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Les Vampires [DVD] [2016] [US Import]

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305837147
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 195,331 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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US Image Entertainment Region 1 NTSC double-DVD release, as pictured. David Shepard restored and fully tinted version of the classic French 10-episode silent serial from 1915-16 directed by Louis Feuillade. Special features: Digital Stereo Orchestral Score, Originally Mastered to the correct running speed, Color Tinted in authentic period style, Insert Essay "The Public is My Master: Louis Feuillade and Les Vampires" by Fabrice Zagury, 'For the Children' 3-minute comedy sketch by the cast and crew of 'Les Vampires', 'Bout-de-Zan and the Shirker' 8-minute comedy also from 1916, both of the last two directed by Louis Feuillade. (Note: the UK 'Artifical Eye' release is monochrome; this US release is the only tinted English-language version available.)

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This is the second Louis Feuillade series I've watched, the first being Fantomas. Well, I enjoyed Fantomas very much and, in my opinion, Les Vampires is equally as good.
It's presented in a similiar format, 10 episodes of varying length, each very inventive and entertaining.
Les Vampires are a gang of criminals and the stories invlove them being pursued by journalist Philippe Guerande, while holding Paris in their grip of terror. Irma Vep is particularly strong and seductive as their female leader.
The episodes are visually very impressive often having a surreal, dream-like quality to them. There is a strong musical score to compliment this.
One of the main reasons I've written this review is previous comments have referred to the lack of tinting in this edition. This is true but having researched this, I've found this this version to be the best available. The tinting is effective but this monochrome version has far better picture clarity, without losing detail which can happen with tinting.
Overall, this is an excellent, entertaining series and I'd highly recommend it.
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Three DVDS, three slim cases, all in a card sleeve. Ten episodes, from 30 to 50 minutes long (though one is only 13 minutes). Three obvious stars in the cast, notably the actor who plays the humourous side-kick to the film's hero. The style anticipates Fritz Lang's Dr Mabuse type of film, but this works much better, with characterization much more convincing and there is lots of charm here. I must say it is a great privilege to watch Paris in 1915 in such beautiful prints. Recommended.
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The titular Vampires in Feuillade's 1915 film serial (ten episodes of variable length, ranging from 12 to 58 minutes) are a gang of master criminals plaguing Paris, and it is up to Philippe Guerande, reporter at Le Mondial, and later his sidekick, the stereotypically French Mazamette to stop them. What follow are plots full of criminal heists, car and bicycle chases, vengeance, counter-vengeance, thrilling escapes and detective work. The world of Les Vampires is oddly empty of normal life (the episodes were produced at the height of the Great War, in fact after Feuillade has returned wounded from the front), but completely full of thieves and other criminals. The Vampires have several grandiose schemes going on, using multiple identities, aliases and hideouts, and the authorities are helpless to stop them.

Guerande is an alert and upstanding, if straight-laced character with Mazamette as comic relief (and often deus ex machina), but the real stars are the Vampires, and particularly Irma Vep, bar singer and master thief. Irma Vep, played by the actress Musidora, might be the first movie example of the cat burglar character - beautiful, deadly and fiendishly clever, as effective creeping across a rooftop in a skintight black suit as inflitrating a household as a maid or posing as a bank clerk in pursuit of valuable information. She steals the show so thoroughly that it feels almost like cheating when she is thwarted. The fascination with her has continued well into modern cinema, recreated in loving homages by Georges Franju (in the 1963 remake of Judex, a nostalgic look back at this early age in the movies), Olivier Assayas (in Irma Vep, an 1996 art movie) and of course many others who may not even know the original character.
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Beautifully restored, crisp image, looks nicer than the blu ray even.
not tinted, its black and white, it's a matter of taste whether you want the tint, would have liked the option to switch that on or off.
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While it is true that the print quality is good,this edition was restored by Gaumont in a tinted version (as was done with "Fantomas"). For some reason, Artificial Eye has released a monochrome print, even though the box states "tinted" and there are even tinted frame enlargements on the Artificial Eye website! Caveat emptor!
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