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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The VHS Archives: Mario Bava's BLADESTORM (1966)


Mario Bava's I coltelli del vendicatore (1966)

The VHS Archives Factsheet
Label: Mogul Communications, Inc.
Catalog: MOG1041
Box Type: Slipcase
Year of Release: 1987
Runtime: 81:02
Print: 1.33:1 / English / No subs
Extras: None

About the Film
Director: Mario Bava
Year of Release: 1966
Country of Origin: Italy
Stars: Cameron Mitchell, Fausto Tozzi, Giacomo Rossi-Stuart, Luciano Pollentin
AKAs: Knives of the Avenger, Viking Massacre, Flurry of Knives, Dagger Man, Duel with Knives, The Wrath of the Vikings, A Fistful of Knives, Rurik the Viking

Verbatim Box Synopsis
Bladestorm ... a terrifying story of brutality, horror and violence.
A powerful, emotional and violent story of war and determination, of a man's hatred as he takes on the superior firepower of the enemy.
A story of one man's burning ambition for total vengeance ... a man who will never forgive or forget.
The bloody conflict continues until Bladestorm erupts into total conflict ... a bloody war leaving death, destruction and sadistic killing in it's wake.
Nothing can stop the bloody battle as the culmination of years of hatred and vengeance finally result in a fight until death. Bladestorm will stop at nothing.

U.S. Mogul Communications, Inc. slipcase!

Friend John Grace pointed out the Bladestorm cover art is just a flipped reworking of Frank Frazetta's popular Conan the Destroyer painting from 1971. The original piece actually made news in 2010 by selling for a whopping $1.5 million!

U.S. Mega Video sleeve!

Canadian Videoline Productions, Inc. slipcase,
courtesy of Tales from the Snikt!

Spanish DGV Video sleeve!

German Spectrum glassbox cover,

German Cannon VMP sleeve!

Greek Video Alsen sleeve!

Finnish Magna Filmi sleeve, originally scanned by "giallohunter"!

U.S. theatrical trailer (printed in B&W),
uploaded by Criterion Dungeon!

Looking for Bladestorm on VHS? It's available on Amazon here. It was also released to DVD by Anchor Bay under the title Knives of the Avenger as part of their first Mario Bava Collection, and as an earlier standalone release from Image. 

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