Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The New Jean Rollin Kino-Lorber Covers!

The covers to the new Kino Lorber Jean Rollin releases have just appeared over at their Facebook page. Here's a look!





Sunday, November 20, 2011

Jean Rollin meets The Kramford Look



I recently came across this great YouTube mash-up and I wanted to share it here. It's great to see young artists from so many various mediums finding inspiration in Rollin's work.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Hidden Cinema of Jean Rollin: Bouches Lascives (1979)



Hitting French theaters just a few weeks before Christmas in 1979, Bouches Lascives was the final film Jean Rollin released in the seventies under the moniker Robert Xavier. Sandwiched in between two of his finest films, Fascination and The Night of the Hunted, Bouches Lascives can rightly be called one of the least distinguished films in Rollin's canon as it is, in fact, not really a proper film at all as it is just a compilation of two other works.




Looking to cash in on the popularity of the adult films Rollin had been directing in the seventies, Bouches Lascives was created using footage from two older Rollin directed adult-features, La comtesse Ixe (1976) and Lèvres entrouvertes (1978). In a way pre-dating the modern gonzo compliation films that flood the adult-market today, Bouches Lascives is a near plotless 75 minute work made up of pretty much nothing but sex.





Save for a charming hand-written title sequence and a few tricky over the head camera-moves, Bouches Lascives is stylistically and thematically a fairly empty film and there isn't much on hand to identify it as the work of Jean Rollin, save for the cast which features a few Rollin-film familiars.




The cast of Bouches Lascives is ultimately the only thing really notable about it. Legendary Frech-adult star Catherine Greiner gets top billing as Cathy Stewart and Rollin regular Alain Plumey appears as Cyril Val. Greiner and Val would appear again together a year later in the magnificent Night of the Hunted for Rollin and the two had worked for him numerous times before. Prolific Dominique Aveline also appears again for Rollin as is Chistine Lodes. The extremely popular Karine Gambier is also on hand, as are several othetr actors who had graced Rollin's adult output, including lovely Rachel Mhas.



Sadly, like the majority of Rollin's adult-work, Bouches Lascives feels like it is directed by an artist on auto-pilot and it could only be recommended to Rollin completists like myself. That said, I am very happy I was able to recently add it to my collection and I am glad to be able to share these stills from its endearing title sequence.

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Tonight's The Night: The Iron Rose on Turner Classic Movies


Just a quick reminder that Jean Rollin's The Iron Rose is premiering in HD on TCM tonight as part of their Underground series! Be sure to set up your recorders, or just stay up late, to experience one of Rollin's greatest films on American television! It's important to show TCM we appreciate them showing one of Rollin's films so lets give this airing some good ratings. Also, feel free to send TCM a quick thank-you note on their contact page to let them know we appreciate seeing Rollin on their station and we hope to see more of his work on TCM in the futire.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Early Specs for The Jean Rollin HD Remasters


Kino Lorber posted these early specs for the upcoming Jean Rollin releases in January at their Facebook page and I wanted to share them here. The new extras sound fantastic and I can't imagine any Rollin fan not wanting these in their collection the minute they are released. Here you go!

FASCINATION: Original Theatrical French Trailer, Deleted Sex Scenes (16 min), Short Subject Documentary: “Virgins & Vampires” (24 min), Trailers for The Nude Vampire, Lips of Blood, Shiver of the Vampires & The Iron Rose. French language with optional English subs.

THE NUDE VAMPIRE: Introduction by Jean Rollin (5 min), French Theatrical Trailer, English Theatrical Trailer, Interview with Natalie Perrey (6 min), Interview with Jean Rollin (20 min), Trailers for Fascination, Lips of Blood, Shiver of the Vampires & The Iron Rose. Duel Soundtracks (French with optional English Subtitles or English Dub).

LIPS OF BLOOD: Introduction by Jean Rollin (5 min), French Theatrical Trailer, Trailers for The Nude Vampire, Fascination, Shiver of the Vampires & The Iron Rose, Interview with Natalie Perrey (10 min) and more! French language with optional English subtitles.

SHIVER OF THE VAMPIRES: Introduction by Jean Rollin (5 min), French Theatrical Trailer, English Theatrical Trailer, Interview with Jean Rollin by Dr. Patricia MacCormack (40 min), Trailers for Fascination, Lips of Blood, The Iron Rose & The Nude Vampire and Duel Soundtracks (French with optional English Subtitles or English Dub).

THE IRON ROSE: Introduction by Jean Rollin (5 min), 2 French Theatrical Trailers, 2 English Theatrical Trailers, Trailers for Fascination, Lips of Blood, Shiver of the Vampires & The Nude Vampire. Interview with Natalie Perrey (9 min), Interview with Francoise Pascal (15 min),Duel Soundtracks (French with Optional English Subtitles or English Dub) and more!

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A Preview of the Kino Lober HD Transfers!




The great folks over at Kino Lorber recently uploaded this wonderful preview highlighting the new Jean Rollin transfers that are coming in January! Enjoy and prepare to have your eyes dazzled, especially by the new prints of The Nude Vampire, The Iron Rose and Fascination and the behind the scenes footage of the transfers!

A Rare Francoise Pascal Magazine Cover



A friend over at Facebook recently scanned this from his collection and said I could share it here. Enjoy!