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The Redemption Films
reviews by Todd Doogan,
special to The Digital Bits
you like cheezy horror and B-movies, do you? Yeah, so do we. That
aside, we've been sitting on these DVDs from Redemption (put out by
Image) for a while now... mostly summoning up the strength to watch
'em. Well, we finally did. And guess what? Surprise -- some are
actually pretty darn good. In fact, we enjoyed them so much, we
decided to review the whole lot of 'em. So take a few minutes and
check out what we think about this assortment of Eurosleaze on DVD.
And count on us to update this area for as long as Image keeps
pumping these discs out.
do want to give something of a disclaimer to these reviews right
off. Quality-wise, all of the discs except for one (Requiem
for a Vampire) feature very good image quality -- enough
to land most in the "B" grade. There is a slight amount of
artifacting, and some compression problems, but for the most part,
it's all easy to overlook. Most or all of the discs also contain
very badly preserved source materials, and as much as we all would
like to have crystal-clear versions of these films on DVD, it ain't
gonna happen. I've seen some pretty bad looking copies of a few of
these titles, and these discs from Image are leaps and bounds better
than previous releases.
Sound-wise, they're all in mono... but they all sound pretty good
regardless, so I basically gave them all a "B+". That's a
B+ for mono tracks -- there is no comparison between mono, and the
Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks that most of us are used to on DVD. If I
were to compare this stuff to, say, the sound on Cruel
Intentions, these discs would all get "D's" for
audio, but that's just not fair to do. Also on the subject of fair,
I graded the extras rather high as well. The reason, is that there
just isn't a whole lot of stuff out there on these films. Even most
of the books I've seen about them contain the same photos over and
over again, so the effort Image and Redemption put into the extras
on these discs is greatly appreciated. Again, as compared to Ghostbusters,
the extras suck -- but when you get a photo gallery on Nude
for Satan, or all the trailers for each and every one of
these titles, well... that's more than anyone would expect to get.
I only hope that Image stays dedicated too (and Redemption will
continue feeding them) these types of movies. With the new Mario
Bava and EuroShock lines just announced by Image, it looks like
we'll be getting more and more of this stuff. We can only hope.
Oh, and by the way, Image... get Redemption to start sending you
more of those wacky Eileen Daly hosted intros that used to precede
each flick. They have nothing to do with the films, but they are so
funny, that I was disappointed that the more recent stuff didn't
have them. Apparently they were originally broadcast on the Bravo
Channel in the UK, and in some cases, they were my favorite thing
about this series. Eileen Daly rocks, and fans of hers will rejoice
to know Razor Blade Smile is
coming to DVD on September 21. More on that one later.
In the meantime, jump into the Redemption pool -- the water's fine.
And you may just find yourself a new favorite B-flick or two in the
Films on DVD
Click on the link to
read the reviews.
Bloodsucker Leads the Dance
Eyes of Fear
Night of the Hunted
Reincarnation of Isabel
for a Vampire
Barker's Salome & The Forbidden
Sinful Nuns of Saint Valentine
Living Dead Girl