Under its new Redemption label, Kino Lorber will release up to 35 films in 2012, on DVD, Blu-ray and all digital and VOD platforms - followed later by broadcast airings. Key titles will also be offered for repertory theatrical and midnight screenings with HD masters newly transferred and restored from 35mm negatives. The theatrical and home entertainment launch will be accompanied by a national marketing campaign to familiarize fans with the Redemption brand and widen the commercial scope of these...Read More>>

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About Redemption Films

Under its new Redemption label, Kino Lorber will release up to 35 films in 2012, on DVD, Blu-ray and all digital and VOD platforms - followed later by broadcast airings. Key titles will also be offered for repertory theatrical and midnight screenings with HD masters newly transferred and restored from 35mm negatives. The theatrical and home entertainment launch will be accompanied by a national marketing campaign to familiarize fans with the Redemption brand and widen the commercial scope of these sought-after horror films.

The first Redemption releases in early 2012 will be five erotic vampire films made by French filmmaker Jean Rollin (1938-2010): THE NUDE VAMPIRE (LA VAMPIRE NUE, 1970), SHIVER OF THE VAMPIRES (LES FRISSON DES VAMPIRES, 1971), THE IRON ROSE (LA ROSE DE FER, 1973), LIPS OF BLOOD (LEVRES DE SANG, 1974) and FASCINATION (1979).

Each has been newly mastered in HD from the original negatives to a high technical and aesthetic standard, and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD, accompanied by an array of special features - as well as a 20-page essay by cult film expert Tim Lucas (editor of Video Watchdog magazine and author of Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark).

In addition to the classic horror films of Jean Rollin, the Redemption Films library also includes Wes Craven's original THE HILLS HAVE EYES: PART 2 (1985), Jack Cardiff's cult classic GIRL ON A MOTORCYCLE (1968), Martin Campbell's (Casino Royale, Green Lantern) debut feature THE SEX THIEF (1974) and Italian horror legend Mario Bava's HATCHET FOR A HONEYMOON (1970) - among many others.

For years, Jean Rollin was a mystery to American audiences. Only one of his films received a significant U.S. theatrical release (Requiem for a Vampire, retitled Caged Virgins), but some of his other films circulated in pirated VHS copies or were shown as horror shlock on late night cable networks. Cinephiles, however, discovered him and he was written about extensively without most of his works being available to be seen.

Nigel Wingrove, renowned horror film connoisseur, curator and founder of Redemption Films, acquired the rights to the films from Rollin himself in the 1990s and began issuing authorized versions of the films on DVD in England and eventually in the U.S. However, Wingrove was unable to undertake the restorations to produce the quality HD versions collectors and fans now demand.

So as Rollin's reputation solidified, and his cult following expanded beyond horror aficionados, his films remained widely unavailable - until now.

Shiver of the Vampires