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This is a rare release that marks the film's DVD debut and this version has been re-mastered from the original negative.
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The film follows two teen girls who escape from an asylum where they were committed for polar reasons. One is afraid of people, the other is looking too hard for sexual adventure. They fall in with a troupe of junkyard burlesque performers, hook up with a pickpocket, and then are lured into the sordid sexual explorations of a yuppie foursome (which includes a brief but powerful appearance by Rollin regular Brigitte Lahaie.) While the settings of this film are largely grey and urban and thus lacking in some of the setting allure of his earlier work, and the vampire element is missing, THE ESCAPEES is still an intriguing film and like so many of Rollin's movies, a bittersweet examination of his two heroines. Its "underground" bar and burlesque scenes evoke some of the same offbeat feel of his earlier film THE DEMONIACS. Overall it is a bit uneven, and certainly not his strongest work, to be sure, but Rollin fans won't want to miss it.
Flash forward nearly six years later and Redemption (partnered with Kino Lorber) has re-released The Escapees on Blu-ray in a terrific new HD print remastered from the original 35 mm negative that trumps that original DVD in every way. Finally we can see one of Rollin's most distinctive and unique films the way it was intended and the results are, at times, startling.
Few filmmakers used colors the way Jean Rollin did, and now with this new HD print we can see that this fact carried through with The Escapees. Whereas Redemption's original DVD had a flat and greyish look about it, with this new disc the colors really pop the way we know that Rollin intended. The improvement is apparent from the get-go (look at the way the dewy green grass present in the opening moments draws the viewer in immediately) and the disc's color palette stays wonderfully consistent throughout. The film's haunting and marvelous ice-skating sequence feels especially alive and vibrant now on this new disc.Read more ›
The only thing of interest he produced in the 90's was 'Dracula's Fiancé'/ 'Fiancé of Dracula' (it was released under both titles), upping the gore and blood quotient and freakishness considerably, with positive results, something he averted in earlier efforts.Read more ›
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Wanted to like this more than I did...I was unable to finish it...I just found myself pausing, and pausing..until I finally just lost interest in finishing it and turned it off.Published 5 months ago by Samara's Toy
Jean Rollin meets Eric Rohmer?! Seriously, that is what it felt like watching this one. A real departure from Rollin's usual style with characters that seem almost cut from another... Read morePublished 5 months ago by 6_zero
For a b-rated foreign film, I appreciated the concept. No spoilers here, nor are they needed, The synopsis is pretty self explanatory... Read morePublished 8 months ago by taraleigha
Did not care for the subject matter or the way it was portrayed in the film.Published 18 months ago by North Carolina Army Mom
Pretentious, slow, random, and not making much sense, but kidding themselves about how daring they are. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Trjgirl
I liked this old movie,maybe it was the mood I was in while watching?I think it was for the raw european content back in the early 1980's or the frenchy style "everything... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Captain Kirk 2013
The Escapees (1981) is a Director Jean Rollin, horror film that tries to sneak up on you with frights, jumping out at you with bizarre genres, like when two young women come out of... Read morePublished on December 9, 2013 by Bartok Kinski