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The Diabolical Dr. Z

aka Miss Muerte; Le diabolique docteur Z

  • Year:1966
  • Country of origin: France, Spain
  • Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
  • Director: Jesús Franco
  • Length: 86 min
  • IMDb rating: The Diabolical Dr. Z (1966) on IMDb
Poster of The Diabolical Dr. Z

Miss Muerte is pulp horror put over with enormous flair and conviction. ...Franco’s typically idiosyncratic take on the material grips the viewer from the first frames, only letting up at judiciously timed moments en route to a creepily ambiguous final shot.

Jonathan Rigby, Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema (Signum Books, 2016)

This Spanish/French co-production from the diabolical director Jess Franco may be that prolific Spanish filmmaker’s finest film. ...Running throughout this unique film is an undercurrent of Sadean sensuality, largely due to the presence of Estella Blain and Franco’s voyeuristic approach. Blain’s bizarrely erotic “dance of death” in the nightclub sequence is worth the price of admission alone. ...Aided by cinematographer Alejandro Ulloa’s atmospheric lighting and gorgeous black-and-white photography, Franco here updated 1960s Continental horror with a striking eroticism and deliciously bizarre ambience.

Mark Clark and Bryan Senn, Sixties Shockers: A Critical Filmography of Horror Cinema, 1960-1969 (McFarland, 2011)

A wonderful film full of wackiness, sex and robots, this is among Jess Franco’s very best. ...With obvious nods to James Bond as well as the German Krimi, Franco concocts a story that is sexy, interesting and fun. With a great jazz soundtrack contributing, Dr. Z represents the final chapter of Franco’s work within the confines of the Spanish film industry.

Danny Shipka, Perverse Titillation: The Exploitation Cinema of Italy, Spain and France, 1960-1980 (McFarland, 2011)

Selected disc options for The Diabolical Dr. Z

Extras
Redemption box art
Redemption BD-A/US 2018
Mondo Macabro box art
Mondo Macabro DVD-1/US/OOP 2003
Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas has extra
US Opening Credits (1:45) has extra
“Eurotika!: The Diabolical Mr. Franco” [Edited] (TV Episode, 1999, 15:22) has extra
Stills Gallery - Photos, Posters (28, 12 Images) has extra
Biography: Actor Howard Vernon - Written by Pete Tombs (4 Screens) has extra
Biography: Actress Estella Blain - Written by Lucas Balbo (9 Screens) has extra
Biography: Composer Daniel White - Written by Pete Tombs (4 Screens) has extra
Biography: Director Jess Franco - Written by Pete Tombs (4 Screens) has extra
French Theatrical Trailer (3:01) has extra
US Theatrical Trailer (1:03) has extra
Easter Egg: Audio Clip with Actor Howard Vernon (2:37) has extra

Notes

  • Mondo Macabro’s DVD is also available in a “Euro Horror Double Bill” bundle with Mill of the Stone Women (1960).

Ultimate Edition

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

  • “Eurotika!: The Diabolical Mr. Franco” [Edited] (TV Episode, 1999, 15:22)
  • Easter Egg: Audio Clip with Actor Howard Vernon (2:37)
Presentation Redemption BD 2018
  • Video
    • File 1
      • Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
      • Resolution: 1080p24
      • Overall bit rate: 29.00 Mbps
      • Aspect ratio: 1.66:1
      • Length:1:26:45.504
      • File size: 19.49 GiB
  • Audio
    • File 1
      • Language: English LPCM 2.0 Mono
      • Sampling rate: 48 kHz
      • Bit rate: 1536 kbps
      • Bit depth: 16-bit
    • File 2
      • Language: French LPCM 2.0 Mono
      • Sampling rate: 48 kHz
      • Bit rate: 1536 kbps
      • Bit depth: 16-bit
  • Subtitles
    • English
Extras Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas Redemption BD
US Opening Credits (1:45, 480i) Mondo Macabro DVD
“Eurotika!: The Diabolical Mr. Franco” [Edited] (TV Episode, 1999, 15:22, 480i) Mondo Macabro DVD
Stills Gallery - Photos, Posters (28, 12 Images) Mondo Macabro DVD
Biography: Actor Howard Vernon - Written by Pete Tombs (4 Screens) Mondo Macabro DVD
Biography: Actress Estella Blain - Written by Lucas Balbo (9 Screens) Mondo Macabro DVD
Biography: Composer Daniel White - Written by Pete Tombs (4 Screens) Mondo Macabro DVD
Biography: Director Jess Franco - Written by Pete Tombs (4 Screens) Mondo Macabro DVD
French Theatrical Trailer (3:01, 1080p) Redemption BD
US Theatrical Trailer (1:03, 480i) Mondo Macabro DVD
Easter Egg: Audio Clip with Actor Howard Vernon (2:37, 480i) Mondo Macabro DVD

Notes