I Vampiri

I Vampiri

DVD (Black & White / Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Mono)


Available uncut for the first time in the U.S courtesy of Image Entertainment's Mario Bava Collection, Bava and Riccardo Freda's I, Vampiri (released stateside, with additional footage, as The Devil's Commandment) comes to DVD in this attractive and informative release. Presented at the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs, the image is sharp and clear for the majority of the running time, only occasionally lapsing into brief soft focus or showing signs of age from the original print. The black-and-white contrast is attractively displayed in the film's moody lighting and use of shadows, and the absence of visual distortion allows the viewer to appreciate the smooth, solid blacks and lively, vibrant whites. Presented in Italian Dolby Digital Mono with optional, easy-to-read yellow English subtitles (wisely placed below the letterboxed image), the audio is also clean and free of distortion. Though it doesn't resonate as fully as the film's relentlessly spooky atmosphere, it nevertheless complements it nicely and makes for an all-around enjoyable experience. Though Video Watchdog's Tim Lucas didn't provide a commentary track for this Mario Bava Collection outing, he did have some input in the release and provides comprehensive liner notes detailing the curious history of the film and the equally interesting relationship between Bava and Freda. Special features include a Bava biography courtesy of Lucas, a photo and poster gallery that includes scenes added for the American release of the film, and an amusing assortment of trailers for such other popular Bava features as Baron Blood (1972) and Black Sabbath (1963).

Product Details

Release Date: 07/13/2001
UPC: 0014381848120
Original Release: 1956
Rating: NR
Source: Image Entertainment
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W, Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time: 1:18:00

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selection
1. Main Title; Vampire On The Loose [3:42]
2. Another Victim [5:41]
3. Q&a [4:55]
4. "A Great Loss For Mankind" [8:07]
5. A Thorough Investigation [7:09]
6. The Go-Between [8:07]
7. The Ball At The Du Grand Castle [10:24]
8. Slipping Away [8:43]
9. Escape! [7:42]
10. Searching For Clues [7:31]
11. Degeneration [3:31]
12. Epilogue [2:18]

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