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(aka "The Coming of Sin")

 

Directed by José Ramón Larraz
Spain 1978

 

One of the most underrated and oft-neglected genre filmmakers of his generation, Spanish-born director José Ramón Larraz (Symptoms) finally receives his due with this collection of his work, the first of its kind, bringing together a fascinating cross-section of films from the first half of his lengthy cinematic career.

In Larraz's 1978's The Coming of Sin (La Visita del Vicio, in its native Spanish), a young gypsy girl experiences a violent sexual awakening as her dreams of a naked young man on horseback become reality.

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A solitary female artist takes in a young gypsy girl, who suffers from recurring nightmares where she is attacked by a naked man on horseback. As the relationship between the two women gets closer and closer, the mysterious horseman will invade their lives. This dark, erotic drama with powerful oneiric images is one of the most bizarre by José Ramón Larraz, one which we can now discover in its fabulous new restored version.

Excerpt from SigesFilmFestival.com located HERE

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Theatrical Release: June 1st, 1978

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Comparison:

Pagan Films Region 0 - PAL vs. Arrow Video - Region FREE - Blu-ray

Thanks to Eric for the Pagan DVD captures!

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Part of Arrow's Blood Hunger: The Films of José Larraz Blu-ray package:

    

Distribution Pagan Films Region 0 - PAL Arrow - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:24:45 (4% PAL speedup)         1:29:51.385  
Video

1.58:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.43 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 41,606,695,117 bytes

Feature: 27,318,280,512 bytes

Video Bitrate: 35.54 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate Pagan DVD:

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio

English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono

DTS-HD Master Audio Spanish 1056 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1056 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1052 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1052 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English, None English, English (SDH) None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Arrow Video

 

1.58:1 Aspect Ratio

 

Edition Details:

UK Channel 4 TV show 'Eurotika!' interview with director José Ramón Larraz (25:52)
Biography and filmography for director José Ramón Larraz
B/W Movie Stills photo gallery (8 pictures)
José Ramón Larraz's film posters photo gallery (8 pictures)
Colour Movie Stills photo gallery (5 pictures)
Jose Ramon Larraz Biography (7 pages)
Filmography (3 pages)
Larraz Film Posters (9 pages)

DVD Release Date: August 16th, 2004
Amaray

Release Information:
Studio:
Arrow Video

 

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 41,606,695,117 bytes

Feature: 27,318,280,512 bytes

Video Bitrate: 35.54 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Spanish and English language versions of the feature
Brand new audio commentary by Kat Ellinger and Samm Deighan
"Variations of Vice: The Alternate Versions of The Coming of Sin" – exploitation expert Marc Morris on the strange and scandalous release history of José Larraz's most censored film (06:10)
"Memories of Larraz" – author and filmmaker Simon Birrell shares his fond and extensive memories of his long-time friend and collaborator José Larraz (35:03)
"Short Film - His Last Request" (2005) - short film by Simon Birrell made under the guidance of José Larraz and starring Spanish horror legend Jack Taylor (28:23)
"Archival Interview With Jose Larraz" - Extract from an archival 1990s interview with José Larraz - (04:55)
Image Gallery
Original Spanish Trailer (03:19)


Blu-ray Release Date:
March 25th, 2019
Custom Blu-ray Case (see below)

Chapters 13

 

 

Comments:

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

Arrow Video transfer the eerie erotic thriller "The Coming of Sin" as part of their "Blood Hunger: The Films Of Jose Larraz" 3-disc Blu-ray package that also has Vampyres and Whirpool. The film is housed on a dual-layered Blu-ray with a maxed-out bitrate. As per the image, the included booklet states:

"The Coming of Sin / La Visita Del Vicio is presented in both English and Spanish versions in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1 with mono audio. The original 35mm camera negative element was scanned in 2K resolution on a 4K Scanity, graded on Digital Vision's Nucoda Film Master and restored at R3Store Studios in London. Some instances of damage remain, in keeping with the condition of the original materials. The original mono mixes were remastered from the optical negatives by Deluxe Madrid. All materials for this restoration were made available by Paul Rich and Jose Frade P.C."

While "Coming of Sin" doesn't look as impressive as "Vampyres", this transfer surely outshines the previously available DVD. Grain is quite heavy throughout, with some moments almost having the appearance of noise. That said, shadows show a fair amount of information, suggesting a healthy contrast and colors are appropriately vivid, adding to the surreal imagery of the film.

We are given the option of watching the film in Spanish or English 24-bit 1.0 mono, albeit in DTS-HD Master audio as opposed to linear uncompressed. Both tracks sound just fine, though there is perhaps a little hiss in the tracks. The dubbing is obvious but not distracting. There are two optional English subtitle tracks for both the Spanish and English. As Kat Ellinger and Samm Deighan note in their excellent commentary, the differences between the two versions make for a wildly different viewing experience. This is a Region Free
Blu-ray.

NOTE: the Pagan DVD  has a different music cue over the opening credits than either track on the Arrow. The Pagan DVD title track is heard elsewhere in the film on the Arrow edition! (thanks Eric!)

As with the other
Blu-rays in this Box-set, Arrow Video have loaded it with a bunch of fascinating supplements, starting with another fascinating audio commentary from Kat Ellinger and Samm Deighan. The two are extremely well-versed in all things Larraz, and I'm glad that they teamed up for this film in particular. As I mentioned above, what's most fascinating is how Ellinger and Deighan break down the differences between the Spanish and English versions of the film. The performances and dialogue show different desires and motivations of the lead characters and it is worth checking out both versions. As a side note, Ellinger and Deighan once hosted a fantastic podcast "Daughters of Darkness" for Diabolique Magazine, and episode 21 focuses on the films of Jose Larraz. Up next is the 6-minute "Variations of Vice: The Alternate Versions of The Coming of Sin" which features exploitation expert Marc Morris on the strange and scandalous release history of José Larraz's most censored film. "Memories of Larraz" is a 35-minute discussion with author and filmmaker Simon Birrell sharing his fond and extensive memories of his long-time friend and collaborator, Larraz. Arrow Video have also included a 27-minute short film from Larraz, "His Last Request". Also here is a 5-minute excerpt from an archival interview with Larraz from the mid-90s at his home. Rounding out the disc are an image gallery, and the film's original Spanish trailer, and of course the box set features an 80-page perfect bound book featuring new writing by Jo Botting, Tim Greaves and Vanity Celis.

"The Coming of Sin" is my personal favorite of this
Blu-ray set from Arrow Video. The dreamlike film consists of surreal imagery and sexual tension. I can't recommend the commentary track with Kat Ellinger and Samm Deighan enough. Though the grain is quite heavy, this is still a fine transfer from the folks at Arrow, and fellow Larazz fans should absolutely pick up this Blu-ray package!

Colin Zavitz

 


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Part of Arrow's Blood Hunger: The Films of José Larraz Blu-ray package:

    

Distribution Pagan Films Region 0 - PAL Arrow - Region FREE - Blu-ray


 


 

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