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The Bloody Judge

aka Il trono di fuoco; El proceso de las brujas; Der Hexentöter von Blackmoor; Night of the Blood Monster

Poster of The Bloody Judge
  • The Bloody Judge, like many Jess Franco features, is certainly not for everyone. And that, in many ways is its best asset. Something about its need to provide distance between itself from the mainstream idea of what is either acceptable or unquestionably popular gives it a significance which can be missed by more conventional forms of criticism. Just because it’s not about eloquence or subtlety does not preclude it from being about honest artistry.

    Andrew Graves, Court in a Dream (88 Films, 2023)

Selected disc options for The Bloody Judge

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Blue Underground box art
Blue Underground BD-ALL 4K/US  
88 Films box art
88 Films BD-B/UK 2023
Umbrella box art
Umbrella BD-ALL/AU 2022
Koch box art
Koch BD-B/DE 2020
Blue Underground box art
Blue Underground DVD-0/US 2003
Audio Commentary by Barry Forshaw and Kim Newman has extra
Audio Commentary by David Flint and Adrian Smith has extra
Introduction by Christian Keßler (In German, 4:37) has extra
Franco-Philes: Musings on Madrid’s B-Movie Maverick [Extended Version] (65:19) has extra
Bloody Jess - Interviews with Director Jess Franco and Actor Christopher Lee (25:08) has extra
In the Shadows - Interviews with Alan Birkinshaw and Stephen Thrower on Harry Alan Towers (24:15) has extra
Alternate English Opening Title Sequence as “The Bloody Judge” (1:34) has extra
Alternate German Opening Title Sequence (2:09) has extra
Alternate Scene 1 [In English] (1:13) has extra
Alternate Scene 1 [In Spanish with German Subtitles] (1:12) has extra
Alternate Scene 2 (0:31) has extra has extra
Alternate Scene 3 [In English] (1:21) has extra
Deleted and Alternate Scenes (x5, 12:15) has extra
Deleted Scene 1 [In Spanish with English Subtitles] (5:50) has extra
Deleted Scene 1 [In Spanish with German Subtitles] (5:45) has extra
Deleted Scene 2 [In German] (0:32) has extra
Scene Comparison Between Spanish and International Versions [In Spanish with German Subtitles] (0:30) has extra
Stills Gallery [88 Films] (4:32) has extra
Stills Gallery [Blue Underground] (272 Images) has extra
Stills Gallery [Koch] has extra
Biography: Actor Christopher Lee - Written by Avie Hern (20 Screens) has extra
Biography: Director Jess Franco - Written by Perry Martin (21 Screens) has extra
US Theatrical Trailer 1 as “Night of the Blood Monster” (0:53) has extra has extra has extra has extra
US Theatrical Trailer 2 as “Night of the Blood Monster” (1:02) has extra has extra
US Theatrical Trailer as “Night of the Blood Monster” with Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb (1971) (1:51) has extra has extra
US TV Spot as “Night of the Blood Monster” with Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb (1971) (0:32) has extra has extra
Super 8 Version as “Der Hexentöter von Blackmoor” (In German, 31:39) has extra
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Notes

  • 88 Films’ Blu-ray includes a 16-page booklet with writing by Barry Forshaw (“The Other Mathew Hopkins: The Bloody Judge”) and Andrew Graves (“Court in a Dream”).
  • Umbrella’s “Retro Horror Double Feature, Vol. 2” Blu-ray also includes Circus of Fear (1966).
  • Koch’s Blu-ray includes a 16-page booklet with writing by Oliver Nöding (in German) and a soundtrack CD.
  • Blue Underground’s DVD contains a 4-page booklet with writing by Tim Lucas. It is also available in “The Christoper Lee Collection” box set with Circus of Fear (1966), The Blood of Fu Manchu (1968) and The Castle of Fu Manchu (1969).

Ultimate Edition

Combine the best digital presentation with a selection of choice extras for the ultimate edition.

