Danger: Diabolik (1968)


Diabolik (original title)

Diabolik (Italy)

1968 Italy | France
Direction: Mario Bava
Actors: John Philip Law, Marisa Mell, Michel Piccoli

Based on the Italian comic series Diabolik by Angela and Luciana Giussani. A criminal named Diabolik (John Phillip Law), who plans large-scale heists for his girlfriend Eva Kant (Marisa Mell), is pursued by Inspector Ginko (Michel Piccoli), who blackmails the gangster Ralph Valmont (Adolfo Celi) into catching Diabolik for him.

Danger: Diabolik was released on DVD by Paramount Pictures on June 14, 2005. The DVD includes an audio commentary by John Phillip Law and Mario Bava biographer Tim Lucas, as well as the music video for “Body Movin'” by the hip-hop group the Beastie Boys. Reviews of the disc by Cinefantastique, DVD Talk and Video Librarian praised the release, noting a high-quality digital transfer and the plethora of extra features. The DVD is now out of print.

Two English-language dubs of Danger: Diabolik were produced, both featuring the voices of Law, Mell and Terry-Thomas. The original English version, used for the film’s theatrical and DVD release, presented the remaining cast dubbed with predominantly British accents. The second version, used for the film’s VHS and LaserDisc release (as well as its showing on Mystery Science Theater 3000), was created when the original sound elements for the dubbed version (aside from those of the three aforementioned performers) were believed to be lost; the non-English-speaking actors were dubbed with American accents. This version also greatly remixed the audio levels for the sound effects and music, and dropped the Danger: from the original English version’s title due to using an Italian print. The audio masters for the original English version were eventually recovered by Kim Aubry of American Zoetrope, who produced Paramount’s DVD release.



Music: Ennio Morricone
Cinematography: Antonio Rinaldi
Edited by: Romana Fortini
Production company: Dino de Laurentiis | Marianne Productions
Running time: 105 minutes