild action, sexy photography, and tongue-in-cheek performances, this is a movie that reeks of style. Add to this one of Ennio Morricone’s best film scores and you have yourself something of a masterpiece.

Adam Lemke

The Comic book and Posters

Theatrical Release: January 24th, 1968

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DVD Review: Paramount - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Adam Lemke for the Review!

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Paramount

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1.40.08
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

Audio Dolby Digital - English Mono
Subtitles Engllish, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Paramount

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Commentary by actor John Phillip Law and Bava Biographer Tim Lucas
• From Fumetti to Film - featurette
• Music Video
• Teaser Trailer
• Theatrical Trailer

DVD Release Date: 6/14/05
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Comments The image on this disc is nearly flawless. Sharp, clean, full of detail and vibrant colors, it’s no surprise that this disc took the honors of “Best ‘guilty pleasure’ Release” in our DVD of the Year Poll 2005.

 

Paramount has put some care into the special features with a commentary, a short featurette on the film’s comic book origins, and best of all, a hilarious music-video send up by the Beastie Boys. The only thing I could have wished for was an isolated film score option, but at less than $15 retail price, this is one disc that goes above and beyond what it needed to be. out of

 - Adam Lemke

 






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