- An MVD Exclusive
- SKU: AV423
- Format: Blu-ray
- UPC: 760137825784
- Street Date: 01/18/22
- PreBook Date: 12/14/21
- Label: Arrow Video »
- Genre: Horror
- Run Time: 95 mins
- Number of Discs: 1
- Audio: STEREO
- Year of Production: 1977
- Region Code: 0
- Box Lot:
- Territory: US
- Language: Italian
Cast & Crew
- Daria Nicolodi
- John Steiner
- Ivan Rassimov
- Lamberto Bava
- Director: Mario Bava
A new look at the face of evil
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In a career spanning four decades and encompassing virtually every genre under the sun, Mario Bava inspired multiple generations of filmmakers, from Dario Argento to Martin Scorsese and Tim Burton. Best remembered for his gothic horror movies, for his final feature, Shock, he eschewed the grand guignol excesses of Black Sabbath or Blood and Black Lace for a more intimate portrait of mental breakdown in which true horror comes from within. Dora (Daria Nicolodi, Deep Red) moves back into her old family home with her husband, Bruno (John Steiner, Tenebrae), and Marco (David Colin Jr., Beyond the Door), her young son from her previous marriage. But domestic bliss proves elusive as numerous strange and disturbing occurrences transpire, while Dora is haunted by a series of nightmares and hallucinations, many of them involving her dead former husband. Is the house itself possessed? Or does Dora's increasingly fragile grip on reality originate from somewhere far closer to home? Released in the United States as a sequel to Ovidio G. Assonitis's Beyond the Door, Shock more than lives up to its name, proving that, even at this late stage in his career, Bava hadn't lost his touch for terror. Now restored in high definition for the first time, the Maestro of the Macabre's chilling swansong disturbs like never before in this feature-laden release from Arrow Video.
- High Definition Blu-ray™ (1080p) presentation
- Brand new 2K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative by Arrow Films
- Original Italian and English front and end titles and insert shots
- Restored original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks
- Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
- New audio commentary by Tim Lucas, author of Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark
- A Ghost in the House, a new video interview with co-director and co-writer Lamberto Bava
- Via Dell’Orologio 33, a new video interview with co-writer Dardano Sacchetti
- The Devil Pulls the Strings, a new video essay by author and critic Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
- Shock! Horror! – The Stylistic Diversity of Mario Bava, a new video appreciation by author and critic Stephen Thrower
- The Most Atrocious Tortur(e), a new interview with critic Alberto Farina
- Italian theatrical trailer
- 4 US “Beyond the Door II” TV spots
- Image gallery
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Christopher Shy
- FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Troy Howarth, author of The Haunted World of Mario Bava
- Horror master Mario Bava's final film
- For fans of Italian Horror like Suspiria, Demons, and Black Sabbath
An effective, scary horror movie in its own right
A little bit of everything you'd want from an Italian horror movie
—The Horror Syndicate
Shock certainly delivers the goods in its effectively disturbing portrayal of a boy possessed. The slight-of-hand camera trickery that Bava had mastered with nearly 20 years in the director's chair is equally effective
—All Movie Guide
Shock more than lives up to its name, proving that, even at this late stage in his career, Bava hadn’t lost his touch for terror. Now restored in high definition for the first time, the Maestro of the Macabre’s chilling swansong disturbs like never before in this feature-laden release from Arrow Video.
—Tom Stockman, We Are Movie Geeks
In a career spanning four decades and encompassing virtually every genre under the sun, Mario Bava inspired multiple generations of filmmakers, from Dario Argento to Martin Scorsese and Tim Burton.
—Anne Carlini, Exclusive Magazine
Directors like Mario Bava are the reason cult movie fans exist. Looking just gorgeous in its new transfer and box art, Shock also comes with some heavy-hitting extras
—Movie Line Online
As the final film from horror legend Mario Bava, Shock earns a spot in cinema history.
—Colin Jacobson, DVD Magazine
Shock is still an effective shocker, a nice mix between haunted house flick and The Omen-style evil kid thriller.
—Search My Trash
Mario Bava is the best underrated director of all time. Thanks to Arrow Video’s new Blu-ray presentation, we can appreciate an unsetting, surreal swansong from a true artist.
Arrow Video put a lot of great featurettes on this Blu-ray. So not only will giallo fans enjoy the newly restored 2k version of Shock, but they'll be entertained for hours with the featurettes and interviews. If you are a fan of Italian horror films this brand new Arrow Video Blu-ray of Shock is a must own.
