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Das Phantom von Soho

In London Calling, Paprika Chips on October 31, 2012 at 6:49 pm

Title: Das Phantom von Soho (The Phantom of Soho)
Production: Germany 1964
Director: Franz Josef Gottlieb
Cast: Barbara Rütting
Run Time: 93min
Circulation: PALDVDr
Generation/Source: DVD Master
Language:  German
Subtitles: English

Custom DVD by hannahblue, using the German DVD release as source material. English subtitles were added.

“Sgt. Halan and Chief Ins. Patten of Scotland Yard are called in to investigate several murders which have taken place near the Sansibar, a Soho nightclub. They soon discover the true story of the hooded killer in a grisly skull mask and golden gloves killing off the survivors of the shipwrecked “Yolanda”.” [imdb]

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Blood Beat

In Cheese Doodles on October 31, 2012 at 6:33 pm

Title: Blood Beat
Production: USA 1982
Director: Fabrice A. Zaphiratos
Cast: Helen Benton
Run Time: 87min
Circulation: NTSC DVDr
Generation/Source: VHS Master
Language:  English
Subtitles: None

Transferred and remastered by LuigiBastardo, using the US VHS release as source material.

“A family’s Christmas reunion gets off to a bad start when the son brings home his girlfriend, leading to an awkward feeling of deja-vu between her and the boy’s psychic mother. Weird things begin happening, the weirdest of which happens to be the presence of a glowing samurai warrior who’s murderous tendencies appear to be linked to the girlfriend’s orgasms.
“Bloodbeat” is one of the more bizarre films you could ever see. What we have here is a slasher shot in Wisconsin by a French director with a ghostly samurai as the killer. It’s actually pretty effective for the first two thirds of the running time, particularly a creepy home invasion and ensuing chase. Through some splendid editing, this sequence is interspersed with the girlfriend’s writhing and upward-thrusting in bed. It’s also undeniably cool seeing a samurai as the villain in a slasher. During the final third, however, the film veers off in an unsatisfying direction with over-the-top antics and ridiculous special effects. Disappointing, but not enough to ruin the film for me. Oh yeah, excessive overuse of violin chords too.” [imdb]

La Visione Del Sabba

In House of the Ju-Ju Queen, Paprika Chips on October 31, 2012 at 6:16 pm

Title: La Visione Del Sabba (The Sabbath)
Production: Italy/France 1988
Director: Marco Bellocchio
Cast: Béatrice Dalle
Run Time: 105min
Circulation: NTSC DVDr
Generation/Source: VHS Master
Language:  English
Subtitles: Japanese Hardsubs

Apparently ripped from a super dark Japanese VHS release.

“The freshly graduated psychiatrist David shall deliver an opinion about young Maddalena, who’s on trial for murdering a hunter. She claims she’s a witch and acted on behalf of the devil. The public health officer tells David, he’s got reason to believe her, that she’d been searching for a man who suits her needs for 300 years. Already after his first meeting with Maddalena, David begins to change: He ignores his beautiful young wife Cristina and loses himself in daydreams and hallucinations in which he participates in Inquisition questioning and erotic witches’ circles.” [imdb]

Boardinghouse

In Cheese Doodles on October 31, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Title: Boardinghouse
Production: USA 1982
Director: John Wintergate
Cast: John Wintergate
Run Time: 99min
Circulation: NTSC  DVDr
Generation/Source: VHS Master
Language:  English
Subtitles: None

Rare 35MM  film print transfer, as per the last run of Paragon Video’s VHS release.

