Thursday, June 29, 2017

A New Interview With Françoise Pascal in the Upcoming ART DECADES

One of the highlights of my time writing online was getting to interview the amazing Françoise Pascal, the star of my favorite Rollin film The Iron Rose, for Fascination: The Jean Rollin Experience just over 7 years ago so I am very excited to announce that I recently had the chance to interview Françoise again for a follow-up chat for my print only publication Art Decades. This new interview with Françoise focuses on a number of topics including her thoughts seeing Rollin for a final time, more on The Iron Rose, her autobiography, recent work, future plans and more. This 13th issue of Art Decades also includes an exclusive sneak preview of Spectacular Optical's book on Rollin Lost Girls featuring a number of contributor interviews and an excerpt. The issue will be available to order via Amazon and eBay in July and I will be unveiling our special Francoise Pascal cover here very soon. In the meantime, head over to Francoise's official site for more information on her and her remarkable career.

Monday, May 15, 2017

A Chat on Jean Rollin at Electric Sheep




I recently had the honor of being interviewed by editor, film historian and writer Marcelline Block about the career and films of Jean Rollin and that chat can now be read over at Electric Sheep.

 



Thank you very much to Marcelline for the questions and I hope our talk proves enjoyable.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Jean Rollin Podcast at Daughters of Darkness



Diabolique's excellent podcast Daughters of Darkness has just released a terrific chat focused on 3 films by Jean Rollin. Inspired by Tohill and Tombs' incredibly influential Immoral Tales, hosts Samm Deighan and Kat Ellinger focus specifically on The Nude Vampire, Fascination and Living Dead Girl on this 105 minute podcast. Like all of the Daughters of Darkness episodes, this talk is an essential listen for genre and cult-film fans in general. It is highly recommended.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

LOST GIRLS: THE CINEMA OF JEAN ROLLIN (Indiegogo Campaign Is Now Live)



The Indiegogo campaign for Spectacular Optical's upcoming book Lost Girls:  The Cinema of Jean Rollin is now live and taking donations.  Head over to the campaign to see samples from the book and read about the exciting 'perks' that are being offered to contributors.  Be sure to donate if you can and please help spread the word via social media and your own sites.  Here is a preview of the book, featuring editor Samm Deighan, that Spectacular Optical have just released.


Friday, April 14, 2017

Jean Rollin's ZOMBIE LAKE World Premiere Soundtrack CD

The Omega Productions is preparing to release the world premiere of Daniel J. White's soundtrack for Jean Rollin's Zombie Lake.  


From the press release the CD, which will be limited to just 500 copies, "will be remastered for the first time ever, with the help of Daniel Lesoeur, producer of the film and director of Eurociné. It will contain 22 (+ bonus) tracks, included sound design (the "bird's song") and quotes".  While the film itself remains, arguably, the absolute lowpoint in Rollin's filmmaking career, this soundtrack is a very welcome release and the early shots of the accompanying booklet look wonderful.  For ordering information on this release, please visit this page.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A New Piece on Jean Rollin in Intellect's International Horror Film Directors GLOBAL FEAR Book

Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare has written a new piece on Jean Rollin entitled "Dreaming Revolt: Jean Rollin and the French Fantastique in the Context of May 1968" for the new Intellect book International Horror Film Directors: Global Fear.  
The book, containing this valuable piece of writing on Rollin, can be ordered at Intellect's official British site, its American counterpart The University of Chicago Press, Amazon, or any of your favorite booksellers.

Congratulations to Mario for getting this fine piece published!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

LOST GIRLS: THE CINEMA OF JEAN ROLLIN Coming from Spectacular Optical


Kier-La Janisse's acclaimed Canadian publishing company Spectacular Optical will be releasing the much anticipated book Lost Girls: The Cinema of Jean Rollin later this year.


Edited by the fantastic Samm Deighan, this new book on Rollin's work promises to be among the most ambitious ever released and has the distinction of being created and penned by an all-woman panel of critics, historians and scholars.  From the press release, contributors include Alexandra Heller-Nicholas (Senses of Cinema), Kat Ellinger (Diabolique), Virginie Selavy (Electric Sheep), Alison Nastasi (Satanic Panic), Marcelline Block (Art Decades), Rebecca Booth (Diabolique), Michelle Alexander (Cinemadrome), Lisa Cunningham (The Laughing Dead), Heather Drain (Dangerous Minds), Erin Miskell (That's Not Current) and Gianna D’Emilio (Diabolique).

