DVD365.net
Rabid Dogs (1974) artwork

Rabid Dogs (1974)

Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Arrow Video is thrilled to announce the UK Blu-ray and DVD release of Mario Bava's Rabid Dogs, which arrives in the UK on 27th October 2014.
Erika Dario, George Eastman, Maurice Poli, Lea Lander, Don Backy, Riccardo Cucciolla
Mario Bava
Lamberto Bava, Alfredo Leone, Harmon Kaslow, David E. Allen
Arrow Video
1 hour 36 minutes
27/10/2014
Thank you for supporting DVD365.net when you order using the link(s) below. As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases

Arrow Video is thrilled to announce the UK Blu-ray and DVD release of Mario Bava's Rabid Dogs, which arrives in the UK on 27th October 2014. This new deluxe release will include both Rabid Dogs, Bava's original version posthumously completed from his notes and Kidnapped, the re-edited, re-dubbed and re-scored version, supervised by Bava's son and assistant director Lamberto Bava, and producer Alfredo Leone.

Mario Bava's reputation as a filmmaker rests chiefly on his contribution to horror, particularly his baroque and beautiful Gothic chillers of the 1960s. All the more surprising that in the mid-1970s he should turn to the crime genre and create Cani arrabbiati (aka Rabid Dogs), an abrasive kidnap psychodrama that ranks alongside anything done by the better-known tough guy directors of the day.

Rabid Dogs ought to have been a fresh start for Mario Bava. The confidence, the inescapable tension, the cynical buzz of the action and dialogue, all reveal a director who was ready to face new challenges. Sadly, as others have described elsewhere in more detail, the film was abandoned after shooting was almost complete: producer Roberto Loyola went bankrupt, owing to poor business practices on his other projects, and the existing footage was impounded. Bava, who died in 1980, went to the grave with the notion that Rabid Dogs was a failed project, a road to nowhere, a film no one would ever see. Fortunately, we now have this fresh, powerful and nerve-shredding film to admire on Blu-ray, which should help ensure that its good reputation will continue to grow as new generations are exposed to this most vivid and contemporary of Bava's great works.

Together with both versions of the film, this new disc will also feature a newly translated English subtitled track, alongside an audio commentary with Mario Bava biographer Tim Lucas. The disc will also feature the featurette End of the Road: Making Rabid Dogs and Kidnapped which features Lamberto Bava, Alfredo Leone and star Lea Lander discussing the movie, alongside an interview with Umberto Lenzi, the alternate Semaforo Rosso opening title sequence and a collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by author Stephen Thrower, Peter Blumenstock on the history of the film's first distribution and more.

Following difficulties in his career Mario Bava happened across an idea that would enable him to compete with the younger directors lighting up the Italian box office such as Dario Argento and Sergio Martino.

Rabid Dogs begins as $70,000 of wages are being transferred when the Ajaccio gang hit. With a hail of bullets in a quick raid they speed off in their waiting getaway car. Tough, violent and realistic, Bava's film ramps up the tension and doesnt stop as hostages are added and the film builds to its dizzying finale.

Unfolding in real time, a rare device seen only in earlier films such as High Noon and 12 Angry Men yet totally unheard of in Italian cinema at the time, Rabid Dogs is a singular film in Bava's filmography and one of the greatest crime films of the period.

  • High Definition (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of two versions of the film; Rabid Dogs - Bava's original version posthumously completed from his notes & Kidnapped - the re-edited, re-dubbed and re-scored version, supervised by Bava's son and assistant director Lamberto Bava, and producer Alfredo Leone
  • Original Italian mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
  • Newly translated English subtitles
  • Audio commentary with Bava biographer Tim Lucas
  • End of the Road: Making Rabid Dogs and Kidnapped - Featuring Lamberto Bava, Alfredo Leone and star Lea Lander
  • Bava and Eurocrime - An interview with Umberto Lenzi
  • Alternate Semaforo Rosso opening title sequence
  • Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by author Stephen Thrower, Peter Blumenstock on the history of the film's first distribution and more!

Please note - Disc special features are subject to change, may differ from format to format and/or may differ from region to region.

Doctor Strange teams up with a mysterious teenage girl from his dreams who can travel across multiverses in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, released on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K UHD 18th July 2022 from ...Read more
The Lost City artwork

The Lost City

DVDBDUHD
01/07/2022
Discover thrilling adventure, fabled treasure, and epic laughs when the hit comedy The Lost City finds its way home on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and ...
Casablanca artwork

Casablanca

UHD
22/09/2022
Monster: Limited Edition artwork

Monster: Limited Edition

LimitedBD
01/07/2022
Planes, Trains and Automobiles artwork
Frozen Planet II artwork

Frozen Planet II

DVDBDUHDTV
23/09/2022
Star Trek: The Motion Picture - The Director's Edition artwork
Redeeming Love artwork

Redeeming Love

DVD
24/11/2022
Based on the bestselling novel by Francine Rivers, Redeeming Love, released on DVD 5th December 2022 from Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment, is a ...
Tad the Lost Explorer and the Curse of the Mummy artwork
House On The Edge of The Park artwork
Kick-Ass artwork

Kick-Ass

UHD
16/11/2022
Mad God artwork

Mad God

DVDBD
01/11/2022
The Breakfast Club: The Criterion Collection artwork
Head to the stunning Kent coast to discover a gem of a series Whitstable Pearl, the Acorn TV Original crime-drama arriving on DVD 14th November 2022 from Acorn Media International.

The World is not Enough

Review17/09/2016

In Bonds 19th screen outing, agent 007 is assigned to protect an oil heiress and is thrown into his most dangerous adventure yet. He is pitted against a ruthless foe who feels no pain, making him a virtually unstoppable enemy, and he has a score to ...

Morbius

Features25/05/2022

One of the most compelling and conflicted characters in Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters comes to the big screen as Jared Leto transforms into the antihero Michael Morbius as Morbius. Dangerously ill with a rare blood disorder and ...
On a scale of one to ten, how would you rate your pain?
Big Hero 6 (2014)

Frozen Planet II

DVDBDUHDTV31/10/202266

The Secrets She Keeps S2

DVDTV24/10/202264

Yellowjackets S1

DVDTV19/10/202260

London Kills S3

DVDTV24/10/202252

Thor Love and Thunder

DVDBDUHDNOTES07/07/2022186

Morbius

DVDBDUHDNOTES27/06/2022102

Lightyear

DVDBDUHDNOTES17/06/2022101

Good Luck To You, Leo Grande

DVDBDNOTES17/06/202276

Star Trek First Contact

DVD01/01/2000390

Skins S7

DVDTV10/09/201388

Contact

DVD01/01/2000341

Rules of the Game

DVDTV14/03/2022113
Get a free daily news update. DVD365.net works with the Amazon Alexa flash briefing skill