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(aka "The Living Dead Girl" )

 

directed by Jean Rollin
France 1982

 

An earth tremor causes the spill of toxic waste being stored in a family crypt. This awakens young Catherine Valmont (Françoise Blanchard) with an insatiable bloodlust. Her childhood friend Helene (Marina Pierro of Borowczyk's LOVE RITES and THREE IMMORAL WOMEN), feeling guilty for not keeping her vow to follow her friend in death, scours the village for suitable victims for her pitiable friend. Meanwhile, an American photographer (Carina Barone) finds out the girl she photographed walking through a field has been dead nearly a year and, along with her boyfriend (Mike Marshall), stumble upon Helene's activities. This alternately elegant and grisly horror film was reportedly the inspiration for Rob Zombie's song "Living Dead Girl." With the help of France's now-prominent make-up effects artist Benoit LeStang, Rollin ups the gore over the erotic content (as with GRAPES OF DEATH) though his poetic sense remains, anchored by the performances of Blanchard and Pierro with a genuinely tragic ending.

Eric Cotenas

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Comparison:

Image Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Encore Entertainment - Region 0 - PAL vs. Redemption - Region FREE - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for all the DVD Screen Caps!

1) Image Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - LEFT

2) Encore Entertainment (3 disc edition) - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Redemption - Region FREE - Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

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Image Entertainment

Region 0 - NTSC

Encore Entertainment
Region 0 - PAL

Redemption USA

Region FREE - Blu-ray

Runtime 1:29:42 1:26:12 (4% PAL speedup) 1:29:42
Video

1.64:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.74 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.78:1 Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.91 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 45,597,434,020 bytes

Feature: 22,413,256,091 bytes

Video Bitrate: 25.93 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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Image Entertainment

 

Bitrate:

 

Encore Entertainment

 

Audio French (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono)

French/English (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono); German (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono)

LPCM Audio French 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit

LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit

Subtitles English, none English, Dutch, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Finnish, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Polish, none English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Image Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.64:1

Edition Details:
• French Theatrical Trailer (1:06)
• Slideshow Gallery (3:25)

DVD Release Date: 9 November 1999
Amaray

Chapters 16
 

Release Information:
Studio: Encore Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Introduction by Françoise Blanchard (in French with English subtitles - 0:28)
• Theatrical Trailer (1:27)
• Disc Two
• Introduction by Jean Rollin (in English - 13:11)
• Selected Scenes Commentary by Françoise Blanchard ( in French with English subtitles - 26:55)
• Interview with Françoise Blanchard (in French with English subtitles - 22:00)
• Interview with Jean-Pierre Bouyxou (in French with English subtitles - 30:14)
• Interview with composer Philippe d'Aram (in French with English subtitles - 15:38)
• Alternate scenes (3:17 min)
• Disc Three
• Soundtrack CD (7 tracks - 15:45)
• 64 page booklet

 

DVD Release Date: 30 November 2005
Digipack in Sleeve

Chapters 8

Release Information:
Studio: Redemption

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 45,597,434,020 bytes

Feature: 22,413,256,091 bytes

Video Bitrate: 25.93 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
 

Edition Details:

• Introduction by Jean Rollin (1:22)

Featurettes:

• Jean-Pierre Bouyxou Comments (7:00)

• The American Version (6:57)

• Music by Phillipe D'Aram (8:22)

• An Homage to Benoit Lestang (11:57)

• Jean Rollin at Fantasia (36:23)
• Interview Excerpt (2:56)

• 10 trailers

• 12-page booklet 'The Cinema of Jean Rollin's
 

Blu-ray Release Date: August 28th, 2012
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 10

 

Comments

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

 

ADDITION: Redemption - Region FREE - Blu-ray (August 12'): Each image gets a shade darker as we go down the list. In fact the 1080P may be somewhat muted. The Blu-ray colors are probably the most true - it is 1.78:1 - and the visuals look more film-like to my eye. Audio is lossless - with optional English subs. Supplements have plenty of Rollin interviews etc. but don't quite reach the level of the Encore DVD. Fans of the genre should be pleased - it gives a dual-layered, decent 1080P, solid bitrate presentation with some interesting extras. Typical Rollin stuff from what I have seen of his past work but this is a little more approachable for the average horror aficionado.

 - Gary Tooze

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ON THE DVDs: While Encore's RAPE OF THE VAMPIRE (comparison HERE) was stretched from 1.66:1 to 1.78:1 for anamorphic enhancement compared to the non-anamorphic 1.66:1 Image DVD, Encore's anamorphic disc of LA MORTE VIVANTE has the same vertical framing as the Image DVD but reveals more information on the sides with no stretching. It should be mentioned that Image's initial Redemption transfers were correctly converted to NTSC and thus exhibit none of the PAL speedup and conversion artifacts of their later Redemption titles. Encore's DVD also favors a warmer look than the Image DVD which darkens the blood but does not always look accurate for night exteriors (see capture 7).

The Encore disc also includes the German soundtrack which features an alternate music score. Extras are also in Encore's favor with an introduction and selected scenes commentary by actress François Blanchard and lengthy interviews with the still gorgeous Blanchard, Rollin, composer Philippe D'Aram, and actor/crew member Jean-Pierre Bouyxou (the victim in capture 2). Also included on a third disc is the soundtrack CD. It runs a scant 15 minutes and 45 seconds so it is unfortunate that some of D'Aram's other Rollin scores were not included. As with RAPE OF THE VAMPIRE, the 64 page booklet is almost worth the price of the set alone with many rare production photographs and a lengthy essay by Rollin.

 - Eric Cotenas

 


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2) Encore Entertainment (3 disc edition) - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Redemption - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Image Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) Encore Entertainment (3 disc edition) - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Redemption - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Image Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) Encore Entertainment (3 disc edition) - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Redemption - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Image Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) Encore Entertainment (3 disc edition) - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Redemption - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

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Region 0 - NTSC

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Region 0 - PAL

Redemption USA

Region FREE - Blu-ray


 





 

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