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Shiver of the Vampires [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)

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  • Directors: Jean Rollin
  • Format: DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • Release Date: Jan. 24 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0063E0048
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #48,016 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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When a honeymooning couple visit the crumbling estate of the bride's ancestors, they discover her closet is filled with more than skeletons: a sinister lesbian vampire, a pair of nubile handmaidens, and two vampire hunters who have been recruited into the ranks of the undead.

BONUS FEATURES: Introduction by Jean Rollin (5 min), French Theatrical Trailer, English Theatrical Trailer, Interview with Jean Rollin by Dr. Patricia MacCormack (40 min), Trailers for Fascination, Lips of Blood, The Iron Rose & The Nude Vampire.

Jean Rollin's surreal and strange cult classic is a nutty mix of hippie vampires, lesbian seduction, and moonlight ceremonies in a graveyard bathed in red and blue light. A honeymooning couple stops at a crumbling castle to visit the oddball cousins of bride Isolde, who have supposedly just passed away but mysteriously show up for dinner. Decked out in hep Carnaby Street duds, they entertain their guests with tales of religious research and the worship of Isis, tossing the story back and forth like a game of verbal Ping-Pong. While the groom Antoine discovers their bloodsucking secret as they stake a recent victim in their cellar ("We must not pass on this terrible curse"), Isolde is seduced by a statuesque female vampire who steps out of a grandfather clock and into her bed, the first of many memorable entrances. Even more absurd than most of Rollin's low-budget horror fantasies, The Shiver of the Vampires is one of his most inventive productions, a gorgeously photographed, dreamy look into the erotic lure of vampirism set to a groovy instrumental progressive rock score. Like a skin flick for surrealists, the film is full of passages of naked women wordlessly wandering through the castle hallways and towers, and in true Rollin fashion he can't seem to decide if the gallant groom or the bloodsucking sensualists are the true heroes of this counter-culture vampire tale. The DVD features French and English trailers, a gallery of production stills, and a Rollin filmography. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: DVD
I an overjoyed that after years of bad bootlegs, Redemption is releasing pristine copies of Jean Rollin's films. However, while the beauty of this transfer cannot be denied (it probably never looked this good when it was originally released) this particular version has 4 scenes that are missing, and that were available on a Something Weird version (which was missing a key scene that Redemption has).
The missing scenes invove a lesbian orgy after the wife is bitten, a heterosexual coupling, a weird rite where the comatose wife drinks a cup of blood (taken from a cut in a breast), and an almost out-of-place scene (that looks suspiciously like an insert) involving two girls being tortured in a dungeon.
Since Redemption claims to work from Rollin's originals, I wonder why these scenes are missing. Well, just one of those mysteries...
Still, despite this, this DVD is well worth owning. It remains one of Rollin's best works, along with Lips of Blood & Fascination.
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"Shiver of the Vampire" (1971) is directed by Jean Rollin. The movie is about a recently married couple that decide to visit relatives in Italy. But upon reaching the town where their cousins live they find out that they have become deceased. As a director Jean Rollin seems at times a bit amateurish in the way he handles timing, framing and editing of his movies as well in the lack of strong plots or characterization. The cast appears to be a mixture of naive and experienced actors. Still I can't help but find things intriguing and interesting about his films. With Jean Luc Godard films it is said that there are at least 20 minutes of interesting ideas in his films when most films have nothing of interest. The same thing might be said with Jean Rollin's films. Like a voyeur I still find myself fascinated with his films and images even when they seem lacking in sophistication at times. This film holds up well along with other Jean Rollin films like "Requiem for a Vampire" and "Fascination".

This film has evidently been remastered but there are still many instances of dust showing. In the special features there is included a two minute introduction as well as a 39 minute interview with Jean Rollin. Also included is a 20 page booklet with an essay by Tim Lucas, editor of Video Watchdog.
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I debated as to whether or not I should review this DVD...After all, when it comes to this 'genre' of releases, it's really all about personal taste; and generally, if you dig these works of lesbianic-vampire grooviness (which I do), replete with the classic 'sexadelic' soundtracks, (largely, why I dig them) then it's usually a no-brainer...
However, this film definitely left me shivering, as my cold, lifeless body fell asleep on the couch and woke up several hours later with no blanket, wondering, "Did I actually fall asleep?"
And did I? YES.
The movie is a bore. From the opening scenes, it shows promise. Fairly decent music (though, truly more of an acid-jam band, rather than the fab 'progressive-rock' that is touted on the inside cover of the DVD) and a truly impressive transfer made it seem like a winner...But it just went downhill from there.
Little dialogue, little story, and little snippets of vampirotica make this one a dud. It hardly shines like the classic 'Vampyros Lesbos', and again, a great transfer alone does not a good movie make.
I will say this...If you are truly a collector of period pieces, and can stand the long, drawn out, obviousness of a movie going nowhere...well, then step up and shell out .....But, if you're truly into the 'real-deal' out something else.
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Format: DVD
No one makes movies like Jean Rollin, and this is his masterpiece. Like most of his visions it seems to be about innocence and corruption, the attraction Evil has to Good,(and vice versa,)and the discovery of beauty in the unlikeliest of places. This movie is very sexy, very slow, very weird. The music, lighting, absurd dialogue, and slow pacing help create a more poetic and imagistic type of film than we're used to here in the go-go States. If your taste in vampire movies runs more toward the Alyssa Milano variety then you'll probably not like this--it has more in common with Pasolini's Arabian Nights than The Hunger. And the DVD edition is terrific, with a trailer, photo gallery, and Redemption's trademark gothed-out lesbo introduction (which rates five stars all by itself.)
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