Dr John Fielding is on the search for an ancient Mayan ruin. Housed there is the answer to why a whole city worth of peoples inhabitance disapeared. The problem is that the explorers have found only the empty temple and jungle. Masses of jungle. When they explore further , a secret room is found and inside that room is a pool with the statue of the goddess Caltiki. Chosing to dive into the pool, they find treasure and wealth beyond imagination. They also find the answer to why so many died…..
Mario Bava is a little bit of a hero of mine. He made films thta were both amazing exploration of genre and visually complex. He directed with a really sense of respect for films that others saw as merely empty. This film had the honour of being directed by him but credited to someone else. The other director was Riccardo Freda, an Italian horror film icon and friend of Bava. Both deserve credit as friends for this film. A knock about, fun filled, cleverly told, visceral tale. It remains both a classic monster in the mist film and a paranoid fable of the evil that dare not say its name. Communism.
Disc is great but the stand out is the commentary by Howarth and Lucas (seperate and both great.) Kim Newmans discussion oin the film is also revealing and the booklet (special edition though it is) is sublime.
- Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
- Original mono Italian and English soundtracks (lossless on the Blu-ray Disc)
- 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
- New audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of The Haunted World of Mario Bava and So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films
- From Quatermass to Caltiki, a new discussion with author and critic Kim Newman on the influence of classic monster movies on Caltiki
- Riccardo Freda, Forgotten Master, an archival interview with critic Stefano Della Casa
- The Genesis of Caltiki, an archival interview with filmmaker Luigi Cozzi
- Archival introduction to the film by Stefano Della Casa
- Alternate opening titles for the US version
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing by Kat Ellinger and Roberto Curti