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Black Sunday Blu-ray

United Kingdom
La maschera del demonio / The Mask of Satan / Blu-ray + DVD Arrow | 1960 | 1 Movie, 2 Cuts | 87 min | Rated BBFC: 15 | Feb 04, 2013

Black Sunday (Blu-ray)
Large:


Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.69:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: LPCM 2.0
Italian: LPCM 2.0
English: LPCM 2.0

Subtitles
English, English SDH

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Three-disc set (1 BD, 2 DVDs)
DVD copy

Playback
Region B (locked)

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Video 3.8 of 53.8
Audio 3.8 of 53.8
Extras 5.0 of 55.0
Based on 1 user review

Movie appeal

 
Horror100%
Foreign48%
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Black Sunday

 (1960)

Black Sunday Blu-ray delivers great video and audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

A Bavarian princess, burned at the stake with her lover for being a witch, comes to life after three hundred years to enact the curse of revenge on her remaining family members.

For more about Black Sunday and the Black Sunday Blu-ray release, see Black Sunday Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.5 out of 5.

Starring: Barbara Steele, John Richardson, Andrea Checchi, Ivo Garrani, Arturo Dominici, Enrico Olivieri
Director: Mario Bava

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Black Sunday Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.69:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Mario Bava's The Mask of Satan arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of British distributors Arrow Video. Also included on this disc is the AIP version of the film, Black Sunday, which is also encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer.

Please note that the screencaptures included with this review appear in the following order:

1. Screencaptures #2-20 are from The Mask of Satan.
2. Screencaptures #21-29 are from Black Sunday.

The high-definition transfer for The Mask of Satan appears to be virtually identical to the one Kino Lorber used for their Blu-ray release of the film in the United States. I did some direct comparisons between the two and depth and clarity appear to be identical, both outdoor and indoor footage. Contrast levels are also identical. The solid blacks and the gentle grays and whites also appear with the exact same saturation levels on the Arrow Video release.

The high-definition transfer has not been struck from a recent restoration. Naturally, there are some inherited age-related inconsistencies, such as light fading around the edges and sporadic small frame skips. There are also tiny scratches and flecks that occasionally pop up. Additionally, it appears that when the master was prepared - most likely for an older DVD release - some minor noise corrections were performed. However, none of them affect dramatically the integrity of the image. On the contrary, light grain is retained, though admittedly it isn't always evenly distributed. Lastly, there are no traces of problematic sharpening corrections. Compression is also satisfactory.

Black Sunday also looks good. In fact, there are portions of the film where contrast levels are slightly better balanced. There are no serious compression issues to report. Detail and clarity are as convincing as those observed on The Mask of Satan.

To sum it all up, even though there is clearly room for different sizable improvements, Bava's The Mask of Satan looks good on Blu-ray. Depth in particular is far better when one compares the Blu-ray release with previous DVD releases. The better compression also makes a big difference. (Note: This is a Region-B "locked" Blu-ray disc. Therefore, you must have a native Region-B or Region-Free PS3 or SA in order to access its content).


Black Sunday Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

There are three standard audio tracks on this Blu-ray release: English LPCM 2.0 and Italian LPCM 2.0 for The Mask of Satan and English LPCM 2.0 for Black Sunday. For the record, Arrow Video have provided optional English SDH subtitles for the English tracks and optional English subtitles for the Italian track.

The lossless English track on The Mask of Satan has good depth and even a decent range of nuanced dynamics. Some minor fluctuations are noticeable during select sequences but none of them ever become distracting. Light background hiss occasionally sneaks in but does not affect clarity. The dialog is stable and easy to follow. However, I must point out that even though the majority of the actors spoke their lines in English, they were later on overdubbed. Naturally, some minor sync issues remain.


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Black Sunday and Lisa and the Devil Officially Announced - January 7, 2013

British distributors Arrow Video have officially announced and detailed their upcoming Blu-ray releases of Mario Bava's classic horror films Black Sunday (1960) and Lisa and the Devil (1974). The two releases will be available for purchase on January 28th.


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