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ENTRAILS OF A VIRGIN
ENTRAILS OF A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN

If you a hardcore gore hound that likes their diet sweetened with soft-core sex, then Synapse Films have the perfect entrees for your diet. ENTRAILS OF A VIRGIN ($25) and ENTRAILS OF A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN ($25) are certainly unique Japanese motion pictures that appeal to discriminating tastes the way few other movies can. Those put off by a combination of sex and gore will find that these movies have few redeeming qualities, but die-hard genre fans are going to eat up these two releases under Synapseís Asian Cult Cinema Collection banner. As for myself, Iíll take a detached view of these two offerings- seeing them as decidedly strange cinematic exercises.

Both films feature the very slightest of plots, more or less a skeleton on a story that moves them from one sex scene to the next, or from one gore scene to the next. ENTRAILS OF A VIRGIN follows some models and photographers on a soft-core photo shoot. A thick fog rolls in during the evening, which forces the company to take refuge in a house on the outskirts of the woods. Right on cue, a mud caked, well endowed man/monster rises up out of the forest, who kills off the men in bloody fashion, and has sex with the women before they too meet a grisly end. ENTRAILS OF A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN finds a beautiful doctor infiltrating the Yakuza with a plan to avenge a young girl who was gang raped and then committed suicide in her clinic. Some deaths and dismemberments occur before a horrifying creature appears- giving rise to even more gore and sexual mayhem.

Synapse Films has made ENTRAILS OF A VIRGIN and ENTRAILS OF A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN available on DVD in 1.78:1 and 1.85:1 wide screen presentations that have been enhanced for playback on 16:9 displays. Kudos to Synapse for pulling two fine looking transfers out of their hat! Both movies display a sharp and nicely defined image (except where foggy Japanese censorship has been applied to certain portions of the image). Colors appear pretty strong and donít display any evidence of noise of fuzziness. Blacks are accurate, whites are solid and contrast is good. Some darker scenes in VIRGIN seem a bit nondescript in places, but otherwise both movies produce pretty good shadow detail. The film elements for each film demonstrate few blemishes and little grain. Digital compression artifacts are never a concern. The Japanese Dolby Digital monaural audio tracks sound clean and are free of distortions. Optional English subtitles are provided for those that donít speak Japanese.

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Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the DVD's interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to standard scene selection and set up features, as well as a couple of extras on each film. Each movie features its own theatrical trailer, and half of an on camera interview with director Gaira. A printed essay on the Japanese Film Fogging Controversy accompanies each release.

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ENTRAILS OF A VIRGIN and ENTRAILS OF A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN are the kind of horror movies that are not easily forgotten, or easily digested by certain audiences. However, if you have a taste for this combination of soft-core imagery and gore youíll be lapping up these two releases from Synapse Films.

 

ENTRAILS OF A VIRGIN

ENTRAILS OF A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN 


Entrails of the Beautiful Woman

Entrails of the Virgin

ENHANCED FOR 16:9 TELEVISIONS 


DVD reviews are Copyright © 2004 THE CINEMA LASER and may not be copied or reprinted without the written consent of the publisher.
THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.


 

 

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