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A Virgin Among The Living Dead: Remastered Edition [Blu-ray]
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SPECIAL FEATURES: Two complete different versions of the film (Christina: Princess of Eroticism (Franco's Director's Cut) AND the more commonly known A Virgin Among the Living Dead which featured zombie footage shot by Jean Rollin), Featurette: ''Mysterious Dreams'' - one of the last on camera interviews with director Jess Franco (shot not long before his death), Interviews with former friends and collaborators discussing Franco's legacy (broken out into seveal segments among these new Franco releases), Deleted Scenes, ALL NEW Audio Commentary by Tim Lucas, Trailers and much more!
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I know this movie has been re-titled "Zombie 4" and "Zombie 5" when intercut with footage from the 1980 film "Zombie Lake." But the "Living Dead" of the title refers to Vampires. The original title was "Cristina, Princess of Eroticism," but for some reason, they chose to mislead unsuspecting Zombie movie fans, as well as to reveal cause of the strange goings on we are meant to be wondering about.
I'm a great admirer of Jess Franco. I like to watch his movies, but unfortunately, it's impossible. Not only because he has made over 200 movies, and each one of them has about 5 different titles, but because the overwhelming majority of his films are crap. From what I read about Jess Franco, he would not argue with me on this particular point, because he allegedly believes ALL of his films are crap, whereas I actually like some of them.
The DVD has options to watch the film in its original language with English subtitles (which I didn't do, so I don't know what language that actually is, although I would assume it was French.) or dubbed in English. Most people probably think the preferred viewing option would be subtitles. As you can imagine, the dubbing is pretty atrocious, but there is a very specific reason why someone would want to watch the film this way. This film has been famous for several years (well, famous in a cult-like way) for being the source of many prominant and more lengthy samples on My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult's classic album, "Confessions of a Knife.Read more ›
However, my review's aim is to make clear some mistakes: 1) it is NOT a zombie-film: the zombie-scenes are included in the dvd only as extras and have been shot by Rollin. So, if you are zombie-fans, avoid this film. 2) The original title was obviously different: A VIRGIN AMONG THE LIVING DEAD is only the producer's title. 3) Avoid the English soundtrack, because the dubbing is bad and the music, which in the original version is very beautiful, is totally different. The French soundtrack (with English subtitles) is absolutely great. 4) The film isn't uncut because when producers added the awful zombie or erotic scenes (which are not included in this dvd) they cut off other sequences or footage, which unfortunately haven't yet been recovered. Nevertheless this is one of the most personal Franco's film. It was shot for Cannes Festival, but its destiny was to be spoilt by producers, in order to sell it in the B-cinema-halls.
This film, despite the unfortunate title imposed upon it by the producers, is one of Franco's better films, although those looking for a horror film or one of Franco's more fun-filled movies, such as The Girl From Rio, will likely be disappointed.
After the death of his favourite star, Soledad Miranda, in a tragic accident, Franco spent about a year cranking out lousy films in order to quickly fulfill his contractual obligations with a German distributor. Afterwards, he created this film which is a very personal, poetic, surreal and melancholy rumination upon death, most likely inspired by Soledad's death. One of the themes touched upon is how death is especially tragic when it happens to someone who is young and innocent.
Attempting to describe the plot only does this film injustice. Without conveying the film's actual mood created through image, music, and acting, the story sounds absurd and simplistic. Fortunately, Image has for the first time released Franco's true vision of the film. As another reviewer notes, you should watch this in the original language. Previously the dozens of different cuts available in the american market were bastardized versions with inserts created by different directors. Some of these schlocky inserts are included on the disk as an extra, including some by Jean Rollin (from whom I would have expected much better).
Forget about the zombies,people.The title was coined to make the film appealing to fans of zombie films.This is still a brilliant film,though.
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"A Virgin Among the Living Dead"(1973) is directed by Jess Franco and Jean Rollin. The original title was "Christina, Princess of Eroticism"(directed by Jess... Read morePublished 22 days ago by G. Edmonson
A Virgin Among the Living Dead (1973)
Fair warning, we can call this a Zombie movie only by a very generous stretch of our best wishes. Read more
First off, I really love this movie; it's my favorite Jesse Franco flick. It's beautifully weird and weirdly beautiful. I also own both of the above releases of the movie. Read morePublished 19 months ago by John of Oshkosh
Great cinematography, beautiful women and plenty of weird stuff going on in the plot. Anyone who is a big fan of low budget 70s movies will not be disappointed.Published 20 months ago by KEVIN REED
One of my alltime favorite 1970's euro horror flicks. Has English as an option. Very strange acting, actors, plot, "sound track". Creepy mansion and alot of weird s*** goin on. Read morePublished 21 months ago by jamesjazzy
I really wanted to like this movie. I really did. I've been exploring a lot of Jess Franco movies and they have really run the gamut from mesmerizing (Venus in Furs, Eugenie De... Read morePublished 21 months ago by michael moodgroove
BORING HO HUM to bad the movie wasn't as good as the dvd case looked lol the guy that filmed that movie must of been bored to death.Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer