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The Cristian Haute Couture fashion house is a home to models… and backstabbing… and blackmail… and drug deals… and MURDER.

Having established a template for the giallo with The Girl Who Knew Too Much, Mario Bava set about cementing its rules with Blood and Black Lace. In doing so he created one of the most influential films ever made – an Italian classic that would spearhead the giallo genre, provide a prototype for the slasher movie, and have a huge effect on filmmakers as diverse as Dario Argento and Martin Scorsese.

Newly restored from the original camera negative and presented here in its original, uncut Italian form, this dual-format release allows fans to see Blood and Black Lace afresh and offers newcomers the ideal introduction to a major piece of cult filmmaking.


  • Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Optional Italian and English soundtracks presented in original uncompressed mono PCM audio
  • Newly translated subtitles for the Italian audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
  • Brand new audio commentary by Mario Bava’s biographer Tim Lucas
  • Psycho Analysis – a new documentary on Blood and Black Lace and the origins of the giallo genre featuring interviews with directors Dario Argento (Suspiria) and Lamberto Bava (Demons), screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi (All the Colors of the Dark) critics Roberto Curti and Steve Della Casa, and crime novelists Sandrone Dazieri and Carlo Lucarelli
  • An appreciation by Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani, the creative duo behind Amer and The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears
  • Yellow – the much-acclaimed neo-giallo by Ryan Haysom & Jon Britt [Blu-ray exclusive]
  • Gender and Giallo – a visual essay by Michael Mackenzie exploring the giallo’s relationship with the social upheavals of the 1960s and 70s
  • Panel discussion on Mario Bava featuring Dario Argento, Lamberto Bava and Steve Della Casa, recorded at the 2014 Courmayeur Film Festival
  • The Sinister Image: Cameron Mitchell – an episode of David Del Valle’s television series, devoted to the star of Blood and Black Lace and presented in full
  • The alternative US opening titles, sourced from Joe Dante’s private print and scanned in 2K especially for this release
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
  • Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Howard Hughes, author of Cinema Italiano and Mario Bava: Destination Terror, an interview with Joe Dante, David Del Valle on Cameron Mitchell and more, all illustrated with archive stills and posters

Product Details

  • 18
  • Cameron Mitchell,
  • Eva Bartok,
  • Thomas Reiner
  • Mario Bava
  • B
Aspect Ratio:
  • 1.66:1
Number of Discs:
  • 2
Main Language:
  • Italian,
  • English
Subtitle Languages:
  • English, English for the Hard of Hearing

Run Time:
  • 89 mins approx.
  • Arrow Video


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Excellent release of one of the most important gialli

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Mario Bava's "Blood and Black Lace" is widely considered the film which paved the way for masterpieces like "The Bird with the crystal Plumage" or "Deep Red", and rightfully so. This Arrow release of the title offers not only the movie in the best possible video quality, but also provides a chockful of bonus materials - ranging from eye-opening interviews with famous directors like Dario Argento, Lamberto Bava, Bruno Forzani & Helene Cattet (the directors of "Amer" and "The strange colour of your body's tears") and many more to a brand new German/English produced giallo short feature not available otherwise, as far as I know. The best extra on this disc, however, is the visual essay "Gender and Giallo" by Michael Mackenzie which offers a thorough analysis of this genre by using excerpts of various famous and lesser known gialli alike. As a long-standing giallo fan, I have to recommend this blu-ray to every fellow fan and to anyone who wants to know more about this fascinating Italian movie genre. 5 of 5 stars

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