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BEST OF 2012: LISA AND THE DEVIL/HOUSE OF EXORCISM Blu-ray
another must-have Blu-ray from REDEMPTION. Once again I must call
attention to the excellent Tim Lucas commentary. I've heard many, many
commentaries. They tend to be litanies of factoids and oft-told
behind-the-scenes tales. Tim does something really refreshing, taking
you by the hand and escorting you into the film, its style, tone and
substance. He follows individual shots, appreciating Franco's
oft-criticized zooms/pans/rack-focused explorations for what they are, a
fearless filmmaker's personal hand writing on the spatial-temporal
continuum which is a Jess Franco film. It's revealing and actually
allowed me to upgrade and re examine the film from different
perspectives. And yet another superb documentary from Daniel Gouyette,
EUGENIE'S NIGHTMARE OF A SEX CHARADE, during which experts Alain Petit,
Lucas Balbo and Jess Franco himself are allowed to expand on the context
and import of this breakaway thriller. It also includes some
fascinating info on Franco's lost experiment, SEX CHARADE. All this and
more, much more. Kudos to REDEMPTION for putting Diana Lorys on the
cover instead of Soledad Miranda. It's really HER film and she soars in
it. Highly recommended!
A more detailed review of this terrific Blu-ray presentation will be added soon...