Thursday, July 23, 2009
A Virgin Among The Living Dead...Red Mask Edition! UPDATED!
While doing my afternoon blog perusals I really enjoyed the post at Fascination: The Jean Rollin Experience regarding the Rollin footage in A Virgin Among the Living Dead that was shot quickly and inserted by Eurocine.
These scenes hold a nostalgic place in my heart really, I hate them when I watch them in the film-and all the slowing down of footage really drives me nuts. But they are interesting and worth noting, because that version is present in what would become one of my favorite Franco films once a good proper edition found it's way to me.
But yeah...I get a kick out of that footage. But what is even odder to me is the orgy sequence that is in some prints, though not in the US "Virgin" edition.
Enter...Pioneer Entertainments Japanese DVD. A truly WEIRD edition of the film, it contains a great print of Christina, but adds in the orgy sequence to the main film for some reason. So, no slow motion repeating of the same zombie knocking the same door of the same (non) hinges, but the orgy is right there! Also, it actually looks pretty good-though the rest of the film is in gorgeous widescreen, this sequence in full frame is interesting.
But it gets weirder...
Yep, the "Special Edition by Jean Rollin" is a complete print of the Virgin Among The Living Dead re-edit looking very nice in full frame. It does NOT have the orgy scene intact though? So...I've always assumed that bit was shot by Rollin. Am I right?
EDIT-Here is a page in French regarding the man that directed this sequence! Funnier still, the image of the charming lady is from one of my favorite Eurocine comedies...MEN FOR RENT which is reviewed here. Any translators around?