“Resembling a cross between “The Amityville Horror” and a Playboy Playmates video, this film tells the terrifying tale of a cheesy video special effect that stalks bikini-clad women. In between scenes of them playfully splashing each other and wrestling with each other’s bathing suit tops, they’re murdered and/or terrorized by horrific hallucinations. These hallucinations include seeing blood in the shower stalls (while they’re trying to lather up), having giant monsters jump out of the hall closet, and seeing their faces temporarily turn into rubber Halloween masks.” [imdb]

“So John may be a bit fuzzy on that since it was likely JAWS 3D based on the year of release, but BOARDINGHOUSE did in fact play theater houses down on 42nd Street.  But BOARDINGHOUSE was no regular horror film (anything but!), it was shot on video – becoming the first ever SOV horror film and possibly the only SOV ever to be transferred for theatrical release.  All home video releases (from Paragon and other companies VHS to Code Red’s DVD) have been of the original video master… AT LEAST WE ALL THOUGHT!!
I’ve recently been buying copies of BOARDINGHOUSE on VHS for my collection and came upon what I can only describe as THE HOLY GRAIL of SOV legends…
BOARDINGHOUSE as transferred from its RARE 35MM FILM PRINT!!
I came upon it in one of Paragon’s last VHS re-print, copyrighted as 1985.  It is a small, regular VHS sized box but with a few notable differences… Paragon’s blue star on the side panels of the box are colored red inside (they were left white on prior releases), the copyright text on the back of the sleeve is slightly moved from earlier cassettes, and the image of John Wintergate’s hypnotic stare has been slightly re-positioned – showing some of his necklace while removing the sliver of window we used to see beyond the building frame.  This version of the box also shows a copyright date of 1985, while earlier releases had 1983 (and were prints of the original video master).  THIS 1985 RE-PRINT CONTAINS THE FILM STRUCK FROM THE 35MM FILMSTOCK!
Seeing BOARDINGHOUSE play from a film master is an entirely bizarre experience… right away you’ll notice the difference in movement, as the action now comes from 24 frames per second (rather than video’s 29.97).  The colors are bolder and the blacks darker, leaving the blood to take on a very thick-crimson murkiness.  Portions of the film’s opening have retained their 1.85:1 theatrical framing – while the rest of the film has been pan & scanned FROM THAT 1.85:1 FRAMING (so 80’s!).  Plus, the green computer text is much brighter and crisper than ever before – and complete with the original BEEP BEEP sounds (no post-added narration!)  Hairs and film nicks even pop up from time to time!
All in all, the film feels much more scary and (dare I say it) LESS amateur than we’ve come to expect these SOV’s to be.  If anything, this version of BOARDINGHOUSE is the ultimate Special Feature… enjoy!!” [CG – dogcentral]

5 Tombe Per Un Medium

In House of the Ju-Ju Queen, Paprika Chips on October 31, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Title: 5 Tombe Per Un Medium (5 Graves for a Medium)
Production: Italy / USA 1965
Director: Massimo Pupillo
Cast: Barbara Steele
Run Time: 92min
Circulation: PAL  DVDr
Generation/Source: VHS Master
Language: Italian, English
Subtitles: English

Created by capncapn from a mix of sources, including the Italian VHS release and the American Alpha-Video DVD.

“An attorney arrives at a castle to settle the estate of its recently deceased owner. The owner’s wife and daughter reveal that he was someone who was able to summon the souls of ancient plague victims and, in fact, his spirit was roaming the castle at that very moment. Soon occupants of the castle begin to die off in gruesome, violent ways.” [imdb]

Cobra Girl

In Exotic Nuts on October 31, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Title: Cobra Girl (Fangs of the Cobra)
Production: Hong Kong 1977
Director: Chung Sun
Cast: Hua Chung
Run Time: 76min
Circulation: NTSC DVDr
Generation/Source: Unknown source
Language: English
Subtitles: Greek Hardsubs

Originally sourced from a Greek VHS release, but a digital generation was added somewhere along the line.

