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Chimes at Midnight
Orson Welles, Jesús Franco (Second Unit)The crowning achievement of Orson Welles's extraordinary film career, Chimes at Midnight was the culmination of the filmmaker s lifelong obsession with Shakespeare s ultimate rapscallion, Sir John Falstaff. Usually a comic supporting figure, Falstaff the loyal, often soused friend of King Henry IV s wayward son Prince Hal here becomes the focus: a robustly funny and ultimately tragic screen antihero played by Welles with looming, lumbering grace. Integrating elements from both Henry IV plays as well as Richard II, Henry V, and The Merry Wives of Windsor, Welles created a gritty and unorthodox Shakespeare film, one that he intended, he said, as a lament . . . for the death of Merrie England. Poetic, philosophical, and visceral with a kinetic centerpiece battle sequence that rivals anything else in the director s body of work Chimes at Midnight is as monumental as the figure at its heart.

BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
- New digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
- Audio commentary featuring film scholar James Naremore, author of The Magic World of Orson Welles
- New interview with actor Keith Baxter
- New interview with director Orson Welles s daughter Beatrice Welles, who appeared in the film at age seven
- New interview with actor and Welles biographer Simon Callow
- New interview with film historian Joseph McBride, author of What Ever Happened to Orson Welles?
- Interview with Welles while at work editing the film, from a 1965 episode of The Merv Griffin Show
- Trailer
Succubus
Jesús Franco
Venus in Furs
Jesús Franco
She Killed in Ecstasy
Jesús FrancoThe erotically charged follow up to the Jess Franco smash hit, Vampyros Lesbos. The enchanting Soledad Miranda stars as a woman intent on avenging the death of her lover, a doctor who committed suicide after his experiments on human embryos were condemned by the medical establishment. With an insatiable lust for vengeance, she sets out to kill those responsible for his suicide.
Daughter of Dracula
Jesús FrancoIn the early 1970s, cult filmmaker Jess Franco inspired by the Hammer horror films being made in the UK revisited the iconic monsters of yesteryear, placing them in the castles and crypts of the Spanish countryside, and bracketing the thrills with scenes of frank eroticism. Daughter of Dracula was inspired by Sheridan LeFanu s Carmilla (which was also the source of Hammer s lesbian vampire trilogy), but as one might expect, Franco s version was unlike any treatment the story had yet received. When the nude body of a murdered woman washes onto the beach, a police inspector (Alberto Dalbés) and a reporter (Fernando Bilbao) focus their attention on the castle of Count Max Karlstein (composer Daniel White) and his niece (Britt Nichols, The Demons), a beautiful woman who appears to be wrestling with an ancestral curse.

Bonus Features: English Subtitles, Audio commentary by film historian Tim Lucas, Alternate safe footage (less sexually explicit), Original heatrical trailer
The Demons
Jesús Franco
Female Vampire
Jesús Franco*****Countess Irina (Lina Romay) lives on the island of Madeira, Portugal, where she must drain the ''life force'' of men and women for her own survival. One of her lovers/victims is a poet (Jack Taylor) who believes the undead countess is meant for him. Prolific exploitation director Jess Franco filmed this influential erotic chiller — which established Romay (who Franco later married) as an erotic and horror film icon — on location on Madeira. ENGLISH DUBBED (also includes original French w/ English Subtitles) BONUS FEATURES: Two complete versions of the film: a ''horror version'' (72 mins) and an ''erotic version'' (104 min), Interview with Jess Franco, Alternate title sequence and more.
How to Seduce a Virgin
Jesús FrancoThe beautiful Countess Martine de Bressac is released from the expensive asylum where she was incarcerated after castrating her former lover. She returns to her luxurious villa on the coast and goes at once down into her private underground dungeon. It's here that she indulges herself in the perverse sexual practices that give her life meaning, surrounded by the bizarre human statues of her previous victims. Her husband, Charles, feeds his wife's sick fantasies, aware that she is his meal ticket to a life of luxury. He announces that he has a new game for her - they will befriend and seduce the young and virginal daughter of a rich neighbor. But things do not go exactly as planned… Games of decadence and debauchery lead to mayhem and murder. From cult director Jess Franco. His most outrageous film. First ever US release.

