French, Italian and German DVD (and one VHS) covers for Belphégor, ou le Fantôme du Louvre.
Based on Arthur Bernède’s novel and starring Juliette Gréco, it was apparently a big hit in 1965 France. There it ran for four 70-minute episodes, while in Italy it was re-edited into five 58-minute ones, and Germany got thirteen of 25 minutes each.
The point is it’s almost forty years later and there’s still no English subtitles for this thing.
Poster for Stray Cat Rock: Machine Animal (野良猫ロック マシン・アニマル). Click for much bigger.
Independent British distributors Arrow Video have confirmed that they are planning to release on Blu-ray the Stray Cat Rock films. All five classic exploitation films, starring Meiko Kaji, will arrive on the UK market later this year.
Thanks to Bluray.com for the heads up!
I am now officially on the hunt for either a multi-region Blu-ray player or one that plays Region B discs.
Arrow have also done a blu-ray for Lady Snowblood, and Blind Woman’s Curse is coming next month, so by all means support them.
I know I’ll be replacing my SCR bootlegs, even though I don’t have a blu-ray player yet. Finally get to see that last one.
Émilie Simon - Mue
Here’s something exciting that slipped under our radar: Émilie Simon’s sixth studio album, Mue.
The French electronic genius has even released a lead single - ”Menteur” - and an accompanying music video, although, as pleasant as the combination are, they’re a little more glossy, poppy and bland than we’re accustomed to.
Simon has made a name for herself as the crafter of ornate, lush, botanical electronic and orchestral works that straddle the line between minimalist classical music and synth pop. Let’s hope there’s some of this on Mue, released in France on the 17th of March.