UK Distribution company Arrow Video has been consistently putting together a phenomenal slate of collectible DVD and Blu-ray releases for the past several years. Sadly, Arrow has just announced that their upcoming edition of Italian horror director Mario Bava’s film Rabid Dogs will be put on hold for an indefinite sum of time as a result of their inability to secure high enough quality materials to suit the needs of the release.
Arrow has issued a plea to their customers and Mario Bava fans around the world to ask for help in locating an original print of Rabid Dogs so that they can complete the release. Here is their statement:
“Our release was originally planned for December – we had strong leads for high quality material located in Germany which at that time seemed the end of the journey. When this was delayed we moved the release date back to February to incorporate access and restoration time. To our great disappointment the materials in Germany turned out to be unsuitable, leading us once again to look down other paths, inquiring with libraries, archives and individuals for material, but despite our best efforts unfortunately nothing could be found.
Now, with this public appeal we are looking for any information regarding the whereabouts of original film elements for RABID DOGS, in whole or in part. If you have access to any of these or know someone who might then please do get in touch!”
The three disc Blu-ray/DVD set was originally scheduled to become available earlier this November with the following special features:
– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of two versions of the film; ‘Rabid Dogs’ – Bava’s original version posthumously completed from his notes & ‘Kidnapped’ – the re-edited, re-dubbed and re-scored version, supervised by Bava’s son and assistant Lamberto Bava and producer Alfredo Leone
– Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing on both versions
– Audio Commentary with Bava biographer and expert Tim Lucas
– End of the Road: The Making of Rabid Dogs – A documentary featurette including interviews with Lamberto Bava, Alfredo Leone and star Lea Lander
– Original Trailer
– Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Stephen Thrower, a history of the multiple versions of the film from Semaforo Rosso to Rabid Dogs to Kidnapped by Peter Blumenstock, illustrated with original stills and posters
– Much more to be announced!
If you have any information on the whereabouts of a print, or just to keep up to date on Arrow’s hunt for Rabid Dogs, follow them at the Facebook page they have created to support their release by following this link.