Bonus Features:
Brand new transfer from film negativeInterview with writer Alain PetitIntroduction by critic Stephen ThrowerNewly created optional subtitlesExtensive production notesMondo Macabro previews
Lorna the Exorcist
Jesús FrancoPatrick, a rich businessman, celebrates his daughter Linda's 18th birthday by taking her and his wife to a famous casino resort in the south of France, where, 20 years earlier, he had won the money that enabled him to start his business and begin his rise to the top. At the casino he meets the beautiful and mysterious Lorna, whom he first encountered that night 20 years ago. She reminds him that he made a promise to her back then. She is the power behind his success and now she has returned to claim her reward - his daughter, Linda. A masterpiece of transgressive horror from Jess Franco.
But Who Raped Linda?
Jesús FrancoWhen writer/director Jess Franco died in April 2013, cinema lost its legendary master of Euro-Cult. Now in memory of his extraordinary 50+ year career, Severin is proud to present one of his most notorious slabs of uber-sleaze: Alice Arno (of JUSTINE DE SADE fame) stars as a secretary sent to the seaside estate of a depraved millionaire, his nymphomaniac daughter (Franco's beloved muse Lina Romay), her invalid cousin (Catherine Lafferiere of EXORCISM) and their grunting houseboy. But when her day's work ends, a nightmare of depraved new duties will begin! Paul Muller (BARBED WIRE DOLLS) co-stars in this Uncle Jess jaw-dropper packed with incest, lesbianism, sadism and murder, restored from a 35mm print discovered in a Barcelona bordello, loaded with Bonus Features and presented in high definition for the first time ever in America! Bonus Features: Hot Nights - Exclusive Interview with director Jess Franco; Jess and Lina talk LINDA - Exclusive Interview with Director Jess Franco and Star Lina Romay; Fantasticfest Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation to Jess Franco; NIGHTMARE USA/BEYOND TERROR Author Stephen Thrower on LINDA; Out-takes; Trailer
Downtown
Jesús Franco*****Germany released, Blu-Ray/Region A/B/C : it WILL NOT play on regular DVD player. You need Blu-Ray DVD player to view this Blu-Ray DVD: LANGUAGES: German ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), German ( DTS-HD Master Audio ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, Trailer(s), Uncut, SYNOPSIS: A private eye who's over his head in debt takes on a job snapping photos of his client's rich husband in bed with another woman. But when the husband winds up with three bullet holes that seem to have come from the private eye's own gun, he's got to prove he's not the murderer meanwhile getting tangled deeper in a web of deceit, lies, and steamy night club dancers! ...Downtown (1975) ( Downtown - Die nackten Puppen der Unterwelt ) ( Down town )
Exorcism
Jesús FrancoA former Catholic priest, who was tossed from the priesthood for his way-too-liberal beliefs, now writes S&M articles for a French magazine. Having been a witness to Black Masses complete with phony sacrifices, he deems himself judge and sets out to kill those people he feels are destined to spend eternity in Hell. ENGLISH DUBBED (also French w/ English Subtitles)
Barbed Wire Dolls
Jesús FrancoFrom the fevered minds of maverick exploitation filmmaker Jess Franco and notorious Swiss genre movie producer Erwin C. Dietrich, comes BARBED WIRE DOLLS! Barbed Wire Dolls is one of the most outrageous entries in the "Women-in-Prison" film cannon. In it, Franco favorite and lifelong muse Lina Romay stars as the wide-eyed Maria, an unfortunate young woman who kills her father (played by Franco) in self defense after he attempts to rape her. She is tried, sentenced and shipped off to what is perhaps the grisliest, greasiest and most depraved women's penitentiary in screen history where, at the hands, fingers and fists of psychotic lesbian warden Monica Swinn, she and her fellow inmates are subjected to an endless onslaught of perverse psychological and sexual abuse. Graphic sex, Sapphic erotica, copious amounts of female nudity and offensively staged scenes of genital humiliation are the order of the day in this sleazy Franco masterpiece that is offset by a romantic, evocative score by composer Peter Baumgartner and Franco regular Daniel White. Get ready to enter the shocking world of BARBED WIRE DOLLS! Starring: Lina Romay, Monica Swinn, Paul Muller, Ramon Ardid Runtime: 81 Mins. Color: HD 1080p Aspect Ratio: Widescreen Sound Options: 5.1 Surround Rating: Not Rated Production Date: 1976 Format: Blu-ray Disc Region Code: REGION FREE Special Features: Audio Interview: Director Peter Strickland on the films of Jess Franco Vintage VHS Franco Trailer reel!
Doriana Grey
Jesús Franco
Blue Rita
Jesús Franco
Ilsa, The Mad Butcher
