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  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Redemption
  • Release Date: April 29 2014
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00I8Z4VIQ

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L'Immortelle [Blu-ray]

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DVD/OCD TOP 500 REVIEWER on Aug. 25 2014
Format: Blu-ray
"L'Immortelle" is one of several recent releases of films written and directed by French writer and film-maker Alain Robb-Grillet. In North America it appears that the Redemption DVD authoring group have secured the rights to distribute his works - while in England the British Film Institute (BFI) has the honor. Redemption has issued 5 films/disks 'individually' while the BFI has presented them in a nice 6 film retrospective box-set ( a format that is ultimately less expensive per film. The BFI set is , however, in the Euro Region 2 PAL format and requires a 'region-free' DVD player to view

The majority of Robb-Grillete's works have been generally un-available for 'home viewing' for decades. - this current collection presents some of his earliest works from the 1960-70's period when he was first trying his hand as a Director, after achieving his initial recognition for scripting the French art-house classic: "Last Year At Marienbad". "L'Immortelle" was, in fact, his first solo directorial outing and it continues to feature many of the surreal and enigmatic elements that were explored in '...Marienbad".

After viewing a body of Robb-Grillete's works, and reading some analysis of his films by cinema scholars, a pattern begins to emerge that helps the viewer to appreciate where he was coming from and what he was trying to achieve. Such background info is really helpful, because without it his films may initially seem very disjointed and abstract - even by art-house standards. Robb-Grillete enjoyed 'playing with' the peculiarities inherent in format of cinema and using , and abusing them, to his own ends to create a film experience that challenges the viewer's normal expectations for how a film should evolve.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Franco's Demons May 14 2014
By William Amazzini - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Throughout the late sixties and early seventies, films on witchcraft and the occult were prolific in Europe and the states culminating in Director Ken Russell's 'THE DEVILS'-1971 which kick started the nunsploitation genre of films that continued well into the eighties in Italy. Because of this , Producer Robert De Nesle approached Director Jess Franco to do a similar film to Russell's. Franco was coming off his Frankenstein/Dracula movie monster period and utilized the same actors ( Anne Liebert, Britt Nichols, Howard Vernon, Alberto Dalbes, Luis Barboo) to write and lens (under his Clifford Brown name) 'LES DEMONS' aka 'THE DEMONS' which incorporated many homages to his early films such as 'JUSTINE' aka 'JUSTINE AND JULIET'- 1968 and even used the character of Lord Jeffreys from 'THE BLOODY JUDGE' aka 'NIGHT OF THE BLOOD MONSTER'-1969 played by Christopher Lee . The film starts off in familiar territory for Euro Horror fans with an accused witch being burned at the stake and cursing her violators from beyond the grave and then evolves into an amalgam of eroticism and revenge that only Franco could do well . The photography by future Director Raul Artigot shows off the castle interiors but the music score by Jean Bernard Raiteaux fluctuates from church organ/piano refrains to jazzy bongo rhythms which may startle some viewers. Although this film has a great story line for a Franco title, it is bogged down by lengthy soft core lesbian and nun writhing scenes which makes the film clock in at under two hours. The film ,however, is pretty tame in the torture sequences showing Franco did not care for that type of ground. Fans of that sort of thing should seek out Director Michael Armstrong's 'MARK OF THE DEVIL' -1971 to get their fill of that for the story concentrates on the witches daughters revenge plot against the characters responsible for her mothers burning. Redemption Video has released for the first time in the states the complete 118 minute French Version with English subtitles in a new master from 35mm elements. The transfer has nary a scratch in its 2.35 1080p incarnation so fans can rejoice. Extras include a 10 minute interview with Jess Franco on the films production which shows his dislike for the film; Deleted scenes which are from outtakes utilized to the trailers for the film but have no sound track; and trailers for other Franco films from Redemption. Not one of my Franco favorites , it is however an important release for fans of his work and Redemption deserves kudos once again for preserving these titles for future generations of Euro film lovers.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
". . .and now you are going to meet a REAL witch!" April 14 2014
By Doug Park - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
{3.5 stars}

A witch burned at the stake hurls a curse at her condemners, and two young sisters at a nearby convent become embroiled (npi) in the game, seducing those responsible for her death. This is a re-release of a 1973 sex-ploitation film, originally a French-Portuguese production but set in England with English dialogue. There is a marginally solid storyline, but the main intent, of course, is just to show loads of T & A, and it pulls no punches there. There are also scenes of graphic torture--nude, of course--of young nuns, as well as of the powerful, sadistic, lesbian noblewoman Lady DeWinter (a fictional associate of the real-life "Hanging Judge" George Jeffreys) searching the nuns. There isn't a lot of really blatant gore--More in that area would have been too much of a distraction from all the sex and nudity, which must be even more explicit on Blu-ray. (I'm basing this review on an old VHS I bought back in the '80s.) Still, the torture scenes are hard to sit through, with a lot of terrible screaming and other disturbing elements. Regardless, those who want to watch DEMONS for other reasons--historical intrigue, ha-ha, perhaps?--can skip through these scenes to find what they are looking for.

On that subject, the time period, variously described as "medieval," "during the time of the Inquisition," etc, is a bit unclear because of the references to William of Orange's landing in England, which was in 1688, well after medieval times and long after the Inquisitions, which never occurred in England in the sense they did in other European countries. Hanging Judge Jeffreys was infamous for ordering many alleged traitors to King James II (but not necessarily "witches") tortured and executed in the 1680s. While there were still a few scattered executions for witchcraft in England during this time, they were done by hanging or pressing, not burning at the stake. The costume design looks partly 1600s, partly earlier. I know, I know: WHO CARES?! Historical accuracy was obviously not a big priority for the makers of this film, nor is it likely to be one for the average viewer of DEMONS ('73).

