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directed by Jean Rollin
France 1979

 

In 1905 France, a group of aristocratic women have taken the fad of drinking cow's blood to cure anemia to a new level. Gentleman thief Marc (Jean-Marie Lemaire) cheats his uncouth partners for some stolen loot and escapes with the only female in the band as a hostage. When he wants to part ways with her, she wounds him and he takes shelter in a chateau surrounded by a moat and finds himself surrounded by the vengeful thieves. His hostages - attendants to a marquise expected to arrive the next day - Elisabeth (Franca Mai) and Isabelle (Brigitte Lahaie, JOY & JOAN) respectively want him to go and to stay. Isabelle seduces him and the two women together dazzle him with their bisexual wiles. Isabelle ventures out to seduce and dispatch the thieves not for Marc's benefit but for that of the sinister gathering that night for which Marc is the unsuspecting guest of honor.

Eric Cotenas

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DVD Comparison:

Image Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Redemption Films - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for all the Screen Caps!

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Distribution

Image Entertainment

Region 0 - NTSC

Redemption Films
Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 1:21:48 1:17:09 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.67:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.69 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.68:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.75 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

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

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Image Entertainment

 

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Redemption Films

 

Audio French Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

French Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

Subtitles English, none English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Image Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.67:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer (4:3; 2:26)
• Photo Gallery
• Director Filmography
• Liner Notes by Marc Morris

DVD Release Date: September 21, 1999
Snapper Case

Chapters 13

Release Information:
Studio: Redemption Films

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.68:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer (4:3; 2:26)
• Trailers for Requiem for a Vampire (4:3; 3:00) and Demonaics (4:3; 3:04)
• Music Video Spell's by Cadaveria (5:59)
• Picture Gallery
• Video Art
• Publicity
• Jean Rollin Filmography

 

DVD Release Date:
Amaray

Chapters 9

 

Comments

One of the early Image/Redemption R1 releases, this release featured a progressive, non-anamorphic widescreen transfer running at the correct projection speed. Contrast slightly differs between the two editions with the ever so slightly darker Image edition looking more natural.

 

The UK disc is missing the opening titles sequence which appears over a shot of actress Lahaie and Mai dancing outside to music playing from a Victrola; rather, the UK disc cuts from the pre-credits shot of a hand leafing through a book to the scene at the slaughterhouse and features no credits at all other than the distributor presentation credit at the start (the lack of credits on the UK disc explains the larger than usual difference in NTSC and PAL speedup runtimes between the two discs; the US disc's runtime has had the awful Redemption 1:09 intro subtracted from it). Both discs sport the film's trailer as the only substantial extra (the UK disc has trailers for LES DEMONIAQUES and REQUIEM FOR A VAMPIRE). Redemption USA's new transfer - according to reviews - is interlaced and appears to be a PAL-NTSC conversion.

 - Eric Cotenas

 



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Report Card:

 

Image:

Image

Sound:

Draw

Extras: Draw
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Distribution

Image Entertainment

Region 0 - NTSC

Redemption Films
Region 2 - PAL

 

 




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