Kidnapped (2001) (Cani Arrabbiati / Rabid Dogs, 1974)

US Kino Lorber Classics Blu-ray edition - REGION A


 


Great minimalistic and very surprising "Desperados on the Run" hostage crime
thriller which plays out in Real Time and also has a really cool twist ending.

After a long distinguished career as a director, cinematographer and lighting man
Mario Bava at the end of his film career surprised us all. He made a film totally
unlike any he had ever made before. He should've been showered with praise
after making a such a great film and daring to completely abandon his normal
style of colors, gothic horror, gialli and proto-slashers ... but he was NOT.

The Film company went bankrupt in 1975 and "Cani Arrabbiati/Rabid Dogs"
ended up on a shelf in some vault and was forgotten, until actress Lea Lander
found it in 1997 and finally could be seen by the world. But, Mario Bava
couldn't receive the deserved praise since he was by then long dead.
The film was then released in a 2001 version with Mario's son Lamberto Bava
and producer Alfredo Leone adding some scenes his father had planned to
include and removing some plus a new soundtrack.

The 2007 US Anchor Bay DVD edition - Mario Bava Collection Vol. 2 had both
the "working copy", the by 1974-1975 not finalized version, "Cani Arrabbiati"
and the 2001 version, Kidnapped.
I remember when comparing the 2 different versions that i preferred the old
and "unfinished" version as it was.

Above: The 2007 US Anchor Bay DVD edition


Three desperate bankrobbers has attacked a money transport and
killed a lot of people. The Trio is the leader Doc (Maurice Poli) with
the two imbeciles 32 (Luigi Montefiore/George Eastman) and Blade/
Bistori (Aldo Caponi) and they manage to getaway in a car.
They bring a woman, Maria (Lea Lander) and hijacks a car driven by
a middle-aged man (Riccardo Cucciolla) and with sick child, Tino,
in the backseat, and they avoids getting caught in the Police Dragnet
sealing off the roads out of Rome.

Almost all of the film takes place inside the car escaping out from
Rome. Minimalistic and with great acting (also from the giant Luigi
Montefiore, which i have mainly seen in deranged Joe D'Amato
sleaze horrors. The Twist ending I didn't see coming.

US Kino Lorber Classics presents the film in widescreen 1.85:1 and
with Italian audio with english subtitles. Blu-ray edition - REGION A

BUT with NO EXTRAS except some Bava trailers. Bare Bones edition

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The old US Anchor Bay DVD edition in widescreen 1.78:1 with Italian
audio mono and english subtitles had these extras: Audio commentary
with Mario Bava expert Tim Lucas, End of the Road: Making Of Rabid
Dogs and Kidnapped (16 minutes, 2007), Mario Bava Biography.
The DVD had both the 1974 original "Rabid Dogs" and the 2001
version "Kidnapped"

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