Danger: Diabolik

Danger: Diabolik

John Phillip Law
Director: Mario Bava Cast: John Phillip Law
John Phillip Law
, Marisa Mell
Marisa Mell
, Michel Piccoli
Michel Piccoli
Mario Bava

DVD (Wide Screen)

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/14/2005
UPC: 0097360672749
Original Release: 1968
Rating: PG-13
Source: Paramount
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:40:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by actor John Phillip Law and Tim Lucas, biographer of director Mario Bava; "Danger: Diabolik -- From Fumetti to Film"; Music video "Body Movin'" from the Beastie Boys, with optional commentary by Adam Yauch; Teaser trailer; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Phillip Law Diabolik
Marisa Mell Eva
Michel Piccoli Inspector Ginko
Adolfo Celi Valmont
Terry-Thomas Minister
Mario Donen Sgt. Danek
Caterina Boratto Lady Clark
Andrea Bosic Bank Manager
Carlo Croccolo Lorry Driver
Giulio Donnini Dr. Vernier
Claudio Gora Police Chief
Annie Gorassini Rose
Wolfgang Hillinger Valmont's Henchmen
Tiberio Mitri Actor
Lucia Modugno Prostitute
Renzo Palmer Minister's Assistant
Isarco Ravaioli Actor
Lidia Biondi Policewoman

Technical Credits
Mario Bava Director,Screenwriter
Adriano Baracco Screenwriter
Lamberto Bava Asst. Director
Dino de Laurentiis Producer
Brian Degas Screenwriter
Romana Fortini Editor
Tudor Gates Screenwriter
Piero Gherardi Costumes/Costume Designer
Dino Maiuri Screenwriter
Luciana Marinucci Costumes/Costume Designer
Flavio Mogherini Art Director
Ennio Morricone Score Composer
Antonio Rinaldi Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Secret Cash Transport [6:31]
2. Opening Credits [5:15]
3. Underground Lair [9:39]
4. Bargain With a Thief [10:55]
5. Necklace for Eva [8:17]
6. Springing the Trap [:43]
7. Medical Attention [8:37]
8. Ginko Moves In [11:24]
9. Eleven Bullets [7:29]
10. New Plan of Action [4:36]
11. Drowned Out [10:09]
12. An Enemy Falls [7:47]

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