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Blood and Black Lace/Blutige Seide

Region 0 Special Edition (USA) - VCI
vs. Region 0 Unslashed Collectors' Edution (USA) - VCI
vs. Region 0 Limited Edition (Germany) - Hände Weg

 

Details

 

 

DVD

R0 USA
Special Edition

 

 

DVD

R0 USA
Unslashed Collector's Edition

 

 

DVD

R0 Germany
Limited Edition

 

Disc(s)

 

1x single-sided dual layer (DVD9)

 

1x single-sided dual layer (DVD9)
1x single-sided single layer (DVD5)

 

1x single-sided dual layer (DVD9)

Running Time

 

Approx. 85 mins (NTSC) (packaging: 90 mins) (PAL to NTSC conversion)

 

Approx. 85 mins (NTSC) (packaging: 90 mins) (PAL to NTSC conversion)

 

Approx. 85 mins (PAL)

Video

 

1.66:1 non-anamorphic (cropped)
Average bit rate: 6.17 Mbps
NTSC 720x480 at 29.97 fps (interlaced)

 

1.78:1 anamorphic
Average bit rate: 7.78 Mbps
NTSC 720x480 at 29.97 fps (interlaced)

 

1.78:1 anamorphic
Average bit rate: ??
PAL 720x576 at 25 fps

Audio

 

English, Italian, French:
Dolby Digital 2.0 mono, 192 Kbps

 

English:
Dolby Digital 5.1, 448 Kbps

French, Italian:
Dolby Digital 2.0 mono, 192 Kbps

 

German, Italian:
Dolby Digital 2.0 mono, 192 Kbps

Subtitles

 

English, Spanish

 

English, Spanish

 

German, English

Extras

 

- Audio commentary by Tim Lucas
- Biographies
- American trailer
- French trailer
- Italian trailer
- Bonus Bava trailers
- French version main titles
- Photo gallery
- Soundtrack
- Original American release titles
- Interview with Cameron Mitchell
- Interview with Mary Dawne Arden
- Tim Lucas profile

 

Disc 1:
- Audio commentary by Tim Lucas
- American trailer
- Also available
- Biographies
- Tim Lucas profile

Disc 2:
- Interview with Cameron Mitchell
- Interview with Mary Dawne Arden
- French version main titles
- German trailer
- Original American release titles
- Italian theatrical trailer
- French theatrical trailer
- Bonus Bava trailers
- Photo gallery
- Soundtrack
- Comparison: American version cuts/Euro uncut

 

- Audio commentary by Christian Kessler and Robert Zion (in German)
- 4 theatrical trailers
- 12 bonus trailers
- Introduction by Thomas Reiner (in German)
- Interview with the Carlo Rustichelli (in Italian with German subtitles)
- Photo gallery
- Comparison: American version cuts/Euro uncut

 

Bit Rate

R0 USA SE

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R0 USA UCE

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(R0 Germany LE bit rate unavailable, sorry!)

 

Screen Captures

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Example 5

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Note identical print damage on German and new US transfers.

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Example 6

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Note that, in this single example, no additional material is visible on German and new US releases, suggesting that this extended murder sequence, cut in some prints, was acquired from a different source.

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Comments

It's not often that a re-release of a title looks considerably worse than its predecessor, but the more recent "Unslashed Collectors' Edition" from VCI is a disaster. The earlier Special Edition has its problems - a PAL to NTSC standards conversion, non-anamorphic, partially cropped, sometimes muted colours - but the new edition, which uses the German LE transfer as a source, worsens things tenfold. Now, more information is available on either side of the image, but the transfer is still a standards conversion, and detail levels are greatly worsened. Colours are also slightly more muted in comparison with the German version.

The German version is the way to go for image quality. It certainly has its flaws - there are some noticeable instances of print damage and compression artefacts, and at times I'm not entirely convinced that the colour scheme is correct (Example 2, for instance, looks a little sickly) - but, for being a properly progressive transfer in its native video format, and for showing more of the image (although it's still slightly cropped from its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1), it's ultimately the most satisfying presentation.

Unfortunately, the German release doesn't feature an English audio track. However, provided you can get the now out of print Limited Edition rather than the more recent bare-bones edition, you will at least have the choice of watching the film in Italian with optional English subtitles. The more recent US UCE release is an absolute travesty as far as audio is concerned, replacing the original mono English track with a clumsy 5.1 remix, which is also heavily desynchronised from the image. It also features extremely ugly yellow subtitles.

For English speakers, the US releases constitute superior options for bonus materials than the German release, with the UCE also adding a comparison between the cut and uncut versions of several key murder scenes (seemingly duplicated from the German release). For German speakers, however, their Limited Edition features several unique extras not available elsewhere.

Note that, because I only had access to the film portion of the German release, I have abstained from rating its extras.

 

Summary

 

 

USA SE

 

USA UCE

 

Germany LE

Video

 

4/10

 

2/10

 

7/10

Audio

 

7/10

 

3/10

 

6/10

Extras

 

7/10

 

8/10

 

Not rated