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Two Orphan Vampires: Remastered Edition [Blu-ray]

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Director Jean Rollin proves he's the master of the sexy vampire movie genre with this cinematic version of his novel of the same name. Louise and Henrietta are two orphans who can't see; unbeknownst to everyone else, though, their sight does return... but only at night, when they roam the streets on the lookout for someone on which to feast.

SPECIAL FEATURES: Interview with Jean Rollin, Interviews with cast and crew, Original Theatrical Trailers and more! Includes Original French Language Track with English Subtitles or English Dubbed

THIS BEAUTIFUL NEW TRANSFER WAS RESTORED AND REMASTERED IN HIGH DEFINITION - - FIRST TIME EVER ON BLU-RAY!

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  • Actors: Isabelle Teboul, Natalie Perrey
  • Directors: Jean Rollin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Dubbed, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Redemption
  • DVD Release Date: August 28, 2012
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0083Q4KAY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,589 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Matthew King on April 30, 2004
Format: DVD
This movie is quite different from the usual Jean Rollin film. There is practically no nudity or blood or softcore eroticism. It is tamer however it is visually more impressive than most of his other works. So those who prefer to watch Rollin films for purpose of atmosphere, elaborate sets and artistic value might find this to be one of his better efforts.
Two blind young women enter "Les Glycines", a religious orphanage in rural France. Apparently, the two lost their sight at a very early age and for no apparent reason. Assigned to the case is Dr. Dennary, an expert eye specialist who seeks to unravel some of the reasons for their condition. Little do the doctor and the nuns in the orphanage know that at night, the two girls can see just fine. At night is when the two girls turn into vampires and sneak out of their bedroom window to scour the orphanage's external surroundings for human blood. After a while, Dr. Dennary and the two orphans will relocate to Paris in an apartment, which suits the two orphans just fine since in the city the streets at night are a haven for fresh blood...
"Two Orphan Vampires" captures a good 70's eurohorror vibe but with a modern look and minus the grainy picture. There is precious little gore effects in this one, besides a sickening scene involving the throat-ripping of a dog in a cemetery. Mostly it's just a few blood capsules dripping down the orphans' necks when they kill a victim. There is only one scene of nudity, where the two orphans (who barely look older than eighteen I might add) bare all at dusk during one of their night crawling expeditions. Despite the absence of nudity and blood (or action, for that matter) what kept my eyes glued to the screen was the amazing sense of atmosphere Rollin created.
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In many respects "Two Orphan Vampires" epitomizes the films of Jean Rollin. Its subject matter is Rollin's favorite: murderous but strangely vulnerable vampires. His protagonists are (as usual) two girls--possibly lesbian, certainly vampiric. Furthermore, the film's overall atmosphere, a disquieting blend of elegy and fairy tale, is typical of Rollin's work. Nevertheless, "Two Orphan Vampires" stands out as the great director's finest masterpiece--a poetic gem whose underlying theme is nothing less than the Imagination itself.

Though the film's predacious central characters, Henriette and Louise, are raised in a Catholic orphanage, thence removed to the Parisian mansion of their adoptive father--their actual home is within their own minds. Typically adolescent, the two girls share a secret fantasy world based largely on all the forbidden literature they can borrow or pilfer--fantastic picture books, penny dreadfuls, horrific chapbooks, etc. Absolutely Romantic, they allow their Gothic imagination to enter the real world in a quintessentially Gothic form: they practice vampirism.

Who can blame them? The normal world, as presented by Rollin, is unbearably dismal. Initially it is symbolized by the orphanage's monotony. At the film's close the world contracts to an indifferent, motionless swamp. Given these prospects, along with the apparent death or slumber of God(s), Henriette and Louise declare bloody war against the status quo. Vive L'Imagination! Rollin's idea, expressed through his heroines' actions, couldn't be clearer: "I think I am a vampire; therefore I am a vampire." (My apologies to Descartes.)

Naturally, Henriette and Louise lack a classical vampire's superhuman powers.
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I just got Jean Rollin's Two Orphan Vampires (1997) on DVD from the Amazon Prime listed account. This is the Eurocine DVD release, not part of Redemption's posthumous Rollin collection. If you are looking for a vampire film to watch mindlessly, any number of films available at a local big box store will do, but if you want something oneiric and original, watch one of Rollin's gems. Fans of Expressionist Cinema or Itallian Giallo Horror will not be disappointed with Rollin's oeuvre, and Rollin's fans will enjoy this example of the director's later works. Two Orphan Vampires presents the resurrection of Rollin's predatory handmaidens (originally played by twins Pony and Cathy Castel and Kuelan Heurca in his various films) as two orphans (Alexandra Pic and Issabelle Teboul), blind during the day but seeing and thirsting by night. When France established the X-rating, movie-goers seemed to only be interested in the more graphic films. Whereas Rollin's films always had nudity (his second vampire film was titled The Nude Vampire, after all), he was not interested in making pornography (except a few rent-payers made under a pseudonym), nor the kinds of violent films that his contemporaries (like Jess Franco) were producing. After the financial failures of The Iron Rose and Lips of Blood, Jean Rollin started writing five novels published under the Fleuve Noir imprint. These novels focused on his trope of two young, female vampires experiencing the world of the living as if in a dream scripted by Leroux or Maurice Le Blanc. The story of Two Orphan Vampires was based on the first and second novels of this series.

In technical terms, the Eurocine DVD is fine. I can only compare the DVD to the Nextflix stream of the film I saw four or five years ago and the DVDs of Rollin’s other films.
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