Jesús FrancoGermany released, Blu-Ray/Region A/B/C : it WILL NOT play on regular DVD player. You need Blu-Ray DVD player to view this Blu-Ray DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( DTS-HD Master Audio ), German ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), German ( DTS-HD Master Audio ), Italian ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), Italian ( DTS-HD Master Audio ), English ( Subtitles ), Japanese ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, Trailer(s), Uncut, SYNOPSIS: Ilsa (Dyanne Thorne) works as the warden in a psychiatric hospital for young women. Unbeknownst to her, patient Abby is actually the sister of Rosa, one of the hospital's other patients. Abby has lied in order to get herself admitted in order to find out what has become of her sister and to hopefully rescue her. However she is also unaware that Ilsa uses the hospital's inmates to create pornography, often against their will. Abby finds herself at the mercy of Juanna, Ilsa's lover and leader of several of the hospital's inmates. Juanna tries hard to make Abby respond to her advances, but soon begins to exploit Abby after she refuses to become Juanna's lover. ...Ilsa - The Mad Butcher ( Greta - Haus ohne Männer ) ( Wanda, the Wicked Warden (Greta the Torturer) )
Ilsa, The Wicked Warden
Jesús FrancoProlific Spanish sexploitation legend Jess Franco's entry into the Ilsa sweepstakes is actually a knock-off called Greta, the Mad Butcher. A red-tressed Dyanne Thorne is the (what else?) sadistic warden of a Latin American political prison posing as an institution for sexually disturbed women, but despite the name change she's still the arch, statuesque Joan Crawfordesque dominatrix with big hair, a bigger bust, and a Nazi growl. Franco muse Lina Romay is Greta's smoldering, often naked sex slave, a willing masochist who falls in love with a new prisoner (who just happens to be an undercover agent searching for her missing sister) and finally turns on Greta in a ferocious cannibalistic revolt. In between are the usual women-in-prison tropes (catfights, long showers, floggings, and electroshock interrogations) and a few new twists, including a perverted game of pincushion sex and a violent gang rape organized in the spirit of "experimental therapy." It doesn't quite reach the threshold of violent sadism established by Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS, but it's no Girl Scout picnic either. Franco brings his unique sensibility to the Ilsa genre and provides a modicum of craft to the film, making it by default the most accomplished of the otherwise bluntly directed series. —Sean Axmaker
Love Camp
Jesús Franco
Love Letters of a Portuguese Nun
Jesús Franco
Swedish Nympho Slaves
Jesús Franco
Voodoo Passion
Jesús Franco*****
Tropical Inferno
Jesús FrancoGermany released, Blu-Ray/Region A/B/C : it WILL NOT play on regular DVD player. You need Blu-Ray DVD player to view this Blu-Ray DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( DTS-HD Master Audio ), French ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), German ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), German ( DTS-HD Master Audio ), Italian ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, Trailer(s), Uncut, SYNOPSIS: Another sadistic women's prison film from the director of Ilsa, the Wicked Warden and Barbed Wire Dolls, this exploitation film posits a group of revolutionaries led by Karine Gambier thrown into a South American jail. Howard Vernon plays the staff torture specialist, Dr. Costa, who manages to extract information from Gambier, necessitating an escape by the women to warn their compatriots. Plenty of sex and violence is featured for the raincoat crowd, while Franco cultists will delight in Vernon's wonderfully sinister performance as the prison doctor. ...Women in Cellblock 9 ( Frauen für Zellenblock 9 ) ( Tropical Inferno (Women in Cell block Nine) )
Women Without Innocence
Jesús FrancoGermany released, Blu-Ray/Region A/B/C : it WILL NOT play on regular DVD player. You need Blu-Ray DVD player to view this Blu-Ray DVD: LANGUAGES: German ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), German ( DTS-HD Master Audio ), Dutch ( Subtitles ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, Uncut, SYNOPSIS: Spending her holidays on the Swiss/Italian border, Margareta (Lina Romay) meets charming Sandra Mauro (Monica Swinn) and her husband. She agrees to stay in their house for the rest of her vacation, unaware that they are going to use her for smuggling diamonds over the border. There they get a little 'deeper' into knowing each other, but one night she awakens to strange noises and finds the couple brutally murdered in their living room. Margareta, deeply traumatized and unable to speak, is taken to Dr. Antonio's asylum. Antonio tries his very best to get her to speak and to reveal the events of the dreadful night. His attempts are not unselfish, since every member of the medical staff has already tried to be the first to find out where the missing diamonds are hidden. One night a mysterious black robbed person kills one of the nurses. Is this just a random attack or has somebody tried to get rid of a possible competitor. Only Margareta, who saw the killer, is able to uncover the mystery... ...Wicked Women (1978) ( Frauen ohne Unschuld ) ( Women Without Innocence )
Erotic Symphony
Jesús FrancoSINFONIA EROTICA - The lost masterpiece from Jess Franco & the Marquis de Sade now in HD for the first time ever!

