Written by: Michael Den Boer on October 14th, 2008
Theatrical Release Date: France, 1979
Director: Jean Rollin
Writer: Jean Rollin
Cast: Franca Mai, Brigitte Lahaie, Jean-Marie Lemaire, Fanny Magier, Muriel Montossé, Sophie Noël, Evelyne Thomas, Agnès Bert, Cyril Val, Myriam Watteau, Joe de Lara, Jacques Sansoul
DVD released: October 28th, 2008
Approximate running time: 82 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 Letterboxed Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono French
DVD Release: Redemption Films
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.95
Synopsis: Seeking refugee a thief discovers an abandon castle that is inhabited by two mysterious women. They give him many chances to leave before their guests arrive later that evening. Will he heed their warning or will his curiosity lead to his demise?
Fascination like most of Jean Rollin’s films is all about atmosphere. Characters and plots are thinly mapped out. The characters in the film serve as a piece of the puzzle that Jean Rollin manipulates for maximum effect. Fascination is a period drama about a group of anemic women who start out drinking Ox blood. Before they move on to the blood of unsuspecting males they lure and entrap in their deadly web of seduction. Despite the minimal plot the film moves along briskly.
The visuals have a dream like quality to them. One of the film’s most striking moments is when Brigitte Lahaie’s character Eva goes on a rampage with a scythe. Brigitte Lahaie who had previously worked with Jean Rollin on the film The Grapes of Death is cast in one of the leads roles in Fascination. Jean Rollin plays to her strengths as she disrobes or is semi nude for most of her screen time. Ultimately Fascination ranks among Jean Rollin’s best work as a director.
Redemption Films presents Fascination in a letterboxed widescreen that retains the film’s original aspect ratio. Colors look lively and flesh tones look natural. Details look crisp and even though the image is interlaced it does remain stable throughout. This is a clean looking transfer that is virtually free of any print damage. Fascination was previously released on DVD in region 1 by Redemption Film’s in 1999. The previous release like this release was also non anamorphic.
This release comes with one audio option the film’s original French Language track presented in a Dolby Digital mono. The audio is in great shape as it sounds clean, clear and evenly balanced. There are no issues with distortion, background noise or any other audio defects. Removable English subtitles have been included that are easy to read, follow and understand.
Extras for this release include a stills gallery with twelve image and trailers for Fascination, The Iron Rose, The Nude Vampire, Nature Morte and Satanic Sluts: The Black Order Cometh. Content wise everything from the previous region 1 DVD from Redemption Film’s has been included with this release. This release leaves some room for improvement with its sparse extra content and lack of an anamorphic transfer. Overall Redemption Film’s re-release of Fascination gives Jean Rollin fan’s that missed out on the previous release a chance to pick it up.