Announcing: Blood and Black Lace on BD

Some excellent news for all giallo aficionados: on 13th April in the UK (14th April in the US), Arrow Video will be releasing the high definition debut of Mario Bava’s seminal BLOOD AND BLACK LACE. Most importantly, the film has received a brand new 2K restoration derived from the original camera negative. The list of special features is also extremely impressive… and from my point of view, one in particular is deserving of bold typeface:

  • Brand new audio commentary by Mario Bava’s biographer Tim Lucas
  • Psycho Analysis - a new documentary on Blood and Black Lace and the origins of the giallo genre featuring interviews with directors Dario Argento (Suspiria) and Lamberto Bava (Demons), screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi (All the Colors of the Dark) critics Roberto Curti and Steve Della Casa, crime novelist Carlo Lucarelli and others
  • An appreciation by Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani, the creative duo behind Amer and The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears
  • Yellow - the much-acclaimed neo-giallo by Ryan Hansom & Jon Britt
  • Gender and Giallo - a visual essay by Michael Mackenzie exploring the giallo’s relationship with the social upheavals of the 1960s and 70s
  • Panel discussion on Mario Bava featuring Dario Argento, Lamberto Bava and Steve Della Casa, recorded at the 2014 Courmayeur Film Festival
  • The Sinister Image: Cameron Mitchell - an episode of David Del Valle’s television series, devoted to the star of Blood and Black Lace and presented in full
  • The alternative US opening titles, sourced from Joe Dante’s private print and scanned in 2K especially for this release
  • Original theatrical trailer, with optional English and Italian audio
  • Booklet featuring new writing on the film by Howard Hughes, author of Cinema Italiano and Mario Bava: Destination Terror, and an interview with Joe Dante, David Del Valle on Cameron Mitchell and more, all illustrated with archive stills and posters

That’s right — yours truly is doing witterings. My dulcet tones will be delivering a greatly condensed version of my PhD thesis, accompanied by clips from the relevant films. This is the first time I’ve ever been asked to do anything like this, and as you can imagine I’m tremendously excited, as well as more than a little nervous. I’m hoping it will be the first of many similar endeavours, though for the time being I’m just incredibly flattered by the sight of my name sandwiched in between all these leading lights of the genre, and by the fact that, of all the people that could have contributed an overview of the giallo, I was the one who ended up being chosen. We live in interesting times!


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