New Release: Judex (1916) coming to Blu-ray! Spy Vibers who love the thriller serials of Louis Feuillade like Fantomas and Les Vampires will be psyched to hear that Gaumont is giving Judex the hi-res treatment at last! Feuillade’s 1916 project focussed on a mysterious caped avenger, a master of disguise, who operated from a secret lair with an array of cool gadgets a la Bruce Wayne. His name: Judex! From what I can glean from the Gaumont website, the new Blu-ray edition will include English subtitles (I hope that's right!) and a 17-min featurette. Viewers will probably need an all-region or region B player. Releasing on December 8th on Blu-ray and DVD. More info (and restoration demo video) at Gaumont. You can also order via Amazon France. Gaumont is also releasing a Blu-ray and DVD restoration of Feuillade's crime/espionage serial, Tih-Minh (1918), with subtitles and a 15-min featurette (Amazon). I haven't seen any mention about these transfers being distributed in other regions yet, but I would assume Kino Lorber might handle distribution in the States at some point, as they have the other serials in their catalog. In the meantime, fans can order from Amazon or Gaumont. Great news! I sure wish my late-friend, Richard Sala, could be here for this. I know he would have enjoyed seeing these classics get the attention they deserve. I can't wait to see them. Cover art below. Enjoy!
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