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Vampyros Lesbos (1971/Severin Blu-ray w/DVD)

Picture: B+ Sound: B Extras: B+ Film: B+

Severin pulls out all the stops and what may be two of the most exciting releases to come to Blu-ray so far this year. Jess Franco's cult masterpieces Vampyros Lesbos and She Killed In Ecstasy for the first time in high definition, with gorgeous slipcase packaging, multiple discs, and extras that are very factual and feature some of Franco's last onscreen interviews before he passed. Please note that this edition is limited to only 7,500 units.

If you are a fan of cult films as I am, I hold Vampyros Lesbos in a very high regard. This film is not only erotic but artfully made with beautiful camerawork, an incredible performance by the late Soledad Miranda, and an infamous score by Manfred Hubler and Siegfriend Shwag that has gone down in history as being one of the greatest psychedelic scores of all time. If you haven't seen this film and you enjoy vampire films, this is a must. Is it Eurotrash Cinema? Absolutely, but done in the best possible way.

What's great is that Severin thought to include a CD with She Killed In Ecstasy that highlights three scores for Jess Franco films, including excerpts of some of the best tracks featured in Vampyros Lesbos. Once you hear this soundtrack, trust me in saying that you will want to seek it out and listen to it solo.

In Istanbul, the lawyer of Simpson & Simpson, Linda Westinghouse, has erotic dreams with a strange woman every night and her analyst Dr. Alwin Seward suggests her to find another lover. Linda is assigned to resolve an inheritance issue with the Hungarian Countess Nadine Oskudar that has inherited a real estate from Count Dracula.

Linda leaves her boyfriend Omar in the Istanbul Hilton and travels to the Kadidados Island. While waiting for transportation in the continent, Linda is advised by a local that the island would be a place of death and insanity and she should not travel to there. However, she does not pay attention to the man and meets Countess Oskudar that is a lesbian vampire fascinated by Linda.

The Countess drinks the blood of Linda and she has amnesia and is sent to a mental institution where Dr. Steiner, who is also a vampire expert, treats her and puts an advertisement in the newspapers. Omar finds Linda and Dr. Steiner teaches her how to kill a vampire. Linda has to be very powerful to resist the spell of Countess Oskudar that has a crush on her and destroy the vampire.

Restored in high definition in its original 1.66:1 widescreen aspect ratio, the film has never looked or sounded better than it does here, even of minor age flaws show up as expected. I really can't commend Severin enough on this crisp transfer. The audio is a crisp PCM 2.0 German Stereo track as originally recorded. English subtitles as well.

Extras include:

Vampyros Jesus: Interview featurette with Director Jess Franco

Sublime Soledad: Interview with Soledad Miranda Historian Amy Brown

Stephen Thrower on Vampyros Lesbos: Interview with Author of 'Murderous Passions'

The Delirious Cinema Of Jess Franco

Jess Is Yoda Clip

Alternate German Opening Title Sequence

Dracula's Heiress - German Trailer

The second disc is a DVD that contains Las Vampiras, which is the alternate Spanish Language VHS Version With Optional English Subtitles and a presentation in standard definition.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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