More information on the book can be found here and everyone is advised to sign up for the upcoming Indiegogo campaign here.  

Monday, May 25, 2015

A Look At Jean Rollin's THE ESCAPEES on Blu-ray

When Redemption released Jean Rollin's Les Paumees Du Petit Matin (The Escapees) back in 2009 on DVD the disc felt a bit like of a Godsend for fans. After all, The Escapees had long been one of the hardest of Rollin's features to see, so finally having an official release was in itself a cause to celebrate. Sadly that 2009 DVD was mired by a number of technical issues. The non-anamorphic disc offered up a flat smeary looking print with drab colors and a generally inconsistent look. Add on to the visual problems present, Redemption's original DVD offered up the soundtrack in a muffled and static mix that did the film no favors. In other words, despite how welcome it was for Rollin's fans, the original DVD for The Escapees was a bit of a mess.
Flash forward nearly six years later and Redemption (partnered with Kino Lorber) has re-released The Escapees on Blu-ray in a terrific new HD print remastered from the original 35 mm negative that trumps that original DVD in every way. Finally we can see one of Rollin's most distinctive and unique films the way it was intended and the results are, at times, startling.
Few filmmakers used colors the way Jean Rollin did, and now with this new HD print we can see that this fact carried through with The Escapees. Whereas Redemption's original DVD had a flat and greyish look about it, with this new disc the colors really pop the way we know that Rollin intended. The improvement is apparent from the get-go (look at the way the dewy green grass present in the opening moments draws the viewer in immediately) and the disc's color palette stays wonderfully consistent throughout. The film's haunting and marvelous ice-skating sequence feels especially alive and vibrant now on this new disc. While I still have issues with the film and don't consider it among Rollin's finest works, I enjoyed it much more via Redemption's new Blu-ray than I ever have before. Back in 2009 I wrote that it is, "Stylistically as far away from his early dazzling Jean-Jacques Renon lighted works as possible, The Escapees is a cold and somber film" and, while I still agree partially with that, this new release shows that The Escapees is a much more electrifying and vibrant work than I had previously realized. There are still major problems with the film's final act, that not even this sharp print can help, but it isn't the "disaster" that Rollin once called it all. He was much more on point when he noted in Virgins and Vampires that “certain scenes emerged” amidst the flaws as there is an undeniably hypnotic and haunting quality about the film that is unique to Rollin’s work.
The problem's with the films soundtrack have no also been corrected in this new HD version and this greatly benefits the fine if spare piano based score from frequent Rollin composer Philippe D’Aram. The Escapees remains a frustratingly inconsistent picture but it has moments of greatness. As Cathal Tohill and Pete Tombs noted in their wonderful Immoral Tales, "what is good in (The Escapees) is very good."
This exciting new Blu-ray of The Escapees (which thankfully ports over the wonderful "One Day In Paris: An Interview With Jean Rollin" from the older DVD) can be ordered at Amazon. More information can also be found here.

-Jeremy Richey, 2015-

Friday, May 15, 2015

A Podcast Dedicated to Jean Rollin From The Human Centipod

The new episode of Jason Meredith and Fred Anderson's The Human Centipod is an hour and half long look at the cinema of Jean Rollin. It can be listened to and downloaded here.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The New Documentary JEAN ROLLIN: THE STRAY DREAMER Hits DVD this July!

The much anticipated new documentary from Damien Dupont on Jean Rollin, The Stray Dreamer, is hitting DVD this July. More information on this all region English subtitled disc can be found here. Also, here is an interview I conducted with Damien awhile back.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Jean Rollin's THE ESCAPEES is Coming to Blu-ray!

Redemption and Kino Lorber's excellent The Cinema of Jean Rollin line finally has a new title coming out! The Escapees (Les paumées du petit matin) will be hitting Blu on May 26th and here are the specs:


Mastered in HD from the original 35mm negative
French audio track with optional English subtitles
One Day in Paris: An Interview with Jean Rollin (2008, 28 min.)