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Old 10-22-2013, 03:39 AM   #1
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Russ Meyer's FANNY HILL (1964) from Vinegar Syndrome 12/10!

An atypical entry in the director's early canon, Russ Meyer's FANNY HILL (1964) gets a hi-def makeover, courtesy of Vinegar Syndrome! Telling a tale that probably has more in common with Benny Hill than its literary namesake (itself subject to then-ongoing obscenity battles), FANNY HILL follows a naive country girl trying to find her way... and unknowingly winding up in a brothel. Her virtue is continuously auctioned off to the highest bidders, who find themselves unable to collect due to a series of comedic mishaps, pratfalls and other nudie-cutie carryovers. Will she ever be able to find true love?

Filmed in Germany as part of a production deal with Hollywood eccentric Albert Zugsmith, and originally intended for Douglas Sirk(!), FANNY HILL was subject to a multitude of behind-the-scenes battles, but the film itself emerged a silly, bawdy effort full of innuendo and double entendre. While not as frantic, cartoony or flat-out insane as his later work, it still remains an important step in Meyer's career.

Fittingly, Vinegar Syndrome have promised to do Russ' blu debut right, remastering the film from its original camera negative -- I guess we can retire our old Paragon VHS tapes! They'll also be including interviews with star Ulli Lomell and film historian Eric Schaefer, and, best of all, a fresh transfer of Zugsmith's THE PHANTOM GUNSLINGER (1970), a surreal Western parody that's been near-impossible to see prior!

Blu-Ray / DVD Combo (12/10)
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Perfect timing, I just finished reading 'Big Bosums and Square Jaws'.
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Old 10-23-2013, 11:50 AM   #3
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Specs from Vinegar Syndrome's website:

Release date = December 10, 2013.

Acclaimed producer Albert Zugsmith (TOUCH OF EVIL, THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN) crafted some of the strangest and most unlikely exploitation films of the 60s. Vinegar Syndrome presents the blu-ray debut of two of his rarest works:

FANNY HILL: Cult filmmaker Russ Meyer takes on directorial duties in Zugsmith’s adaptation of the notorious erotic classic Fanny Hill. Set in pre-Victorian London, young Fanny finds herself taken in by a madame at one of the city’s most elite brothels. A strange mix of Zugsmith’s surreal slapstick and Meyer’s trademark buxom beauties and thoughtful satire, FANNY HILL is an over-the-top saga of low-rent thrills in high-brow settings.

THE PHANTOM GUNSLINGER: Zugsmith’s mind-numbing blend of surrealism and slapstick comedy done as a self-aware parody of westerns stars Troy Donohue as Phil P. Phillips, fresh out of divinity school and living in the frontier town of Yucca Flats. When a gang of seven criminals take the town hostage, it’s up to Phil to save the village, or die trying, again and again…

Both films have been restored from their original negatives and are being offered on DVD and Blu-ray fully uncut for the first time!

FANNY HILL: Directed by Russ Meyer
1964 | B&W | 105min | AR 1.85:1

THE PHANTOM GUNSLINGER: Directed by Albert Zugsmith
1967 | Color | 100min | AR 1.85:1

Bonus Features:
+ 3 Disc Combo (1 Blu-ray (BD-50) & 2 DVDs) | Region Free | 1.85:1 AR | DTS-HD Master Audio
+ Restored in 2K from 35mm original camera negative
+ “The Zugsmith Connection” featurette with FANNY HILL star Ulli Lomell
+ Interview with film historian Eric Schaefer
+ Reversible cover art for THE PHANTOM GUNSLINGER

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Old 10-23-2013, 06:12 PM   #4
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Now, if we can only have Russ's other films on Blu!
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Old 11-22-2013, 02:19 AM   #5
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New Vinegar Syndrome promo trailer:
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Old 12-01-2013, 09:14 PM   #6
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A review up at Mondo Digital

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Old 12-06-2013, 02:11 PM   #7
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Blu-Ray.com weighs in

http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Fanny-.../88188/#Review

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Old 12-10-2013, 03:50 PM   #8
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A review from Rock!Shock!Pop! -- though I'm starting to think I'm the only one who cares about this release!

http://www.rockshockpop.com/forums/c...tom-Gunslinger

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Old 12-19-2013, 06:33 PM   #9
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A very thorough DVD Drive-In review

http://www.dvddrive-in.com/reviews/e...nyhill6470.htm

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