Written by: Michael Den Boer on November 24th, 2004
|Theatrical Release Date: Germany, July 15th, 1971
Director: Jesus Franco
Writer: Jesus Franco, Jaime Chávarri
Cast: Ewa Strömberg, Soledad Miranda, Andrés Monales, Dennis Price, Paul Muller
|Approximate running time:||89 minutes||89 minutes|
|Aspect Ratio:||1.66:1 Non-Anamorphic Widescreen||1.78:1 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 :
Linda Westinghouse (Ewa Stromberg) goes to a night club with her boyfriend Omar (Andrés Monales). It is at this night club that they first encounter Countess Nadine Carody (Soledad Miranda). The Countless looks like the same woman who has been calling Linda in her dreams. Linda is assigned by her job to go to Anatolia to interview Countess Carody. It is all a dream or will Linda fall under Countess Carody’s spell leading to her demise.
These two releases are drastically different in the video department. Synapse’s release shows more info show’s more information on all four sides with cropping most notable on the left and right of each frame. Synapse’s release even though it shows more information suffers from some minor print damage. Image’s release brings Franco’s vivid colors back to life and flesh tones look more natural. The source print used for Image’s release is extremely clean and the amount of detail in every frame is razor sharp. Outside of Image’s cropping the image their release beats Synapse’s transfer soundly.
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 includes liner notes written by Tim Lucas that are incite full and they cover a lot of ground. Rounding out the extras on the Synapse release is the films original trailer. Image’s release comes with a still’s gallery as well as trailers for Vampyros Lesbos and She Killed in Ecstasy. Both releases are pretty bare and considering that Vampyros Lesbos is one of Jesus Franco’s most popular films the lack of extras is surprising. Out of the two releases Synapse gets the slight edge because of Tim Lucas’s informative liner notes.
Both releases have their Flaws and neither is close to being the definitive version of Vampyros Lesbos. Which release to get might just come down to a few questions? Do you want a cropped version that is the best looking version of this film currently available that comes with complete subtitles then Image is the release for you? Or do you want a version that shows more information that is not in as good of shape transfer wise that comes with incomplete subtitles then Syanpse’s release is the release for you.