Friday, February 18, 2011

Schoolgirl Hitchhikers: Salvation's DVD of Jean Rollin's Jeunes Filles Impudiques

Salvation's DVD of Jean Rollin's Jeunes Filles Impudiques (Released on Salvation's Jezebel Label as Schoolgirl Hitchhikers) is one of the most disappointing discs I have ever seen. Here we have the most pristine and colorful print, ever offered up for one of Rollin's rarest films, authored to DVD in the most lazy and shoddy way imaginable. Before the bad news though, let me first say that this is still the best that Jeunes Filles Impudiques has ever looked. Comparing it to the older circulating cut version, most readily available on the Grindhouse Experience Box-set, the improvement is quite remarkable as my following screenshots show:







Sadly though, Salvation's wonderful uncut print of Jeunes Filles Impudiques has been hampered by an atrocious DVD that is among the worst I have seen since the early days of the format. Given a not-so-generous selection of just three chapters, Salvation's non-anamorphic disc is plagued by problems throughout from an annoying blurring of the image everytime someone moves (perhaps caused by a botched PAL to NTSC conversion) to a sporadically jittery frame to an overly digitized look throughout. There are other issues as well, some of which can be seen in the frames below, but I won't go into listing them all here. Needless to say, Salvation's DVD of Jeunes Filles Impudiques had the opportunity to be a grand-slam but instead it's a foul-ball all the way. The whole package just has a real lazy feel about it.

Major problems with the authoring aside I do applaud Salvation for releasing the film at all and, again, it is an improvement on what we have had before. On a personal note, I also appreciate having a quote from my original review of the film on the back of the disc.
Extras are slim and included a previously seen interview with Jean from 2008, a why-bother slide-show and a handful of trailers. Jeunes Filles Impudiques is a wonderful little film from Rollin but it is doubtful it will be released anytime again soon, so Salvation's disc will probably remain, regrettably, the best bet in town. Here are some additional screenshots I managed to capture from the DVD, which wasn't an easy feat as so much of the disc is plagued by the issues I listed above.


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Ben said...

Good to know I'm not the only one who had serious problems with this DVD... I didn't usually moan about stuff like this, but it's a really shoddy job from Redemption.

I *loved* the movie itself however; did a quick review the other week;

dfordoom said...

I was extremely tempted to grab this one but perhaps it's just as well I didn't!

Nine-Fingered Menace said...

My dvd had a little notice that said the flickering was due to the negative itself. I admit it was annoying whatever the reason, I have add so I find that stuff really distracting. However, my main complaint was that it was dubbed in English, and that was the only choice. Part of the reason I watch these films (though far from the only one) is because I love hearing the French language.

Erich Kuersten said...

Thanks for the tip, and the nice screenshots... so maybe you mention this somewhere on here, but what would you say are the best Rollin DVDs--by which I mean, movie itself, source material, and transfer, R1 of course, out there for us novices?

Jeremy Richey said...

Sorry I don't know off the top of my head. I do have a post on that film so you might try leaving the comment there as perhaps another reader might know.

Thanks Ben,
I look forward to checking out your post. Thanks for the link. I have been pretty forgiving on Redemption's releases but I think they really dropped the ball on this one. It really reminds me of the kind of public domain disc you would pick up for a dollar somewhere. It is such a shame too as the actual print of the film does look so nice.

It's frustrating because all problems aside this is still the best release the film has had. I wonder if any of the online rental outlets have it so you could give it a look that way. I do hope it finds a better DVD release someday. I think Synapse were originally going to put this out and they absolutely would have treated it better.

Nine Fingered Menace,
I noticed that warning as well and, ironically, the little section they mentioned didn't bug me. I agree that a French track would have been great to have as well.

Sadly most of the Region 1 releases have issues, mostly stemming from poor PAL to NTSC conversions. The best by far is Synapse's GRAPES OF DEATH disc, which uses a very nice print and has some great extras. Most of his other key films that are out on Region 1 are from Redemption but none, to my knowledge, are anamorphic. They are, thankfully, uncut, and none are the disasters the disc is but they all look a bit shoddy compared to the import versions
The two Shriek Show discs (Two Orphan Vampires and Fiancee of Dracula) have some good extras but the prints aren't so hot.

The best releases are the Encore import Box Sets that are PAL all-region. They are absolutely gorgeous!
I hear the Click import are a step up from the Redemption Releases but I have yet to see any of those.

So, to answer your question. THE GRAPES OF DEATH Region 1 DVD is by far the best that is out there right now. Thanks!

Nine-Fingered Menace said...

Have you considered putting some of these screen shots up as wallpaper?

MondoHeather said...

Mein gott, look at the color and composition! Rollin was a true master. How many filmmakers would have taken such care with the imagery for a film with a title like this? Not many. Thanks for your awesome work, Jeremy.

Dave said...

Do you know anything about this release:

I've never heard of Another World Entertainment and can't find anything about this release!

ulrik said...

Just watched a new Dutch release of 'jeunes filles impudiques'. Uncut and no problems with the disc. What a silly but sweet movie this is.