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    Anyway, I was having a look at Mansion of the Living Dead yesterday and I noticed this...



    ...so would that make the film the first that Franco worked with a Dolby soundtrack in post? I remember reading his complaints about having to work with a Dolby soundtrack on Faceless, as he vehemently disliked working with multiple audio tracks and the creation of a stereo mix. But here's a film, made some years prior, and it's listed as being in Dolby. Hmmm...

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    Could be a Dolby Mono track, couldn't it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jane View Post
    Could be a Dolby Mono track, couldn't it?
    Possibly, but unlikely by the early eighties. I'm guessing it was a Dolby stereo track (which worked L-C-R-S); A Clockwork Orange (1971) was the earliest film I know of that utilised Dolby Noise Reduction for its (monaural) soundtrack, and Ken Russell's Tommy (1975) was the first to use Dolby multi-channel sound (L-C-R-LS-RS).

    The majority of earlier Dolby tracks were four channel, and it wasn't until the advent of Dolby digital that the .1 (LFE) channel came into play...but that was the nineties. If it was Dolby "mono", or Dolby NR (Noise Reduction), I'm guessing it would have been listed as such. My educated guess is Dolby stereo (4-channel), though from the digital editions we have I'm guessing only mono elements survived...

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    It seems that way because I'm 99.9% certain the Severin disc is mono.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jane View Post
    It seems that way because I'm 99.9% certain the Severin disc is mono.
    It is -- I have the Anchor Bay UK port of it (from a PAL master) and it's definitely mono. But then, even a lot of the Italian stuff that was post-synched in Dolby stereo back in the eighties turns up in mono on DVD. Photos of Gioia was a classic example -- Lamberto Bava even talked about the Dolby soundtrack in Media Blasters' extras, but the disc is in mono. I'm fairly sure Shameless' DVD of Deodato's Off Balance is also mono, even though the credits list Dolby stereo as the audio and a Dolby consultant.

    Not only do we cult movie fans have to put up with cut releases, incorrectly framed films, and incorrect colour-timing...they can't even get the soundtracks right in a lot of cases.

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    Top five Franco flicks? I'd have to go for:
    LES DEMONS
    THE OBSCENE MIRROR
    LORNA THE EXORCIST
    VIRGIN AMONG THE LIVING DEAD
    EXORCISM or perhaps
    THE DIABOLICAL DR Z, or LES EBRANLESS (or what I could understand of it, given my poor French), or THE PERVERSE COUNTESS, or JACK THE RIPPER

    Gosh, it's hard to pick just five, isn't it?

    But yep, I'm generally a De Nesle-period fan and proud of it - that era has the right mix of (semi-)gothic atmosphere and, well, earthy, sleaze/funkiness for my tastes That group of films is free-spirited and transgressive, all that I like in Uncle Jess' work.
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    Is there a good DVD of The Obscene Mirror floating around anywhere?
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    I don't think there are any official DVD releases, sadly, Ian. I guess the film, like most of the De Nesle-produced movies, is tied up in legal wranglings. However, both the Spanish and Italian variants of THE OBSCENE MIRROR can be found 'doing the rounds' and there are even some fan-produced subtitles for the Italian version. (I don't think there are any fansubs for the Spanish version, but I could be wrong.)

    Given Mondo Macabro's releases of LORNA and SINNER, I really hope they'll release some more of Franco's films from this period. I'd be hugely pleased if THE OBSCENE MIRROR and some of the other De Nesle movies got good DVD releases, and MM is the company to do them justice.
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    I rewatched THE OBSCENE MIRROR today, via the Italian version (LO SPECCHIO DEL PIACERE). It's a fascinating, hauntingly macabre film, but the ugly h/c inserts really stop the narrative in its tracks. The Spanish version (AL OTRO LADO DEL ESPEJO) plays out much better, I think, especially transposing (the lovely) Emma Cohen's obsession from her sister (Lina Romay) to her father (Howard Vernon). However, I struggle to watch the Spanish cut of the film as my understanding of Spanish is pretty terrible. (Are there any fansubs for the Spanish version of the movie out there?)

    Has anyone seen the French cut (LE MIROIR OBSCENE)? I've always assumed that it's similar in content to the Italian version, but you know what they say about assumptions.
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