Lisa and the Devil - The UK Also Gets 2 Versions
Mario Bava's Horror Film on DVD and Blu-ray
Lisa and the Devil, a horror film by Mario Bava, had a rough start. Even though Bava had complete freedom while shooting the film he wanted, the Italian audience didn't like the end product. The attempt to distribute it outside of Italy, especially in the US, failed. It wasn't wanted and seemed too special for a mass audience.
Producer Alfredo Leone had financial struggles and urged Bava to recut the film and do reshoots. Leone wanted to profit from The Exorcist's big fame by addressing the same subject matter. Bava wasn't too excited and did not fully participate in the reshooting process. The end result was The House of Exorcism. Big parts of the Lisa version now served as flashbacks and many aspects were missing completely. The new exorcist scenes and the fancy new title didn't cause much success, though. The House of Exorcism was a flop as well and without question the worse film.
After the US label Lorber Films released the film in both versions in the US, the UK follow in February 2013. The audio commentary als refers to a Spanish cut where a violent scene is supposedly longer but is shortened in others, e.g. a sex scene.
Full specs of the UK Blu-ray:
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of both versions of the film: Lisa and the Devil and The House of Exorcism producer s cut
- Optional English and Italian audio on Lisa and the Devil
- English SDH subtitles on both features and a new English subtitle translation of the Italian Audio of Lisa and the Devil
- Audio Commentary on Lisa and the Devil by Bava biographer and expert Tim Lucas
- Audio Commentary on The House of Exorcism by producer Alfredo Leone and star Elke Sommer
- Introductions to both films by author and critic Alan Jones
- The Exorcism of Lisa Assistant Director Lamberto Bava, screenwriter Roberto Natale, Roy Bava and Bava biographer Alberto Pezzotta discuss the making of both versions of the film
- Deleted Scene
- Original trailers
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
- Collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic and author Stephen Thrower illustrated with original stills and archive posters
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