Inspired by the Marquis De Sade book, this lavish slice of Jess Franco naughtiness comes to DVD uncensored. Marvel as bizarre erotica meets a $1 million budget (big for a 1969 indie film), and discover how Franco got his female lead to scream for real!
Picture Although a little soft and with the odd fleck of print damage, this is an impressive transfer for such an old film, of the type that rarely gets stored properly.
Sound The 2.0 mono mix does distort occasionally during any musical crescendo, but is otherwise quite clear.
The Perils and Pleasures of "Justine" If only more 'making of' featurettes were as entertaining as this new 20-minute effort. As well as an interview with the mercurial producer Harry Allan Towers, director Jesus (Jess) Franco is also on hand and isn't mincing his words.
The perils of financing independent films mean that sometimes you get a crap actor forced upon you, as Umberto Lenzi discusses on the excellent "Nightmare City" DVD. Jess's millstone was Romina Power, daughter of Tyrone.
Jess describes her as no better than "a piece of furniture", and "a passenger" on the production. Spitting the words out, he despairs that "most of the time she didn't even know we were shooting". To illustrate, he describes a scene where actress Mercedes McCambridge is meant to be beating Romina up, but she just couldn't react for the camera. Mercedes kindly offered to beat her up for real, to which Jess readily agreed. The resulting yelps are the real deal!
Additional Extra Features Also on the DVD is a trailer, an excellent Jess Franco biography, and a small stills and poster gallery.
Ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic)
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0 (mono)
Audio Tracks: English
Subtitles: None (see Captions)
Menus: Animated, with tantalising scenes of nudity
Special Features Subtitles: All of the special features come with subtitles.
This DVD was reviewed on a JVC XV-S57 DVD player.