Black Sunday arrives on Blu-ray this January

Steve Withers

Distinguished Member
Arrow Video release Italian classic, including the worldwide debut of the US version

Set for release on Monday January 28th, Mario Bava's classic BLACK SUNDAY gets the ‘Arrow' treatment, including a never-before-seen version of the film, a wealth of special features and bonus material (including an interview, introduction, deleted scene, trailers, audio commentary and collectors booklet) and exclusive interchangeable artwork. This is the very first time that this Italian cult classic will be available on Blu-ray in the UK. Strictly limited Slipbox edition (only 1000 will be made) will be available to pre-order exclusively from the Arrow store – Arrow Films | Arrow Video | Classic, world, horror and cult films on DVD and Blu-ray. The Slipbox edition will feature a 4-panel reversible sleeve, comprised of 3 original posters and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys.

Mario Bava is widely credited as the man who kick-started the golden age of Italian horror, never before had international audiences witnessed such slick, stylised production combined with brutal and supernatural imagery.

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Legendary Scream Queen Barbara Steele (Shivers, Caged Heat) stars in Black Sunday as a beautiful witch sentenced to death for her evil deeds by her own brother, condemned to die by having a metal mask hammered onto her face, before being burnt at the stake. As she passes and the spikes of the death mask pierce her flesh, she puts a terrible curse on all her future descendants. But, when two unwitting travellers discover her final resting place and worse, drip blood on her resting corpse, they unleash her once again in all her stunningly beautiful, terrifying glory. Banned in the UK on its release, Black Sunday is a groundbreaking film that opened the door for Spaghetti horror in all its gory glory.

In addition to the original European version of the film, the deluxe edition release of Black Sunday features the worldwide debut of the American version. This alternate version of the film, by American International Pictures, has never been available before, ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD! Also included in the set is I Vampiri, the very first Sound-era Italian horror film, by Riccardo Freda and Mario Bava. Freda wagered he could finish the film in 12 days but stormed off the set after 10, leaving cameraman Bava to finesse the story, finish shooting and complete the film within the remaining two days.

A full list of special features on the Black Sunday deluxe release is as follows:
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of two versions of the film; The Mask of Satan – the European version with score by Roberto Nicolosi & Black Sunday – the re-edited and re-dubbed AIP version with Les Baxter score, on home video for the first time anywhere in the world
  • Three audio versions: Optional Italian, European English and AIP English re-dub and re-score
  • English SDH subtitles for both English versions and a new English subtitle translation of the Italian audio
  • Audio Commentary with Bava biographer and expert Tim Lucas
  • Introduction to the film by author and critic Alan Jones
  • Interview with Black Sunday star and horror icon Barbara Steele
  • Deleted Scene from the Italian version with notes by Tim Lucas
  • International Trailer
  • US Trailer
  • Italian Trailer
  • TV Spot
  • I Vampiri (1956) – Italy's first ever sound-era horror film directed by Riccardo Freda and Mario Bava
  • US I Vampiri Trailer - ‘The Devil's Commandment'
  • Trailer reel – trailers of all the major works by Mario Bava
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
  • Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the films by Matt Bailey and Alan Jones, as well as a statement by Riccardo Freda on I Vampiri and Bava, translated from the original Italian for the first time, illustrated with original archive stills and posters
 

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