Posted July 24 2012 - 06:52 AM
Kino Classics Announces Blu-ray and DVD Release of
Louis Feuillade's silent serial Les Vampires
in a 2-disc set authorized by Gaumont Studios
and restored by The Cinémathèque Française
Street date: August 14th
For Immediate Release
New York, NY - July 24, 2012 - Kino Classics proudly announces the Blu-ray and DVD release of Louis Feuillade's Les Vampires, the landmark silent serial that stars Musidora in her iconic performance as Irma Vep. This edition from Kino Classics is mastered in HD from the 35mm restoration produced in 1996 by the Cinémathèque Française, under the supervision of Feuillade's grandson, Jacques Champreux.
Les Vampires comes to Blu-ray and DVD on August 14th, in a 2-disc set containing all ten chapters (more than 6 1/2 hours) of Feuillade's serial. The SRP for the Blu-ray is $39.95, while the SRP for the DVD is $34.95. Both are currently available for prebook.This edition features a musical score compiled and performed by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra.
The undisputed master of the espionage serial, Louis Feuillade (Fantomas) crafted films with labyrinthine plots and unforgettable characters that influenced multiple generations of filmmakers.
Comprised of ten episodes, and clocking in at nearly seven hours in duration, Les Vampires is an unqualified masterpiece. It follows journalist Philippe Guerande (Edouard Mathe) in his efforts to expose a vast criminal organization known as the Vampires. Joined by a comical sidekick, Mazamette (Marcel Levesque), and often competing against a rival gang lord (Fernand Herrmann), Guerande dethrones a succession of the Vampires' Grand Masters. But most evasive of all is the Vampires' muse, a seductive assassin who performs her job with deadly grace: Irma Vep (Musidora).
Authorized by the Gaumont Studios, this edition was mastered in HD from the 35mm restoration produced in 1996 by the Cinematheque Francaise, under the supervision of Feuillade's grandson, Jacques Champreux.
With Édouard Mathé, Marcel Lévesque,