- Directed by Bill Gunn
- Starring Duane Jones, Marlene Clark, Bill Gunn, Sam Waymon
- Written by Bill Gunn
Blood Couple (1973) -- This is the alternate, theatrically wider seen, edition of Bill Gunn's "Ganja and Hess". Now, although "Blood Couple" is the same as "Ganja and Hess" visually, it's nearly a different film, thematically. Whereas "Ganja and Hess" is a film about addiction, this version is about Vampirism specifically. It's a recut and shortening of "Ganja and Hess" (with an electronic replaced score) that uses many alternate and unused scenes from Bill Gunn's original. These scenes were shot by Gunn to appease his producers while he shot the film he was actually making. These particular scenes were never really intended to be in the film, but one wonders why some scenes were left out, they're so powerful. Gunn called this version an abomination, but as viewed along side "Ganja and Hess", it's an equally essential viewing experience.
Dr. Hess Green, an archaeologist overseeing an excavation at the ancient civilization of Myrthia, is stabbed by his research assistant, who then commits suicide. When Hess wakes up, he finds that his wounds have healed, but he now has an insatiable thirst for blood. It turns out that the knife he was stabbed with carried ancient germs that have turned him into a vampire. Soon after, Hess meets his former assistant's wife, Ganja. Though Ganja is initially concerned about her missing husband, she soon falls for Hess. Though they are initially happy together, Ganja will eventually learn the truth about Hess, and about her husband. Will she survive the revelation? Will Hess?
Blood Couple DVD is offered as a compact edition. This transfer is manufactured on demand and is presented on premium DVD-R with thermal disc print in a clear plastic wallet. Important: This title has been manufactured from the best-quality video master (rated 7/10) currently available and has not been remastered or restored.