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    Symptoms coming to Blu-Ray

    Last but not least is a title which has been rescued from the BFI’s ‘Most Wanted’ list (the record of important British feature films that are considered lost) after the recent discovery of the original negative: José Ramón Larraz’s dark and disturbing Symptoms (1974). Britain’s official Palme d’Or entry at the 1974 Cannes Film Festival, the film was given the briefest of theatrical releases, but aside from a screening on British television in the early 80s it disappeared into obscurity. The BFI’s Flipside release presents the film in a stunning new restoration along with a wealth of essential extra features, including new interviews with its stars Angela Pleasence and Lorna Heilbron, and is being produced in collaboration with the great US label Mondo Macabro.
    The latest BFI press release has a wonderful little nugget tucked away at the end of it: the negative for Symptoms has been found and the BFI are releasing it on Blu-Ray in collaboration with Mondo Macabro!

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    noodle doodle Clive Smith's Avatar
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    At long, long last! This really is one of my most wanted. Peter Vaughan too.

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    Greatest home video news since the announcement of Borowczyk's Dr. Jekyll. One of the best 70's horror films and when all is said and done probably Larraz's magnum opus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clive Smith View Post
    At long, long last! This really is one of my most wanted.
    Same here. Great news! I really wondered if this would ever happen. Can't think of a better company to work with than MM too.

    Now, since we're rolling boxcars here, how about getting WHIRLPOOL, DEVIATION, and SCREAM AND DIE on BD as well. Then I can shuffle off this tilt-a-whirl a relatively happy man.
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    Word on the street is that MM will be handling a domestic release.
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    I'm in!!
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    Yes! I friggin' love Symptoms.
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    Official Press Release:

    For years only viewable as a blurry bootleg derived from an early 80s British TV broadcast, this haunting thriller can now be seen as it was intended with a brand new HD transfer of the recently discovered negatives. It’s taken us more than 15 years of searching and negotiating to get here, but with the indispensable assistance of the BFI we can finally bring this film to the world on Blu-ray and DVD.

    Symptoms is an intense and claustrophobic study of a woman’s descent into madness and murder. Made in the same years as Larraz’s better known Vampyres with much of the same crew and a similar vibe, Symptoms is more atmospheric and ambiguous, and less exploitative. But it casts a powerful spell and is perhaps the most potent example of director Jose Larraz’s unique style.

    Starring Angela Pleasance (From Beyond the Grave) in what is probably her best ever role, Symptoms is a film whose time has finally come. After premiering at the 1974 Cannes Film Festival as the official UK entry and a brief theatrical run, the film sank into almost complete obscurity until being rescued from oblivion by books like Tohill and Tombs’ Immoral Tales and the ever-diligent video underground. With this stunning new blu ray release Symptoms can now be seen as the masterpiece of 70s horror that it truly is.

    Mondo Macabro’s Blu-ray and DVD releases will be out in early spring, and will include the following extras:

    The 2011 documentary on Jose Larraz, ON VAMPYRES AND OTHER SYMPTOMS
    FROM BARCELONA to TUNBRIDGE WELLS, a 1999 TV documentary on Larraz, part of the EUROTIKA! series
    New interviews with stars Angela Pleasence and Lorna Heilbron and editor Brian Smedley-Aston

    The retail version of this release will be preceded by a limited, numbered version (500 copies only) with exclusive extras, only available through our webstore MondoMacabro.BigCartel.com
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    noodle doodle Clive Smith's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Monroe View Post
    Now, since we're rolling boxcars here, how about getting WHIRLPOOL, DEVIATION, and SCREAM AND DIE on BD as well.
    Ha, absolutely. I'm sure Paul will notice soon and add his tuppence-worth.

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