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  • Actors: Sharon Matt, Antoinette Maynard, Forman Shane
  • Directors: Herschel Gordon Lewis
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Vinegar Syndrome
  • DVD Release Date: January 8, 2013
  • Run Time: 242 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00A4KSJOA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,401 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Three previously thought lost sexploitation features from Herschell Gordon Lewis, the acclaimed master of exploitation cinema.
ECSTASIES OF WOMEN (1969) is a torrid comedy/drama set in the swinging world of late 60s Los Angeles. LINDA AND ABILENE (1969) combines the savagery of a classic Hollywood western with sequences of intense eroticism. BLACK LOVE (1971) exposes the lovemaking habits of the contemporary black couple through a series of amusing and creative vignettes.
All three films have been restored in 2K from their original camera negatives and are being released on home video for the first time anywhere in the world!
Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack Includes:
  • Extensive Historical Liner Notes
  • Original Theatrical Trailers For Each Film
  • Special Edition Lab Cards For Each Film

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On my high-end audio video system the sound and the picture are stunning !
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They're not good films by the standards of most filmgoers, but they have been notoriously difficult to see.
Jobla
Whatever the case, what makes "Black Love" unique is that it is not just about sex.
David Anthony

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jobla on January 5, 2013
These are sex films rather than gore films, so they're not typical of director Lewis. Although filmed between 1969 and 1972, only BLACK LOVE is explicit. The other two films have plenty of softcore nudity, however. They're not good films by the standards of most filmgoers, but they have been notoriously difficult to see. In fact, they were thought-lost until someone discovered that the negatives were housed in a film lab. There were years of lab fees to pay, so the release of these rare exploitation films is pretty amazing. The combi Blu-ray/DVD pack contains beautiful transfers from the original negatives, and is highly recommended to fans of vintage exploitation films, as well as Herschell Gordon Lewis completists.

The accompanying booklet has some trivia about the making of these pictures. For example, BLACK LOVE was commissioned by a man who also owned a bunch of Baskin-Robbins ice cream shops. Another nugget: LINDA AND ABILENE was filmed on the Spahm movie ranch, where Charles Manson and his "family" of deranged followers were living.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By John K on January 23, 2013
Love him or hate him, no one makes a film quite like Herschell Gordon Lewis. His unique blend of bad-movie mayhem stands as a simultaneous testament to and complete abnegation of the concept of "auteur theory," the idea that a film is marked by the signature vision of its director. While Lewis' films, even by his own admission, seem perpetually bereft of any "Vision" besides simply "get it on film in as few takes as possible," they are nevertheless undeniably his own - the jittery pans, numbing master-shot-only expository one-takes, and straight-off-the-cue-card "performances" of his thespians all instantly betraying a Lewis film from scene one. Up to now, Lewis fans have been lucky enough to be blessed with the majority of his catalog on home video. In fact, of Lewis' entire filmography, only three films remained missing - "Ecstasies of Women," "Linda & Abilene," and "Black Love." Little was known about these films and they seemed, aside from a few posters or lobby cards, to have vanished without a trace after their original release. Still, fans held out hope that like Lewis' other previously-thought-lost sexploiter, the deliriously titled "Miss Nymphet's Zap-In," a ratty, battered print of any one of these titles might materialize one day and rescue it from oblivion.

Well, here it is 2013, and fans' prayers have finally been answered, as newly-minted cult label Vinegar Syndrome comes roaring out of the gate with all three lost oddities in one convenient package - and straight from the original negatives, no less. For Lewis fans long awaiting these three titles, this stands are more than just a blessing - it's a miracule.

"Ecstasies of Women" kicks off the set, and it's probably the best of the bunch.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Robert Balducci Jr. on February 13, 2013
Just released from the brand new purveyors of exploitation, Vinegar Syndrome is a rare treat from the Godfather of Gore (and smut apparently), Herschell Gordon Lewis. The Lost Films of Herschell Gordon Lewis features three of the master's long lost sexploitation flicks: Ecstacies of Women, Linda and Abilene and Black Love.

Ecstacies of Women begins with four swingin' guys at a nudie bar, one of which is the poster boy for ADHD as he continually zones out and has wild fantasies of bringing different women he meets back to his house boat. Yup, he lives on a house boat. Will this space case and his friends actually score with some real women?

Linda and Abilene is the story of a brother and sister in the old west who live in a cabin in the woods. They become attracted to each other and begin a creepy love affair. The brother, Tod, however begins to get frustrated at his sister, Abilene, and goes off into town, where he meets a local girl named Linda. While they are getting it on, a stranger appears at the cabin and torments Abilene.

Black Love is a white coater (sex film disguised as an educational film) featuring the "love making habits" of African Americans in the 70's. I don't know how else to summarize this film without sounding completely racist, so I won't.

Vinegar Syndrome are off to a great start with their premier title. Not only are we provided with 3 lost gems from the golden age of sexploitation, but the presentation is amazing. The prints are from the original camera negatives and look incredible. The set comes as a Blu Ray/DVD combo and features trailers for each film. Also included is a very informative booklet explaining the back story of these three films. As a nice addition, we are also given reproductions of the original lab cards.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Anthony on February 9, 2013
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After inflicting blood and gore upon his audiences, Herschell Gordon Lewis returned to his sexploitation roots with "Miss Nymphet's Zap-In", "Linda and Abilene", "The Ecstasies of Women" and the seldom seen "Black Love".
"Miss Nymphet" was rediscovered recently and was released by Something Weird DVD. The other three films comprise this excellent DVD/Blu-Ray combo set, "The Lost Films of Herschell Gordon".
"Linda and Abilene" is an audacious sex western that stacks up well as a companion piece to Andy Warhol's "Lonesome Cowboys". Both these films challenge our ideas on what a western should be and would make for an excellent double bill.
In "The Ecstasies of Women", a salesman about to remarry enjoys a bachelor party with his mates at a topless bar and reflects on his past sexual conquests.
I'm not sure about "Black Love". Is it a genuine documentary about African-Americans' unique lovemaking style or just an excuse for hard-core porn? Whatever the case, what makes "Black Love" unique is that it is not just about sex. It's a good-spirited film about love and marriage and thus it is more erotic than any sex-shop DVD.
The package comes with an informative little booklet and facsimiles of lab cards for each film. What HGL fans want now is for "Sin, Suffer and Repent" and "An Eye for Eye" to be found and put out on DVD and at last all of his films will be available.
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