“Also known as Fangs of the Cobra (1977), this is a lite contemporary romance adventure from Shaw Brothers studio, not the usual costume martial arts for which they are best known. Young man returns from studying abroad to take over management of the large family farm, and falls for the daughter of a tenant farmer. The unique twist is that her pet, best friend, confidante and protector is a cobra – but he hates snakes because his mother was bitten and killed by one when he was a child. The scheming cousin who wants to marry his money ends up naked quite a lot more than I expected, though without sufficient attributes for me to find it anything but surprising. There are conflicts, and some fighting, and some misunderstandings about people’s motives, all pretty predictable except for the hero snake idea. Unique and startling in a few small ways, while remaining quite mediocre overall.” [imdb | nenslo]

5 Donne Per L’assassino

In Paprika Chips, Somebody got murdered on October 25, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Title: 5 Donne Per L’assassino (Five Women For A Killer)
Production: Italy 1974
Director: Stelvio Massi
Cast: Francis Matthews
Run Time: 95min
Circulation: PAL DVDr or NTSC DVDr
Generation/Source: DVD Master / VHS Master
Language: Italian
Subtitles: English

PAL Widescreen Version: Authored by darioargento, using the German DVD release as source material. Re-synched with Italian audio and custom English subtitles .

NTSC Full Screen Version: Ripped from a US VHS release, with custom English subtitles

“Thriller about a reporter who comes home from an overseas assignment to find his baby in the hospital and his wife dead. The baby isn’t his, the reporter learns from his doctor friend Lydia Franzi, as he is quite sterile. Reporter Giorgio and Lydia soon become lovers, and she narrowly escapes the brutal hands of the murderer (or murderers) who claims several other victims in shockingly violent fashion…. ” [imdb]

Un uomo in ginocchio

In I fought the law, Paprika Chips on October 25, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Title: Un uomo in ginocchio (A Man on his Knees)
Production: Italy 1980
Director: Damiano Damiani
Cast: Giuliano Gemma
Run Time: 106min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: DVD Master
Language: Italian, English
Subtitles: English

DVD authored and remastered by kuenfist, using the Russian DVD release as source material. Italian and English were added in addition to English subtitles.

“This is a damiano damini so youll expect a certian level of social realism and it does not disappoint. its a damming film about the stranglwhold of the mafia in palermo where this is set. See it,you wont be disapponited,but you will not feel better about life. This is not fantasy godfather stuff but the real hopeless raw variety. In a funny way its a hym to humanity. Palermo looks really awful and down at heel.” [imdb]

Bestialità

In Lose the skin, Paprika Chips on October 25, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Title: Bestialità (Dog Lay Afternoon)
Production: Italy 1976
Director: Peter Skerl
Cast: Juliette Mayniel
Run Time: 85min
Circulation: PAL DL-DVDr
Generation/Source: DVD Master
Language: Italian
Subtitles: English

A Luisa project, adding English subtitles to the Italian CineKult release.

“”Bestiality” was directed by Peter Skerl and co-written by infamous George Eastman of “Anthropohagus” and “Porno Holocaust” fame. This ultra-sleazy Italian thriller is about a young girl, who saw her mother having sex with the family dog. When the woman’s husband returns home and sees this, he chains the dog to the house and sets it on fire. Years later this event turns little girl into a total nymphomaniac, who enjoys screwing various guests, who visit the island, where she lives with her dog.”Bestiality” is a totally sleazy and politically incorrect film that shouldn’t disappoint fans of Italian smut. Tons of sex and nudity with a little bit of zoophilia thrown in plus a surprisingly bloody and off-beat climax. The scene of woman having sex with her black dog is obviously simulated, but the idea of such behavior left me speechless. So if you are a fan of trashy and sleazy Italian exploitation you can’t go wrong with “Bestialita”. [imdb |HumanoidOfFlesh]

Magdalena, vom Teufel besessen

In House of the Ju-Ju Queen, Paprika Chips on October 25, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Title: Magdalena, vom Teufel besessen (Magdalena, possessed by the Devil)
Production: Germany 1974
Director: Walter Boos
Cast: Dagmar Hedrich
Run Time: 81min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: VHS Master
Language: German, English
Subtitles: None

Transferred by kuenfist from the German UFA VHS release. Alongside the German audio, comes an English dub.

“Magdalena (Dagmar Hedrich) is an orphan at a girls’ school who gets possessed by a demonic supernatural force. She goes into convulsions and makes furniture fly around the room before she gets some help from an exorcised.” [imdb]