Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Blu-ray Review: VAMPYROS LESBOS (1971)
Directed by Jess Franco
Distributed by: CAV Distribution / Severin Films
I have always been a fan of Jess Franco. All of his films, weather good or bad, have a certain charm to them. VAMPYROS LESBOS is no different. Here is the basic plot of the film courtesy of Severin Films:
From Jess Franco, the filmmaker The Vatican called the most dangerous director in the world , comes the most celebrated movie of his legendary career: Stunning Soledad Miranda stars as a vixen vampire who lures women to a Mediterranean island to satisfy her insatiable lust for female flesh and blood. It s a mind-bending odyssey of surreal erotica and 70s EuroHorror, featuring the psycho-sexadelic soundtrack that remains a global phenomenon. Ewa Strömberg (SHE KILLED IN ECSTASY), Dennis Price (VENUS IN FURS), Paul Muller (NIGHTMARE CASTLE) and Franco himself co-star in this landmark cult classic, now remastered in HD and featuring all-new Extras filmed with the director shortly before his death. Experience Franco’ masterpiece like you’e never seen or heard it before!
Fans of Exploitation and Sexploitation films are in a treat with this film. The film has been around for years on DVD, but it has never looked as good as it does here on this new Blu-ray transfer. Severin always does a remarkable job with it's re-releases, and this one is no different.
The film itself is pretty tame by today's standards. In fact, if it weren't for the rampant nudity throughout the film, it would easily be a PG or PG-13 movie at the most. Maybe it was shocking for back when it first came out, but with no killings really, or even any real gore, the movie is pretty tame. This one is definitely more of a sexploitation film than a true horror film, but still worth checking out for sure. One thing this new release has going for it is the packaging. If you are a sucker for cool packaging/artwork like I am, then you will love Severin's presentation. The packaging here is very cool and makes this an instant collectors item.
VAMPYROS LESBOS is available now on 2-Disc Collectors Edition Blu-ray, which features a dye cut slip case with newly created cover art by Wes Benscoter. Special Features include the following:
Disc 1 (Blu-Ray):
* Newly remastered HD presentation of the feature in its original 1.66:1 aspect ratio
* “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
Disc 2 (DVD):
* "Las Vampiras" – Alternate Spanish Language VHS Version With Optional English Subtitles
CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
CLICK HERE to purchase the Special Edition Blu-ray