The late Spanish filmmaker, José Ramón Larraz, whose cult-status was secured way back in the 1970s, gets the “special edition” treatment on Mar. 26 when Arrow Video, with domestic sales and distribution expertise provided by MVD Entertainment Group, brings the three-film/three Blu-ray disc collection titled (appropriately enough) Blood Hunger: The Films of Jose Larraz.
All three films in the collection from Arrow Video are newly-minted 2K restorations from the original film elements.
Included in the mix is his classic 1975 lesbian vampire treasure Vampyres, starring Marianne Morris and Anulka Dziubinska as the seductive “Fran” and “Miriam,” who use sex, seduction and ultimately violence to lure men (and women) to their feeding trough. Gothic, vampires and lesbians, Larraz knew exactly what cinematic “buttons” to push!
Bonus features include a new commentary track by Diabolique Magazine’s Kat Ellinger, newly prepared video sessions with producer Brian Smedley-Aston and “vampire” seductresses Marianne Morris and Anulka Dziubinska, plus co-stars Brian Deacon and Sally Faulkner … and makeup artist Colin Arthur and composer James Kenelm Clarke.
Additionally, Arrow Video has the new featurette titled “Reimagining Vampyres,” the archival video session with José Larraz and the Jose Larraz and Marianne Morris Q&A at 1997 Eurofest.
The other two films included in this genre-fan collection are his out-and-out sexploitation films Whirlpool (1970) and The Coming of Sin (1978).
Bonus features for Whirlpool feature commentary from film critic Tim Lucas and a trio of featurettes — “Obsessive Recurrence: The Early Films of José Larraz,” “A Curious Casting” and “Deviations of Whirlpool” — and vintage video session with filmmaker José Larraz.
Bonus features for The Coming of Sin include both the Spanish and English-language versions of the film, commentary from Diabolique Magazine’s Kat Ellinger, Simon Birrell’s 2005 short film, His Last Request, and a pair of featurettes — “Variations of Vice: The Alternate Versions of The Coming of Sin” and “Remembering Larraz.”