Visually gorgeous nonsense from Bava. 1960's fluff and a cool Comics
Action Comedy about the Playboy and Super-villain Diabolik,
played by John "Barbarella" Phillip Law. Based on the Italian
comic magazine and with, yum, Diabolik's super Hot girlfriend Eva,
played by 1960's and 1970's Euro Psychotronic Film starlet Marisa
The policeman Inspector Ginko is played by the great Michel Piccoli,
and the super-villain rival to Diabolik, Valmont by Adolfo Celi.
Diabolik is constantly embarrasing and
eluding the Police force and the Minister (funny Terry Thomas) has
to leave his post. Inspector
Ginko gets Full Power to catch Diabolik and sets a trap for the master
thief with a famous emerald necklace as the bait. Also, the Mob
led by the great Adolfo Celi hunts Diabolik in a deal with the police.
The tall and lanky John Philipp Law makes for a quirky master
criminal and besides an occasional theft he mostly wants to make out
with his beautiful girlfriend Eva. Diabolik is not a likeable criminal
though as he murders policemen and this film is all about the Bava
This is a low budget film but the visual
mastery and cinematographical tricks of Mario Bava makes this film
a visual delight to watch,
and along with Roger Vadim's "Barbarella" something of Pop
Cultural references today, and considered some of the best of the
1960's movies that were made from comic magazines.
Beware of the Toy Train explosion on the Toy bridge though, a special
effect not worthy of the great Mario Bava, but perhaps a joke ?
This Spanish blu-ray presented the film in anamorphic widescreen 1.85:1
and with an english audio DD 2.0 with english subs, no extras.
The old US Paramount DVD edition (released
in 2005 or thereabout)
DVD presented film in anamorphic widescreen,
english mono audio, region 1 and with a great soundtrack composed
by the legendary
Ennio Morricone. Extras an audio commentary with the Mario Bava expert
Tim Lucas and actor John Philipp Law,
Documentary "Danger Diabolik - From Fumetti to Film" (20
minutes), Beastie Boys Music Video
"Body Movin" with commentary, Teaser and a Trailer