Jess Franco on Blu Ray!

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    Here is one that is not on the list. It looks like it is not English friendly.

    http://collectors-junkies.com/produkt/plaisir-trois-mediabook-cover-c/

    I have the Mondo Macabro DVD so won't get this version.
     
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    1. Hot Nights of Linda (Severin)
    2. Love Camp (Goya Collection)
    3. Die Sklavinnen (Goya Collection)
    4. Wicked Women (Goya Collection)
    5. Blue Rita (Goya Collection)
    6. White Skin Black Thighs (Goya Collection)
    7. Jack the Ripper (Goya Collection)
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    9. Ilsa (Goya Collection)
    10. Women in Cellblock 9 (Goya Collection)
    11. Downtown (Goya Collection)
    12. Mondo Erotico (Goya Collection)
    13. Awful Dr. Orloff (Redemption)
    14. Virgin Among the Living Dead (Redemption)
    15. Nightmares Come at Night (Redemption)
    16. Bloody Moon (Severin)
    17. Exorcism (Redemption)
    18. Demons (Redemption)
    19. Female Vampire (Redemption)
    20. She Killed in Ecstasy (Severin)
    21. Vampyros Lesbos (Severin)
    22. Girls in the Night Traffic (Goya Collection)
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    30. Erotic Rites of Frankenstein (Redemption)
    31. The Sadistic Baron Von Klaus (Redemption)
    32. Devil Hunter (Paired with the non-Franco "Cannibal Terror") (Severin)
    33. Dracula (Severin)
    34. Eugenie (Blue Underground)
    35. Marquis De Sade’s Justine (Blue Underground)
    36. The Girl From Rio (Paired with the non-Franco "The Million Eyes of Sumuru") (Blue Underground)
    37. Count Dracula (Severin)
    38. Daughter of Dracula (Redemption) (Pre-Order)
    39. 99 Women (Blue Underground) (Pre-Order)
    40. Silence of the Tomb/Sinister Eyes of Doctor Orloff (Dorado) (Pre-Order)
    41. Night of 1000 Desires (Mondo Macabro)
    42. How to Seduce a Virgin (as 'Plaisir a Trois') (X-Rated) (Region B (?), no Eng. Subs)
    43. Dr. Orloff's Monster (Redemption)

    Upcoming:
    Blue Underground:
    The Blood of Fu Manchu/Castle of Fu Manchu Double Feature

    Dorado Films:
    Jess Franco Double Feature Vol. 2: Camino Solitario & (likely) Juego sucio en Casablanca

    Mondo Macabro:
    Countess Perverse/Sexy Nature & How to Seduce a Virgin

    Severin:
    Upcoming release (?)
     
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    it's too bad 99 Women is such a fucked up release. I had planned to buy it, but I'll just stick to my DVD copy. I can't spend $40 on a release that is not perfect. For $10 sure I'd grab it, but for $40 damn dollars I'm not buying a release that is screwed the hell up. What the hell is so hard about doing a straight film to Blu ray transfer, I mean Redemption films that has done the Jean Rollin and Jess Franco is doing a great job, they don't remove every scratch and dot, but they also don't DNR and do other digital manipulation that screws up the release either. Why must other Blu ray release by other companies do the digital manipulation that fucks everything up?
     
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    It's not always the Blu-ray release company responsible, there's a definite chance these could have been the HD scans/restorations the rights holders had done and were the only options Blue Underground had for the releases. Seeing as Blue Underground's Maniac Cop sequel Blu-rays are DNR are free and look natural, and those are titles they own seeing as Bill Lustig runs the company they would have done those transfers/restorations themselves. But the Franco titles they've released, which all likely come from the same rights holder/source, exhibit DNR/similar transfer issues which sounds like they didn't have direct involvement with the restoration themselves. Butif they were involved, rights holder may still have had veto/control on what additional final digital tinkering was done.
     
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    Watched both the Dorado Films Jess Franco Forgotten Films Vol.1 and Mondo Macabre's Night Has a Thousand Desires Blu-rays last week. The transfers on the Dorado disc, 4k scans of theatrical prints, are pretty good and in the case of The Sister Eyes of Dr. Orloff a definite upgrade over the tape-sourced Intervision DVD. The subtitles though do have more than a few typos; Silence of the Tomb not so much, but Sinister Eyes seems like they forgot to proof the subtitle file - a few misspellings, and a bunch of random spaces, punctuation, etc. not where they should be. But overall, a worthwhile release for two lesser known/regarded Franco titles with an informative video interview with star Robert Wood and translated section of the script with an alternate ending for Silence of the Tomb. Mondo Macabro's Night Has a Thousand Desires also looks really quite good on Blu-ray and of course a huge upgrade over the PAL discs. This film is definitely once of Franco's better shot films, still with his trademark zoom but with a focus on clarity instead of the usual "out of focus" or "soft focus" that's prevalent in a lot of his other work. Although the story is still broaching on one of Franco's favourite subjects: mind control, and the plot is quite thin this is definitely a dreamy/experimental Franco flick that works although those not seasoned to the director might find it slow or disengaging, but I found it mesmerizing. The score (with some recycled Daniel White music of course)/sequence compositions in this one are quite amazing and Lina is of course perfect in the role of Irina (another Franco reoccurrence). The Eurotika episode on Jess Franco (a show produced by the folks behind Mondo Macabro for British TV in the late 90s/early 2000s) and a great interview with Stephen Thrower on the film and Franco's Golden period round out the extras. I can highly recommend both of these if you're a fan of Franco, but if not or you're not well versed in his work you might want to start with his more well known/well regarded titles before jumping on these.
     
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    When did you receive the Dorado blu? I pre-ordered and have not received mine yet.
     
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    Two weeks ago - for the Ultimate edition.
     
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    Thanks. Guess I'll have to check and see why mine hasn't arrived yet.
     
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    I got mine in the mail only last Thursday.
     
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    Not Blu-related, but I just sat through the first 30 minutes of a DVD of Broken Dolls. Good GOD that was awful. I mean it is BAD. And not like Jazzy art-film Franco bad but just BAD. Will finish it but for someone not nearly as familiar with his latest era output I struggled to watch it. Perverted story, unattractive people... high school AV clubs turn out better work. I'm not trying to be mean, but this is just the worst.
     
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    I can assure you as a self-professed/obssessed Jess Franco fan that Broken Dolls is far from the worst. I personally like Broken Dolls, and think it's one of the better films in the One Shot Productions/digital video era of Franco's career. I know you've seen quite a bit of earlier Franco Angelman but if you specifically haven't seen much of his output from the 90s onward, I can definitely understand how you or anyone would struggle with it or be hard to find anything remotely enjoyable in it. This was a period when Franco was basically picking up a DV camera making what became known as 'hotel movies', with funding/assistance from One Shot Publications out of the United States, and shooting fast and lose and improvised even moreso than what he had already been doing the decades previous and rehashing themes and ideas he'd always gone back to the well on even cheaper, more incoherent, than before. Even myself as a fan of his work it took me a long time to get into the groove of this period of his filmmaking, and I can really only recommend any of these titles to completionists. But when you find the groove there is still much of Franco's unique charm/viewpoint to be discovered in them, even if some are an absolute struggle to get through.
     
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    Like most Franco I probably need to soak in that era more to appreciate it, but I really struggled. I love early/gothic and this late 60s/early 70s output is gold. And there are some definite gems in the 80s.

    Anything of that late era I should start with, just to wrap my head around it?
     

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