—Classic Cinema Magazine
Really fun movie. This is a good creeper!
This is another appealing presentation of a cult item from Arrow. Recommended.
Mario Bava was one of the giants of Italian cinema.
Mario Bava’s final film delivers on the promise of its title Shock.
—The Movie Isle
It’s a very modern style horror film, and I think today’s jaded audience will appreciate this even more now than people did when it originally was made. Bava goes all in on the domestic horror, and the film’s ending should leave you numb and gutted.
—The Movie Elite
When discussing Italian horror cinema, no name looms larger than Mario Bava's. From its opening moments, Shock has all the elements that have become synonymous with the cinema of Mario Bava.
The Maestro of the Macabre’s chilling swan song disturbs like never before in this feature-laden release from Arrow Video.
A return to the stylish, atmospheric horror from [Bava's] early days (though still includes a few jarring moments of gory violence).
—Free Kittens Movie Guide
Those who are fans of the filmmaker’s work will undoubtably be happy with this new disk from Arrow… I highly recommend grabbing the disk.
—The Film Junkies
The film’s last few minutes are intense and scary.
A very 70’s euro horror film, which slips between camp creep-ness & telekinesis silliness, dread-filled surrealism & dreamy-ness, and moments of slashing ‘n’ spurting gore.
Arrow did a fantastic job cleaning up this movie. It looks super clear and crisp but also has a good amount of grain to maintain that classic film feel
—Mid Level Media
It’s safe to say Bava knows a thing or two about making horror movies.
—John Romeo, A Mind On Fire
Bava’s psychological and supernatural horror is a fine showcase for Daria Nicolodi
—Jon Partridge, Cinapse
Mario Bava is best known for his suspense sequences, and his stylistic use of color and framing. Shock is always stylishly and interestingly framed
—Kent Conrad, Cinema Sentries
—Wade Major, DigiGods
a more intimate portrait of mental breakdown in which true horror comes from within
—Harley Lond, Film Crave
Pick of the Week - Especially if you're a big Bava fan, which everyone should be
—Michael Vaughn, Geek Vibes Podcast
One hell of a neo-Gothic thriller
A terrific disc that may allow for re-evaluation of horror maestro’s Mario Bava’s final film
—Phil Bailey, Ink 19
Made originally as a sequel to Beyod the Door, Shock is a much better movie than the first film. There are a lot of special features on here
—Mr Tony Of The Dead
The Godfather of Italian horror and thrillers is undoubtebly Mario Bava
One of the most capable directors form Italy ever - very exciting that Arrow has put this one out
—Mr Parka, Screaming Toilet
Mario Bava’s film stretches the gap between lurid material and sophistication of execution to its breaking point.
—Carson Lund, Slant Magazine
some nifty visual touches (the boy-into-man moment is startling), and the story strengthens as it heads toward a memorable conclusion
—Matt Brunson, The Film Frenzy
This is one that I’ve long been waiting for to come to Blu-ray… [Arrow] has given us some Mario Bava that we had been missing in HD
—Zombies Don't Run
Shock comes to a head with a frenzied finale... It features a truly ingenious jump scare that has been imitated in the likes of Annabelle and The Prodigy
—Alex DiVincenzo, Broke Horror Fan
An all-time classic
An incredibly enjoyable and exciting effort with a lot to like
—Don Anelli, Don's Horror World
Shock was a worthy final film, a hybrid haunted house and possession film with a worthy mystery at the center.
—Ryan Izay, Rizay Reviews
the uncanny slips into an apparently picture-perfect situation like discordant notes in a pastel-colored symphony
—David Luhrssen, Shepherd Express
It builds and builds and the last half hour of the movie has some pretty good jump scares, so I would recommend Shock. It did not disappoint
—Adam Long, Movie Geeks United
Put the ending up there with some of the more stanger movies in horror movie history
—Zombies Don’t Run
an excellent transfer, with great color, detail, and contrast.
—James Kendrick, Qnetwork
[Mario Bava's] Shock was a worthy final film, a hybrid haunted house and possession film with a worthy mystery at the center.
—Ryan Izay, Rizay Reviews
A lot of fun
—Bob Bobson, Bob's Movie Review
A brilliant bit of cinematic trickery
—Orrin Grey, Signal Horizon