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5.0 out of 5 stars Reduce 3 stars if you hate jean rollin films!, 22 Jan. 2012
This review is from: Lips of Blood [Blu-ray] [1975] [US Import] (Blu-ray)
THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE BLU-RAY!

Ok, no reason to go into any sort of synopsis with this one, as like most rollin movies simply describing the plot is pretty pointless as narrative is one of the least important things in any rollin movie. This film, like most other rollin films is more about atmosphere and dream like imagery and feels like sitting through someones nightmare. In this sense lips of blood this is no different, though rollin does attempt to insert some commentary on film and perhaps a few autobigraphical touches to the preceedings.

If you dislike jean rollin films, don't bother with this, as its not a film to change any minds about his work. Rollin is like the cinematic equivalent of marmite, your either going to love his work or hate it. For me, i've been enjoying his work a lot more as I get older, and the use of many attractive naked girls certainly adds appeal, but many will probably find his work far too obtuse to really enjoy.

As for the disc, well its a Region free blu-ray. Totally uncut and sits up there with midnight legacy's alien 2 and the Fernando di leo criome collection from raro as textbook examples of how cult movies should be presented. Theres scant extras aside from some interviews and an intro from the late rollin himself but we also get a fantastic booklet from Tim lucas that is well worth a read.

Overall, if you like rollin's movies you will DEFINATELY want to get this blu-ray for the gorgeous transfer alone, if rollins not your cup of tea then save your cash.
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Initial post: 10 Feb 2012 19:40:16 GMT
Paul WJM says:
Looking forward to picking this one up, but I've just bought Fascination, Shiver..., Iron Rose, and Nude Vampire all within a week! The transfer for Lips... didn't quite look as much of a jump from what I saw on a few screen grabs (have you compared it yourself to the old DVD?), hence I left this one until last, though I will buy. Fantastic that these classics are getting released on Blu-ray at last. No roll on Requiem for a Vamp, Demoniacs, Living Dead Girl! There are a few non-Rollin films amongst the Redemption catalogue I'd like to see on Blu too (Nude for Satan anyone...?).

Paul (The Grim Cellar)

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Feb 2012 00:04:34 GMT
Mr. K. Arts says:
next up is some non-rollin apparently, with killers moon. Not compared them to the dvd yet but the transfer looks supurb to me (but then the dvd's always looked good.) personally I want grapes of death.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Feb 2012 13:10:58 GMT
Paul WJM says:
The Lips of Blood was one of their better looking transfers on DVD I think, although they all generally looked reasonable for their time. I'd like to see Grapes of Death too, but Synapse put that one out as you probably know, so I guess they're currently testing the BD waters with other stuff before delving into their more niche archives.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Feb 2012 15:59:24 GMT
Mr. K. Arts says:
redemption released grapes too... thats the version I own as its much better quality than the synapse release. I suspect its because nigel wingrove was on close terms with rollin it meant he had access to the best materials.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Feb 2012 16:59:05 GMT
Paul WJM says:
You're right, I totally forgot about the disc that Redemption later put out - I've not actually seen that one (though I was impressed with the Synapse release).

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Feb 2012 18:52:08 GMT
Mr. K. Arts says:
the redemption disc isnt anamorphic, but otherwise it looks supurb, I had the synapse one and bought the redemption disc cheap to sell on, i ended up selling the synapse disc!
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