Virgin Among The Living Dead (Remastered Edition)

Overview

Pretty Christina Christina von Blanc encounters ghostly apparitions when she travels to a mansion in Honduras for the reading of her father's will. Thinking that she is going mad, Christina investigates further and discovers some horrible family secrets which could consume her. This witty erotic horror effort from cult director Jesus Franco is a perfect example of the re-editing and butchering of European films, which became common practice in the 1970s. At least 10 different versions exist, some with completely ...
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Overview

Pretty Christina Christina von Blanc encounters ghostly apparitions when she travels to a mansion in Honduras for the reading of her father's will. Thinking that she is going mad, Christina investigates further and discovers some horrible family secrets which could consume her. This witty erotic horror effort from cult director Jesus Franco is a perfect example of the re-editing and butchering of European films, which became common practice in the 1970s. At least 10 different versions exist, some with completely different plots than others. A 1974 re-release contained softcore sexual inserts featuring Marie-France Broquet, Waldemar Wohlfaart, and other performers not present in the original version. In the 1980s, French director Jean Rollin was hired by the Eurocine studio by far the most common offender in the area of "cut-and-paste filmmaking" to shoot additional scenes. Rollin's footage consists of approximately 15 minutes of gory, uninspired zombie attacks, meant to capitalize on a then-popular subgenre initiated by Lucio Fulci's Zombi 2. Yet another version contained scenes from a Rollin-directed vampire film and was advertised with a picture of Vincent Price, who does not appear in any known version of this film. Further complicating matters is the fact that most of these alternate versions exist in varying lengths, reducing a rather interesting film to an incomprehensible mess. Britt Nichols, Paul Muller, Howard Vernon, and Anne Libert co-star, and Franco appears in a cameo role excised from some prints.
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Special Features

Jess Franco's original cut: Christina, Princess of Eroticism (79 min.), mastered in HD from the original 35 mm negative; Audio commentary by Tim Lucas, critic and co-editor of Video Watchdog; The complete alternate cut: A Virgin Among the Living Dead (90 min.), featuring zombie footage directed by Jean Rollin; French with optional English subtitles; English dubbed; Alternate erotic footage (5 min.) featuring Alice Arno; "Mysterious Dreams," a 16-minute interview with Jess Franco, directed by David Gregory, produced by Elijah Drenner; "The Three Faces of Christina," a 12-minute documentary by Daniel Gouyette on the various versions of the film; "Jess! What are you doing now?" an 8-minute homage to Jess Franco by Daniel Gouyette, featuring interviews with Franco's friends and collaborators; Photo gallery; Theatrical trailers
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/20/2013
  • UPC: 738329117726
  • Original Release: 1973
  • Rating:

  • Source: Redemption
  • Presentation: Remastered
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 49,168

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Howard Vernon
Paul Muller
Brit Nichols
Christina von Blanc
Jesùs Franco
Rosa Palomar
Anne Libert
Rose Kiekens
Nadine Pascale
Technical Credits
Jesùs Franco Director, Screenwriter
Jose Climent Cinematographer
Marius Lesoeur Producer
Karl Heinz Mannchen Producer
Bruno Nicolai Score Composer
Bret Wood Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- A Virgin Among the Living Dead
1. Can't Sleep [8:42]
2. Welcome to Monteserate [9:34]
3. Bumps in the Night [6:59]
4. Exploring the Grounds [10:17]
5. Voices in Her Head [8:24]
6. Reading of the Will [5:23]
7. Everything Has Changed [6:13]
8. No Answers [9:06]
9. Father [5:36]
10. Delirious [9:05]
1. Can't Sleep [8:42]
2. Welcome to Monteserate [11:19]
3. Bumps in the Night [6:59]
4. Exploring the Grounds [10:17]
5. Meat [8:24]
6. Horrible Dream [9:49]
7. The Undead Awaken [9:25]
8. No Answers [8:48]
9. Realm of Shadows [5:59]
10. Delirious [10:18]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- A Virgin Among the Living Dead
   Play Film
   Chapters
   Extras
      A Virgin Among the Living Dead
      Alternate Erotic Footage
      Jess Franco Interview
      "The Three Faces of Christina"
      Homage to Jess
      Trailers
         A Virgin Among the Living Dead
         The Awful Dr. Orlof
         Female Vampire
         Exorcism/Demoniac
         Oasis of the Zombies
      Photo Gallery
   Set-Up
      Audio Options
         French
         English
         Feature Length Commentary by Tim Lucas, Critic and Co-Editor of Video Watchdog Magazine
      English Subtitles
         English Subtitles: On
         English Subtitles: Off
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