Severin Films

Milestone, Flicker Alley, Oscilloscope, Cinema Guild...they're all here.
Post Reply
Message
Author
Narshty
Joined: Tue Nov 02, 2004 2:27 pm
Location: London, UK

#1 Post by Narshty » Tue Aug 15, 2006 5:43 am

[quote]“Right now we consider ourselves ‘The Criterion of Smut',â€

User avatar
Lino
"Without obsession, life is nothing"
Joined: Wed Nov 03, 2004 6:18 am
Location: Sitting End
Contact:

#2 Post by Lino » Wed Aug 16, 2006 5:14 pm

[quote="Narshty"][quote]“Right now we consider ourselves ‘The Criterion of Smut',â€

User avatar
Ashirg
Joined: Wed Nov 03, 2004 9:10 am
Location: Atlanta

#3 Post by Ashirg » Wed Aug 16, 2006 5:22 pm

Jess Franco's Macumba sexual and Mansion of the Living Dead are being released in October.

User avatar
Lino
"Without obsession, life is nothing"
Joined: Wed Nov 03, 2004 6:18 am
Location: Sitting End
Contact:

#4 Post by Lino » Sat Sep 02, 2006 9:31 am

Got a reply email from Severin Films stating that they will release the two Borowczyk's titles in January. They also add that "you've never seen them look as good as this before", so I guess this is good news, right?

User avatar
Lino
"Without obsession, life is nothing"
Joined: Wed Nov 03, 2004 6:18 am
Location: Sitting End
Contact:

#5 Post by Lino » Wed Nov 08, 2006 2:17 pm

Severin Films Coming soon page has been updated.

User avatar
Gordon
Waster of Cinema
Joined: Thu Nov 11, 2004 8:03 am

#6 Post by Gordon » Wed Nov 08, 2006 3:38 pm

Once Upon a Girl, uncut on DVD in a gorgeous anamorphic transfer with extras - I really have seen everything now. :| [/b]

User avatar
Lino
"Without obsession, life is nothing"
Joined: Wed Nov 03, 2004 6:18 am
Location: Sitting End
Contact:

#7 Post by Lino » Thu Dec 28, 2006 2:27 pm

Watch the original theatrical trailers for the omnibus movie Private Collections here and the one for Borowczyk's Immoral Women here.

User avatar
Lino
"Without obsession, life is nothing"
Joined: Wed Nov 03, 2004 6:18 am
Location: Sitting End
Contact:

#8 Post by Lino » Thu Jan 18, 2007 12:01 pm

DVDManiacs already has a review for Immoral Women.

User avatar
Lino
"Without obsession, life is nothing"
Joined: Wed Nov 03, 2004 6:18 am
Location: Sitting End
Contact:

#9 Post by Lino » Thu Feb 01, 2007 10:32 am

DVDTalk reviews Private Collections.

User avatar
Mr Pixies
Joined: Sat Nov 06, 2004 10:03 pm
Location: Fla
Contact:

#10 Post by Mr Pixies » Thu Feb 01, 2007 11:16 pm

Mondo Digital has reviews too, I ordered both from DeepDiscountDvd. I really love that Private Collections cover.

User avatar
Lino
"Without obsession, life is nothing"
Joined: Wed Nov 03, 2004 6:18 am
Location: Sitting End
Contact:

#11 Post by Lino » Sat Feb 10, 2007 4:31 pm

DVDBeaver is now offering reviews for Private Collections and Immoral Women.

User avatar
Lino
"Without obsession, life is nothing"
Joined: Wed Nov 03, 2004 6:18 am
Location: Sitting End
Contact:

#12 Post by Lino » Sun Feb 11, 2007 8:14 am

DVDManiacs now reviews Private Collections.

User avatar
Scharphedin2
Joined: Fri May 19, 2006 7:37 am
Location: Denmark/Sweden

#13 Post by Scharphedin2 » Wed Feb 28, 2007 6:21 am

Here's more for the boys coming up from Severin...

Out today: Lucio Fulci's Perversion Story. On March 27th: Joe D'Amato's Black Emmanuelle Box (Emmanuelle in Bangkok, Sister Emmanuelle and Emmanuelle Around the World). And, on April 24th, two Jess Franco flicks -- Sexual Story of O and The Inconfessable Orgies of Emmanuelle.

Has anyone seen either the films (or any of Severin's output)? I saw Fulci's Zombi, when I was a lad, and it scared me half to death. I am still undecided, whether I need to go back for another peek. Never seen anything by these other Euro schlockers. Is there anything of interest here?

