RABID DOGS arrive on UK DVD & Blu

Arrow Video has announced the UK Blu-ray and DVD release of Mario Bava’s cult (horror thriller) classic Rabid Dogs, which arrives in the UK on 27th October. This new deluxe release will include both Rabid Dogs, Bava’s original version posthumously completed from his notes, and Kidnapped, the re-edited, re-dubbed and re-scored version, supervised by Bava’s son and assistant director Lamberto Bava, and producer Alfredo Leone.

Bava’s reputation as a filmmaker rests chiefly on his contribution to horror, particularly his baroque/ Gothic chillers of the 1960s. All the more surprising that in the mid-1970s he should turn to the crime genre and create Cani arrabbiati (aka Rabid Dogs), an abrasive kidnap psychodrama that ranks alongside anything done by the better-known ‘tough guy’ directors of the day.

Together with both versions of the film, this new disc will also feature a newly translated English subtitled track, alongside an audio commentary with Mario Bava biographer Tim Lucas. The disc will also feature the featurette End of the Road: Making Rabid Dogs and Kidnapped which features Lamberto Bava, Alfredo Leone and star Lea Lander discussing the movie, alongside an interview with Umberto Lenzi, the alternate ‘Semaforo Rosso’ opening title sequence and a collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by author Stephen Thrower, Peter Blumenstock on the history of the film’s first distribution and more.

 Rabid Dogs trailer