- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: Unrated
- Run Time: 6 hours, 39 minutes
- Video: Tinted
- Released: May 16, 2000
- Originally Released: 1915
- Label: Image Entertainment
Encoding: Region Encoding: All Regions
Insert Essay: "The Public is My Master: Louis Feuillade and 'Les Vampires'"
"Bout de Zan and the Shirker" (1916, 8 min.)
"For the Children" (1916, 3 min.)
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Entertainment Weekly - 10/30/1998
"...Supremely irrational....Weirdly erotic....A masterpiece....Lose yourself in the spectacle..." -- Rating: A+
Empire - 06/01/2008
4 stars out of 5 -- "A fabulously weird, ten-episode epic from Louis Feuillade....Interest is held by Mademoiselle Musidora..."
Uncut - 06/01/2008
5 stars out of 5 -- "Feuillade shot on the streets and rooftops....[He] generates an anxious, poetic, disturbingly surreal feel."
Sight and Sound - 06/01/2008
"[With] a devil-may-care attitude to plotting and plausibility that established it as a firm surrealist favourite."
Sight and Sound - 10/01/2012
"LES VAMPIRES is pop cinema, a landmark, a barrelful of monkeys, a missile of antique coolness, but it's also a profound act of cinema."
Vampish villainess Irma Vep, along with her jewel-filching gang, terrorizes Paris in this complete collection of the intrigue-laden French silent serials. Includes a restored score.
Description by Image Entertainment:
A legendary seven-hour silent crime serial in ten episodes. "Les Vampires" follows the exploits of a brazen and resourceful band of arch-criminals who rob the rich, transfix the elite of France, and almost elude the obsessive pursuit of crusading journalist Phillipe Guerande and his sidekick Mazamette. A series of Grand Vampires with names such as Satanas and Venomous share the irresistible Irma Vep (an anagram of "vampire") as strategist and mistress. Sometimes seductively garbed in a black body stocking and a black hood, sometimes disguised as a boy or hidden in plain view as a maid, stenographer or bourgeois spinster, feared and desired by both her cohorts and stalkers, Irma is perhaps the first liberated screen woman. Shot off-the-cuff by writer-director Louis Feuillade in the streets and interiors of 1915 Paris, "Les Vampires" was banned by the Paris police for glorifying crime. A smash hit when finally released, and for fifty years celebrated as a masterpiece of French cinema, "Les Vampires" is complete and restored on one two-sided disc, with English titles and inserts, tints and an evocative orchestral score.