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(aka "Veil of Blood" or "The Devil's Plaything" or "Plaything of the Devil" or "Der Fluch der schwarzen Schwestern" )

 

directed by Joseph W. Sarno
Germany 1973

 

Dripping with gothic atmosphere, Vampire Ecstasy (1973) is Sarno's mesmerizing foray into the horror genre. When a trio of beautiful young women journey to their ancestral home to claim an inheritance, they fall prey to a coven of witches intent to reincarnate their deceased vampire leader.

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Theatrical Release: 1974 (USA)

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Comparison:

Seduction Cinema (Girl Meets Girl Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC vs. EI Independent Cinema - Region 0 - PAL vs. Film Movement - Region FREE - Blu-ray

 Big thanks to Eric Cotenas and Gary Tooze for the Screen Caps!

1) Seduction Cinema (Girl Meets Girl Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC - LEFT

2) EI Independent Cinema - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Film Movement -Region FREE - Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

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Distribution

Seduction Cinema

Region 0 - NTSC

EI Independent Cinema
Region 0 - PAL
Film Movement
Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:42:44 1:25:12 1:42:59.631
Video

1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.32 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 4.83 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

Disc Size: 43,115,718,492 bytes

Feature Size: 24,608,440,320 bytes

Total Bitrate: 30.00 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

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

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Seduction Cinema (Girl Meets Girl Collection)

 

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EI Independent Cinema

 

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Film Movement Blu-ray

 

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB

Subtitles None None None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Seduction Cinema

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
� Audio Commentary by producer Chris Nebe
� Interview with director Joe Sarno and producer Chris Nebe (4:3; 7:21))
� Theatrical Trailer (4:3; 3:31)
� Joe Sarno Trailers

DVD Release Date: 28 January 2005
Amaray

Chapters

Release Information:
Studio: EI Independent Cinema

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
� 'A Touch of Horror' interview with Joe Sarno (6:47)
� Trailer Vault

 

DVD Release Date: 8 November 2005
Amaray

Chapters 10

Release Information:
Studio: Film Movement

Aspect Ratio:- 1.78:1

Disc Size: 43,115,718,492 bytes

Feature Size: 24,608,440,320 bytes

Total Bitrate: 30.00 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

 

Edition Details:
• Interview with Vampire Ecstasy Director, Joseph W. Sarno (6:36)

• Interview with Vampire Ecstasy Director, Joseph W. Sarno, and Producer, Chris Nebe (6:56)
• Vampire Ecstasy commentary by Producer, Chris Nebe;
• Featurette titled A Touch of Horror, in which Joe Sarno describes adapting his style to the horror genre
• Vampire Ecstasy German Language Trailer (3:11)
• Vampire Ecstasy English Language Trailer (2:02)
Sin You Sinners Trailer (0:57 plus 30 seconds of black screen)
• Package includes liner notes by film scholar Tim Lucas.
 

Blu-ray Release Date: October 25th, 2016
Standard
Blu-ray Case

Chapters: 15

 

 

 

Comments

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

ADDITION: Film Movement - Region FREE - Blu-ray October 16': Firstly, it's easy to write off Sarno as a smut-peddler ('the Ingmar Bergman of 42nd St.,') but the frankness of the filmmakers in the extras (Sarno and Chris Nebe in the commentary) are refreshing in they basically admit that is what they were going for. Kind of pioneering quasi-porno sexploitation. However, there is something to this - it is genuinely erotic (kudos to super Swedish-hottie Marie Forså - possessed by a nymphomaniac - who can't keep her hands out of her panties in Vampire Ecstasy - she really gets into her role) and the story does have a semblance of cohesiveness and merits discussion or at least some critical scrutiny rather than dismissive-ness. It's a poor production on many fronts but I think it has some value - even if only as soft-ish pornography thinly veiled as horror or as a historical artefact for this sub-genre. I'm not trying to rationalize this as anything much more than it is - but I enjoyed it despite the egregious production imperfections.

Film Movement's 1080P transfer is significantly improved over the SDs as the comparison captures will indicate. The issue I think some will have with this presentation is the poor DUBs and lossy audio - plus no subtitles. I guess a file like this isn't worth the effort. Some of the colors are richer and it doesn't seem to have the damage of the SDs. It looks okay - and has a high bitrate. Weaknesses are a result of the source - no digitization that I can see.

Extras include a couple of interviews - one with Joseph W. Sarno from May 2005 entitled A Touch of Horror, where he describes adapting his style to the horror genre, and a second from 2004 interspersed with input from Producer, Christian Nebe. Nebe gives a commentary and both he and the moderator are very open - lots of 'they were f$cking'-type dialogue and he offers some keen anecdotes about the production, budgeting, and I found it amazing how he seemed to know all the certification restrictions of every European country the film played in. There are German and English-language trailers and we also get Sin You Sinners (compared to DVD HERE) and the package includes liner notes by film scholar Tim Lucas (Hooray!)

To each his own... not your typical Euro-trashy throw-away horror. Film Movement has done a decent job bringing value to their Blu-ray package.

 -Gary Tooze and Eric Cotenas

 


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1) Seduction Cinema (Girl Meets Girl Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) EI Independent Cinema - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Film Movement -Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Seduction Cinema (Girl Meets Girl Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) EI Independent Cinema - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Film Movement -Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Seduction Cinema (Girl Meets Girl Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) EI Independent Cinema - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Film Movement -Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Seduction Cinema (Girl Meets Girl Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) EI Independent Cinema - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Film Movement -Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Seduction Cinema (Girl Meets Girl Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) EI Independent Cinema - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Film Movement -Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

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Seduction Cinema

Region 0 - NTSC

EI Independent Cinema
Region 0 - PAL
Film Movement
Region FREE - Blu-ray


 




 

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