At the close of the '70s, eminent auteur Jess Franco (SHE KILLED IN ECSTASY) revisited the works of the Marquis de Sade to create what EuroSleaze historians have called one of the most sexually daring and boldly creative films of his entire career.

When an unstable noblewoman (a fearless performance by Lina Romay) returns to her lavish estate, she will find herself - along with her libertine husband, his male lover, and a young nun with a craving for violation - trapped in a web of unholy hungers and decadent perversions. Susan Hemingway of TWO FEMALE SPIES WITH FLOWERED PANTIES co-stars in this sonata of artsy depravity - featuring a score by Franco and Franz Liszt - now transferred in 4k from an uncut 35mm print donated by The Instituto de la Sexualidad Humana in Madrid.

Special Features:

Jess Franco on First Wife Nicole Guettard - Interview with Director Jess Franco.
Stephen Thrower on Sinfonia Erotica - Interview with the author of "Murderous Passions - The Delirious Cinema of Jesus Franco."
Two Female Spies with Flowered Panties
Jesús FrancoIn this long-unseen shocker from "one of filmdom's most provocative creators" (The A.V. Club), the legendary Jess Franco (VAMPYROS LESBOS) pushes the limits of psycho-insanity like never before: Lina Romay (BARBED WIRE DOLLS) and Lynn Monteil (of Jean Rollin's ZOMBIE LAKE and Franco's SADOMANIA) star as a pair strippers released from prison to work undercover for the U.S. government. What follows is a deranged mélange of audacious international politics that will leave even the most obsessive Franco fanatics slack-jawed in astonishment. Olivier Mathot (CANNIBAL TERROR), Joëlle Le Quément (WOMEN BEHIND BARS) and Claude Boisson (DEVIL HUNTER) co-star in this Euro-rarity, now restored uncut in HD and loaded with exclusive Bonus Materials from the Franco archives.

Special Features:Bonus DVD Disc, Opalo de Fuego Included!Two Cats In The Canaries: An Interview With Director Jess FrancoFilmmaker Donald Farmer Interviews Longtime Franco Composer Daniel WhiteStephen Thrower On TWO FEMALE SPIESLocation Out-takesTheatrical Trailer
Emmanuelle Exposed
Jesús Franco
Cecilia
Jesús Franco
Macumba Sexual
Jesús Franco
Night has a Thousand Desires
Jesús FrancoIn this surreal and sensuous mystery/noir, Lina Romay (The Female Vampire, Lorna the Exorcist) plays Irina, a partner in a male-female mind reading act. At night she experiences vivid and charged dreams which end in murder. It seems that the people whose minds she reads are being killed off one by one.

In the 1980s, after the death of the Spanish dictator, Jess Franco returned to his native country and made a series of films in which he was given almost total freedom. Night Has A Thousand Desires is one of the most artistically successful of these films. It's filled with familiar Franco touches - artful cinematography, atmospheric locations, naked women, an avant-garde soundtrack - and it features one of Lina Romay's most committed performances. This world Blu-ray premier includes a number of exclusive extra features.

Special Features:Interview with writer Stephen ThrowerEurotika! Documentary on Jess Franco
Golden Temple Amazons
Jesús FrancoA tribe of Amazons is zealously guarding a mysterious fortress built on top of a gold mine. Uruck and his cruel, sadistic mistress Rena rule the tribe. Some 15 years ago an explorer discovered their golden temple, and the Amazons who were intent on protecting their secret slaughtered both him and his wife. However, their daughter, Liana, was spared and grew up in the jungle, raised by tribesmen. Now a beautiful girl, Liana (roaming the jungle half-naked) finds out the fate of her parents and sets out to avenge them. An entertaining film containing large amounts of nudity and sadism. Directed by Jess Franco.
Tender Flesh
Jesús Franco
Murderous Passions: The Delirious Cinema of Jesús Franco
Stephen Thrower, Julian GraingerThis book – the first in a two-volume set – delves into the first half of Franco's career and shines a light into the darkest corners of the Franco filmography and uncovers previously unknown and unsuspected facts about their casts, crews and production histories.

