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Symptoms (Flipside 032) (DVD)
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SYMPTOMS (Flipside 032) (DVD + Blu-ray) A film by Jos Ramn Larraz The official British Palme dOr entry at the 1974 Cannes Film Festival, Symptoms is a sophisticated modern gothic horror film exploring the themes of sexual repression and psychosis. Larrazs dark and stylish film tells of a young woman (Lorna Heilbron) who is invited by her girlfriend (Angela Pleasence) to stay at her remote English country mansion. Events take a disturbing turn when a menacing groundkeeper (Peter Vaughan) interrupts their time together, and a womans body is found in the mansions lake. Other than a limited theatrical release and a late-night screening on British television in the early 80s, Larrazs film has slipped into obscurity, and the original negative was long thought lost, assuring it a place in the BFIs Most Wanted list. Following the rediscovery of the original negatives in 2014, the dark delights of Symptoms can finally be experienced again in this new restoration, undertaken by the Belgian Cinematek. Special features Newly restored in 2k On Vampyres and other Symptoms (Celia Novis, 2011, 74 mins): Feature-length documentary about director Jos Ramn Larraz focusing on two of his most acclaimed films, Vampyres and Symptoms From Barcelona to Tunbridge Wells: The Films of Jos Larraz (Andrew Starke ; Pete Tombs, 1999, 24 mins) Interview with Angela Pleasence (2016): Interview with the films star Interview with Lorna Heilbron (2016): Interview with the films co-star Interview with Brian Smedley-Aston (2016): Interview with the films editor Original theatrical trailer Illustrated booklet with new writing by Vanity Celis and full film credits UK | 1974 | colour | English language, with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles | original aspect ratio 1.33:1 | 92 minutes Disc 1: BD50 | 1080p | 24fps | PCM mono audio (48kHz/24-bit) | region free Disc 2: DVD9 | PAL | Dolby Digital 2.0 (192kbps) | region 0 Review a masterpiece **** --Roger Ebertthis is one of the top achievements of the year in Italy...Scripting shows numerous hands at work, yet all is pulled together by Viscontis dynamic and generally tasteful direction. --Variety MagazineBeautifully directed in the housing projects and streets of the city, this is a prime example of a film which will accrue historical interest simply because it shows so much of how people lived and what places looked like (now) 40 years ago. --Glenn Erickson

Running Time: 92 minutes
Region: Region 2

Release Date: 25/04/2016

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