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A big box of Bava


To celebrate my final day of freedom (I start a full-time job tomorrow - eek!), I decided to head over to DVD Pacific and pre-order the upcoming The Mario Bava Collection Volume 1 box set, released by Anchor Bay on April 3rd. This five-disc set includes Black Sunday, Black Sabbath, The Girl Who Knew Too Much, Knife of the Avenger and Kill, Baby… Kill!, three of them with commentaries by famed Bava scholar Tim Lucas. I already have the old Image Entertainment DVD of The Girl Who Knew Too Much, and a copy of Black Sunday, but I have nothing against picking up new versions of them, especially with the addition of commentaries and, hopefully, improved transfers. DVD Savant has posted a review of the set, and it sounds like a top-notch release. I know that Dark Sky Films had their own version of Kill, Baby… Kill! due for release until it was suddenly and mysteriously pulled, and that it featured a Tim Lucas commentary not included on this Anchor Bay version, but I’m not sure I want to scour eBay in the hope of finding one of the few rare review copies that made it out before the cancellation delay.

Update, March 27th, 2007 08:27 PM: As Tim Lucas points out, the Dark Sky release has not officially been cancelled, merely delayed with no current new release date.

Posted: Monday, March 26, 2007 at 6:48 PM | Comments: 6
Categories: Cinema | DVD | General | Gialli



Crikey, I had no idea this was coming! I've pretty much given up monitoring Anchor Bay's release schedule.

I've got all the Image discs and a few other versions too, but you can't have too much Bava on DVD. Shame they haven't released the titles which most needed improving (Five Dolls, Bay Of Blood, Baron Blood, Lisa, Four Times), but I shouldn't complain. Hope the transfers are as good as Glenn Erickson thinks they are.

Posted by: Philly Q, March 26, 2007 8:37 PM


I think titles like Lisa and the Devil and Bay of Blood may be included in Volume 2, but I don’t think there’s been any definitive word on it yet.

Posted by: Whiggles, March 26, 2007 8:39 PM


Just hope these have been treated right by Anchor Bay (quality control seems to wavering as of late), the prior Image Entertainment of Black Sunday, Black Sabbath, and The Girl Who Knew Too Much feature solid transfers for when they were released.

I must admit I'm more interested in Anchor Bay's upcoming April DVD of [b]Phantasm 3: Lord of the Dead[/b]. I'm pretty sure all the DVDs released (I have 4 editions) thus far have been sourced from weak video masters.

Posted by: Jayson Sehn, March 26, 2007 9:28 PM


For the record, I have still received no confirmation of the Dark Sky KILL BABY KILL release being cancelled, only postponed.

Posted by: Tim Lucas, March 26, 2007 10:48 PM


Yeah,KBK was delayed not deleted.But most online retailers have pulled it from their catalogue.

Will you do a screen comparison of Black Sunday and The Girl Who Knew Too Much Michael?
Would be nice to read your opinion.

The set will arrive pretty soon,shipped last week.
looking forward to it!


Posted by: Crystal Plumage, March 27, 2007 6:14 AM


I am really looking forward to this release and am seriously tempted to pre-order a copy. However, I bought a 5-disc Bava set (inclusive of BLACK SUNDAY and BLACK SABBATH) only last year.

Details here: (there is very little coverage of this box-sert on the internet as far as I can see)

Okay, I did get it cheap from eBay but nevertheless I am an avid anti-double dipper. I have a copy of THE GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH and also have another version of BLACK SUNDAY in the form of the original Image Entertainment release.

Argh... what shall I do? Is it worth the purchase despite already owning versions of three of the films?

I was going to wait and buy the DARK SKY release of KILL BABY KILL for the commentary. But I fear this might not see the light of day for sometime yet.

Shall I buy it? Anchor Bay's bright shiny new set is very reasonably priced after all. I could get the girlfriend to buy it for me as a gift?

No seriously, if anyone knows how this Anchor Bay Bava Box compares to my Yellow Umbrella Mario Bava boxset, image transfer wise et al, be great to hear some feedback.


Posted by: Count Fosco, March 27, 2007 10:39 PM

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