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Shiver of the Vampires [Blu-ray] (1971)

Sandra Julien , Marie-Pierre Tricot , Jean Rollin  |  R |  Blu-ray
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sandra Julien, Marie-Pierre Tricot, Michel Delahaye, Jean-Marie Durand, Jacques Robiolles
  • Directors: Jean Rollin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Blu-ray, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: January 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0063E0048
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,331 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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When a honeymooning couple visit the crumbling estate of the bride's ancestors, they discover her closet is filled with more than skeletons: a sinister lesbian vampire, a pair of nubile handmaidens, and two vampire hunters who have been recruited into the ranks of the undead.

BONUS FEATURES: 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. Languages include English Dubbed + French with optional English Subtitles.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Recently, I received a catalog which featured works by the late director Jean Rollin. I had not heard of Rollin before, but the films looked like they might be interesting. I read quite a few of the reviews on Amazon and decided to sample Fascination. I enjoyed it and soon, I was watching more Rollin films and was hooked. He does have a way with the genre and at his best, he knows two qualities that a good horror film should have. There should be a sense of fun, the sort you might also experience on a scary amusement park ride, and it can make you feel some empathy for the creatures involved. Think King Kong or The Bride of Frankenstein. The Shiver of the Vampires succeeds on these counts. It has campy fun with two foppish male vampires, a pair of rather odd bisexual young women who are their servants and the just-married cousin of the vampires who comes to visit them at their castle. The husband of the cousin has to put up with quite a bit as they are told her relatives are dead (and obviously, his bride is in no mood to consummate the marriage upon learning this news). Not only are the cousins alive and well (relatively speaking) but there is a female vampire named Isolde who is putting the moves on the wife and turning her into a vampire. The husband feels more frustrated as the story progresses (the romantic image aside, your spouse becoming a vampire is really going to mess up your marital life). Isle, the bride, and Isolde have a bizarre conversation one day while Isolde lies in her closed coffin, sounding a bit miffed at being disturbed. I will not spoil things by revealing how it all ends, but one does feel sympathy for the vampires and most viewers should enjoy how matters work out for the servants. I'm glad I discovered Rollin's work; it has a wonderfully quirky style. Read more ›
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jean Rollin Comes To Blu-ray January 28, 2012
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If you've never seen a Jean Rollin film this is as good a place as any to start. His films are no doubt an aquired taste. Story is not important. Mood, composition and style is what a jean Rollin film is all about. This is one of my favorite Rollin films and if you want to wet your beak I suggest this one or Lips of Blood. Be warned! There are many people who absolutely HATE these films. I find them hypnotic and moody.

For those of you who have seen the film and are wondering if this Blu-ray edition is worth dropping $20.00: YES! For one thing you get the English dub, which I had never heard before. It's quite different from the French version, and almost turns it into a film you've never seen before. When it comes to foreign films I usually like to watch it with the original language soundtrack with English subtitles. But, I always get annoyed because no matter how fast you can read, you have to take your eyes off of the actors/action even if it's just for 2 seconds. Now you can watch in French or in English. Secondly the film has never looked this good. It isn't perfect. The original 35mm negatives had scratches on them and it appears that a great effort was done to remove them, but there are times when they couldn't get them all, especially (I'm guessing) at the beginning of each new real. Colors are much more vivid on this edition than on any other version I've seen. The film looks very good on a 16x9 T.V. I have the last dvd release and it wasn't even enhanced for 16x9, so finally we get to see the film fill the screen without being stretched or cropped.

So, for the Rollin fan this is worth picking up. If you are curious about Jean Rollin, give it a try, but know that this is NOT anything like a modern American vampire film, or even like a 70's American vampire film, or even a 50's/60's Hammer vampire film. Rollin is truly one of a kind, and that's one thing, like him or not, we can all agree on!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A fascination with vampires... March 6, 2012
"Shiver of the Vampire" (1971) is directed by Jean Rollin. The movie is about a recently married couple that decide to visit relatives in Italy. But upon reaching the town where their cousins live they find out that they have become deceased. As a director Jean Rollin seems at times a bit amateurish in the way he handles timing, framing and editing of his movies as well in the lack of strong plots or characterization. The cast appears to be a mixture of naive and experienced actors. Still I can't help but find things intriguing and interesting about his films. With Jean Luc Godard films it is said that there are at least 20 minutes of interesting ideas in his films when most films have nothing of interest. The same thing might be said with Jean Rollin's films. Like a voyeur I still find myself fascinated with his films and images even when they seem lacking in sophistication at times. This film holds up well along with other Jean Rollin films like "Requiem for a Vampire" and "Fascination".

This film has evidently been remastered but there are still many instances of dust showing. In the special features there is included a two minute introduction as well as a 39 minute interview with Jean Rollin. Also included is a 20 page booklet with an essay by Tim Lucas, editor of Video Watchdog.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, highly stylized and sexy horror film. June 23, 2000
This film, like all of Jean Rollin's films, is not for everyone. He has a style all his own, which is on display in this movie. This film is notable for the hippie cousins, who are funnier than any other Rollin characters in any of his films. The DVD transfer is very clean and clear, some peopl have remarked that they couldn't believe it was made in the 70's. If you're a fan of this type of horror film, and keep in mind this isn't normal horror, then this one is quintessential.
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1.0 out of 5 stars if you want a vampire story, look elsewhere
Slow moving, uninteresting, lack of plot, bad acting, too boot and overall is a sorry excuse to show off the female form. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Aaron
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Published 1 month ago by Martin D. Keathley
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Fair I do wish the acting was better and I do not like subtitles.
Published 2 months ago by valcee cox
4.0 out of 5 stars Really psychedelic. I think I noticed some bits in ...
Really psychedelic. I think I noticed some bits in the soundtrack that Olivia Tremor Control sampled for Dusk and Cubist Castle.
Published 2 months ago by Logan Carroll
2.0 out of 5 stars I wouldn't. ..
A typical Jean Rollin film, with all that suggests and very light on plot.
Published 3 months ago by Del Harvey
2.0 out of 5 stars odd
strange and cultish
Published 3 months ago by Crystal Clear
5.0 out of 5 stars Very cool movie, but not for everyone.
Great Vampire Movie if you love cheesy cinema with plenty of sex and violence.
There is a whole genre of these movies out there.
Published 3 months ago by KEVIN REED
1.0 out of 5 stars Can't give it zero, but I tried.
This is as close to an unwatchable movie as they come. I got through it only by wondering if it might outstrip Plan 9 from Outer Space as the worst movie ever made. Read more
Published 3 months ago by M. Randolph
3.0 out of 5 stars Shiver
OK, the fact that this is a 70's French movie about lesbian vampires tells you all you would ever want to know? Oh, no. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Garland Wayne Ligon Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Rollin dishes out a fine Vampire film
Nudity, blood, vampires, scenes of the French countryside... A great film in Rollin's arsenal, in my opinion. Ranks up there with Requiem any day or night.
Published 5 months ago by Jason A.
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