Borowczyk's films are really special, but then my feeling is that he sits rather uncomfortably with the other directors showcased on Severin.

User avatar
colinr0380
Joined: Mon Nov 08, 2004 4:30 pm
Location: Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire, UK

#14 Post by colinr0380 » Thu Mar 01, 2007 1:29 pm

One of the DVD Times reviewers has posted on Perversion Story on his own blog here, here and here, along with a Word document detailing all the various additions and edits here.

From his comments, it looks like the Severin release is the French 'sexy' edit that adds 4 and a half minutes of different footage, but the video version has over 10 minutes of other material that isn't included on the DVD. The reviewer is a bit annoyed by this and asks why Severin chose to release the French cut rather than the other version, but I think an even more important question to ask is why they didn't include both versions?

User avatar
ouatitw
Joined: Tue Dec 19, 2006 11:13 am

#15 Post by ouatitw » Thu Mar 01, 2007 1:34 pm

I have only seen their Borowczyk titles, but I thought that the image was good, the main thing that annoys me about them is that there releases are encoded for DVD-5 (at least the ones I have seen). Sadly no store near me had the Fulci film so I am waiting on my copy to ship in the mail.

I am hoping that some day La Marge, Lulu and The Bloodbath of Dr. Jekyll will finally be released.

User avatar
Felix
Joined: Fri Nov 24, 2006 1:48 pm
Location: A dark damp land where the men all wear skirts

#16 Post by Felix » Thu Mar 01, 2007 4:06 pm

colinr0380 wrote:From his comments, it looks like the Severin release is the French 'sexy' edit that adds 4 and a half minutes of different footage, but the video version has over 10 minutes of other material that isn't included on the DVD. The reviewer is a bit annoyed by this and asks why Severin chose to release the French cut rather than the other version, but I think an even more important question to ask is why they didn't include both versions?
There is a very comprehensive thread on this over at DVD Maniacs forum which covers most of the bases. Start at page 3.

User avatar
Lino
"Without obsession, life is nothing"
Joined: Wed Nov 03, 2004 6:18 am
Location: Sitting End
Contact:

#17 Post by Lino » Thu Mar 01, 2007 4:23 pm

ouatitw wrote:I am hoping that some day La Marge, Lulu and The Bloodbath of Dr. Jekyll will finally be released.
Me too but hopefully not from them. Mind, I'm glad they're putting out Immoral Women and Private Collections but there's a bucketload of Borowczyk shorts just waiting for a DVD release and they've could have included one or two for these releases.

I even emailed them about it but they seemed to be unaware of them and didn't express much interest either. And I'm sure there's plenty of people out there just waiting to be asked to provide interviews or audio-commentaries for his films. But I'm not complaining too much -- at least the features presented are completely uncut and in above average A/V conditions.

User avatar
Felix
Joined: Fri Nov 24, 2006 1:48 pm
Location: A dark damp land where the men all wear skirts

#18 Post by Felix » Thu Mar 01, 2007 4:27 pm

Scharphedin2 wrote:Has anyone seen either the films (or any of Severin's output)? I saw Fulci's Zombi, when I was a lad, and it scared me half to death. I am still undecided, whether I need to go back for another peek. Never seen anything by these other Euro schlockers. Is there anything of interest here?

Borowczyk's films are really special, but then my feeling is that he sits rather uncomfortably with the other directors showcased on Severin.
I have seen Private Collections, a good DVD but bare, a booklet would have been nice. I thought the Jaeckin was fairly obvious but Laura Gemser was fairly divine, the Borowczyk disappointed me but I think that was more to do with Maupassant than him.
He sits rather uncomfortably with the other directors

Hmmm. I like Borowczyk from all periods but I wonder if you may be judging him by his earlier films rather than the Euro-Cult ones he was making here (and happily I presume)? Jaeckin was significant in this field, and in a wider field too. I like him, and would like to see Gwendoline. Then again all this has big nostalgia for me...

The Terayama is spellbinding however and worth the price of admission alone. I have yet to watch his Fruits of Passion, the only other legit release I have of his, which has been going cheap in the shops over here, but if it is anything like this or Pastoral:To Die In The Country, then the casual buyers are in for a shock...

Fulci's Devil's Honey is crying out for a release and would be right up Severin's street. Currently in a hideous VHS Transfer from Luminus complete with Greek (?) subtitles or a DVD from HK with Chinese Subs.

