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Vinegar Syndrome presents a lurid double dose of 70s sleaze from one of the most enigmatic leading men of the era: Peter Carpenter.
Please note: this first pressing of 3,000 units includes an exclusive bonus DVD featuring rare TV versions of both films!
First, in Robert Vincent O'Neill's BLOOD MANIA, Carpenter stars as Craig, lover of the unstable Victoria (Maria De Aragon), who's very keen to see her wealthy father reach an early grave so she can inherit his fortune. Deciding to speed up the process, she concocts a diabolical plan for his demise, only to be met with some unexpected obstacles... Playing like a sex and violence drenched soap opera, BLOOD MANIA is a mind-bending drive-in oddity that keeps you guessing until its final shocking twist.
Then, in Alex Nicol's POINT OF TERROR., Carpenter headlines as Tony Trelos, a lounge singer who mysteriously wakes up on Andrea's (Dyanne Thorne) private beach. The two quickly begin an affair, but things get complicated when Andrea decides to murder her wheelchair bound husband and Tony starts sleeping with Andrea's pretty stepdaughter... With its Tom Jones inspired musical interludes and DP Robert Maxwell's Bava-esque lighting scheme, POINT OF TERROR plays like a candy colored acid trip into the world of vanity themed exploitation.
Vinegar Syndrome proudly brings both of these jaw dropping classics to Blu-ray, newly restored from their original negatives and featuring their much sought after alternative TV versions (exclusive to this first pressing of 3,000 units)!
1. LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE: Bonus DVD featuring alternate TV versions for both films! (Limited to 3,000 units)
2. Region free 3-disc Blu-ray and DVD combo pack
3. Both films scanned and restored in 2k from 35mm camera negative
4. Commentary track on BLOOD MANIA with Robert Vincent O'Neill (Director), Leslie Simms (Actress) and Vicki Peters (Actress)
5. Video interview and introduction with director Robert Vincent O'Neill
6. Video interview with actress Leslie Simms
7. Theatrical trailers for both films
8. TV spots for both films
9. Promotional galleries for both films
10. Reverse cover artwork
11. English SDH Subtitles
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The Vinegar Syndrome restoration was as good as it could possibly be. I can tell, just by looking, that they did everything possible to restore, or perhaps resurrect would be a more appropriate term here, these masters. As is often the case with old/lost/forgotten films, the celluloid was not cared for as would have been ideal and everything that could be done was done in order to get the best picture we will ever see on these. Somehow, and possibly for the first time ever, that translated into one near perfect picture, pretty much throughout the film, and one that is slightly less perfect, but still wonderful. I have no idea how they did it, but they did.
The sound on both films was very good, which surprised me given their age and genre. As to viewers looking for smut, the sleaze factor is lower than normal as these are actual film, films. There is story here. Nudity, yes, but not to the degree you might be seeking in seeking the name Vinegar Syndrome.
Last but not least, my one subjective comment. If I were going to release a Robert Vincent O'Neill film set, given the time and energy it would take to do such restorative work, I would restore and release a three film set of Angel, Avenging Angel, and Jailbait, with both Rated and Unrated cuts on that last one. These don't live up to the RVO brand. That isn't to say that they aren't worth watching, as they genuinely are and I am certain I will view them at least twice more. However, Angel and Avenging Angel had something strange and beautiful in a sick kind of way, like Paranoiac, that old Hammer with Oliver Reed. In each film, you don't know what it is, you couldn't name it, but you know, as you watch the film, this film has it, that oddity you are looking for, that special something you just can't describe. Of course, this is from a person who doesn't typically go in for the type of story in Angel and Avenging Angel. All my gay friends are more on the masculine-men / feminine-women scale. The Avenging Angel scenes with the lesbian, the adopted baby and the transvestite babysitters were just bizarre, for me, but also sort of glorious, like someone finally took the time to think about the whole of the spectrum of human behavior, how different we all are, even within one community, and decided to put characters on screen that don't represent what you typically see in movies or in the suburbs. On every level, still, after all these years, that movie is oddly special, as was the first one, as is the oddball cousin that followed, Jailbait. And, of course, Jailbait is just pure 90s American Sleaze, and is, therefore, spectacular, when what you most want to watch is 90s American Sleaze. C. Thomas Howell, 90s-American-Sleaze "God", is dropped into this film with cops and sex slavery and lots and lots of sleaze and, of course, The Boulevard, RVO's favorite film setting, and the setting in each of his Boulevard Trilogy: Angel, Avenging Angel and Jailbait. All three of those films have an appeal that is unique, each from each other and each, oh so very, uniquely of Robert Vincent O'Neill. Blood Mania and Point of Terror just didn't measure up to that intangible quality and, although they are entertaining and beautifully restored, truly, they are somehow less, with all the beauty of the picture and the quality sound and special features, than any of the three oddities here named. Here's hoping The Boulevard Trilogy lands on Blu-ray with as much loving restoration as was given to these two films. Everyone can use a little Johnny Glitter, once in a while, to make them smile.
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