  • Screen shot for Franco-Philes: Musings on Madrid’s B-Movie Maverick [Extended Version]
    Franco-Philes: Musings on Madrid’s B-Movie Maverick [Extended Version] (65:19)
  • Screen shot for Bloody Jess
    Bloody Jess (25:08)
  • Screen shot for In the Shadows
    In the Shadows (24:15)
Presentation 88 Films BD 2023
  • Video
    • File 1
      • Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
      • Resolution: 1080p23.976
      • Overall bit rate: 40.00 Mbps
      • Aspect ratio: 2.36:1
      • Length:1:42:40.155
      • File size: 32.86 GiB
      • Notes: International Version
  • Audio
    • File 1
      • Language: English LPCM 2.0 Mono
      • Sampling rate: 48 kHz
      • Bit rate: 2304 kbps
      • Bit depth: 24-bit
  • Subtitles
    • English SDH
Umbrella BD 2022
  • Video
    • File 1
      • Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
      • Resolution: 1080p
      • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
      • Notes: International Version
  • Audio
    • File 1
      • Language: English DTS-HD MA 2.0 Mono
  • Subtitles
    • English SDH
Koch BD 2020
  • Video
    • File 1
      • Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
      • Resolution: 1080p23.976
      • Overall bit rate: 37.00 Mbps
      • Aspect ratio: 2.36:1
      • Length:1:42:40.155
      • File size: 28.67 GiB
      • Notes: International Version
    • File 2
      • Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
      • Resolution: 1080p23.976
      • Overall bit rate: 37.00 Mbps
      • Aspect ratio: 2.36:1
      • Length:1:19:04.531
      • File size: 21.26 GiB
      • Notes: German Version
    • File 3
      • Codec: MPEG-2
      • Resolution: 576p
      • Overall bit rate: 8.50 Mbps
      • Aspect ratio: 2.36:1
      • Length:1:44:07.000
      • File size: 6.47 GiB
      • Notes: Integral Version
  • Audio
    • File 1
      • Language: English LPCM 2.0 Mono
      • Sampling rate: 48 kHz
      • Bit rate: 1536 kbps
      • Bit depth: 16-bit
      • Notes: International Version
    • File 2
      • Language: German LPCM 2.0 Mono
      • Sampling rate: 48 kHz
      • Bit rate: 1536 kbps
      • Bit depth: 16-bit
      • Notes: International Version
    • File 3
      • Language: German LPCM 2.0 Mono
      • Sampling rate: 48 kHz
      • Bit rate: 1536 kbps
      • Bit depth: 16-bit
      • Notes: German Version
    • File 4
      • Language: English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
      • Sampling rate: 48 kHz
      • Bit rate: 192 kbps
      • Bit depth: 16-bit
      • Notes: Integral Version
    • File 5
      • Language: German Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
      • Sampling rate: 48 kHz
      • Bit rate: 192 kbps
      • Bit depth: 16-bit
      • Notes: Integral Version
  • Subtitles
    • English
    • German
Extras Audio Commentary by Barry Forshaw and Kim Newman 88 Films BD
Audio Commentary by David Flint and Adrian Smith 88 Films BD
Franco-Philes: Musings on Madrid’s B-Movie Maverick [Extended Version] (65:19, 576i) Koch BD
Bloody Jess - Interviews with Director Jess Franco and Actor Christopher Lee (25:08, 480i) Blue Underground DVD
In the Shadows - Interviews with Alan Birkinshaw and Stephen Thrower on Harry Alan Towers (24:15, 1080p) 88 Films BD
Alternate English Opening Title Sequence as “The Bloody Judge” (1:34, 1080p) 88 Films BD
Alternate German Opening Title Sequence (2:09, 480p) Blue Underground DVD
Alternate Scene 1 [In English] (1:13, 480p) Blue Underground DVD
Alternate Scene 2 (0:42, 480p) Blue Underground DVD
Alternate Scene 3 [In English] (1:21, 480p) Blue Underground DVD
Deleted and Alternate Scenes (x5, 12:15, 1080p) 88 Films BD
Deleted Scene 1 [In Spanish with English Subtitles] (5:50, 480p) Blue Underground DVD
Deleted Scene 1 [In Spanish with German Subtitles] (5:45, 576p) Koch BD
Deleted Scene 2 [In German] (0:32, 576p) Koch BD
Scene Comparison Between Spanish and International Versions [In Spanish with German Subtitles] (0:30, 576p) Koch BD
Stills Gallery [88 Films] (4:32, 1080p) 88 Films BD
Stills Gallery [Blue Underground] (272 Images) Blue Underground DVD
Stills Gallery [Koch] Koch BD
Biography: Actor Christopher Lee - Written by Avie Hern (20 Screens) Blue Underground DVD
Biography: Director Jess Franco - Written by Perry Martin (21 Screens) Blue Underground DVD
US Theatrical Trailer 1 as “Night of the Blood Monster” (0:53, 1080p) 88 Films BD
US Theatrical Trailer 2 as “Night of the Blood Monster” (1:02, 480p) Blue Underground DVD
US Theatrical Trailer as “Night of the Blood Monster” with Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb (1971) (1:51, 480p) Blue Underground DVD
US TV Spot as “Night of the Blood Monster” with Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb (1971) (0:33, 480i) Blue Underground DVD

Notes

  • “Franco-Philes” is also available on Blue Underground’s Blu-ray of Cecilia (1983), and in a shorter edit on 88 Films’ Blu-ray of Devil Hunter (1980).
  • Scream Factory’s Blu-ray of Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb (1971) includes a different TV Spot.