I got the new-ish Anchor Bay DVD of Mario Bava's formerly lost film Kidnapped today and, having watched that version and the Rabid Dogs one included as extras have a question: is there also a third reconstruction of the film, in the form of the one on the Lucertola DVD released way back in 1997?
If I remember correctly the Lucertola version bookends the action with two silhouetted sequences of the mother on the phone; this subplot is absent from the Anchor Bay Rabid Dogs and in kidnapped the first insert of the mother on the phone is positioned later in the narrative, after the point at which the gang has commandeered Riccardo's car, and stylistically more consistent.
While I think the positioning of this sequence in Kidnapped works better, I have to say that I don't find any of the versions entirely satisfactory. I found I preferred the solarised type titles on the Anchor Bay Rabid Dogs version because they reminded me of one of the trailers for A Bay of Blood and thus seemed to strengthen the thematic connection with that film, along with the parallel introduction of both Riccardo and the gang, including a nice match cut between Riccardo and Doc's wristwatches, which I found reminiscent of the opening / closing images of the story sequence in the original Tre volte della paura as a way of establishing an almost subconscious link between the two men ahead of their meeting.
Insofar as it's difficult to say much more about the film without spoiling it, I'll leave it at that and ask for your thoughts...