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PR The Rape of The Vampire, Requiem for a Vampire, Demoniacs on Blu-ray & DVD May 29

Kino Lorber



Three erotic horror films made during the prime of Jean Rollin's career mastered in HD from 35mm negatives. Each disc comes with a special 16-page booklet with an essay by Tim Lucas, editor of Video Watchdog. Each Blu-ray and DVD comes packed with special features, providing an illuminating look at these unique films.

Kino Lorber and Redemption Release Jean Rollin's
The Rape of The Vampire: Remastered Edition (1968), Requiem for a Vampire: Remastered Edition (1973), and Demoniacs: Remastered Extended Edition (1974) on Blu-ray and DVD in new HD Masters

For Immediate Release

New York, NY - May 2, 2012 - Following the Blu-ray releases of five films by French cult filmmaker Jean Rollin, Kino Lorber and Redemption are proud to announce the release of three erotic horror films made during the prime of Rollin's career: The Rape of The Vampire: Remastered Edition(1968), Requiem for a Vampire: Remastered Edition (1973), and Demoniacs: Remastered Extended Edition (1974).

These three films come to Blu-ray and DVD mastered in HD from 35mm negatives. Each disc comes with a special 16-page booklet with an essay by Tim Lucas, editor of Video Watchdog. Each one has a street date of May 29th, with individual SRPs of $24.95 for the Blu-ray, and $19.95 for the DVD.

Each Blu-ray and DVD comes packed with special features, providing an illuminating look at these unique films. Bonus features on the discs include a special introduction by Jean Rollin, deleted scenes, documentaries, interviews with Rollin's collaborators, trailers, and - on The Rape of the Vampire disc - two bonus short films directed by Jean Rollin. (See below for details of special features included on each disc).

The Rape of The Vampire: Remastered Edition (1968)

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"A psychiatrist (Bernard Letrou) ventures to a remote castle to convince a brood of four vampire sisters that they are misguided, brainwashed by superstitious villagers, and not truly creatures of the Supernatural. The villagers (including director Jean Rollin) confuse and abuse the sisters, before finally storming their castle. The cast descends on a hospital run by a young doctor (Jean-Loup Philippe), charged by the Queen of the Vampires (Jacqueline Sieger) to discover a cure for vampirism. The bewildering action culminates in a "blood wedding" presided over by Sieger, in her regal hot pants, on the legendary stage of the now-defunct Theatre du Grand Guignol. The shoot was anything but professional. Everyone on the crew was making their first film. All copies of the script managed to get lost within two days, which quickly forced the production into improvisation mode. Rollin opted to let the film become what it wanted to become. It was in the spirit of the times to experiment. The resulting film, The Rape of the Vampire (Le Viol du Vampire) is a glorious puzzlement, like nothing else in the horror genre." (excerpt of the essay by Tim Lucas)

Special Features
Mastered in HD from the uncensored 35mm negative
French with optional English subtitles
Introduction by Jean Rollin
Two short films by Jean Rollin:
Les Amours jaunes (The Yellow Loves, 1958, 9 min.) and
Les Pays loin (The Far Country, 1965, 16 min.)
Alternate version of one scene (2 min.)
"Fragments of Pavements Under the Sand," a documentary by Daniel Gouyette, featuring interviews with Jean Rollin, Jean-Denis Bonan, and Jean-Pierre Bouyxou
Interview with Jean-Loup Philippe
16-page booklet with an essay by Tim Lucas, editor of Video Watchdog
Original theatrical trailer
Trailers of seven other Rollin films

France 1968 B&W 95 Min. 1.66:1 1920 x 1080p

Requiem for a Vampire: Remastered Edition (1973)

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"Requiem for a Vampire: Remastered Edition (Requiem pour un vampire) was Jean Rollin's favorite of all his films. Because he dredged the scenario from his subconscious, and because it was rushed into its written form so quickly (Rollin claimed that he wrote the entire script in only two days), he felt it was his purest work. True to Rollin's roots in serials and the Bizarre, the film opens with an action scene already in progress: two women in full clown makeup (Marie-Pierre Castel, Mirielle d'Argent), firing guns at a retaliating car behind them, as a handsome associate mans the steering wheel. This being a Rollin film, we quickly dispense with the man and get on with the general absence of story and the vital accumulation of fetish. Eluding their pursuers, our two clowns continue their never-explained flight on foot, journeying to a cemetery, then a chateau inhabited by 'the last of the vampires.'" (excerpt of the essay by Tim Lucas)

Special Features
Mastered in HD from the 35mm negative
French with optional English subtitles
English dubbed version
Introduction by Jean Rollin
"The Shiver of a Requiem," a documentary featuring interviews with Natalie Perrey and Jean-Noel Delamarre
Interview with Louise Dhour, courtesy of Encore Filmed Entertainment
16-page booklet with an essay by Tim Lucas, editor of Video Watchdog
Original theatrical trailers
Original trailers of seven other Rollin films

France 1973 Color 87 Min. 1.66:1 1920 x 1080p Rated R


Demoniacs: Remastered Extended Edition (1974)
(Unrated Extended Cut)

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"A Poe-like study of guilt and revenge, The Demoniacs (Les Demoniaques) concerns a band of 'wreckers' who rape and murder two young sisters, the survivors (Lieva Lone, Patricia Hermenier) of a ship they have lured into coastal rocks and plundered. The ghostly sisters haunt the Captain and obtain help from a mysterious clown (Mirielle d'Argent) who leads them to an impressive disused cathedral. There they meet a gnostic priest (Ben Zimet) standing guard over a cell that harbors the Devil himself (Miletic Zimovir), who empowers the angelic girls sexually with the evil necessary to exact their vengeance. If ever one of Rollin's films was presided over by a singular compelling presence, it is that of Joelle Coeur, the mysterious auburn-tressed female lead. As Tina the Wrecker, Coeur seems to incarnate the perverse libido, stripping and publicly pleasuring herself while in thrall to the rape and pillage of her gruff associates." (excerpt of the essay by Tim Lucas)

Special Features

Mastered in HD from the 35mm negative
French with optional English subtitles
Introduction by Jean Rollin
Two deleted sex scenes (10 min.)
Additional deleted footage (2 min.)
Interview with Jean Bouyxou
Interview with Natalie Perrey
16-page booklet with an essay by Tim Lucas, editor of Video Watchdog
Original theatrical trailer
Original trailers of seven other Rollin films

France 1974 Color 100 Min. 1.78:1 1920 x 1080p

The Rape of The Vampire: Remastered Edition (1968)
Director: Jean Rollin
Genre: Horror
Blu-ray SRP: $24.95
DVD SRP: $19.95
Street date: May 29, 2012

Requiem for a Vampire: Remastered Edition (1973)
Director: Jean Rollin
Genre: Horror
Blu-ray SRP: $24.95
DVD SRP: $19.95
Street date: May 29, 2012

Demoniacs: Remastered Extended Edition (1974)
Director: Jean Rollin
Genre: Horror
Blu-ray SRP: $24.95
DVD SRP: $19.95
Street date: May 29, 2012



About Redemption
Established in 1992 and rebooted by Kino Lorber in 2012, Redemption Films is dedicated to resurrecting classics of the European cult and horror film -- both the celebrated and the undiscovered -- in deluxe Blu-ray and DVD editions, remastered from the original 35mm elements.



About Kino Lorber
Kino Lorber curates high quality, critically-acclaimed films for discerning audiences - delivering the classics of yesterday and tomorrow.



Kino Lorber

May 18, 2012, 7:19 am - PR
Keywords: horror





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