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Title: The Virgin & The Gypsy (Christopher Miles, 1970)
Post by: Paul on 10 Sep 2007 - 09:22
This Christopher "Priest Of Love" Miles flick was—to my knowledge—never released on VHS in the UK and has never been released anywhere on DVD... until now! UK independent Arrow Films are releasing THE VIRGIN AND THE GYPSY on 15th October. I've pre-ordered it.

Franco Nero and Honor Blackman star in this DH Lawrence adaptation.
Title: Re: The Virgin & The Gypsy (Christopher Miles, 1970)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 10 Sep 2007 - 09:31
Great! i've never seen this, roll on 15th oct ::)
Title: Re: The Virgin & The Gypsy (Christopher Miles, 1970)
Post by: fdsmedia on 10 Sep 2007 - 09:37
It's also being released in the US October 9 by none other than..... TELEVISTA!!  :-*
Title: Re: The Virgin & The Gypsy (Christopher Miles, 1970)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 10 Sep 2007 - 09:38
It's also being released in the US October 9 by none other than..... TELEVISTA!!  :-*
is televista bad then?
Title: Re: The Virgin & The Gypsy (Christopher Miles, 1970)
Post by: fdsmedia on 10 Sep 2007 - 09:42
Yes Televista mostly release cut films from full screen VHS sources. I have bought a few of their releases like the School Teacher Collection and Andrea Bianchi's Angel of Death but I wouldn't recommend them to anyone.
Title: Re: The Virgin & The Gypsy (Christopher Miles, 1970)
Post by: Paul on 10 Sep 2007 - 09:46
Televista are a bootleg operation, eh? They released AMUCK, to name but one of their lacklustre releases.

I'm really looking forward to VIRGIN AND THE GYPSY. I'm pretty confident that Arrow will do the film justice, transfer-wise.
Title: Re: The Virgin & The Gypsy (Christopher Miles, 1970)
Post by: Jonny on 10 Sep 2007 - 09:50
Televista are a bootleg operation, eh? They released AMUCK, to name but one of their lacklustre releases.

Televista are an off shoot of Jef films.

Paul, 'Eurovista' (Luminous) put out 'Amuck', different company mate.
Title: Re: The Virgin & The Gypsy (Christopher Miles, 1970)
Post by: Paul on 10 Sep 2007 - 09:51
Televista are a bootleg operation, eh? They released AMUCK, to name but one of their lacklustre releases.

Televista are an off shoot of Jef films.

Paul, 'Eurovista' (Luminous) put out 'Amuck', different company mate.

I see - weren't Televista the guys that released DAY OF THE COBRA? Anyway, they're a bootleg mob, so the arrow release is most definitely the way to go  :-X
Title: Re: The Virgin & The Gypsy (Christopher Miles, 1970)
Post by: dracucarr on 10 Sep 2007 - 17:09
Well I hope they release it uncut as recent screenings omit Imogen "yummy yummy" Hassall's breast feeding shot. The perve in me demands it to be there  ::)
Title: Re: The Virgin & The Gypsy (Christopher Miles, 1970)
Post by: tigerheart76 on 11 Sep 2007 - 13:35
This Christopher "Priest Of Love" Miles flick was—to my knowledge—never released on VHS in the UK and has never been released anywhere on DVD... until now! UK independent Arrow Films are releasing THE VIRGIN AND THE GYPSY on 15th October. I've pre-ordered it.

Franco Nero and Honor Blackman star in this DH Lawrence adaptation.


Excellent!! This is a fine film and worth a viewing. Thanks for the heads-up Paul!  ::)

P.S. I swear I saw an apparent commercial VHS copy of the film on Ebay recently...kinda skint right now so I skipped bidding for it. I've got a DVD copy of a recent TV showing of the film which is grainy but does the job...
Title: Re: The Virgin & The Gypsy (Christopher Miles, 1970)
Post by: Paul on 11 Sep 2007 - 14:09
This Christopher "Priest Of Love" Miles flick was—to my knowledge—never released on VHS in the UK and has never been released anywhere on DVD... until now! UK independent Arrow Films are releasing THE VIRGIN AND THE GYPSY on 15th October. I've pre-ordered it.

Franco Nero and Honor Blackman star in this DH Lawrence adaptation.


Excellent!! This is a fine film and worth a viewing. Thanks for the heads-up Paul!  ::)

P.S. I swear I saw an apparent commercial VHS copy of the film on Ebay recently...kinda skint right now so I skipped bidding for it. I've got a DVD copy of a recent TV showing of the film which is grainy but does the job...

There was an Australian VHS of the film on eBay about four or five weeks ago. I seem to remember it selling for around £40GBP.
Title: Re: The Virgin & The Gypsy (Christopher Miles, 1970)
Post by: LANZETTA on 27 Sep 2007 - 22:10
Well I hope they release it uncut as recent screenings omit Imogen "yummy yummy" Hassall's breast feeding shot. The perve in me demands it to be there  ::)
This seems to get repeated every year and every time i manage to forget to set the VCR. ???

Having not seen it,i take it that theres more to this film than just a soppy love story? >:(
Title: Re: The Virgin & The Gypsy (Christopher Miles, 1970)
Post by: Paul on 01 Oct 2007 - 14:17
UK Coverart:

(http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/2033/virgince5.jpg)
Title: Re: The Virgin & The Gypsy (Christopher Miles, 1970)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 01 Oct 2007 - 14:21
Roll on two weeks time! ::)
Title: Re: The Virgin & The Gypsy (Christopher Miles, 1970)
Post by: tigerheart76 on 01 Oct 2007 - 14:36

Having not seen it,i take it that theres more to this film than just a soppy love story? >:(

Yes - there's plenty of emotion expressed (negative and positive), but there's nothing particularly 'soppy' about the film (speaking from a girl's perspective!) - to me it's more of a drama with erotic overtones. The attraction's definitely there from the outset between the Gypsy (F. Nero) and Yvette, the lead female character (Joanna Shimkus, long married to Sidney Poitier) and the director does a great job of building this up.

BTW - fantastic cover art!


Title: Re: The Virgin & The Gypsy (Christopher Miles, 1970)
Post by: Paul on 18 Oct 2007 - 08:58
So I saw this last night – Firstly, I'd like to point out this appears to be exactly the same print that's been aired on TV recently – is non-anamorphic 1.85:1 during the credits and becomes fullscreen after they are over. It's a petty grainy print, but one must remember who obscure this film has become and I believe this is the first ever UK home video release, though I could be wrong. Still, the picture is solid enough and appears to be framed quite nicely, even though it's full frame.

The film itself I had not seen before (though I thought I had) and it's an enjoyable, yet generic period class struggle. The girls are hot, Franco suitably mysterious as the Gypsy and there's a wonderful conclusion that I shall say nothing more about. The film is a rather pedestrian for the most part but really comes into its own in the final act. Definitely one to watch, if you like this sort thing.