Louis Feuillade’s Les Vampires on Blu-ray and DVD

This pure pulp serial is comprised of 10 episodes which were shown in theatres over a period of time in 1915. It includes shootouts, robberies, espionage, lovable heros and clumsy villains. The title comes from a criminal organization in the serial known as the Vampires. Throughout the chapters, heads of the Vampire organization come and go but one stays in power throughout, a woman named Irma Vep, which is an anagram for Vampire. If you love historical cinema and watching the classics that have influenced thousands of new directors and given ideas to what Hollywood has become, then you won’t want to miss Les Vampires when it comes out August 14th.

Kino Classics Announces Blu-ray and DVD Release of Louis Feuillade’s silent serial Les Vampires in a 2-disc set authorized by Gaumont Studios and restored by The Cinémathèque Française. Available August 14, 2012.

New York, NY – July 24, 2012 – Kino Classics proudly announces the Blu-ray and DVD release of Louis Feuillade’s Les Vampires, the landmark silent serial that stars Musidora in her iconic performance as Irma Vep. This edition from Kino Classics is mastered in HD from the 35mm restoration produced in 1996 by the Cinémathèque Française, under the supervision of Feuillade’s grandson, Jacques Champreux.

Les Vampires comes to Blu-ray and DVD on August 14th, in a 2-disc set containing all ten chapters (more than 6 1/2 hours) of Feuillade’s serial. The SRP for the Blu-ray is $39.95, while the SRP for the DVD is $34.95. Both are currently available for prebook. This edition features a musical score compiled and performed by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra.

The undisputed master of the espionage serial, Louis Feuillade (Fantomas) crafted films with labyrinthine plots and unforgettable characters that influenced multiple generations of filmmakers.

Comprised of ten episodes, and clocking in at nearly seven hours in duration, Les Vampires is an unqualified masterpiece.  It follows journalist Philippe Guerande (Edouard Mathe) in his efforts to expose a vast criminal organization known as the Vampires.  Joined by a comical sidekick, Mazamette (Marcel Levesque), and often competing against a rival gang lord (Fernand Herrmann), Guerande dethrones a succession of the Vampires’ Grand Masters.  But most evasive of all is the Vampires’ muse, a seductive assassin who performs her job with deadly grace: Irma Vep (Musidora).

Authorized by the Gaumont Studios, this edition was mastered in HD from the 35mm restoration produced in 1996 by the Cinematheque Francaise, under the supervision of Feuillade’s grandson, Jacques Champreux.

France   1915-16   B&W   417 Min. 1.33:1   1920x1080p   2.0 Stereo 
Les Vampires
Written and Directed by Louis Feuillade
With Édouard Mathé, Marcel Lévesque,

Musidora, Jean Aymé, Fernand Herrmann

Episode 1: The Severed Head
Episode 2: The Deadly Ring
Episode 3: The Red Cryptogram
Episode 4: The Spectre
Episode 5: The Corpse’s Escape
Episode 6: The Eyes That Mesmerize
Episode 7: Satanas
Episode 8: The Lord of Thunder
Episode 9: The Poison Man
Episode 10: The Bloody Wedding

Blu-ray SRP: $39.95
DVD SRP: $34.95
Street date: August 14, 2012

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