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Virgin Witch [Blu-ray]
(Ray Austin, 1972)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Tigon British Film Productions
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 25,005,426,338 bytes
Feature Size: 20,715,177,984 bytes
Video Bitrate: 18.10 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: March 13th, 2012
Aspect ratio: 1.66:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
• Redemption trailers
Description: Capitalizing on the pop cultural fascination
with the occult, while taking advantage of the era's relaxed
censorship, Virgin Witch was one of the more notorious
British horror films of the early seventies.
British potboiler about runaway sisters who hitchhike to London, meet the lesbian proprietress of a modeling agency and later become willing initiates in a coven of orgiastic witches. Director Ray Austin exploits everybody concerned, including the audience.Excerpt from USCCB located HERE
Virgin Witch is held in quite high esteem in some circles (probably grubby ones in dirty macs with thinning hair and bad eyesight). It's probably got the highest tits-and-bums to running time ratio of any film on this site, and the bright lighting leaves very little of either Anne or Vicky Michelle's bodies unexplored, yet it's totally unerotic. It's certainly not a horror film - it's not even good porn. God only knows why anyone would want to watch it. I only watched it because I run this site, and I thought I ought to. How can you make a horror film with no scary bits, no blood, no plot, and very little acting?Excerpt from British Horror Films located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Virgin Witch appears somewhat soft and waxy on Blu-ray from Redemption Films (Kino). There is grain but it doesn't resemble a film taken from 35mm (as advertised - also stated as 'remastered' which, essentially, means nothing). Colors are bright on the single-layered 1080P transfer. It is in the accurate 1.66:1 aspect ratio and is very clean. Heck, for all I know this is the way it looked originally but I kept thinking of some digitization was evident. Daylight scenes are more impressive and the very dark sequences, late in the film, produce some noise. This Blu-ray probably does as good a job as this film is likely ever to get on digital. Hopefully the captures below give you an idea of the appearance.
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We have an unremarkable linear PCM 2.0 channel stereo track at 1536 kbps. There is an original score by Ted Dicks. Nothing is very notable and dialogue is sometimes scattered - but more a function of the production than the transfer. It is probably as good/bad as it was originally. There are no subtitles offered and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
Supplements are pretty lean - a Gallery with photos and advertising, there is a trailer for the film and some Redemption trailers (Jean Rollin etc.) That is all.
March 7th, 2012
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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Gary W. Tooze
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