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#1 of 1 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted May 08 2013 - 08:45 AM

New York, NY - May 8, 2013 - Kino Lorber and Redemption are proud to announce the Blu-ray and DVD releases of Cold Eyes of Fear, directed by Enzo G. Castellari, the director of the original The Inglorious Bastards; and The Sinful Nuns of St. Valentine, directed by Sergio Grieco, and loosely based on a play by Victor Hugo. 

 

Both films come to Blu-ray and DVD on May 21, 2013, with individual SRPs of $24.95 each for the Blu-ray editions, and $19.95 each for the DVD editions. Both are mastered in HD from the original 35mm negatives. Cold Eyes of Fear is English dubbed and includes the original theatrical trailer plus original trailers of other Redemption releases. The Sinful Nuns of St. Valentine is presented in Italian with optional English subtitles, and includes original trailers of other Redemption releases.

 

During the golden age of the grindhouse and the waning years of the drive-in, the Italian film industry provided American exploitation screens with some of its most savory product. In addition to the more commonly known genres of spaghetti western, Eurocrime and supernatural horror, Italian filmmakers fused other ingredients together to form even more eclectic types of film. Cold Eyes of Fear is a fascinating hybrid of Poliziotteschi (police films) and gialli (erotic horror), while The Sinful Nuns of St. Valentine embodies all the classic traits of the controversial genre known as nunsploitation.

 

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Cold Eyes of Fear 

 

Directed by Enzo G. Castellari (The Inglorious Bastards), Cold Eyes of Fear is a stylish giallo in the form of a home invasion thriller, laced with hallucinatory imagery and backed with an edgy score by legendary composer Ennio Morricone.

 

An ex-con abducts the nephew of the judge who put him behind bars, and holds the nephew and his beautiful companion (Giovanna Ralli) hostage in their home. But the criminal's carefully-planned revenge runs off the rails when he realizes they are caught up in an even more elaborate plot, orchestrated by more powerful forces.

 

From the opening scene, in which a woman is - or perhaps is not - brutally assaulted by a prowler in her home, Castellari plays with the idea of illusion and deception, and weaves these elements throughout the film.

 

Cold Eyes of Fear becomes a claustrophobic game of cat and mouse, with the viewer caught in the center of the deadly guessing game.

 

Italy / 1971 / Color / 91 mins. / 1.85:1 / 1920x1080p

 

Special Features:

Mastered in HD from the original 35mm negative

English dubbed

Original theatrical trailer

Original trailers of other Redemption releases

 

 
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The Sinful Nuns of St. Valentine

 

 

While the credits claim that Sergio Grieco's The Sinful Nuns of St. Valentine was loosely based on a play by Victor Hugo, the more obvious inspiration for the delirious piece of nunsploitation was Ken Russell's The Devils (1971).

 

Pursued by soldiers, having been accused of heresy, Esteban (Paolo Malco) seeks refuge in a nearby convent - the same convent to which his girlfriend Lucita (Jenny Tamburi) has been banished by her parents. In order to be reunited, Lucita must resist seduction by her lesbian cellmate (Bruna Beani) endure the deranged torments of the Inquisition, and escape from a madhouse within the convent walls. Esteban, meanwhile, contends with the advances of a sensual abbess (Françoise Prévost).

 

By turns erotic, horrific, and shamelessly melodramatic, The Sinful Nuns of St. Valentine has well earned its reputation as a notorious nunsploitation classic.

 

Italy / 1974 / Color / 93 min. / 2.35:1 / 1920x1080p

 

Special Features:

Mastered in HD from the original 35mm negative

Italian with optional English subtitles

Original trailers of other Redemption releases

 

 

 

Cold Eyes of Fear

Director: Enzo G. Castellari

Genre: Horror

Street date: May 21, 2013

Blu-ray SRP: $24.95

DVD SRP: $19.95

 

The Sinful Nuns of St. Valentine

Director: Sergio Grieco

Genre: Horror

Street date: May 21, 2013

Blu-ray SRP: $24.95

DVD SRP: $19.95

 


Ronald J Epstein
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