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11 March 2019

Arrow Video craves BLOOD HUNGER: THE FILMS OF JOSE LARRAZ (review)

Arrow Video brings together three thrillers from José Ramon Larraz, director of the recently rediscovered 1974 British Cannes submission SYMPTOMS.  In his feature debut WHIRLPOOL, a model is invited to the countryside to take portfolio photographs by a fashion editor and her unnaturally close photographer nephew and starts to wonder what happened to the girl before her who is now missing.  In VAMPYRES, a motorist picks up a beautiful hitchhiker who takes him back to her gothic mansion for a night of sex and blooddrinking.  In THE COMING OF SIN, a wealthy and beautiful young woman takes in a gypsy maid and attraction sparks, but the relationship becomes an uncomfortable threesome when the man of the gypsy girl's nightmares joins them.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Video (US) Region A/B Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

  • DISC ONE: Whirlpool (1970)
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 widescreen
    • English LPCM 1.0
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by Video Watchdog's Tim Lucas
    • "Obsessive Recurrence: The Early Films of José Larraz" an appreciation by author and critic Kim Newman
    • "A Curious Casting" interview with actor Larry Dann
    • "Deviations of Whirlpool" featurette on the differences between the U.S. Theatrical Cut and the European cut of the film
    • Archival Interview with director José Larraz
    • Image Gallery
    • U.S. Theatrical Trailer
  • DISC TWO: Vampyres (1974)
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English LPCM 1.0
    • Optional English SDH Subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by Diabolique Magazine's Kat Ellinger
    • Cast and Crew Interviews:
      • "A High Stakes Enterprise" interview with producer Brian Smedley-Aston
      • "By This Sign, I'll Recognise You..." interview with actress Marianne Morris
      • "Daughter of Dracula" interview with actress Anulka
      • "A Cut-Throat Business" interview with actor Brian Deacon
      • "Unhappy Camper" interview with actress Sally Faulkner
      • "Bloodletting on a Budget" interview with make-up artist Colin Arthur
      • "Requiem for a Vampyre" interview with composer James Kenelm Clarke
    • "Reimagining Vampyres" interview with Larraz's friend and collaborator Victor
    • Matellano, director of the 2015 "Vampyres" remake
    • Archival Interview with director José Larraz
    • 1997 Eurofest Q&A with director José Larraz and actress Marianne Morris
    • Image Galleries:
      • Stills
      • Behind the Scenes
      • Promotional and Miscellaneous
      • "Lost" Caravan Sequence
    • Trailers:
      • U.S. Theatrical Trailer
      • International Theatrical Trailer
  • DISC THREE: The Coming of Sin (1978)
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English and Spanish DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0
    • Optional English SDH subtitles for the English track and English subtitles for the Spanish track
    • English or Spanish opening credits via seamless branching
    • Audio Commentary by Diabolique Magazine's Kat Ellinger and Samm Deighan
    • "Variations of Vice: The Alternate Versions of The Coming of Sin" featurette with Nucleus Films' Marc Morris
    • "Remembering Larraz" author and filmmaker Simon Birrell on his long-time friend and collaborator José Larraz
    • "His Last Request" 2005 short film by Simon Birrell made under the guidance of José Larraz and starring Spanish horror legend Jack Taylor
    • Archival Interview with director José Larraz
    • Image Gallery
    • Spanish Theatrical Trailer
  • Newly comissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
  • 80-page perfect bound book featuring new writing by Jo Botting, Tim Greaves and Vanity Celis

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