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Memorable, gory and a must have for vampire adicts,
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This review is from: Subspecies-The Epic Collection: Subspecies; Subspecies II; Subspecies III; Subspecies 4: Subspecies Vampire Journals (DVD)
SUBSPECIES - THE EPIC COLLECTION DVD (Region 1)
SUBSPECIES II: BLOODSTONE
SUBSPECIES IV: BLOODSTORM
Back in the 1980s I replaced most of my collection of 8mm movies with VHS and now I am going through a same process of upgrading everything to DVD. This also gives me the excuse to sample films of the genre which have appeared over the past 20 years and had not been added to my film library.
I had watched the first four movies when visiting family in Canada in 2001 but never did buy a set for my collection of horror films and had not previously watched `Vampire Journals' and so when I bought this set it was a treat to watch the complete set over a couple of late nights... I am old enough to need very little sleep but young enough to get bored when I am awake and spend most nights either watching movies or reading.
The stories have been adequately described in other reviews and so I will not repeat them again. The whole series was a joint American-Romanian venture conceived and directed by Ted Nikolaou and was shot on-location in Romania, utilizing stop-motion and rod puppet techniques and overlays to achieve the characterisation the director wanted for the vampires and creatures which resulted in a quite spectactular presentation for the films era and gives the series a quite unique atmosphere unlike most other films of the time.
All the characters are very memorable although of the mostly unknown cast only Anders Hove, Denise Duff and Melanie Shatner are probably well known in the UK.
Overall a good collection with a few novelty extras, mostly advertising and a couple of rather vague interviews.
I enjoyed the films which were never released to the cinema and are only available on disc in the UK. I do not believe these films were ever released in Region 2, but as most modern players are multi-region the Region 1 discs should play on most equiment.