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Jess Franco - the 1980s films coming to DVD


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#1 of 13 OFFLINE   R-T-C Tim

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Posted August 09 2006 - 10:54 PM

Good news for Jess Franco fans, and fans of ultra-obscure cinema.

Severin-Film's Jess Franco collection will include a number of the infamous director's little known 1980s productions, beginning with Macumba Sexual (1983) and Mansion of the Living Dead (1985) on October 31st - restored from original negatives in the original 2.35:1 aspect ratio and with exlusive new interviews with Franco and Lina Romay.

More information and cover-art here: http://mondo-esoteri...... Franco.html

Or see the official website: http://www.severin-films.com
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#2 of 13 OFFLINE   R-T-C Tim

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Posted October 29 2006 - 07:28 AM

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Streeting on Tuesday (31/Oct) on a great looking pair of DVDs, this duo of Franco's Golden era films makes for very interesting viewing - my reviews now up:

Macumba Sexual (1981)
Strange, surreal, twisted and sexually charged - Franco at his best here in a very effective film. Highly recommended to Franco fans.

Mansion of the Living Dead (1982)
An interesting film that boasts a mix of strong direction and atmosphere, with some rather unnecessary humour and sex. Of interest to Franco fans but not for newcomers.

(note: reviews and films contain much nudity)
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#3 of 13 OFFLINE   Jeffrey:K

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Posted October 29 2006 - 05:06 PM

I'd say Franco's Golden Era was long over by 1982. But these are welcome releases nonetheless.

#4 of 13 OFFLINE   R-T-C Tim

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Posted October 30 2006 - 04:50 AM

Actually, Golden Era refers to the fact that he was working for a film company called "Golden Films International".

Personally I think his true "Golden Age" was back in the late 1960s/early 1970s working for Harry Alan Towers.
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#5 of 13 OFFLINE   Mattias_ka

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Posted October 30 2006 - 06:51 AM

I will get both of these DVD's. One cannot get too much Franco Posted Image

#6 of 13 OFFLINE   Michael Elliott

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Posted October 30 2006 - 07:03 AM

My copies arrived in the mail today so hopefully I'll get to them a tad bit later. I've enjoyed several of Franco's early 80s films and I hope more get released. As for his best period, I'll take 1969-75.

#7 of 13 OFFLINE   Jeffrey:K

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Posted October 30 2006 - 10:28 AM

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Originally Posted by R-T-C Tim
Actually, Golden Era refers to the fact that he was working for a film company called "Golden Films International".
Okay, I'm going to claim that I was aware of this and was making a pun.

#8 of 13 OFFLINE   R-T-C Tim

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Posted January 18 2007 - 12:48 AM

Two more just announced, coming in April...

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These look very nice, I've got some more details at: http://mondo-esoteri...... Franco.html
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#9 of 13 OFFLINE   Mark Zimmer

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Posted January 18 2007 - 02:39 AM

Macumba Sexual was quite a revelation; Severin did a very nice job on it, and it's one of the more evocative Franco pictures I've seen.

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Posted January 19 2007 - 01:03 AM

Um, is "inconfessable" a word??? Posted Image
"I was born when she kissed me. I died when she left me. I lived a few weeks while she loved me."

My 25 most wanted DVDs: Chilly Scenes Of Winter (1979); The Dead (1987); The African Queen (1951); Johnny Guitar (1954); The Sterile Cuckoo (1969); The Friends Of Eddie Coyle (1973); The Rain People (196...

#11 of 13 OFFLINE   Michael Elliott

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Posted January 19 2007 - 06:41 AM

I wonder why they aren't using the original title (EMANUELLE EXPOSED)????

Having just watched my 84th Franco film (with 8 more sitting here), I'll pick these two up but they'll probably be rentals since I wasn't too pleased with the first two releases (great disc, poor films IMO).

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Posted January 19 2007 - 09:50 PM

I'd really like to see an uncut release of Franco's Bloody Moon.

I know it's trashy, but very enjoyable all the same! Great keyboard-demo style disco soundtrack too...
 

 


#13 of 13 OFFLINE   R-T-C Tim

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Posted April 26 2007 - 09:38 AM

The second pair of Franco titles is out now, and Severin have done a great job on the discs - they look as amazing as the first two, pity that the films (especially the latter) are not too hot:

The Sexual Story of O (1984)

The Inconfessable Orgies of Emmanuelle (1981)
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