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Black Sunday

Region 0 (USA) The Mario Bava Collection - Image Entertainment
vs. Region 1 (USA) The Mario Bava Collection Volume 1 - Anchor Bay

 

Details

 

 

DVD

Image
 

 

 

DVD

Anchor Bay
 

 

Disc(s)

 

1x single-sided single layer (DVD5)

 

1x single-sided single layer (DVD5)

Running Time

 

Approx. 87 mins (NTSC)

 

Approx. 87 mins (NTSC)

Video

 

1.66:1 anamorphic
Average bit rate: 5.89 Mbps
NTSC 720x480 at 24 fps

 

1.66:1 anamorphic
Average bit rate: 5.23 Mbps
NTSC 720x480 at 24 fps

Audio

 

English:
Dolby Digital 1.0, 192 Kbps

 

English:
Dolby Digital 2.0, 192 Kbps

Subtitles

 

None

 

None

Extras

 

- Audio commentary by Tim Lucas
- International trailer
- Photo and poster gallery
- Mario Bava biography and filmography
- Barbara Steele filmography
- A note on the Italian version

 

- Audio commentary by Tim Lucas
- International trailer
- US trailer
- TV spot
- Poster and still gallery
- Mario Bava biography and filmography
- Barbara Steele biography and filmography

 

Bit Rate

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Comments

This is so close that I'm not going to call it either way. The new Anchor Bay disc is minutely more contrasty than the Image version, giving the illusion of a slight detail boost, and some print damage has been cleaned up. Both exhibit noise reduction artefacts in the form of "crawling" grain during camera movement. As with The Girl Who Knew Too Much, the sound on both releases is effectively the same, although the AB version is 2-channel mono rather than single-channel. There is also little appreciable difference between the extras, although the newer release does gain a US trailer, TV spot and Barbara Steele biography while losing the rather informative text-based notes on the Italian version of the film. All things considered, they more or less cancel each other out.

If you already own the Image Entertainment DVD, I don't see much point in rushing out to pick up the Anchor Bay release. However, the fact that it is packaged in The Mario Bava Collection Volume 1 with four other Bava titles, many of which do contain noticeable improvements on their predecessors, means that many people will no doubt end up with this disc anyway.

 

Summary

 

 

Image

 

AB

Video

 

7/10

 

7/10

Audio

 

6/10

 

6/10

Extras

 

6/10

 

6/10