Written by: Michael Den Boer on May 3rd, 2007
Theatrical Release Date: Italy, 1966
Director: Mario Bava
Writers: Mario Bava, Romano Migliorini, Roberto Natale
Cast: Giacomo Rossi-Stuart, Erika Blanc, Fabienne Dali, Piero Lulli, Luciano Catenacci, Micaela Esdra, Franca Dominici
|Approximate running time:||83m24s||83m24s|
|Aspect Ratio:||1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen||1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen|
|Sound:||Dolby Digital Mono English||Dolby Digital mono Italian & English with English subtitles|
|DVD Release:||Dark Sky Films||Anchor Bay|
|Region Coding:||Region 1 NTSC||Region 1 NTSC|
Dark Sky Films Region 1 DVD
Dr. Paul Eswai (Giacomo Rossi-Stuart) travels to a small remote village to perform an autopsy for a woman who died under mysterious circumstances. Dr. Eswai with the help of an Inspector Kruger look for clues that will help them discover who the killer. Unable to find any substantial leads in the mortal realm Dr. Eswai is forced to take a more supernatural look at the evidence as more bodies start turning up just like the first victim.
Both releases present Kill Baby Kill in its original aspect ratio and on the surface they look very similar with a few minor instances. Details look sharper and there look likes there is a little more information on all four sides of the Anchor Bay release. Color wise is where they are most different with the Anchor Bay release looking the more natural looking of the two transfers. This one is to close to call with the beauty being in the eye of the beholder.
The Dark Sky release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. The audio is clean and free of any major audio defects. The Anchor Bay release comes with two audio options Italian and English. Both presented in a Dolby Digital mono. Both audio mixes are clear and have no audio defects. The Italian mix sounds slightly better of the two. Removable English subtitles have been included with the Anchor Bay Release. Overall the winner here is the Anchor Bay release which offers two audio options.
Extras for the Dark Sky release include a trailer, a still gallery and a twenty four minute documentary which is essentially an interview with Mario Bava’s son Lamberto. The main extra for this release is an audio commentary with Mario Bava expert Tim Lucas. The Anchor Bay release comes with the three T.V. spots, a trailer for the film and a bio for Mario Bava. Also included with this release are trailers for other Mario Bava films currently available on DVD from Anchor Bay. The clear winner here is Dark Sky Films.
Both releases are very good where Dark Sky Films excels in the extras department the Anchor Bay release excels in the audio/video presentation. Right now as of this writing the Dark Sky release is still on hold and the Anchor Bay which is only available via their Mario Bava collection is the only version currently available in English and in the films original aspect ratio.