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(aka "She Killed in Ecstasy" or "Sie tötete in Ekstase" or "Lubriques dans l'extase" or "Crimes dans l'extase" or "Mrs. Hyde" )

 

directed by Jesús Franco (as Frank Hollmann)
West Germany/Spain 1971

 

Cult filmmaker Jesus Franco directed this erotic horror film using the pseudonym "Frank Hollmann." The plot concerns Dr. Johnson Fred Williams, who is driven to suicide after being exiled from the medical profession for his unorthodox experiments involving human embryos. Blaming the medical board, Johnson's distraught, psychotic widow Soledad Miranda hunts down the doctors one by one, murdering them by methods both sadistic and sexual. Paul Muller, Ewa Stroemberg, and Howard Vernon co-star, while Franco appears as Dr. Donan, who meets a gruesome torture death at the end of the film. A distinctive visual style, replete with surrealistic photography by Manuel Merino, sets this film apart from scores of similar sex-horror entries flooding the market in the early 1970s.

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Theatrical Release: 10 December 1971 (West Germany)

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Comparison:

Synapse Films - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Severin Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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

1) Synapse Films - Region 1 - NTSC - LEFT

2) Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Severin Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

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Distribution

Synapse Films

Region 1 - NTSC

Image Entertainment
Region 1 - NTSC
Severin Films
Region FREE -
Blu-ray
Runtime 1:17:06 1:13:45 (4% PAL speedup) 1:20:25.529
Video

1.63:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.9 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.78:1 Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.86 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1:66 Disc Size: 24,183,547,350 bytes

Feature Size: 15,019,640,832 bytes

Total Bitrate: 21.99 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 Video

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

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Synapse Films

 

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Image Entertainment

 

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Severin Films

Blu-ray  

Audio German Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

German Dolby Digital 1.0 mono

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

Subtitles English, none English, none English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Synapse Films

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.63:1

Edition Details:
• German Theatrical Trailer (4:3; 2:32)
•  Special Thanks

DVD Release Date: 26 September 2000
Amaray

Chapters 17
 

Release Information:
Studio: Image Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
•  Theatrical Trailer (4:3; 2:36)
•  Still Gallery
•  Trailer for 'Vampyros Lesbos'

 

DVD Release Date: 5 October 2004
Amaray

Chapters 11

Release Information:
Studio: Severin Films

 

1:66 Disc Size: 24,183,547,350 bytes

Feature Size: 15,019,640,832 bytes

Total Bitrate: 21.99 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 Video

 

Edition Details:
• German Trailer (2:37)

• Jess Killed In Ecstasy: Interview With Writer/Director Jess Franco (16:56)
• Sublime Soledad: Interview With Soledad Miranda Historian Amy Brown (20:28)
• Stephen Thrower On She Killed In Ecstasy: Interview With Author Of Murderous Passions The Delirious Cinema of Jess Franco (13:07)
• Paul Muller on Jess Franco: Interview With frequent Franco Star (6:32)
• DISC 2- Vampyros Lesbos/She Killed In Ecstasy Soundtrack CD)


Blu-ray Release Date: May 22nd, 2015
Transparent Blu-ray case inside cardboard slipcase

Chapters: 10

 

 

 

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

ADDITION: Severin Region FREE Blu-ray: May 2015: Severin's new 1080P transfer more closely matches the color scheme of Image Entertainment's 2004 SD, but the artifacts in Synapse's 2000 letterboxed transfer are no longer present and colors are brighter, tighter (skin tones cooler than the Image and more realistic than the Synapse) and there is more grain present in the single-layered Blu-ray. The 1.66:1 aspect ratio HD visuals look significantly better and seem at the mercy of the available source showing the film presentation dynamically superior than seen before on digital.

The timing for the Synapse SHE KILLS IN ECSTASY will not be an exact match to new HD master since it restores footage cut from the German domestic cut. The restored version runs 80:25 while the theatrical is 77:06, and the Image is not PAL converted (running 73:45). As Eric tells us in email: "Synapse's Don May stated in a Video Watchdog article that Cine International informed him that the negatives were unusable and first sent faded 35mm prints with missing frames. He had to contend with the 1" masters struck for the PAL Redemption releases (which he had converted to film speed) only for new anamorphic transfers to come out a year later from Second Sight in the UK using better materials provided by Cine International. These newer masters were ported over by Image Entertainment for their 2004 DVDs but were problematic. In addition to vertical cropping of VAMPYROS LESBOS from 1.66:1 to 1.78:1, the image was also cropped more on the right and bottom of the frame, throwing off compositions. SHE KILLED IN ECSTASY was missing some footage from the final murder which was reinserted in the wrong place (although both Synapse and Image/Second Sight masters had little bits of footage that the other did not have). Severin's new HD master restores some surprising violence, sex, and nudity that were cut from the domestic German version, running three minutes longer than the speed-corrected Synapse disc."

The audio is transferred via a linear PCM 2.0 channel at 1536 kbps in the original German-language. The music has contributions from Manfred Hübler and Sigi Schwab (Vampyros Lesbos). Like that BD - it also had some issues probably inherent in the source. Syncs (post-Dubbed) and echo-reverb issues exist but I suppose only a full restoration could remove the imperfections. There are optional English subtitles on the region FREE Blu-ray.

Severin continue with extensive extras including another interview with Jess Franco entitled Jess Killed In Ecstasy where he discusses the film. Sublime Soledad, also found on the Vampyros Lesbos Blu-ray is repeated here - a 20-minute interview with historian Amy Brown talking about the beautiful Spanish actress and dancer Soledad Miranda who died in 1970 at 27-years of age. This is a good video piece. We also get a 13-minute interview with author Stephen Thrower On She Killed In Ecstasy (Murderous Passions - The Delirious Cinema Of Jess Franco) sharing details of themes and production. We also get 6.5-minutes of, frequent Franco-star, Paul Muller discussing the director, plus a German trailer and the second disc is a CD of the Vampyros Lesbos/She Killed In Ecstasy soundtrack (and one other Franco film!).

I liked this 'plot' better than Vampyros Lesbos. It was, also, sexy and unusual. Typically Franco-strange but it holds together reasonably well. Another film from the director that I can more than tolerate. I may even watch it again. This Blu-ray has some real effort put into it and the extras are appreciated. Fans of the genre should indulge. Beyond that - only the adverturous.

 -Gary Tooze and Eric Cotenas

 


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2) Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Severin Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


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2) Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Severin Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


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2) Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Severin Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Synapse Films - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Severin Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Synapse Films - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Severin Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Synapse Films - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Severin Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Synapse Films - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Severin Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Synapse Films - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Severin Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Synapse Films - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Severin Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Synapse Films - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Severin Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


 

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Sound:

Blu-ray

Extras: Blu-ray

 
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Distribution

Synapse Films

Region 1 - NTSC

Image Entertainment
Region 1 - NTSC
Severin Films
Region FREE -
Blu-ray

 

 




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