|The Emmanuelle Collection (1975, 75, 77)
|Release Date:||May 13, 2003|
|Running Time:||4 hours 44 minutes|
Widescreen anamorphic format
3 disk boxed set
Contains all three "Emmanuelle" films: "Emmanuelle," "Emmanuelle 2: The Joys of a Woman" and "Good-bye Emmanuelle" in their original uncut versions
Featurette: "The Joys of Emmanuelle"
Poster and still galleries
Sylvia Kristal bio
|Video Format:||Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1)
English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
|Casing:||3-Disc Box Set
Review"Emmanuelle" was the first X-Rated erotic film to be given a wide release by a major American studio. The French film was based on the memoirs of Emmanuelle Arsen, a Eurasian wife of a French Diplomat. Ms. Arsen wrote about her sexual awakening during the 1950s. The real Emmanuelle Arsen had a brief acting career. She played Maily, the Chinese woman Richard Attenborough married in Robert Wise's "The Sand Pebbles."
The DiscTwo good films, one fair film. Great picture and extras. OK sound.
Flesh tones, ahh, the flesh tones. Great flesh tones. Lots of flesh tones! Anchor Bay restored the films. The transfer is excellent. No artifacts or pixilation. Sharp images, although the film does have that 'filmed through gauze, soft-focus photography' in places.
The sound was not remastered into 5.1. The track is the original mono track. Not that you really need to hear a lot of moaning in surround sound! The soundtrack is flat and tinny in many places. Unfortunately, the "Emmanuelle" films have a very lame score that kicks in whenever the clothes come off. I was amazed to see how different the subtitles were from the English version. Obviously the subtitles were designed to go with the original French soundtrack. I played the English version with the subtitles and discovered two entirely different conversations taking place. Check this out during the scene near the end of the first film when the classy blonde is getting banged on an end table. In the English dubbed version, the couple is angrily talking dirty to each other, while the English subtitles reveal a more endearing conversation.
No Easter Eggs found during review.
The 36-minute featurette, "The Joys of Emmanuelle" is divided into three sections. A part of it appears on each disk. The featurette includes interviews with Sylvia Kristel, the producers and directors of the films. They discuss the origins of the films, the real Emmanuelle and the social impact the movie had back in 1974.