Rarely do I run full press releases for new home video titles, but
this is a special exception. Kino International, in association with
Gaumont Films in France, has announced the release of a 3-DVD box set of
all five of Louis Feuillade's Fantômas films. The box set's street date
is September 21, 2010. None of these films have never been legitimately
available on DVD in North America so this really is a cause for
celebration. See the press release below for full details.
KINO INTERNATIONAL RELEASES A 3-DVD BOX SET WITH FIVE FEATURE FILMS STARRING THE FRENCH CHARACTER FANTÔMAS
New York, NY - August 4, 2010 -
Kino International, in a special arrangement with Gaumont Films in
France, is proud to release for the first time in the United States a
3-DVD box set with a total of seven previously unreleased films
featuring the French character FANTÔMAS, created by Marcel Allain
(1885-1969) and Pierre Souvestre (1874-1914).
Kino's FANTÔMAS DVD box set brings the following five feature films (which combined form a 5 1/2-hour epic): Fantomas in the Shadow of the Guillotine (1913 - 54 Min.), Juve vs. Fantômas (1913 - 62 Min.), The Murderous Corpse (1913 - 90 Min.), Fantômas vs. Fantômas (1914 - 60 Min.) and The False Magistrate (1914 - 71 Min.).
In addition, this Kino box set brings as special features two rare Feuillade short films, The Nativity (1910 - 14 Min.) and The Dwarf(1912 - 17 Min.), as well as an exclusive audio commentary track by film historian David Kalat and the 10-minute documentary Louis Feuillade: Master of Many Forms.
Kino International's FANTÔMAS Five Film Collection streets prebooks on
August 24, 2010, with a SRP on $39.95. The box set's release date is
September 21, 2010. In early 2011, Kino will continue its partnership
with Gaumont Films by releasing the second volume of its Gaumont
Fantômas, a fictional villain notorious
for terrorizing Paris, was created in 1911 by French writers Marcel
Allain (1885-1969) and Pierre Souvestre (1874-1914). One of the most
popular characters in the history of French crime fiction, he appeared
in almost 50 crime novels and eventually served as the inspiration for
an unprecedented film series.
Over the course of the five
features listed above, the lethal assassin Fantômas (played by actor
René Navarre) and his accomplices, are pursued by the equally
resourceful Inspector Juve (Edmund Bréon) and journalist Jerôme Fandor
(Georges Melchior), making these films an essential part of one of the
seminal and most influential serial crime franchises in the history of
'The Lord Of Terror,' as he was also called, quickly became the vehicle
for a new style in horror fiction - and the connecting link for the
best of early 1900s French pulp novellas.
As Fantômas replaced perfume dispensers in department stores with
sulphuric acid, or ordered one of his victims to face upwards in the
guillotine, so that he could see his own execution, French spectators
were exposed to a new and level of narrative thrill and cruelty.
Eventually, Louis Feuillade's outrageous FANTÔMAS series became the
gold standard of espionage serials in pre-WWI Europe, and laid the
foundation for such immortal works as Feuillade's own Les Vampires and
Fritz Lang's Dr. Mabuse films.
Please, visit Kino's trailers page for a quick preview of the films in this box set.
· Fantomas in the Shadow of the Guillotine
(Fantômas-À l'ombre de la guillotine, 1913, 54 Min.)
· Juve vs. Fantômas (Juve contre Fantômas, 1913, 62 Min.)
· The Murderous Corpse (Le Mort qui tue, 1913, 90 Min.)
· Fantômas vs. Fantômas (Fantômas contre Fantômas, 1914, 60 Min.)
· The False Magistrate (Le Faux magistrat, 1914, 71 Min.)
· Two audio commentaries by film historian David Kalat
· Two rare Feuillade films: The Nativity (La Nativité, 1910, 14 Min.) and The Dwarf (Le Nain, 1912, 17 Min.)
· Louis Feuillade: Master of Many Forms, a ten-minute documentary*
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