I took this off Blu-ray.com. Also posted on another board, but I though EuroCult people might miss it.
"Independent film company Kino Lorber has just announced its acquisition of the North American rights to the UK-based film library Redemption Films. The deal gives the studio access to a wide variety of cult and classic European horror films which Kino will release under its newly created "Redemption" label.
Up to thirty-five films will street on Blu-ray in 2012, with especially important entries receiving full HD masters from restored 35mm negatives.
First to Blu-ray in early 2012 will be Jean Rollin's erotic vampire films The Nude Vampire (1970), Shiver of the Vampires (1971), The Iron Rose (1973), Lips of Blood (1974), and Fascination (1979).
These five selections have the aforementioned restored HD transfers as well as a number of special features, including twenty-page essays from Tim Lucas, the editor of Video Watchdog magazine and author of Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark.
From Kino's official press release:
"In addition to the classic horror films of Jean Rollin, the Redemption Films library also includes Wes Craven's original The Hills Have Eyes: Part 2 (1985), Jack Cardiff's cult classic Girl on a Motorcycle (1968), Martin Campbell's (Casino Royale, Green Lantern) debut feature The Sex Thief (1974) and Italian horror legend Mario Bava's Hatchet for a Honeymoon (1970) – among many others.
Kino Lorber V.P. Bret Wood, who curated the Rollin series and manages the Redemption brand, says: 'Having access to the original negatives of a director like Jean Rollin, who is ripe for critical reappraisal, is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for a DVD and Blu-ray producer like me. To be able to systematically and meticulously re-master the films in HD, curate an exciting blend of special features, and then, release these films as a cohesive body of work is a cineaste's dream come true.'
Kino Lorber President and C.E.O. Richard Lorber added: 'The Rollin collection is an ideal brand extension for our company, well known for great German horror and sci-fi classics going back to the silent era. Along with our restorations of Metropolis and Nosferatu, under our Redemption label we'll bring something new to our fans we believe they'll eagerly embrace. No cinephile or horror buff can resist Rollin's signature works...with his inimitable style that crosses Corman with Cocteau.' "