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Author Topic: Bloody Moon / Die Säge des Todes (Jess Franco, 1981)  (Read 17205 times)

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Severin DVD arrived the other day and on quick inspection looks absolutely lovely. Review will be up later in the week.




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Re: Bloody Moon / Die Säge des Todes (Jess Franco, 1981)
« Reply #1 on: 27 Oct 2008 - 11:14 »

Looking great Johny! This is my favorite Franco along with FACELESS. Will definititely buy this- DEVIL HUNTER as well. Very excited about this release.
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Re: Bloody Moon / Die Säge des Todes (Jess Franco, 1981)
« Reply #2 on: 01 Nov 2008 - 00:39 »

I popped this in tonight expecting to be disappointed as I'm not the biggest Franco fan...but I LOVED it.  It felt like Franco was parodying the slasher genre, even though I suppose it was in its relative infancy at that point, but the deaths are just so over-the-top and ridiculous.
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« Reply #3 on: 01 Nov 2008 - 06:20 »

I saw a lesser print of this recently (probably from the same source as the TWE tape release I saw years ago) and I might rent it for the Franco interview but I don't consider it an essential purchase.

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« Reply #4 on: 01 Nov 2008 - 11:51 »

[spoiler]Killer using a marble cutter as a murder weapon, then running over a kid with his car- that scene alone makes it an essential purchase  :-\[/spoiler]
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Re: Bloody Moon / Die Säge des Todes (Jess Franco, 1981)
« Reply #5 on: 01 Nov 2008 - 12:21 »

Yep, that scene is awesome
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« Reply #6 on: 01 Nov 2008 - 17:14 »

This thread really made me want this one.  Will definitely grab this with my next order - here's hoping the Deep Discount site has their normal November 20% off sale...
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Re: Bloody Moon / Die Säge des Todes (Jess Franco, 1981)
« Reply #7 on: 03 Nov 2008 - 14:10 »

Enjoyable little Slasher/Giallo.  Severin has done an excellent job with this.  Nice interview with Señor Franco as the folks at Severin always do.  ::)
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Re: Bloody Moon / Die Säge des Todes (Jess Franco, 1981)
« Reply #8 on: 03 Nov 2008 - 16:53 »

According to Amazon.co.uk, Severin is releasing this in the UK on November 24th.
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Re: Bloody Moon / Die Säge des Todes (Jess Franco, 1981)
« Reply #9 on: 04 Nov 2008 - 17:05 »

What audio options will be included on the Severin disc?

I'd like to upgrade to this one...and an alternate audio track (Spanish or, even better, German) to the cringeworthy English language dub would make this into a really essential purchase for me. :-\
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Re: Bloody Moon / Die Säge des Todes (Jess Franco, 1981)
« Reply #10 on: 05 Nov 2008 - 09:55 »

Will the UK releases of this one and DEVIL HUNTER be uncut? I need to know cause I'd rather order from the UK than the US.
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« Reply #11 on: 05 Nov 2008 - 10:58 »

BLOODY MOON has the English audio track only with German opening and closing credits. It's a great transfer - taken from the negative with snippets of gore added from another lower quality source but these shots are little more than a few seconds and welcome since it makes the film complete.

My review copy of the UK disc had the snake killing intact and the rest of the film looked uncut to me. There's also an 18 minute interview with Franco and the English language theatrical trailer.
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« Reply #12 on: 05 Nov 2008 - 13:33 »

[spoiler]That marble saw decap certainly takes the cake as far as gore goes, but my favorite death is Ava`s: she gets knifed through the back mid-sentence. Struck me as very funny for some reason. "A moonlight voyage on the high seassssyeeaaggghhh!"[/spoiler]

I also always get a good laugh during that world`s-slowest-door-opening-then-cat-tossed-into-scene sequence.

I think Graal is on to something with the parody theory.
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Re: Bloody Moon / Die Säge des Todes (Jess Franco, 1981)
« Reply #13 on: 17 Nov 2008 - 00:55 »

I really like this slice of gory entertainment and for some strange reason I consider this film a perfect companion piece to J. P. Simon's PIECES.

I have to admit I get a lot of extra fun out of this movie because bald-headed Otto Retzer (the executive producer who also plays the janitor) has become a prolific TV director around here and has turned into a well-known society figure. Would you expect to watch a celebrity dinner TV show and see the pale-faced cannibal from Franco's DEVILHUNTER serving up roasted trout with carrots? Here's a recent pic of him with his mentor and BLOODY MOON coproducer Karl Spiehs:



Another thing that makes me giggle: the disfigured Miguel is played by Alexander Wächter who is today known as a theatre actor and Shakespeare director. At the time when BLOODY MOON was shot, however, he was familiar with audiences over here for playing an archetypical intellectual mollycoddle in a series that is considered one of the most popular and successful in my country's history of television. It still sees occasional reruns and is being made into a feature film at the moment. Unlike Retzer or Olivia Pascal who don't seem to have a problem with their early exploitation career Wächter doesn't include BLOODY MOON on his resume. I wonder how he ended up in this film in the first place. Perhaps I should nail him down for an interview.  ::)



There are also floating around scans of the BLOODY MOON foto story that appeared in a German teen magazine as a promotional piece. Which strikes me as particularly ironic considering that this film is banned there to this day.  :-*

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Re: Bloody Moon / Die Säge des Todes (Jess Franco, 1981)
« Reply #14 on: 06 Jan 2009 - 09:37 »

Review of the Severin DVD is now on the main site...

Bloody Moon - Severin DVD review
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