WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Baron Blood/Lisa And The Devil

Reviewed In Issue 16 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Joseph Cotton, Elke Sommer.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 2.5
Sound Rating: 1.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Elite Entertainment
(Catalog Number): EE1234
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $$59.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 100
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1972
(LD Release Date): 8/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Mario Bava
(Screenplay/Written By): Vincent Fotre
(Story): Vincent Fotre
(Music): Stelvio Cipriani
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Enzo Bulgarelli
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(Editor): Carlo Reali
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(Executive Producers): Sam Lang & I. Arthur Elliot
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Alfredo Leone

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Mono Sound
(Theatrical Sound): Optical Mono
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Baron Blood is a story of a villainous ghost resurrected to once again occupy his ancient castle. Baron Otto Von Kleist (Joseph Cotton) was, according to legend, a notorious sadist who mercilessly tortured and killed any who stood in his way. The Baronís modern descendent, Peter Kleist (Antonio Cantafora) pays a visit to the family castle which is being restored for the tourism trade by the current owner Herr Dortmundt (Dieter Tressler) and his assistant Eva (Elke Sommer). Out of curiosity, Peter and Eva recite an incantation and unknowingly re-surrect the evil Baron who uses his ancient torture devices on the castleís guests.

LaserDisc Picture:
The transferís source element was a brand new 35mm theatrical print struck from the original negatives. The aspect ratio is 1.85:1. Overall picture quality is poor with noticeable grain and noise throughout, washed out colors, and pasty fleshtones. Image sharpness and shadow detail is wanting. Some artifacts are noticeable as well.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is undistinguished monaural.
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