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Succubus: Comparison (Anchor Bay vs Blue Underground) 
Written by: on June 29th, 2006

Theatrical Release Date: West Germany, 1968
Director: Jess Franco
Writer: Pier A. Caminnecci
Cast: Janine Reynaud, Jack Taylor, Adrian Hoven, Howard Vernon

DVD released: 1998 2006
Approximate running time: 76m00s 79m19s
Aspect Ratio: 4.3 Full Frame 1.66:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: NR NR
Sound:  Dolby Digital Mono English
Dolby Digital
Mono
English
DVD Release: Anchor Bay Blue Underground
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: OOP $19.95

Ancor Bay’s Region 1 DVD

Blue Underground’s Region 1 DVD

Anchor Bay’s Region 1 DVD

Blue Underground’s Region 1 DVD

Anchor Bay’s Region 1 DVD

Blue Underground’s Region 1 DVD


The Film :

Lorna Green (Janine Reynaud) is a night club performer whose simulated snuff act is world renowned. It doesn’t take long before Lorna starts to confuse her stage persona with reality by engulfing herself in a downward spiral of hallucinatory visions that feel all too real. He she gone to far or will she regain the sanity that slowly slips away?

Video:

Blue Underground’s anamorphic widescreen release restores the information which had been previously cropped out of the Anchor Bay release. Blue Underground’s transfer besides offering sharper picture also looks more colorful. Side by side the flaws are hard to miss with the better of the two clearly being Blue Underground’s transfer.

Audio:

Both release come with only one audio option an English dubbed audio track which is presented in a Dolby Digital mono. Once again Blue Underground’s release is the clear winner as it audio mix is nearly flawless and the Anchor Bay audio mix suffers from hiss and mild distortion.

Extras:

Anchor Bay’s release comes with the following extras a cardboard DVD insert of the films U.S. poster art and a full frame version of the trailer. Blue Underground’s release comes with the following extras a trailer for the film in widescreen, a seven minute interview with Jack Taylor and a twenty two minute interview with Jess Franco.

Overall:

Finally after countless inferior versions of this film Blue Underground releases a DVD edition that looks and sounds exceptional. The extras are also a nice touch and a welcome addition to this release.

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