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    I'm guessing that Vampire Ecstasy will be the 85 min R-rated cut seen on the widescreen Devil's Playthings release? I'd like to be wrong a see the full 100 or so minute cut that was in the Girl Meets Girl Collection set.

    My ultimate Sarno wishlist would be Misty, The Switch and Passion in Hot Hollows in glorious new uncut scans. Sadly that is a pipe dream I think.

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    It would be insane to include the cut version of "Vampire Ecstasy," but the mere fact that they are marketing it with that shitty retitling does not bode well. Fingers crossed.

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    I really hope like you guys that they release the uncut version of Vampire Ecstasy, it's kind of pointless to do a great restoration on a badly censored version of a film, unless it's like some film from like 1895 or something and it's like the first film ever made lol, but I mean since the uncut version is already out on DVD, a cut blu ray would not get purchased by me, and I'm sure many others.

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    Update from their website:

    FILM MEDIA TO RELEASE VAMPIRE ECSTASY / SIN YOU SINNERS TO BLU-RAY AND HD DIGITAL OCTOBER 4, 2016

    Double Feature Kicks Off Joseph W. Sarno High Definition Release Schedule

    April 26, 2016 Fair Lawn, NJ – Motion picture film preservation and restoration company Film Media announced the October 4, 2016 release of Vampire Ecstasy and Sin You Sinners, two seminal films from director Joseph W. Sarno, to Blu-Ray and HD Digital. This day-and-date blu-ray and HD digital release is the first in a planned series that will comprise the largest collection of Joseph W. Sarno films under one label. Also contributing to the series are Tim Lucas, noted film critic and editor of Video Watchdog, who will provide liner notes; and Joe’s widow Peggy Steffans Sarno, who will provide context and invaluable insight into Joe’s process.

    Magic amulets, occult rituals and an undying curse drive tales of sexual jealousy and forbidden desire in Joseph W. Sarno’s Sin You Sinners and Vampire Ecstasy, presented together for the first time in High Definition.

    Sin You Sinners (1963) – an aging exotic dancer uses occult forces in the shape of a magic amulet to maintain her youth and beauty. Discovering her secret, her jealous daughter and employer hatch plots to steal the amulet for themselves. When the amulet goes missing, it sets off a chain of events ending in murder.

    Vampire Ecstasy (1973) – Three beautiful young women arrive at a grim and secluded castle, eager to claim their inheritance. In the castle basement, a coven of witches dance in a wild, orgiastic sex ritual, invoking the spirit of their deceased vampire leader. That same night, a brother and sister arrive, warning of the castle’s evil curse. But too soon they also fall under the witches’ spell, and the stage is set for the return of the Baroness Varga, for the vessel has been chosen!

    Double Feature includes new liner notes by Tim Lucas, film critic and editor of Video Watchdog, director and producer interviews, mini poster, commentary and a trailer vault.

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    The Film Media Project is dedicated to preserving, restoring and raising awareness of obscure and outstanding examples of independent cinema shot on motion picture film.

    Tim Lucas' VIDEO WATCHDOG blog - http://videowatchdog.blogspot.com/
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    Another press release, this time confirming the involvement of Something Weird in this project, which is pretty exciting news.

    Announcing the FILM MEDIA PROJECT
    Organization Launched to Archive, Preserve, and Restore Outstanding Independent Motion Picture Films

    April 18, 2016 Fairlawn NJ - Producer, director and founder of the Film Photography Project Michael Raso announced the launch of the Film Media Project, a new enterprise devoted to the preservation and restoration of outstanding independent cinema shot on motion picture film. Located in a climate controlled facility in Fairlawn, NJ the swiftly-growing archive of 35mm, 16mm and 8mm films stands at nearly 600 features and shorts, with high definition restoration of many of the features already underway. Short and long-term Film Media Project goals include theatrical screenings, retrospectives and eventual release of High Definition assets to home entertainment.

    Leading the schedule for restoration to high definition are the Film Media prints of erotic auteur Joseph W. Sarno, frequently referred to as the 'Ingmar Bergman of 42nd street,' and a leading figure in the mid-20th century exploitation genre. In a fortuitous collaboration with Something Weird Video, represented by Michael Vraney's widow and business partner Lisa Petrucci, seven 35mm prints of Sarno films previous released under the Something Weird Video label will be added to the Film Media assortment for restoration and eventual co-branded HD release, making this the largest collection of Joseph W. Sarno films to date under one label. Also contributing to the series are Tim Lucas, noted film critic and editor of Video Watchdog, who will provide liner notes; and Joe's widow Peggy Steffans Sarno, who will provide context and invaluable insight into Joe's process.
    Also underway is restoration of Where the Air is Cool and Dark, a visually stunning and critically acclaimed account of drug addiction and recovery set in the 1990s Pacific Northwest, directed by Seattle film maker Brion Rockwell.

    Michael Raso commented,
    "Founding the Film Media Project & archive seems the inevitable outgrowth of my passion for film in its many forms. With my company The Film Photography Project, we work tirelessly to promote, educate and inspire creativity using analog film as a medium - through educational videos, a podcast, free workshops and camera donations to schools around the globe - and along with like-minded organizations such as the Impossible Project and Lomography, we endeavor to keep film relevant and available. Recently, I expanded our efforts to include 16mm film, and the response far exceeded my expectations. That's when I realized I needed to bring this momentum to my swiftly growing library of rare and obscure films. I should also mention that Film Media would not be poised to launch the Joseph W. Sarno Retrospect Series if it weren't for the collaboration with Lisa Petrucci and the Something Weird Video library, which dramatically expanded our assortment of films by one of my all-time favorite directors and personal friend, Joe Sarno."

    Lisa Petrucci, SWV added,
    "Something Weird Video is thrilled to have this opportunity to work with the Film Media Project on the release and restoration of these seminal sixties sexploitation classics from the great master of psycho-sexual cinema, Joe Sarno. We've always believed Sarno's films to be some of the best of this genre and have long considered them precious jewels in the crown of our film archive. It will be a treat to see these brilliant films in high definition, and get the first class treatment and presentation they so well deserve."

    For additional information on the Film Media Project, please visit www.FilmMedia.org
    For additional information on Something Weird Video, please visit www.SomethingWeird.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marshall Crist View Post
    It would be insane to include the cut version of "Vampire Ecstasy," but the mere fact that they are marketing it with that shitty retitling does not bode well. Fingers crossed.
    The PR rep handling Film Media confirmed via email that "it is absolutely 100% the uncut, longer version."
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    This is great news that the Something Weird Sarno films will be released in HD as well Now if only they can release the Video X Pix ones as well, I hope they can get the rights to release those as well, and have all the Sarno films under one label and see all his films released in blu ray hopefully.

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    From FB:

    "Confessions of a Young American Housewife is one of many of the Joe Sarno films getting the HD treatment in 2016."

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    These images popped up on FB.... so work is moving forward here.

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    that's a nice set up he has there to work on. I am really looking forward to Joe Sarno films on blu ray, his films were like soap opera softcore haha, they were always striving to be more than just tits and ass films, not that I mind a tits and ass film, but I always liked when a film tried to be more than just that. Inga is a good example, I loved that film, and now that it'll be on blu ray I can't wait, I hope they can find better elements for Seduction of Inga. What is your favorite Joe Sarno film guys? I have trouble picking, but I'd have to say Inga, but I loved all his films, although his 80's porn films were a step down from his earlier films.

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