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Directed by Joseph G. Prieto
USA 1
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A rare specimen from the more deranged end of the Grindhouse spectrum, Miss Leslie's Dolls is a memorably demented tale of possession from director Joseph G. Prieto. Believed lost for decades, it has been remastered in High Definition from original film elements especially for this release.

Stranded in the backwoods during a thunderstorm, a beautiful teacher and her three female students take refuge at a lonely house owned by the middle-aged Miss Leslie. Miss Leslie, however, is less a mild-mannered spinster and more murder...

 

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Release: March 1st, 1973

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Review: Network - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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Runtime 1:28:42.041
Video

1.85:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 19,347,889,332 bytes

Feature: 19,045,933,824 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.98 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio

LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit

Subtitles English, None
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Network

 

1.85:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 19,347,889,332 bytes

Feature: 19,045,933,824 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.98 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Collectable booklet with essay by Laura Mayne

Image gallery


Blu-ray Release Date: September 3rd, 2018
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: (June 2018) Network - Region FREE - Blu-ray: The 'long-lost' camp classic, "Miss Leslie's Dolls", comes to us via Network on a single-layered Blu-ray. The 1.85:1 image has a supportive bitrate. "Miss Leslie's Dolls" has been remastered in High Definition from original film elements especially for this release. We can only guess that Network did not have access to a pristine print/negative of the film. It could also be possible that this is how Dolls looked originally with less resilient film stock. The image can look a little muddy, but there is a consistency to the softly detailed image. Contrast levels can be a little weak too, with certain darker scenes being washed out in a sea of uniform-black. Colors also appear slightly muted with a green tint, but this is not rare for a film of this age. There are also sporadic vertical scratches visible. This could be the best the image will look. Perhaps one day we will have another edition to compare to. I wasn't discouraged by the less-dynamic presentation.

"Miss Leslie's Dolls" is given a 24-bit 2.0 linear PCM mono track. The dialogue is clear and intelligible, especially the over-dubbed dialogue of the titular Miss Leslie. The soundtrack is thanks to Ralph Remy Jr. (appearing here as "Imer Leaf"). Remy Jr. was also a writer and producer for Dolls. The spooky music comes through strong here, without washing out the dialogue and sound effects. There are optional English subtitles on this Region-Free
Blu-ray.

Network has provided an image gallery and the package has a liner notes booklet with writing from Dr. Laura Mayne.

Thanks to Network, we finally have the rarely seen "Miss Leslie's Dolls" in 1080P. Though this is by no means a reference quality image, we can assume that Network's transfer is only as good as the source material available to them. This is a truly unique film that would fall somewhere between early John Waters and Herschell Gordon Lewis. Definitely an artefact of its time. Love it!
   

Colin Zavitz


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