Jesús 'Jess' Franco is an iconic figure in world cinema. His sexually charged, fearlessly personal style of filmmaking has never been in vogue with mainstream critics, but for lovers of the strange and sado-erotic he is a magician, spinning his unique and disturbing dream worlds from the cheapest of budgets.

In the world of Jess Franco freedom was the key, and he pushed at the boundaries of taste and censorship over and over again, throughout an astonishingly varied career spanning sixty years. The director of more than 180 films, at his most prolific he reached a supercharged frenzy that yielded as many as twelve films per year, making him one of the most prolific filmmakers of all time.

Franco was the winner of a Lifetime Achievement prize at the 2009 Spanish Goya Film Awards, but his appeal does not depend upon mainstream respect; instead fans around the world have embraced his cinema, first on video and then more and more frequently on DVD and Blu-Ray. Where once he was castigated for slapdash haste, many fans today not only accept but even revel in the rough edges of his work. His delirious improvisations and raw, punkish spontaneity turn the basics of popular cinema, sex and violence, into a whirl of sensations, a seductive and bewitching spectacle that could only be the work of one man.

Franco's taste for the sexy and horrific, his lifelong obsession with the Marquis De Sade and his roving hand-held camera style birthed a whole new strain of erotic cinema. Disturbing, exciting and defiantly avant-garde, films such as Necronomicon, Vampyros Lesbos, Virgin Among the Living Dead and Venus in Furs are among the jewels of European horror, while a plethora of multiple versions, re-edits and echoes of earlier works turn the Franco experience into a dizzying hall of mirrors, further entrancing the viewer who dares enter Franco's domain.

Stephen Thrower has devoted five years to examining each and every Franco film. This book – the first in a two-volume set – delves into the first half of Franco's career: from his avant-garde comedy Tenemos 18 años in 1959, through the groundbreaking surgical horror story The Awful Dr. Orlof and the art-horror masterpiece Necronomicon, to his grisly psycho-killer opus Exorcism in 1974. Ably assisted by the esteemed critic and researcher Julian Grainger, Thrower shines a light into the darkest corners of the Franco filmography and uncovers previously unknown and unsuspected facts about their casts, crews and production histories.

Unparalleled in scope and ambition, Murderous Passions brings Franco's career into focus in a landmark study that aims to provide the definitive assessment of Jess Franco's labyrinthine film universe.
Flowers of Perversion: The Delirious Cinema of Jesús Franco
Stephen ThrowerThe disturbing, exciting, and defiantly avant-garde films of Jesús “Jess” Franco, director of such films as Vampyros Lesbos and Lilian the Perverted Virgin.

Jesús “Jess” Franco is an iconic figure in world cinema. His sexually charged, fearlessly personal style of filmmaking has never been in vogue with mainstream critics, but for lovers of the strange and sado-erotic he is a magician, spinning his unique and disturbing dream worlds from the cheapest of budgets.

In the world of Jess Franco freedom was the key, and he pushed at the boundaries of taste and censorship repeatedly, throughout an astonishingly varied career spanning sixty years. The director of more than 180 films, at his most prolific he worked in a supercharged frenzy that yielded as many as twelve titles per year, making him one of the most generative auteurs of all time.

Franco's taste for the sexy and horrific, his lifelong obsession with the Marquis De Sade, and his roving hand-held camera style launched a whole new strain of erotic cinema. Disturbing, exciting, and defiantly avant-garde, films such as Necronomicon, Vampyros Lesbos, Virgin Among the Living Dead, and Venus in Furs are among the jewels of European horror, while a plethora of multiple versions, re-edits and echoes of earlier works turn the Franco experience into a dizzying hall of mirrors, further entrancing the viewer who dares enter Franco's domain.

Stephen Thrower has devoted five years to examining each and every Franco film. This book―the second in a two-volume set―delves into the latter half of Franco's career, covering titles including Shining Sex, Barbed Wire Dolls, Swedish Nympho Slaves, and Lilian the Perverted Virgin.

Assisted by the esteemed critic and researcher Julian Grainger, Thrower shines a light into the darkest corners of the Franco filmography and uncovers previously unknown and unsuspected facts about their casts, crews, and production histories.

Unparalleled in scope and ambition, Flowers of Perversion brings Franco's career into focus with a landmark study that aims to provide the definitive assessment of Jess Franco's labyrinthine film universe.