I finally got hold of a subbed copy of the widescreen French version. Even though it's sourced from VHS and the subs drift, it's an amazing film. The colours are strong and vibrant (very Bava-esque) which doesn't come across at all on the US version, and the compositions striking. I didn't miss the voice-over at all, and the plot benefits from being more ambiguous (is Carmilla a vampire? Or is it all in her mind?). One thing: while the shot of her bloody breast was a surprise, I was really puzzled that Georgia's amazing dream sequence (a stand-out from the US version) was almost completely missing, with just a brief shot of Millarca in her surgeon's robes explaining that Carmilla died in the tomb, and then revealing Carmilla on the table; but the shot is in colour, while in the US version it comes at the end of the much lengthier sequence and is in black and white. Whatever the reason, while both versions are well worth watching, the French version has the edge for me. It's a fantastic film: I'd love to see a re-release that does it justice.