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directed by Vicente Aranda
Spain 1972

 

Susan, a young bride, travels with her husband to his family' ancient manor house in the far north of Spain. Susan is a virgin and is very hesitant about her husband's sexual demands. She is also disturbed by her unfamiliar surroundings and wonders if she will ever come to terms with her new married life. She is shocked to discover that all the old portraits of female members of her husband’s family have been locked away in the basement. When she finds them, she discovers that one of the portraits shows a woman holding a strange dagger. The woman’s face has been cut out of the painting. Her name is Mircala Karstein.

This atmospheric, gothic horror story is widely regarded as one of the very best vampire films ever made. Controversial in its day for sexual content and for extreme scenes of violence and gore, it was widely cut on original release. This brand new version restores the film to its intended length and includes alternate scenes that have never been made available before. This is the first Blu- release of an acknowledged classic, one of Quentin Tarantino’s favourite films and an influence on his own Kill Bill.

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Vicente Aranda directed this erotic horror film, continuing themes which he had explored in the previous year's Exquisite Cadaver. Alexandra Bastedo stars as a lesbian vampire who woos frigid newlywed Maribel Martin away from her husband Simon Andreu on their honeymoon. Aranda fills the film with haunting imagery, gorgeously photographed by veteran cinematographer Fernando Arribas, and the story's sometimes illogical twists are compensated for with heavy, skillfully-crafted atmosphere. The American video print of this stylish vampire film is missing almost 20 minutes, so viewers are advised to seek out an uncut version.

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Theatrical Release: April 1974 (USA)

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Runtime 1:40:51

English Version: 1:42:07.579

Spanish version: 1:42:14.711

Video

1.82:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.4 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

Disc Size: 43,843,753,844 bytes

Feature Size: 29,802,057,984 bytes

Average Bitrate: 34.71 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

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Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

DTS-HD Master Audio English 825 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 825 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio Spanish 1121 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1121 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 none English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.82:1

Edition Details:
� Double Bill Trailer with 'I Dismember Mama' (16:9; 1:32)

DVD Release Date: 23 May 2000
Amaray

Chapters 24
 

Release Information:
Studio: Mondo Macabro

 

Disc Size: 43,843,753,844 bytes

Feature Size: 29,802,057,984 bytes

Average Bitrate: 34.71 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
• Audio commentary by Samm Deighan and Kat Ellinger
• Interview with cinematographer Fernando Arribas (32:27)
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• wo part interview with actor Simón Andreu (32:14 , 28:37)
• Interview with Euro Gothic author Jonathan Rigby (28:20)
• Original trailers and radio spots
• Deleted and alternate scenes (Alt Ending - 2:58, Alt Bathroom Scene - 0:47, Alt Hotel Sequence - 2:01, Alt Scenes for Spanish Release - 1:54)
• Mondo Macabro previews (11:11)
 

Blu-ray  Release Date: February 13th, 2018
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Comments

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

ADDITION: Mondo Macabro Blu-ray - February 18': The new 1080P is from a brand new 4k transfer from the film negative. The image significantly advances over the older SD. This 1080P offers both the Spanish and English versions of the film in a seamlessly-branched transfer with the only major differences at the beginning and end of the film. Hence, the quality is the exact same through the vast majority of the film. The new transfer does have some damage but it is fairly isolated in a couple of scenes.

DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel (16-bit) lossless audio, for both original Spanish and the English DUB, with a score by Antonio Pérez Olea (The Dead, the Devil and the Flesh, Violent Blood Bath) and it has many aggressive effects. The quality seems indicative of the original production -  fairly weak by modern standards with a shrill high end and lack of bass. There are optional English subtitles (see sample).

Extras offer a new wonderful audio commentary with Samm Deighan and Kat Ellinger. The two stress the importance of this film and are very well versed in horror and cult films. They provide context as to the subversive nature of Bride. Samm and Kat are very compelling and this track is a great addition to an often overlooked cult classic. Mondo has included a new interview with cinematographer Fernando Arribas where he details the trajectory of his career. It is a very thorough and riveting interview and Arribas is not afraid to talk about the struggles he has faced in the past. The two part interview with actor Simón Andreu discusses many aspects of his career, including his work in Giallo films, and his relationship with various directors. Andreu is quite eloquent when speaking about his work in genre film and he has some quite revealing behind-the-scenes stories. Included is a brand new interview with Jonathan Rigby (author of Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema.) Rigby explains many aspects of the film, as well as the history of Spanish horror. He also discusses the story of Carmilla, and how it has been translated into film. Original trailers and radio spots, three never-before-seen alternate scenes, and an alternate ending have been included with or without audio from the score. There are some amusing alternate takes, especially one involving a very interesting method of censorship. Lastly are some Mondo Macabro previews.

Once again Mondo Macabro have gifted us with a stellar release.  The disc is loaded with quite valuable extras, as well as having a beautiful transfer of the film itself.  Though the themes of the film are quite startling, even by today's standards, cult film buffs will find a lot to appreciate here. Can't recommend this disc enough!

 - Colin Zavitz

 


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