Review Date: November 5, 1999
Released by: Image Entertainment
Release date: 11/9/1999
Region 1, NTSC
Widescreen 1.85:1 | 16:9 - No
Jean Rollin is a famous cult director of foreign films. He has directed and acted in over 50 movies since the beginning of his career. Image Entertainment and Redeption have teamed up to release numerous Jean Rollin films on DVD. Here we take a look at the 1975 Jean Rollin directed film "Lips of Blood".
A young boy gets himself lost in the ruins of what was once a castle. He encounters a lady in white who gives him shelter for the night. Half way through the night he is awoken by the lady and told to leave as his parents were worried about him. They part with a kiss and the boy promises to come back for her and that he loves her.
Twenty years later the boy is now a young man. After his father died he forgot much of his childhood and has doubts about the childhood his mother describes to him. At a dinner party one evening he sees a picture of the ruins and begins to remember meeting the lady in white, and falling in love with her. He decides he must find where the ruins are located and return to them to try and find the lady in white.
During his hunt for the location of the man begins to see images of the lady in white. He follows the image to a cemetery where he opens four coffins which contain vampire bats. What he doesn't realize is that he has just unleashed four female vampires onto the city of Paris.
He begins to realize that there are people who don't want him finding the location of these ruins after a woman is killed so she won't tell him the location. The four vampires he has freed appear throughout to assist him along his journey. As a group of people, including his mother begin to track down the four vampires he has unleashed he soon learns that there's more to the lady and white than he first knew. He must now decide between his love for her and his own life as a mortal.
A fairly enjoyable movie. Probably not a lot of replay value on this one, at least for me. If you like movies like Nosferatu (original or 1979 version) then I'd suspect you'd like this film too. It wasn't exactly a scary movie, nor was it gory as I had first expected it to be. It's more of a love story involving vampires. The vampire women were cool; they were convincing in the way they visually appeared on the screen and they were emotionless during their killings, which is how I'd expect a vampire to be. The one thing that bothered me is that towards the end of the film we find out that these vampires aren't as tough as you'd suspect. I was somewhat disappointed towards the end of the film regarding these four vampires, but you'll have to watch for yourself to see. And for any of you guys out there who like naked vampire women this is the movie for you!
Image did a terrific job with the transfer. I was amazed when I realized the film was from 1975. There is some minor grain during a few of the night scenes at the beginning of the film but overall there was very little grain that appeared. A few scratches and blemishes from the film print also appeared during the film but again this was very minor. Colors were solid throughout the entire film. Blacks during the night scenes were perfect. Main complaint on the transfer is lack of 16:9 enhancement.
The film is presented with French dialogue and English subtitles. The sound is Dolby Digital mono. The dialogue and music were audible throughout the film and I heard no distortion or hisses in the sound.
Included on the DVD is a small photo gallery containing various stills from the film and director filmography. A search on Image's web site reveals that the DVD was supposed to include "Never-before-seen original trailers" but they were nowhere to be found on my copy.
Definitely worth a rental, and if you like it enough the $25.00 price tag is well justified, even with the small amount of extras. Image did a terrific job on this one in terms of quality.
Movie - B-
Image Quality - B+
Sound - B
Supplements - C-
- Running Time - 1 hour 27 minutes
- Not Rated
- 1 Disc
- Chapter stops
- Mono sound
- Still gallery
- Director filmography