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Discussion in 'High Definition' started by bruce h, Jul 20, 2012.
Thank you for the information. I picked up cover E from Amazon.de.
Big news from Severin Films just posted via their Facebook - lots more Franco on the way to Blu-ray from them:
"Big news for fans of Jess Franco! Check out the trailer for "In the Land of Franco", a multi-part series on the various locations from Franco films hosted by the illustrious Stephen Thrower, author of two volumes on Uncle Jess (Flowers of Perversion, Murderous Passions). This series will be released across our next 5 or 6 Franco releases, and we're announcing the first 2 tomorrow! Keep your eyes on our page for more sapphic trysts and zoom lens indulgence!"
In the Land of Franco multi-part featurette trailer: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=468232983863594
Severin's first two 2020 Franco Blu-ray titles revealed, arriving February 25th, 2020! Extremely excited for these two as they haven't been available legitly in North America previously (and two I haven't seen yet either)!
CRIES OF PLEASURE (aka Gemidos de placer) (1983)
Obscure even by hardcore Jess Franco fan standards, it remains the legendary writer/director’s most daring work of his early ‘80s erotic shocker oeuvre: Inspired by Hitchcock’s ROPE, Franco utilized long takes, minimal edits and his beloved Lina Romay at her most extreme for this de Sade-induced saga of violence, depravity and psychosexual mayhem among the amoral elite. Antonio Mayans (aka Robert Foster of DEVIL HUNTER and HOT NIGHTS OF LINDA), Rocío Freixas (THE SINISTER DR. ORLOFF) and Elisa Vela (aka Jasmina Bell of MANSION OF THE LIVING DEAD) co-star in this fascinating Franco rarity from his Golden Films Internacional period, now featuring a 4k scan from the original negative and all-new Special Features.
In The Land Of Franco Part 1: Stephen Thrower Tours Multiple Franco Locations in Portugal
When Donald Met Jess and Lina Part 1: Filmmaker Donald Farmer Interviews the Power Couple in 1993
Jess Franco’s Golden Years: Interview with Stephen Thrower, Author of ‘Murderous Passions & Flowers of Perversion – The Delirious Cinema of Jesús Franco’
NIGHT OF OPEN SEX (aka La noche de los sexos abiertos) (1983)
During the same period that he was making the certifiably insane INCONFESSABLE ORGIES OF EMMANUELLE, SEXUAL STORY OF O and CRIES OF PLEASURE for Spain’s Golden Films Internacional, Goya Award winner Jess Franco also wrote and directed this delirious hybrid of sexy caper comedy, EuroSpy suspense thriller, hard-boiled erotic noir, and depraved fetish shocker complete with jaw-dropping girl-on-girl violence. Jess’ equally legendary partner/muse Lina Romay – here at her most lusciously uninhibited – stars with Antonio Mayans (CANNIBAL TERROR), Lorna Green (MACUMBA SEXUAL), Albino Graziani (MANSION OF THE LIVING DEAD) and even Jess himself in this “fast-moving and slyly humorous” (El Franconomicon) rarity, now scanned in 4k from the original negative with all-new Special Features.
In The Land Of Franco Part 2: Stephen Thrower Tours Multiple Franco Locations in Portugal
When Donald Met Jess and Lina Part 2: Filmmaker Donald Farmer Interviews the Power Couple in 1993
The Night of Open Jess: Interview with Stephen Thrower, Author of ‘Murderous Passions & Flowers of Perversion – The Delirious Cinema of Jesús Franco’
Also available in the Open Pleasure Bundle together for a discounted price, plus the Severin Films Hall of Fame Enamel Pin #12: Lina Romay!
My German import arrived today and what a beautiful package. It's like a mini hard cover book. I picked up cover E and it is #20 of 50. Very pleased to own this.
Mondo Digital reviews Cries of Pleasure: http://mondo-digital.com/criespleasure.html
Jess Franco's Cecilia is getting an upgrade to Blu-ray:
Also coming to Blu-ray, from Germany's Koch Media, is The Bloody Judge in a 5-disc (2 Blu-ray/2 DVD/Soundtrack CD) limited edition on May 28th, 2020.
Includes German theatrical version, American theatrical version, deleted scenes, picture gallery, trailer, booklet, and an an extended cut of the Franco documentary that originally appeared, unfinished, on the 88 Films Devil Hunter Blu-ray (with added Caroline Munro and Daniel Lesoeur from Eurocine interviews)!
Rock Shock Pop reviews Cries of Pleasure: http://www.rockshockpop.com/forums/content.php?8376-Cries-Of-Pleasure-(Severin-Films)-Blu-ray-Review
Mondo-Digital reviews Night of Open Sex: http://mondo-digital.com/opensex.html
Coming to DVD and Blu-ray July 7th from Kino Lorber and Redemption Films!
