Friday, July 8, 2011

Rosalba Neri News # 1

   Thanks to some recent European TV broadcasts, two of Rosalba Neri's movies have turned up in excellent quality. First up the German satellite channel 3sat ran a seemingly uncut version (90 minutes PAL) of Lady Frankenstein (1971). Nicely letterboxed at 1.90:1 , the broadcast also featured a 42 minute documentary about the making of the movie complete with interviews of director Mel Wells and Rosalba. Both doc & movie are in German naturally, but some enterprising person has synced up the TV broadcast to the English audio track and made it available "out there".  Long a staple of shoddy public domain video in the U.S., Lady Frankenstein  is going to get a major upgrade DVD-wise this fall thanks to Shout Factory . They've announced as part of their Roger Corman New World releases a quadruple feature DVD containing Lady Frankenstein for release in Sept.

   Next up the Italian station Duel recently broadcast The Devils Wedding Night  (1973 Il plenilunio delle vergini). One of Rosalba's last horror roles this has been available on DVD as part of "Elvira's Movie Macbre" series. Although uncut and letterboxed the DVD's 35mm print looked like it had been dragged across a gravel parking lot. Duel's broadcast was beautiful and although in Italian , once again an unsung hero has subtitled it in English and once again its available "out there"

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