New release: The 1960s Fantomas films starring Jean Marais are heading to Blu-ray on April 30th! Kino Lorber has announced a new hi-res set featuring all three of these groovy French classics, Fantomas (1964), Fantomas Unleashed (1965), Fantomas vs. Scotland Yard (1967). Film historian Tim Lucas (Video Watchdog) has provided a series-spanning commentary to the first film. From the press release: "Pierre Souvestre’s Fantômas was originally adapted for the screen by legendary filmmaker Louis Feuillade (Les vampires) in 1913. André Hunebelle (OSS 117: Mission for a Killer) introduced a revamped and modernized version of Fantômas to the 1960s OSS 117 and 007 audience. All three films starred the great Jean Marais (Jean Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast) as Fantômas, a criminal mastermind and man of a thousand faces. The three films co-starred Louis de Funès as Le commissaire Juve, Mylène Demongeot as Hélène, Jacques Dynam as L’inspecteur Bertrand and Robert Dalban as Le directeur du journal. The first film, Fantomas (Fantômas), was released in 1964, followed by Fantomas Unleashed (Fantômas se déchaîne) in 1965 and Fantomas vs. Scotland Yard (Fantômas contre Scotland Yard) in 1967. All three films were beautifully shot in ’Scope, the first two in Eastmancolor and the finale in Technicolor." Pre-order at Amazon. I'm super psyched to see this set! For years fans have only had access to French sets and some snowy bootlegs. The Kino set will also include trailers for the OSS 117 Eurospy films (also released by Kino). In other news, I have a new book out (over 700 pages!) about one of America's legendary cartoonists. Check it out! Enjoy! Related posts: Fantomas Design, Flying Citroen DS, Fantomas comics 1, Fantomas comics 2, Fantomas Kindle Collection, Diabolikal Villain Archive, Fantomas Blu-ray, Prada Villains, Catsuits, Les Vampires Blu-ray, Fantomas Kindle, Les Vampires, Macabre Mystery Week, Richard Sala, Magritte Fantomas.
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