Cani arrabbiati / Rabid Dogs / Kidnapped / Semaforo rosso (1974) DVD9
When a robbery goes tragically wrong, three desperate criminals kidnap a woman, an innocent man, and a sick child he is rushing to the hospital. The rest of the film plays out ingeniously inside a speeding car where the victims and the gangsters face off during a roller coaster ride that surely inspired Quentin Tarantino's Grindhouse entry. The entire story plays out in real time, showcasing some harsh sequences that have earned it comparisons to Last House on the Left. Kidnapped, also known as Rabid Dogs, is a not-often-seen film from Italian director Mario Bava (Planet of the Vampires). Although it has been released previously on DVD, it's now getting the Anchor Bay treatment. It's a mean-spirited, spry gangster film and the only Mario Bava story that seems wholly rooted in the real world.

Director: Mario Bava
Cast: Lea Lander, George Eastman, Riccardo Cucciolla, Don Backy, Maurice Poli, Maria Fabbri
Country: Italy
Genre: Crime, Thriller

Added Blu-Ray (Arrow Films)


The recovered film has been finished in at least three versions. After festival screenings, it was premiered on DVD as Rabid Dogs. That version was essentially Bava's workprint with an added shot of a mysterious silhouetted woman at the beginning. On this disc, that opening has been replaced with a new graphic sequence bearing the title Semaforo rosso (Red Light Signal). Producer Alfredo Leone and Lamberto Bava subsequently filmed new connective scenes and re-edited a third version with the unimpressive title Kidnapped. That version is included on this DVD release.

In this latest Anchor Bay release we are given the choice between two cuts of the film entitled Kidnapped and Rabid Dogs. There are two different scores, as well as alternate shots and different edits to differentiate each version. The Kidnapped option has a strong academic commentary from author Tim Lucas who knows a ton about the film's production and Bava's career. Also included is an in-depth "making of" featurette which allows Alfredo Leone, Lamberto Bava, and Lea Lander who explain the difficulties of releasing the picture.

DVD9 | NTSC 16:9 | 01:36:15 | 7.39 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Italiano
Subtitles: English

Extras:
• Audio Commentary with Bava biographer and expert Tim Lucas on Rabid Dogs
• "End of the Road: The Making of Rabid Dogs and Kidnapped"
• Mario Bava biography
• Trailers to other films by Mario Bava

Download Cani arrabbiati / Rabid Dogs / Kidnapped / Semaforo rosso (1974) DVD9 (Anchor Bay):

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Cani.arrabbiati.1974.Lk.part2.rar

As noted above, there are several different edits of the film in existence. Arrow’s release contains both the Kidnapped version and the Rabid Dogs edit.

BD50 | 1080p AVC | 01:35:51 | 41.5 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Italiano
Subtitles: English

Extras:
• Audio Commentary with Bava biographer and expert Tim Lucas on Rabid Dogs
• "End of the Road: The Making of Rabid Dogs and Kidnapped" A documentary featurette including interviews with Lamberto Bava, Alfredo Leone and star Lea Lander (16:33)
• "Bava and Eurocrime" - an interview with Umberto Lenzi (9:00)
• "Semaforo Rosso" - Alternate Title Sequence (1:32)

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