May confirmed that Synapse has picked up COUNTESS DRACULA, the 1971 erotic vampire opus directed by Peter Sasdy and starring the late Ingrid Pitt. “We just got the HD master from MGM,” May tells Fango, adding that the COUNTESS release will follow TWINS OF EVIL, coming this November or December, and HANDS OF THE RIPPER, out mid-next year.
In addition, May reveals to us that Synapse has acquired AT MIDNIGHT I’LL TAKE YOUR SOUL and THIS NIGHT I’LL POSSESS YOUR CORPSE, the first two films by José Mojica Marins featuring his Zé do Caixao/Coffin Joe character. Having previously issued the Coffin Joe revival movie EMBODIMENT OF EVIL, the company will bring us new releases of those earlier features with extras ported over from the previous Portuguese DVD boxed set.
Excellent news. Hopefully for Countess Dracula they'll transfer the alternate Network UK commentary with Kim Newman, Stephen Jones and Ingrid Pitt. I recently watched it again soon after Pitt's death and enjoyed it much more that before. That it will come sooner rather than later is also a boon. Synapse has gone from frustrating me with a lack of releases to frustrating me with a girth of releases for which I must splurge.
I also hope Coffin Joe will be on Blu-ray. I know it was shot on trims, that there's no negative to speak of, and what remains is perhaps more adhesive tape than film stock, but damn it I would love to have that as film like as possible.