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Black Sabbath

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FilmJuice Competition: To celebrate the release of Mario Mava's Black Sabbath we've got THREE DVD/Blu-ray copies to Give Away!
For your chance to win, simply answer this question (entry details at the bottom of page): Black Sabbath is the pseudo follow-up to which other Mario Bava film?
Answer A: The Girl Who Knew Too Much
Answer B: The Mask of Satan
Answer C: Black Sunday
Competition Deadline: 12th May 2013



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The aforementioned “Black Sunday” was such a huge hit that a follow-up was swiftly demanded. Mario Bava duly devised BLACK SABBATH – a three-part horror anthology, blending modern and period stories.

In the giallo-style ‘The Telephone’, a woman is terrorised by her former pimp after his escape from prison, and tries to escape him with the help of her lesbian lover, who has a dark secret of her own. In the Victorian-era ‘The Drop of Water’, a nurse steals a ring from the corpse of a dead spiritualist, which naturally tries to get it back. But it’s the 19th-century Russian story ‘The Wurdalak’ that comes closest to Bava’s earlier classic, with the great Boris Karloff as a much-loved paterfamilias who might not be entirely what he seems.

Bava’s direction is as stylish as ever, and BLACK SABBATH is almost a compendium of his favourite themes.

BLACK SABBATH, the film, has had a huge influence on popular culture, not just as a stand-out piece of Italian horror cinema, but as the name-sake of the inventors of heavy metal music. Beginning a life-long allegiance between horror fans and heavy metal enthusiasts, it is said that the 4 original members of the band BLACK SABBATH, then known as Earth, came across the name after seeing horror fans queuing outside their local picture house to see the movie. They then set about trying to create the musical equivalent of what horror fans saw and loved in scary movies.

The deluxe Blu-ray & DVD edition of BLACK SABBATH includes the following special features:

– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of two versions of the film; ‘I tre volti della paura’ – the European version with score by Roberto Nicolosi and ‘Black Sabbath’ – the re-edited and re-dubbed AIP version with Les Baxter score, on home video for the first time.
– English SDH subtitles for English Audio and a new subtitle translation of the Italian audio.
– Audio Commentary with Bava biographer and expert Tim Lucas.
– Introduction to the film by author and critic Alan Jones.
– “A Life In Film” – An Interview with star Mark Damon.
– “Twice the Fear” – A new featurette examining the differences between the two versions of the film.
– International Trailer.
– US Trailer.
– Italian Trailer.
– TV and Radio Spots.
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys.
– Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic David Cairns, a comparison of the versions of the film by Tim Lucas, and a substantial interview with AIP Producer Samuel Z. Arkoff on his experiences of working with Bava, illustrated with original stills and posters.

Posted May 12, 2013 by

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