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Orgy of the Dead: Limited Edition – Vinegar Syndrome (BluRay / DVD Combo) 
Written by: on October 6th, 2017


Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1965
Director: A.C. Stephen (Stephen C. Apostolof)
Writer: Edward D. Wood Jr.
Cast: Criswell, Fawn Silver, Pat Barrington, Nadejda Dobrev

BluRay released: September 26th, 2017
Approximate running time: 91 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Rating: NR
Sound: DTS-HD Mono English
Subtitles: English SDH
BluRay Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $32.98


Synopsis: A Horror author looking for inspiration takes his girlfriend to a graveyard.

Orgy of the Dead was the directorial debut of A.C. Stephen (Stephen C. Apostolof) whose other standout films include, College Girls, The Class Reunion and Five Loose Women. Key collaborators on Orgy of the Dead include, cinematographer Robert Caramico (Eaten Alive, KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park) and composer Jaime Mendoza-Nava (The Black Klansman, Equinox).

When discussing this film, one must not overlook Edward D. Wood Jr.’s influence over the film. He wrote the screenplay and this film’s most notable cast member Criswell whose other feature film credits include Edward D. Wood Jr.’s Plan Nine from Outer Space and Bride of the Monster.

Content wise, Orgy of the Dead is essentially a series of scenes where women whose souls are in some kind of purgatory dance semi-nude s a graveyard a character named The Emperor. And by this character’s side a Vampyria looking character named The Black Ghoul.

As mentioned before there is not much to the story at hand. With the majority of the scene time being devoted to the semi-nude women frolicking in the graveyard. And though there is an ample amount of bare breasted women on display. This is as graphic as the film gets in regards to T & A.

There is an absurdity to the story at hand and the performances are best described as enthusiastic. With Criswell’s bombastic performance in the role of The Emperor being this film’s strongest asset. He totally hams its up while wearing what is reportedly was Bela Lugosi’s Dracula cape.

Though this film was clearly made on a very limited budget. The end result is a far more polished film than anything that Edward D. Wood Jr. directed. And nowhere is this more evident, then when it comes to this film’s visuals.

The BluRay:

Orgy of the Dead comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. The transfer for this release was scanned and restored in 2k from 35mm original camera negative. Grain looks natural, details look sharp, colors are vibrant, there are no issues with compression and black levels look solid throughout.

This release comes with one audio option, a DTS-HD mono mix in English and included with this release are removable English SDH subtitles. The audio sounds, clean, clear and balanced throughout.

Extras for this release include, a reversible cover art, a behind the scenes & promotional still gallery, an interview with filmmaker Ted V. Mikels titled Orgy of the Ted (2 minutes 27 seconds), an interview with actress Nadejda Dobrev titled Impressions of Nadejda (16 minutes 37 seconds) and an audio commentary with Rudolph Grey (Ed Wood Biographer) and filmmaker Frank Henenlotter.

Topics discussed in the interview with Ted V. Mikels include, what scenes from Orgy of the Dead that he shot and cinematographer Robert Caramico.

Topics discussed in the interview with Nadejda Dobrev include, Orgy of the Dead and how she got involved in the making of this film, onset memories and her thoughts about her scene, A.C. Stephen (Stephen C. Apostolof) and how she ran into time him for the first time in twenty-five years.

Topics discussed in the audio commentary include, background information about Criswell and his psychic predictions, Edward D. Wood Jr., the screenplay, softcore sex films from the 1960’s, A.C. Stephen (Stephen C. Apostolof) and other production related topics.

Also, included with this release is a DVD that has the same content included on the Blu-Ray included as part of this combo. Overall Orgy of the Dead gets an excellent release from Vinegar Syndrome.

Note: The first 2,000 copies sold through VinegarSyndrome.com will include a double-thick limited edition fluorescent dayglo slipcover designed by Earl Kessler.

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