It may have been a long time coming for impatient fans forced to make do with the shoddy, previously released pan-and-scan VHS release of this colorful piece of cinematic cotton candy from Italian legend Mario Bava, but for those fans who held out hope that Paramount would make good on their promise to release a quality version of Danger: Diabolik to home video -- the good news is that this release was certainly worth the wait. Presented in gorgeous 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, the colors simply pop in this transfer, easily blowing any previous release of Bava's giddy comic-to-film adaptation out of the water. Bava is a director known for his remarkable sense of composition, and this transfer most certainly does his vision justice. While speculation was rife on the Internet regarding which English-language soundtrack would be used for this release (there are two in existence), Paramount has thankfully gone with the more prominent of the two and the one often sited as preferable by most fans. The Dolby Digital Mono mix is indeed satisfying, with vocals and music evenly balanced, providing a terrific showcase for prolific composer Ennio Morricone's wonderful, long-lost score. In terms of extras, Paramount has scored a direct hit with the inclusion of a fantastic audio commentary track and a fun and informative featurette. Any fan of Bava's work is likely to be aware of Video Watchdog founder Tim Lucas' longstanding affection for the director, and Lucas certainly puts his encyclopedic knowledge of Bava's career to good use in an insightful commentary track that also features laid-back star John Phillip Law. Listening to Law and Lucas compare notes and recollections will certainly prove a treat for Bava fans, with Law's fond memories of both the shoot and the director serving as a catalyst for many amusing anecdotes. Likewise, the featurette "From Fumetti to Film" offers an involving look at the process of bringing Diabolik to life on the big screen, with longtime fan/comic artist Stephen Bissette, Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, and Morricone himself all offering their unique accounts of both the original fumetti (an Italian term for a comic book or graphic novel) and the resulting film. Speaking of the Beasties, fans of the fun-loving rappers will certainly delight in the fact that their Bava-inspired music video for the track "Body Movin'" is included with commentary by Yauch. Theatrical and teaser trailers round out the satisfying body of extras, making this long-anticipated release of Danger: Diabolik well worth the wait for both Bava fans and Diabolik fans alike.