User avatar
ouatitw
Joined: Tue Dec 19, 2006 11:13 am

#19 Post by ouatitw » Thu Mar 01, 2007 7:32 pm

Lino wrote:but there's a bucketload of Borowczyk shorts just waiting for a DVD release and they've could have included one or two for these releases.
I am not sure if you have ever seen this site, but here you can get several of some of his early shorts, including my favorite Dom. Although sadly they are not translated and in extremely poor quality. Link Here --> UBU

User avatar
MichaelB
Joined: Fri Aug 11, 2006 6:20 pm
Location: Worthing
Contact:

#20 Post by MichaelB » Thu Mar 01, 2007 8:02 pm

Lulu is out on DVD already if you're not fazed by French dialogue and no subtitles.

(Or by the fact that it really wasn't worth digging up: probably the biggest Borowczyk-related disappointment I've ever had).
there's a bucketload of Borowczyk shorts just waiting for a DVD release and they've could have included one or two for these releases.
I've amassed eight shorts on DVD to date, via extras on the French Arte disc of La Bête and the Italian box set of Goto, Immoral Tales and La Bête. Since I already had the Nouveaux disc of La Bête this makes me look like some kind of twisted bestialist, but thankfully I have an understanding wife.

User avatar
Scharphedin2
Joined: Fri May 19, 2006 7:37 am
Location: Denmark/Sweden

#21 Post by Scharphedin2 » Thu Mar 01, 2007 9:02 pm

Michael, since you do seem to take a rather bestial interest in Borowczyk these days, would you have any hunches as to whether we should get our hopes up of seeing more of the unreleased titles (especially Dr. Jekyll and the shorts) released in UK (or anywhere else) any time soon? (and a big wink, of course)

User avatar
MichaelB
Joined: Fri Aug 11, 2006 6:20 pm
Location: Worthing
Contact:

#22 Post by MichaelB » Fri Mar 02, 2007 2:37 am

Scharphedin2 wrote:Michael, since you do seem to take a rather bestial interest in Borowczyk these days, would you have any hunches as to whether we should get our hopes up of seeing more of the unreleased titles (especially Dr. Jekyll and the shorts) released in UK (or anywhere else) any time soon? (and a big wink, of course)
None whatsoever - sorry!

User avatar
vogler
Joined: Thu Jun 29, 2006 8:42 am
Location: England

#23 Post by vogler » Fri Mar 02, 2007 7:24 am

I believe there is supposed to be a Borowczyk shorts collection coming from Cult Epics. I have not heard anything about this for a long time though. I may have to contact Cult Epics to see what they say. I really hope this does happen - Borowczyk's animation work is incredible and it would be wonderful to have a good quality dvd edition. Other than the shorts I really wish someone would get round to releasing Blanche, one of Borowczyk's finest films.

User avatar
Lino
"Without obsession, life is nothing"
Joined: Wed Nov 03, 2004 6:18 am
Location: Sitting End
Contact:

#24 Post by Lino » Fri Mar 02, 2007 12:51 pm

MichaelB wrote:...the Nouveaux disc of La Bête...
I used to have that one too but quickly binned it when Cult Epics released their amazing 3xDVD edition a few years back.
vogler wrote:I believe there is supposed to be a Borowczyk shorts collection coming from Cult Epics. I have not heard anything about this for a long time though.
You're right. I keep forgetting that. And although I do know about the UBU project and website, I'd rather have them properly restored and subtitled on a shiny digital versatile disc.
MichaelB wrote:Lulu is out on DVD already if you're not fazed by French dialogue and no subtitles.

(Or by the fact that it really wasn't worth digging up: probably the biggest Borowczyk-related disappointment I've ever had).
I've known about the french disc for quite awhile but like you, it's not one of my favorite Boros so I'll wait for an english-friendly edition. It does however feature some great moments in it, most notably the piss-drinking old man!
vogler wrote:Other than the shorts I really wish someone would get round to releasing Blanche, one of Borowczyk's finest films.
And one that keeps eluding me. I've seen practically everything he's done, live-action wise and including the disappointing La Marge, but I'm virtually itching to catch Blanche. Let's all hope it comes out sooner than later.

User avatar
ouatitw
Joined: Tue Dec 19, 2006 11:13 am

#25 Post by ouatitw » Fri Mar 02, 2007 1:29 pm

I am curious what is disappointing about La Marge, the thought of Joe Dallesandro and Sylvia Kristel in a Borowczyk film sounds promising.

Post Reply