Written by: Michael Den Boer on November 7th, 2004
|Theatrical Release Date: Germany, December 10th, 1971
Director: Jesus Franco
Writer: Jesus Franco
Cast: Soledad Miranda, Fred Williams, Howard Vernon, Paul Muller, Ewa Strömberg
|Approximate running time:||77 minutes||74 minutes|
|Aspect Ratio:||1.66:1 Non-Anamorphic Widescreen||1.66:1 Anamorphic Widescreen|
|Sound:||Dolby Digital Mono German with English Subtitles||Dolby Digital Mono German with English Subtitles|
|DVD Release:||Synapse||Image Entertainment|
|Region Coding:||Region 1 NTSC||Region 1 NTSC|
The Film :
Dr. Johnson has been conducting experiments human embryos. He approaches the medical board with his findings. When they reject all of his work he falls into a deep depression before he finally takes his own life. Devastated his wife concocts a plan to avenge the demise of her husband. She seduces all the members of the medical board as they all fall into her web of sweet revenge.
Synapse’s release is washed out and suffers from print damage through out. At times the colors are almost non-existent as they make this release almost look black and white. Image’s new release on the other hand is a revelation as colors come alive and the source used is virtually free of any artifacts. Both releases are framed almost the same with the new Image release displaying more information then had been seen before. Watching Images release is like watching this film for the first time.
Both release come with only one audio option German Dolby Digital mono. They are both clean as the dialog and action is always easy to follow. They both come with English subtitles that are easy to read and follow. Image’s release offers more complete subtitles then Synapse release which has sections of dialog that isn’t subtitled. Also Images audio track sounds slightly more beefed up then Synapse’s.
Synapse’s release comes with only one extra the films original trailer. Image’s release comes with a still’s gallery as well as trailers for She Killed in Ecstasy and Vampyros Lesbos. Both releases are pretty much bare bones releases; still I would give the slight edge to Image for including the still’s gallery.
Image’s She Killed in Ecstasy release runs about three minutes shorter then Synapse’s release. There are some minor trims and cuts through out the Image release. Image’s release audio and video wise soundly beats Synapse’s release which look’s terrible. Once just like Image’s recently released Vampyros Lesbos there is some controversy as which one to own. Deciding which one to own may come down to personal preference.