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A Bay of Blood: Remastered Edition [Blu-ray]

Claudine Auger , Luigi Pistilli , Mario Bava    Unrated   Blu-ray
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This late entry in Italian horror auteur Mario Bava's catalog is in keeping with much of his other work: a rather murky plot, inventive camera work and editing, gauzy lighting using red and blue gels, and an atmospheric, dreamlike feel throughout. Where it parts ways with many of his films is in the high body count--so high that many feel Bay of Blood was a likely influence on American slasher films such as Friday the l3th. The killing centers on a list of potential heirs to a piece of lakefront property ripe for development (a subplot involves camping teenagers who are also being slaughtered--sound familiar?). The slayings come fast and furious, with gunshots, chokings, stabbings, decapitations, and a two-for-the-price-of-one impalement, to name a few. Bava creates an off-kilter mood of melancholia for the film that makes it somewhat less fun than the mindless slasher flicks of the 1980s, but also renders it a more thought-provoking, cynical sort of movie. --Jerry Renshaw

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Alternate Italian language version (with differing footage), Audio Commentary by Tim Lucas, Original movie trailers for Mario Bava films.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film Nov. 21 2013
Format:Blu-ray
A bay of blood is worth watching. Awesome death scenes and all round great horror movie worth checking it out
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bay of Blood (classic film, atrocious print) March 24 2000
By Andrew Pinchen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Simitar video's transfer to DVD of this classic slasher film is nothing short of an abomination. The picture quality is inferior to my VHS print. Amazon have the aspect ratio as 2.35:1.It is 1.77:1 at best!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bay of Blood/Twitch of the Death Nerve on Imported Blu-ray Sept. 28 2013
By MacheteJason - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray
Bay of Blood/Twitch of the Death Nerve is a legendary horror film from director Mario Bava. In the Arrow Video region-free release, the picture quality is great but the sound is average. There is a decent amount of supplements for the film believed to have inspired Friday the 13th and its first sequel. The Kino Classic release is fairly similar with the same problems but contains much less bonus content. Many Bava fans consider this film a must own for their collection.

Arrow Video Special Features:
- Reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned art work
- Double-sided fold-out poster
- Collector's Booklet by Jay Slater, critic and author of Eaten Alive!
- Brand new high definition transfer of the English version of the film (1080p)
- 2 versions of the film including the Italian cut
- Original Mono Audio
- Twitch of the Death Nerve Radio Spots
- Argento! Bava! Fulci! The Giallo Gems of Dardano Sacchetti (1080p)
- Joe Dante on Mario Bava (1080p)
- Shooting a Spaghetti Splatter Classic: Cameraman Gianlorenzo Battaglia on A Bay of Blood (1080p)
- Audio discussion with Tim Lucas, author of Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark
- A Bay of Blood Trailers: `Carnage' and `Twitch of the Death Nerve' with commentary by Edgar Wright, director of Shaun of the Dead.

Kino Classic Special Features: Audio Commentary, Alternate European Cut (85-Minute), Trailers

Buy the Arrow Video imported release of Bay of Blood on Blu-ray. It has managed to hold its value.
19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DVD Quality Scarier Than The Film Jan. 3 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Terrible picture and audio quality on this DVD mar Bava's pioneering effort. The transfer is just the pits, I'm sorry to say, and takes away from the film's enjoyment.
There's rumored to be another release of this coming from the same folks who recently released "Black Sunday", with which they did an excellent job. Wait for that, and pick up "Black Sunday" or "Baron Blood" in the meantime.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You Can Leave Her Hanging: Bava on Blu Ray Nov. 10 2012
By Malo Bo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is more a review based on the quality of the Blu-ray than an overview of the film. If you're a fan of slasher films or giallo horror, then this is well known as a masterpiece. It is a giallo classic, and it is a precursor to the slasher film. It's also one colorful, strangely motivated trip of a film. It is also available in the 2nd Bava boxed-set, in DVD format, and as a single disc release. As a horror film, the work is genius. Bava was a master, and this is one gory murder expose. The kill scenes were instant classics in their time, and the film has aged as well as Bava's earlier works like the beautifully gothic Black Sunday, or the giallo masterpiece, Blood and Black Lace. Yet, it remains incomparable to them in certain ways, and is more comparable to those he influenced including Argento and Fulci, and it's clear that his camerawork in this film helped take the stalker viewpoint into the slasher perspective, something that influenced his future counterparts in America during the late 70s and 80s slasher advance.

A summary of the film... people trespass at the wrong place at the wrong time, and the title holds true to the film, as there is a vicious and multi-seeded land dispute going on as the backstory. Bava elevated the disturbance of the audience through dedicated violence and dread-based suspense, rather than the atmospheric suspense he relied upon in his films from the 60s. This film was a turning point for Bava, in ways, this work really let him stretch out.

The quality of the DVD was good, a lot better than the VHS recording I grew up with. However, when the Blu-ray came out, I knew it was one of the few films from the 70s that I was interested in purchasing. I feel that it is only natural for a lot of people to be particular about which Blu-rays they wish to purchase, because, for many, they're upgrading from a film they might already own. Also, some films don't transfer as well as audiences would hope, or the proper prints are not used. This is not the case here. The Blu-ray quality is superb. The video is 1080P, and the bitrate is more than double the previous DVD release. The colors are crisp, the sound is truly great- especially in the English release, even the dubs aren't poor. The price is a little steep, but I found it on here from an independent seller and spent less than $20. Well worth my money, also, anyone who is a Mario Bava fan probably skipped this review and already added to cart. The Blu-ray comes with a great booklet with a superb 7 page overview of Bava, giallo, Bay of Blood etc... Also, it has an awesome, double-sided poster of both theatrical release posters (as pictured) and alternative red/black poster.

NOTE: The English language version of the film is the version that they used for the high definition. The original Italian version is included in the same print (I believe) as the previous DVD release, which is fine. Great film. Great artist- Bava has screenwriting and cinematography credits for Bay of Blood. Let the blood bath begin.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bay of Bloody Bava March 20 2005
By Timothy O. Riley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
The first scene is classic Mario Bava...Director Bava, wants us to think there is a plot here to follow-- trouble is, there is no plot.... A countess is murdered along with her murderer...(still with me)...And others start to die in ugly ways.

The scene with the octopus clinging to a rotting dead corpse's face is freaky beyond freaky...in all cinema. Can you say "Alien"?

There is no one murderer in this movie...Everyone in this film is a murderer.

In this flick, everybody dies...Everyone kills everyone else over greed and materialism-- This seems to be Bava's take on humanity...

In the final scene-- children murder their parents and skip down to the water's edge without a second thought.

Conclusion: Dated but, face it, Mario Bava is a lost genius.
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