I just got my copy of Hell-Fated Courtesan, a film I really like even if I'm not a critic! I got some bad news for any prospective buyers, however. The Wild Side DVDs are garbage. Horribly interlaced incompetent NTSC to PAL format conversions. Compared to their R2J counterparts they are all but unwatchable. Here's a quick comparison to back me up:HungFist wrote:Wild Side has HQ cover arts and info for the first three titles on their website.HungFist wrote:Wild Side Nikkatsu cover arts:
http://wildgrounds.com/index.php/2009/1 ... -for-2010/
The running times, assuming both Wild Side and IMDB are correct, would seem a bit worrisome. They are the same, but with France being a PAL country their shouldn't be.
Notice that Wild Side claims some of the discs have DTS 5.1. Wait and see...
I've seen one of the films, Hell Fated Courtesan. It's an arthouse pink by Tanaka. Loved by critics, but not me.
Geneon NTSC R2J:
Wild Side PAL:
The inside of the DVD booklet has the cover arts for their entire catalugue of upcoming pink DVDs but after the screenshots above, does anybody still care? The French subtitles are the only reason to pick any of them up. And that bit about DTS? Hilarious. At least the DVD back covers themselves correctly list the Japanese audio as being mono.
I agree with you about Mantis Lady. That was my second Makiguchi film and it came as a tremendous disappointment. It's not a horrible film or poorly made, it's just that it is a totally forgettable 70ies sex comedy.HungFist wrote:Mantis Lady I thought was worthless. Not really horribly bad, but I didn't find see to get excited about either.