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directed by Robert Vincent O'Neill
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BLOOD MANIA with Robert Vincent O’Neill (Director), Leslie Simms (Actress) and Vicki Peters (Actress). Young doctor Craig Cooper (Peter Carpenter) is assistant to Ridgeley Waterman, head of a Los Angeles hospital. Until the elder man's stroke which keeps him confined to his residence, Cooper has managed to shake off the advances of Victoria, Waterman's daughter. Larry, a friend of Cooper's from college days, blackmails the young medic, threatening exposure of the abortions he performed during his internship. Cheryl, Cooper's longtime amour, plans to try to make a deal with the blackmailer. Victoria, sensing something is wrong, offers to help Cooper, getting the $50,000 he needs. He submits to her offer, and to an affair, not realizing the intensity of her desire for him, nor the dementia towards which she is slipping. The last 15 minutes of Blood Mania are so unexpected, so much of a shocker, you can't miss it! Maria De Aragon, Vicki Peters, Leslie Simms, and Alex Rocco co-stars. Directed by Robert Vincent O'Neill (ANGEL, BALTIMORE BULLET)!

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Theatrical Release: October 28th, 1970

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Distribution

Code Red

Region 0 - NTSC

Vinegar Syndrome - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:20:18 1:20:30.158
Video

1.74:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.15 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.85:1 Disc Size: 48,695,824,520 bytes

Feature Size: 21,075,544,704 bytes

Total Bitrate: 31.97 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

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

Bitrate

Bitrate: Blu-ray

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1101 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1101 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 128 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 128 kbps / DN -4dB)

Subtitles none English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Code Red

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.74:1

Edition Details:
• Audio Commentary by director Robert Vincent O'Neil and actress Leslie Simms
• Theatrical Trailer (1:58)
• Interview with BLOOD MANIA star Vicki Peters (9:57) Double feature
with LAND OF THE MINOTAUR (1:25:30) Code
• Red Trailers Playable with 'Maria's B-Movie Mayhem" introductions and post-scripts

DVD Release Date: 31 August 2004
Amaray

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio:
Vinegar Syndrome

 

1.85:1 Disc Size: 48,695,824,520 bytes

Feature Size: 21,075,544,704 bytes

Total Bitrate: 31.97 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

 

Edition Details:

• Both films scanned and restored in 2k from 35mm camera negative
• Commentary track on BLOOD MANIA with Robert Vincent O’Neill (Director), Leslie Simms (Actress) and Vicki Peters (Actress)
• Video interview and introduction with director Robert Vincent O’Neill (8:20)
• Video interview with actress Leslie Simms (14:04)
• Theatrical trailer for Point of Terror (2:23)
• TV spots for both films (0:30 X 2)
• Promotional galleries for both films
• Reverse cover artwork

Second and third disc DVDs of the features

Limited to 3,000 Units

Blu-ray Release Date: January 31st, 2017
Standard
Blu-ray Case
Chapters5

 

 

 

Comments

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

ADDITION: Vinegar Syndrome - Region FREE - Blu-ray January 17': Firstly, this shares the Blu-ray disc with Point of Terror (reviewed HERE) and it is stated that "Both films scanned and restored in 2k from 35mm camera negative". The new 1080P is superior to the older SD with warmer colors, superior detail and, varyingly, more information in the frame. There is some frame-specific damage (see last capture) but I wouldn't say it's a deal-breaker. Bottom line is that the new HD image is a notable step up from the SD. Not that this improves the film - only the presentation.

Audio, likewise, is an improvement with a DTS-HD Master, original, mono track (24-bit). Effects are minimal with very little aggression in the film's soundstage - some hysterics come to mind. There is a score by Don Vincent (Point of Terror), that is fairly unremarkable The sound is, predictably, flat but sounds clean and clear via the lossless. There are optional English subtitles on the region FREE Blu-ray disc.

Most of the extras on this Blu-ray are for Blood Mania with the commentary by Robert Vincent O’Neill (Director), Leslie Simms (Actress) and Vicki Peters (Actress) reminiscing about the production.  There is an 8-minute video interview and introduction to that film with director Robert Vincent O’Neill, plus a 14-minute interview with actress Leslie Simms - she played Nurse Turner in Blood Mania - her first role. There is a theatrical trailer for Point of Terror and TV or Radio spots for both films as well as promotional galleries. The package has reversible cover artwork and the it has a second and third disc DVDs of the two features.

NOTE: Eric tells us: "Disc three (DVD) of BLOOD MANIA/POINT OF TERROR features the TV versions of both. BLOOD MANIA's TV version loses nudity and gore and features several reshoot scenes in which the nurse character is revealed to be in cahoots with the blackmailer. In place of the more graphic footage, she skulks around the house and phones her boyfriend to tell him what is going on. Both characters also have a long flatly-shot introductory sequence inserted before they are actually introduced in the theatrical version. There is also a new scene of Carpenter driving a body to the beach and burying it. POINT OF TERROR loses nudity and some gore but the only differences are a ten minute flashback to Carpenter's youth as a shoeshine boy (also shot some time after the theatrical release) and a nightmare recap inserted at the end."

Blood Mania is actually a worse film than Point of Terror!, but has the same appeal but even a higher preponderance of nudity/sex exploitation... with the title being more of a selling technique than delivery. I get the appeal here... I do - I suggest though that the market for these lower-end 70's efforts is small - hence the 3,000 unit limitation. Those keen are aware of what they are in for. To each his own.

Gary Tooze

 


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