Noshame Films (frame 2078)

Noshame Films

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Last modified on Thursday 19th March 2020, 10:47:15 PM

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Label:  Noshame Films (Italy)

Region:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 8
RCE protection:  No
Copyright protection system:  None

Disc type:  DVD9 (the data occupy 5.91 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:23:41.24

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  1.63:1 anamorphic

Bitrate (min / avg / max):  1.45 / 7.73 / 9.60 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)


Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 256 kbps
English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 256 kbps

Subtitles: Italian & English

Menus available in: Italian

Special features:

  • Commentary by Jimmy Sangster (writer) & Robert S. Baker (producer) (in English)
  • Trailer (2:02, in English)
  • Restored scenes (1 page + 2:24, in Italian)
  • Italian opening titles (2:26, in Italian)
  • Gallery (5:00, 29 film stills & 31 posters)
  • DVD-ROM feature
    • 1964 "Il sangue del vampiro" photo-novel (PDF, 68 pages, in Italian)
  • DVD credits (1 page, in Italian)

  • 16-page booklet (in Italian)

Where to start...? Framing; while eagerly awaiting the arrival of the parcel from Italy, I've stumbled upon a thread over @ Classic Horror Film Board, where the guys were (amongst other things) discussing the framing problem the US Dark Sky Films release of "Blood of the Vampire" has, i.e. it's severely zoomed-in. One of the board members - TServo4 - posted some scans from one of the film's reels, while other - Jeffrey Allen Rydell - posted a couple of captures from the Dark Sky DVD. I took the liberty to borrow those for comparison purposes, and - as you can see below - Noshame did a much better job than DSF (mouse over the image to see the DSF frame, scaled down to copy Noshame's as closely as possible (note the AR was not kept)):

Noshame Films (frame 24532)Dark Sky Films (frame ?)

The following is the corresponding reel scan, where you can see the "ideal" 1.66:1 (red) & 1.85:1 (cyan) framing, Noshame's still a little zoomed-in 1.63:1 framing (green), and - finally - Dark Sky's severely cropped & zoomed approx. 1.78:1 (magenta):

Another example:

Noshame Films (frame 37463)Dark Sky Films (frame ?)

And one more - this time w/o a reel scan. Here, I had to scale the Dark Sky's frame up, which - together with its 4:3-ish ;-) AR - leads me to a conclusion that Dark Sky's opening title sequence does not come from the same print as the rest of the film:

Noshame Films (frame 2435)Dark Sky Films (frame ?)

OK, so much for framing. Quality-wise, based on those 3 frames only, I cannot fairly decide which version is the best, but my glazed eyes lean to Dark Sky's. (c:

Integrity though, that's a different matter, at least if Noshame's cover boasting "Versione integrale per la prima volta in DVD" is to be trusted. That is, there's no question Noshame's print incorporates approx. 2 minutes of footage apparently coming from a couple of different - greatly inferior - sources (see the examples below), it's just that I'm not sure the footage is really missing in all the other editions (DSF, a UK edition & a German one)...

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Noshame Films (frame 45162)

54375 | 54864 | 55035 | 55086 | 55308 | 55371 | 55752 | 55763 | 56139

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*difference between channels is -41.39 dB (0.85 %),
resp. -52.81 dB (0.23 %)

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