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Release Date - September 20, 1973 in Theaters (In Italy) by Jumbo Cinematografica, titled "Baba Yaga, The Devil Witch". VHS released 1987 by King Of Video, titled "Kiss Me Kill Me". DVD released in 2001 by Diamond Entertainment, titled "Kiss Me, Kill Me". DVD released May 27, 2003 by Blue Underground, titled "Baba Yaga".
Running Time - 1hr. 23min.
MPAA Rating - (not rated)
Production Studio - 14 Luglio Cinematografica and Simone Allouche Productions
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Note: There have been many releases by different companies. The Blue Underground version is probably the best version out right now (except for the 2009 Shameless Screen Entertainment version for those in the PAL regions). Many of the other DVD releases titled "Kiss Me, Kill Me" are poorly done, full frame transfers from the VHS version, and some of the covers include incorrect information. The 2003 release by Blue Underground is transferred from the original negative film, in its original widescreen aspect, and includes some bonus features.
Region 0 (by Blue Underground):
- Audio: English (Dolby Digital mono)
- 1.85:1 Anamophic Widescreen
- Farina And Valentina - Interview With Director Corrado Farina - Italian language with English subtitles: 22min.
- Freud In Color - Guido Crepax Documentary - Italian language with English subtitles: 12min.
- Theatrical Trailer: 3.5min.
- Deleted And Censored Scenes: 10min.
- Poster & Still Gallery: Posters: 4 posters
- Poster & Still Gallery: Stills: 46 stills
- Poster & Still Gallery: Comic Book-To-Film Comparison: 8 pages
- Poster & Still Gallery: Video Releases: 3 covers
- Comic Book-To-Film Comparison (DVD-ROM) - pdf file of the same 8 pages as in the gallery feature, plus cover at a higher resolution.
- 1 Easter Egg: Interview with Tinto Brass - On the Extras menu, highlight the Theatrical Trailer, press right to highlight the camera, then press enter: 1.5min.
- Card insert with pictures and poster image
Director - Corrado Farina
Writer - Guido Crepax, Corrado Farina, and François de Lannurien
Executive Producer - Pino De Martino
Director Of Photography - Aiace Parolin
Editor - Giulio Berruti
- Carroll Baker - Baba Yaga
- Isabelle De Funès - Valentina Rosselli
- George Eastman - Arno Treves
- Ely Galleani - Annette
Music - Score:
Composer - Piero Umiliani
This movie wasn't made by Heavy Metal, but it is loosely based on the story, "Valentina" by Guido Crepax. The "Baba Yaga" episode wasn't published in Heavy Metal, but Valentina was published in many issues from 1980 to 1988.
I think it takes a certain person to enjoy a movie such as this. Someone who appreciates the genre of a giallo, B movie, art film, cult film, or underground film. Unfortunately, I just couldn't get into this mystery-horror movie.
This movie was made a few years before Heavy Metal magazine came out. However, it was based on the Valentina comic that was to eventually be printed in Heavy Metal.
The biggest thing that turned me off this movie was the audio. The quality could be better, but it's the dubbing that's really bad. The sync is slightly off at times, which is distracting, and the voice acting is pretty bad. On top of that, the score is rather forgettable.
The next thing I became aware of early on is that I didn't like most of the characters in the movie. Who annoyed me most was Valentina's anti-establishment pseudo intellectual friends. They just all seemed fake to me, and I'm still not sure if that was on purpose or not. I understand that topics of politics and art would have been popular with these 1973 characters, but it still felt dull and under thought. The Baba Yaga and Valentina characters were ok, but didn't have as much personality as they could have had. I just was bored with most of the dialogue throughout the movie.
The feeling of the movie is a little strange and arty. Dreams are mixed with reality, and there's a fair amount of symbolism used. Although, I think it would have been better if there was either more or less of this done. If it was more straight forward, then you wouldn't even think about the strangeness. But since a little is used, it gives the movie a different feeling, and if they were going to do that, then I think adding more symbolism and artistic storytelling would have made it feel like a different, possibly better movie. Instead, you're feeling a little in between, and not sure how to take the movie.
I also think the amount of nudity was off. This would have also been better if more or less was used. I would have preferred there to be less, as sometimes it just felt pointless, even if they were in a liberal time. However, the story it's based on is pretty sexual, so it would have been better if there was more nudity and sexuality. Unfortunately censorship thought it was too much, as it was, and cut out scenes. But as it was, it just felt uneven.
However, about 2/3rds into the movie, I was surprised to actually find myself interested in the movie. I was anxious to know what was going to happen next, and how the story was going to end. When the anti-climatic ending came, it had no surprises, and so that little bit of built up suspense was for nothing.
I tried to like the movie, and at one point I thought I might. But, I just couldn't enjoy it. There just wasn't any part of the movie to save it. The action didn't have much action. The dialogue wasn't very interesting. The plot was very minimal. The eroticism barely hit being sexy. The horror was nearly nonexistent. The suspense was almost there, but not enough. And even though it wasn't a very good movie, it's still not so bad to make it an enjoyable bad movie.
Description On The Back Cover - The psychedelic shocker based on the erotic comics of Guido Crepax. Legendary sex symbol Carroll Baker (Baby Doll, The Sweet Body Of Deborah) stars as a mysterious sorceress with an undying hunger for sensual ecstasy and unspeakable torture. But when she casts a spell over a beautiful young fashion photographer (the gorgeous Isabelle De Funès), Milan's most luscious models are sucked into a nightmare world of lesbian seduction and shocking sadism. Are these carnal crimes the result of one woman's forbidden fantasies or is this the depraved curse of the the devil witch known as Baba Yaga? George Eastman (The Grim Reaper) co-stars in this provocative EuroShocker (also known as Devil Witch and Kiss Me Kill Me) written and directed by Corrado Farina and based on the notorious S&M comic Valentina by Guido Crepax. Blue Underground is now proud to present Baba Yaga restored from pristine vault materials and packed with eye-popping Extras, including never-before-seen erotic outtakes from the Italian Censor's archives as well as the director's own private collection.