(aka "Il Mulino delle Donne di Pietra" or "Le Moulin des Supplices" or "De Molen van de Versteende Vrouwen" or "Die Mühle der Versteinerten Frauen" )

directed by Giorgio Ferroni
Italy / France 1960

In this offbeat costume horror film set in 1912, Hans (Pierre Brice), a young art student, is sent to a remote Dutch village to collect information about the local windmill. The windmill is decorated with moving sculptures of women in various gruesome scenes of torture and death. Professor Wahl (Herbert Boehme), the curator of the windmill, also teaches art and sculpture. Among the professor's students, Hans meets Liselotte (Dany Carrel), his childhood friend who still loves him. He also gets acquainted with Wahl's beautiful daughter, Elfi (Scilla Gabel), who suffers from a rare blood disease and is not allowed to leave her house. Then Hans discovers the shocking secret behind the professor's attempts to keep his daughter alive.

Yuri German

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Theatrical Release: August 30th, 1960

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DVD Comparison:

Mondo Macabro - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Neo Publishing (English Version) - Region 0 - PAL vs. Neo Publishing (French Version) - Region 0 - PAL

Big thanks to Pieter Boven for all the Screen Caps!

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Mondo Macabro

Region 0 - NTSC

Neo Publishing
Region 0 - PAL
Neo Publishing
Region 0 - PAL
Runtime 1:35:33 1:30:38 (4% PAL speedup) 1:26:05 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.65 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.25 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.78:1 Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.5 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

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Audio French, UK English, US English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)

US English, Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)

French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)

Subtitles English, none French, none none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Mondo Macabro

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.66:1

Edition Details:
• English theatrical trailer
• 3 Alternate scenes (French bridge scene, US cut hallucination scene, French title sequence)
• Biographies
• Photo galleries
• Other Mondo Macabro releases

DVD Release Date: March 16, 2004
Keepcase

Chapters 16

Release Information:
Studio: Neo Publishing

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.66:1

Edition Details:
• English and shorter French version
• English theatrical trailer
• Photo gallery
• Filmographies

 

DVD Release Date: September 4, 2004
Keepcase with sleeve

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio: Neo Publishing

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• English and shorter French version
• English theatrical trailer
• Photo gallery
• Filmographies

 

DVD Release Date: September 4, 2004
Keepcase with sleeve

Chapters 12

 

 

 

 

Comments NOTE: Your comparisons of MILL OF THE STONE WOMEN doesn't mention anything about the color strobbing throughout the Mondo Macabro edition, this is perhaps the most distracting flaw I've ever seen on a DVD. I'm now interested in buying the English version of the French DVD but the store you list has a different version (A French/English/Italian version) - (Thanks Brian!)

*****

A difficult comparison because we actually have three different versions of the same movie here. First we have the Mondo Macabro DVD which, according to the liner notes in the extras, restores all sections that were removed for the US release except a bridge scene which was never dubbed in English. Next we have the Neo Publishing DVD containing both a French and an English version, which appears to be the US release. However, both DVDs seem to contain all the different scenes in one way or the other.

The French version on the Neo Publishing is no match for the English version or the Mondo Macabro. The image is not as sharp and cropped to about 1.78:1.
The real competition is between the Mondo Macabro and the English version on the Neo Publishing. The Mondo Macabro contains slightly more picture on top and bottom, but the main point of discussion is the colours. I'm inclined to think the Mondo Macabro is more correct than the brownish tinted Neo Publishing, especially when looking at screenshot 4.
Sharpness and the amount of print damage seems similar on both releases except for screenshot 5 where the Mondo Macabro looks quite bad. The explanation is that there are 2 versions of this hallucination scene. Mondo Macabro has a different and shorter version, labeled "US cut", as an extra. Neo Publishing however has this US cut in the English version while the French version contains the alternate cut. A strange decision from Mondo Macabro since the US cut is of much better image quality.

On to the sound. The Mondo Macabro contains a UK and US English track but most voices are done by the same actors, Prof. Gregorius Wahl being the most obvious exception. There is also a French track which reverts to English in a couple of scenes. In this case, you can select English subtitles for the French scenes or French subtitles for the English scenes.
The Neo Publishing on the other hand allows you to choose between the US English and Italian track with removable French subtitles. There are no subtitles on the shorter French version which naturally only contains the French track.

In the extras department Mondo Macabro has the upper hand with its well written biographies and a wealth of publicity material, of which the Neo Publishing photo gallery contains only a small fragment. Both DVDs have the same trailer but for some reason the trailer on the Mondo Macabro plays in an incorrect aspect ratio. Also note that all 3 alternate scenes on the Mondo Macabro can be seen in either the French, albeit without English subtitles, or in the English version on the Neo Publishing. Another thing that will interest fans is that the notorious nipple scene included by Mondo Macabro is also available in the French version on the Neo Publishing.

Overall, both releases have their strengths and weaknesses. If you do not speak French, Mondo Mabraco obviously wins due to the English subtitles and 2 different English dubs. Neo Publishing limits you to the US English dub. If however you do speak French, the Neo Publishing contains an Italian track and gives you the possibility to view the US and French version of the film in their original form.

 - Pieter Boven

 

 





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