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Studio: Kino Lorber
Cast: Elke Sommer, Joseph Cotten, Antonio Cantafora, Massimo Girotti, Rada Rassimov
Director: Mario Bava
Release Date: December 11, 2012
Rating: PG for (adult themes, violence)
Run Time: 01h:38m:13s
“We all want to know where we come from…and from whom.” - Peter Kleist (Antonio Cantafora)
It's finally time to retire my old laserdisc copy of Mario Bava's return to gothic form, as this promises to be a wonderful Blu-ray edition from Kino Classics.
Movie Grade: C-
DVD Grade: B
I first experienced Mario Bava’s 1972 film, Baron Blood when I blind-bought the laserdisc version
of it many years ago. That ancient laserdisc was actually packaged as a “Double Feature” with Bava’s Lisa and
the Devil, which I remember as the far more entertaining of the two. Bava’s career leading up to Baron Blood was
full of excellent, giallo films (a subgenre further mastered by the great Dario Argento), including 1964’s Blood and
Black Lace and 1970’s Hatchet for the Honeymoon, but this 1972 Elke Sommer-starrer was far too hokey for its
It’s also not nearly scary enough to be effective either, save for a nice, effects-laden final five minute sequence.
Instead, much of the running time is filled with horrible acting that certainly isn’t helped by some horrendous
English dubbing; a feeble attempt to hide some heavy Italian accents. Not even the presence of legendary
character actor Joseph Cotton (Citizen Kane, Shadow of a Doubt) can save the day here, as he’s never really able
to let his full freak flag fly, despite having a rather juicy role when all is said and done. Sure, it’s easy to argue that
one doesn’t exactly flock to Bava films to supplement an acting class, but we can usually at least rely on his work
to shock us enough into submission with frightful stories and imagery to distract us from the wooden dialogue and
Baron Blood makes its Blu-ray debut on this, the latest addition to Kino Classics’ “The Mario Bava Collection.”
Saying that the film has never looked this good is a huge understatement, as this new 1080p transfer is leaps and
bounds better than even the old laserdisc release. Taken from an original 35mm negative, the 1.78:1 presentation
features nice improvement, as far as image detail goes, but, unsurprisingly, there’s still quite a bit of softness on
display. Colors are more vibrant than ever, also, but don’t expect a kaleidoscope of bright, vivid hues dominating
the transfer. There’s still some grain, dirt, and noise, but far less than the film’s fans have grown accustomed to
through the film’s numerous home video incarnations. The audio is a Linear PCM 2.0 track, and, similar to the
video, there are plenty of improvements, but also the inherent drabness that fans of the film won’t be shocked to
hear. The overall mix is rather bland, staying up front and never featuring any directionality or bass presence.
Despite the aforementioned horrendous English dub job, dialogue is never an issue, remaining crisp and clear at all
The extras include an audio commentary track by Tim Lucas, author of the book, Mario Bava: All the Colors of
the Dark. He spends most of the track going into great detail on the making of Baron Blood, including how Bava
decided on the locations he used, and the many cinematic influences he utilized in making the film. There’s also
the opening and closing Italian Title Sequences, which are a neat supplement, both the Italian and English
Theatrical Trailers for Baron Blood, a trio of audio-only radio spots for the film, and trailers for the Mario Bava
films Black Sunday, Hatchet for the Honeymoon, Lisa and the Devil, and The House of Exorcism.
Posted by: Chuck Aliaga - January 27, 2013, 1:21 pm - DVD Review
Keywords: gothic, estate, sadistic
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