You probably get the picture. The main reason why I give Franco's DEMONS as high a rating as I do is that it succeeds at actually being what so much of today's low budget scare crap merely tries to be. Inaccuracies aside, the acting and settings, though still fairly fakey in many spots, as well as the general cinematography are quite decent for a film of this sort. Karin Field is particularly good as Lady DeWinter. Though most will watch it for the reasons described above, it is still possible for the strong-of-stomach to watch DEMONS as a simple exercise in historical horror.

This is the sort of film that, if it were made today, would probably never find any significant release to the general public, even on Redbox. The early 70s were wild and crazy times, but even then, this film was banned in British theaters and many other places. I notice that this version is an "R"--I think the original was an "X"--so it's possible that some of the more explicit or disturbing scenes have been edited.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Master of Enigmatic Exotica Aug. 25 2014
By Ramm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
"L'Immortelle" is one of several recent releases of films written and directed by French writer and film-maker Alain Robb-Grillet. In North America it appears that the Redemption DVD authoring group have secured the rights to distribute his works - while in England the British Film Institute (BFI) has the honor. Redemption has issued 5 films/disks 'individually' while the BFI has presented them in a nice 6 film retrospective box-set ( a format that is ultimately less expensive per film). The BFI set is , however, in the Euro Region 2 PAL format and requires a 'region-free' DVD player to view. Regardless of 'region code/format' these are films well worth checking out!

The majority of Robb-Grillete's works have been generally un-available for 'home viewing' for decades. - this current collection presents some of his earliest works from the 1960-70's period when he was first trying his hand as a Director, after achieving his initial recognition for scripting the French art-house classic: "Last Year At Marienbad". "L'Immortelle" was, in fact, his first solo directorial outing and it continues to feature many of the surreal and enigmatic elements that were explored in '...Marienbad".

After viewing a body of Robb-Grillete's works, and reading some analysis of his films by cinema scholars, a pattern begins to emerge that helps the viewer to appreciate where he was coming from and what he was trying to achieve. Such background info is really helpful because, without it, his films may initially seem very disjointed and abstract - even by art-house standards. Robb-Grillete enjoyed 'playing with' the peculiarities inherent in the format of cinema and using , and 'abusing' them, to his own ends to create a film experience that challenges the viewer's normal expectations for how a film should evolve. He pretty much ignores the concept of a linear plot progression in most of his scenarios and his plots and characters constantly fold back in upon themselves providing multiple viewpoints and time frames that ultimately provide a very surreal experience. One should not expect everything to wrap up tidily at the end of the show but one may expect the film to 'stick with them' for a while after viewing due to the provocative nature of the images and concepts presented - almost like a 'waking-dream'.

Alain Robb-Grillete, & his 'partner' Catherine (who makes regular appearances in his films) were both noted for their "outre' " sexual preferences that leaned in the BDSM direction, and many of his films featured elements that portrayed this personal penchant for S/M symbolism and lifestyle. Not surprisingly - this flirtation with 'forbidden' sexual practices often drew the ire of film censors and some of his film's were 'banned' in certain countries for many years - contributing to his obscurity and the (previous) difficulty in accessing his works. Ironically (and despite all the '50 Shades of Gray' allusions on the box cover) "L'Immortelle" actually contains virtually no images or references to these themes of sexual dominance & submission!... nor any 'nudity' within its' contents - whereas later films ( such as 'Trans Europe Express', 'Successive Slidings of Pleasure", and "Gradiva' for example) provide a hefty dose of the aforementioned.

That info notwithstanding - "L'Immortelle" is one of the 'spaciest' most intriguing movies I have seen in a long while and qualifies as a genuine surreal experience. It is practically useless to try to describe its' 'plot' because it doesn't really have one, yet the film mesmerizes the viewer with a hypnotic quality that is quite unique. Beautifully filmed in B&W in exotic locales in Instanbul, Turkey - the 'place' becomes an integral part of Robbe-Grillete's 'vision' and alludes to fantasies of mysterious Eastern harems & slave girls as personified by the belly-dancer on the box cover who is featured in a brief dance segment - the characters, and audience, are caught up in Robb-Grillete's dream-like spell. "L'Immortelle" is a great intro to this creative film-maker's work and a pretty psychedelic viewing experience. Highly recommended! French language w/ English subs.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Mystery wrapped in riddle July 9 2014
By Russell E. Scott - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
His first shot at directing has similar tones as Last Year At Marienbad as beautiful, beguiling, and bewitching. Is she there and then she isn't as a tale of travels and escapades in ancient Istanbul. Does she? Or doesn't she? One of the 1st true mysteries as riddle wrapped as an enigma. Good stuff from 1963 if you have the heart and head to follow, you too can wind up confused and totally taken by this rapturous beauty. Started before he assisted Alain Resnais and finished sometime after completion of that project so this was three years in the making makes for near perfection as I see it. Go figure if you can.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
"Have You Ever Been In Contact With The Devil?"... July 6 2014
By Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein - Published on Amazon.com
While being burned at the stake, a witch curses her executioners. Nearby, a convent is besieged by impure thoughts, deeds, and general naughtiness. Yep, the witch's curse is at work. Demons have taken possession of the unwary sisters. Wanton, wicked nakedness ensues. THE DEMONS is a Jess Franco film, so it simply MUST contain copious female nudity and perverse situations, along w/ torture and bloodletting. Still, just what would a demonized convent look like if not like this? Stars Franco regular Howard Vernon as Lord Malcolm de Winter. Contains the infamous "virginity check" and "bride of Satan" sequences. Oh dear! Those accustomed to Franco's proclivities will definitely enjoy this one. Others may wish to look elsewhere...


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