Saturday, June 5, 2021

 Love After Death + The Good, The Bad, And The Beautiful – AGFA (Blu-ray)

Theatrical Release Dates: Argentina, 1968 (Love After Death), USA, 1970 (The Good, The Bad, And The Beautiful)
Directors: Glauco Del Mar (Love After Death), Robert Canton (The Good, The Bad, And The Beautiful)
Cast: Guillermo De Córdova, Roberto Maurano, Carmin O'Neal, Angel Mario Ramirez, Gloris Garcia, Yolanda Signorelli, Juan Torres (Love After Death), Harold Herbsman, Janis Young, Jennifer Welles, Allen Garfield, Robert Heinz, Osgood Scott (The Good, The Bad, And The Beautiful)

Release Date: April 27th, 2021
Approximate Running Times: 71 Minutes 37 Seconds (Love After Death), 78 Minutes 43 Seconds (The Good, The Bad, And The Beautiful)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1Aspect Ratio / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC (Both Films)
Rating: R
Sound: DTS-HD  Mono English (Both Films)
Subtitles: English SDH (Both Films)
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $34.98

Love After Death: 

"This is the story of Montel — a sexually frustrated creep who seeks revenge on his cheating wife after she accidentally buries him alive." - synopsis provided by the distributor

The Good, The Bad, And The Beautiful:

"The movie centers around the estate of a politician, where blackmail and scissor-murders go hand in hand with smoking weed and fetish whippings." - synopsis provided by the distributor

Video: 3.75/5 (Love After Death), 3.5/5 (The Good, The Bad, And The Beautiful)

Here’s the information provided about this release's transfers, "Love After Death 2K preservation from the only known 35mm print in existence", and "The Good, The Bad, And The Beautiful 2K preservation from the only known 16mm print in existence".

Love After Death and The Good, The Bad, And The Beautiful comes on a 50 GB dual layer Blu-ray.

Disc Size: 41.4 GB

Feature: 16.9 GB (Love After Death), 18.5 GB (The Good, The Bad, And The Beautiful)

Both film’s transfers exhibit source related damage that’s never distracting. Image clarity looks very good considering source related limitations and contrast, and black levels fare well. That said, Love After Death’s transfer fares better than The Good, The Bad, And The Beautiful's transfer.

Audio: 3.5/5 (Love After Death, The Good, The Bad, And The Beautiful)

Each film comes with one audio option, a DTS-HD mono mix in English and both films come with removable English SDH subtitles. Both audio mixes sound clear and balanced.

Extras:

Extras for this release include reversible cover art, an instructional short film titled Cemetery Sales (25 minutes 14 seconds, DTS-HD mono English, no subtitles), a short film titled The Greening of Willie Gobblee (7 minutes 19 seconds, DTS-HD mono English, no subtitles), a collection of trailers titled Sex ‘N’ Death (11 minutes 20 seconds, Dolby Digital mono English, no subtitles). The trailers are The Crawling Thing from Planet #13 and The Man Buried Alive, The Game People Play, Housewives and Bartenders, and Infidelity American-Style.

Summary:

AGFA pairs two films who’s only connection is that they were both produced by Charles Abrams. Love After Death is an Argentinian exploitation film whose premise bears a striking resemblance to Edgar Allen Poe’s Premature Burial, while The Good, The Bad, And The Beautiful is an American made sexploitation film whose premise rooted in blackmail. 

Narrative wise both films have anemic narratives that do a reasonable job moving things forward. Also, both films have an ample amount of soft-core sequences. Entertainment wise, Love After Death is the more enjoyable of these two films with its walking dead protagonist. That said, this is another solid release from AGFA who continue to rescue films that would have remained forgotten.











Written by Michael Den Boer

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