Neurosis (aka Revenge in the House of Usher, 1985)
Written and directed by Jess Franco
Starring Antonio Mayans, Howard Vernon and Lina Romay
In an audacious feat of cinematic bricolage, Jess Franco utilized footage from three decades of filming to craft a unique story that pays homage to the morbid poetry of Edgar Allan Poe, while indulging the director’s personal obsessions. Antonio Mayans stars as Harker (a nod to Bram Stoker’s Dracula), who visits the crumbling castle of his former mentor, Eric Usher (Howard Vernon), now on the brink of mental collapse. Just as the house opens its doors to reveal dreadful, erotic secrets in every corner, Usher delves into his own memories and shares the causes of his increasing madness.
*Audio commentary by film historian Tim Lucas
There are three different versions of this film:
The first one, which is considered the original cut of director Jesús Franco, is called "The Hundimiento de la Casa Usher" ("The Fall of the House of Usher"), and was shown only once on his premiere on Imagfic - Festival Internacional de Madrid de Cine Imaginario y de Ciencia-ficción, on 23 March 1983. Due to the bad reception from the audience - who laughed and booed from start to finish -, Franco could not get commercial distribution of the film. This version is now alleged to be a lost film.
In 1984, the director filmed three new scenes showing the actor Howard Vernon murdering three victims (among them, actresses Flavia Hervás and Helena Garret, who did not appear in the original cut). He then added these scenes to the film, considerably altering the original plot, and creating the second version, called "Los Crímenes de Usher" ("The Crimes of Usher"). It had a very limited release in some Spanish cinemas in 1986.
Finally, the third version was produced by Eurocine and is the only one that had commercial video release with the title "Neurosis/Revenge in the House of Usher". This version eliminates all the scenes shot for "Los Crímenes de Usher" and inserts new scenes shot with other actors (Françoise Blanchard, Olivier Mathot, Valerie Russell and Jean Tolzac, among others), creating a new plot that turns Usher in a mad doctor who keeps his daughter alive with the blood of innocent victims. Also, this cut reused about 15 minutes of footage from an old Franco movie, The Awful Dr. Orlof, as flashbacks of the main character. "Revenge in the House of Usher" is the version that has less in common with the original cut, or even with the short story by Edgar Allan Poe that inspired the film.
Since being release under the Neurosis title - this will be the Eurocine cut of the film. Wish this next tidbit was included as a special feature/alternate cut: (from IMDb) "Brazilian independent filmmaker (and Jess Franco fan) Felipe M. Guerra was responsible for a fan-cut that tried to reconstruct the original director's version of this movie (now considered lost). Guerra used parts of the other two versions, on VHS and DVD, eliminating all additional scenes of each one and keeping the original audio in Spanish. The result was shown in a special exhibition on Fantaspoa - International Fantastic Film Festival of Porto Alegre (Brazil), on May 19, 2016, with the presence of actor Antonio Mayans. After the projection, in a Q & A, Mayans said that this was the first time he saw the film as it was originally conceived by Jess, and thanked Felipe for having "restored dignity" to the project. The Spanish actor also confirmed that the additional scenes of the French version (the only one commercially released until now) were not directed by Jess, but by Olivier Mathot."
In celebration of Jess Franco's birthday today, we're sharing all the details on our upcoming Blu-ray release of CECILIA!
Cecilia, a haughty aristocrat who enjoys taunting her servants with her flawless physique, finds her life turned upside down when she is violated by the victims of her vicious games. This eye-opening experience leads the newly enlightened libertine into a sordid series of swingin’ socialite soirees, mind-bending bohemian happenings, and brazen backwoods orgies. But when her loving husband also embraces this omnisexual lifestyle, and her amorous antics arouse violence in her sadistic suitors, can Cecilia escape the cruel consequences of her own erotic excess?
Also known as SEXUAL ABERRATIONS OF A HOUSEWIFE, this extraordinarily rare entry in the exotic oeuvre of Jess Franco (VENUS IN FURS, SUCCUBUS) features the fabulous Muriel Montossé (THE INCONFESSABLE ORGIES OF EMMANUELLE) at the mercy of Olivier Mathot (CANNIBALS), Pierre Taylou (EXORCISM), Antonio Mayans (SADOMANIA), and even Lina Romay (WOMEN BEHIND BARS). Now this cavalcade of carnal delights has been freshly scanned and restored from its original negative, and presented in all its uncut, uncensored splendor in High Definition for the first time ever!
• ABERRACIONES SEXUALES DE UNA MUJER CASADA – Jess Franco's rare original cut in Spanish with English subtitles [in HD]
• Sexual Aberrations of Cecilia – Interview with Director Jess Franco
• Amoral Fantasies – Interview with Stephen Thrower, Author of “Murderous Passions: The Delirious Cinema of Jesus Franco”
• Franco-Philes: Musings on Madrid's B-Movie Maverick – Feature-length documentary examining the career of Jess Franco
• Theatrical Trailer
• Still Gallery
AUDIO: English 1.0 DTS-HD; French 1.0 DTS-HD
SUBTITLES: English SDH; English for French Audio
RELEASE DATE: August 25, 2020