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Nathalie is a sleazy film for sure with horrible dubbing and a thin plot, yet still found it semi-tolerable with Patrizia Gori being easy on the eyes and at least Jacqueline Laurent was hilariously bad with her cackling.

 

 

Nathalie: Escape from Hell
(1978)

Genre(s): Suspense Thriller, Drama
MVD Visual | NR – 104 min. – $19.95 | July 14, 2020

Date Published: 07/21/2020 | Author: The Movieman


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by: Alain Payet
Writer(s): Mark Stern (written by)
Cast: Patrizia Gori, Jacqueline Laurent, Jack Taylor, Claudine Beccarie


DISC INFO:
Features: Trailer
Slip Cover: No
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1


Audio: English (PCM 2.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.66
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 24.91 GB
Total Bitrate: 31.15 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C


MVD Visual provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.


THE MOVIE — 2.75/5


Plot Synopsis: When a Russian doctor (PATRIZIA GORI) falls foul of the Nazis, she finds herself imprisoned at Fort Stilberg, a luxury brothel for German top brass where the women are overseen by sadistic SS officer Helga Hortz (JACQUELINE LAURENT). The doctor’s medical skills bring her to the attention of Nazi Lieutenant Erik Mueller (JACK TAYLOR), who saves the lovely lady from becoming one of the establishment’s ‘hostesses’ by assigning her to the infirmary.

Quick Hit Review: I’m not overly familiar with the Nazisploitation subgenre save for Quentin Tarantino’s homage with his Inglorious Basterds. So Nathalie: Escape from Hell is my real first foray into it and found it to be watchable with an interesting enough storyline that does meander and a plot that only comprises maybe 10-minutes, that being our girl Nathalie being given the mission to find a captured British spy with vital information, rescue her before the Nazis find her identity.

There’s really not much more to this film. I really can’t gauge the acting as the entirety is dubbed, and terribly so with mouth movements often not matching, even to the point where a character’s mouth has closed but is still talking. There’s even one instance where two lines of dialogued are repeated one after the other.

Now, on a more superficial front, Patrizia Gori as the titular character is a beauty and at least Jacqueline Laurent, albeit way over-the-top (she cackles several times throughout), but having said that, she could be quite scary, going full-on psychotic with her sadistic torturing in her dungeon.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 0.5/5


The disc only includes the trailer along with trailers for other “MVD Classics” releases.

 


VIDEO – 3.5/5


Nathalie is presented here in its original 1.66 widescreen aspect ratio and given a 1080p high-definition transfer, just showing you the times we’re in. The picture is a mixed bag. While detail actually doesn’t look half bad and colors are fairly well balanced, there’s not a frame that isn’t littered with specs, scratches, and general film damage you can think of. Given the type of movie this is, I would not expect any studio to put too much into the transfer, including a detail clean-up.

AUDIO – 2.75/5


The disc comes with a PCM 2.0 track which outputs the terrible dubbing quite nicely. Since it is a stereo track, it’s of course limited and I could discern plenty of pops and hissing here and there. Levels did tend to top out a time or two as well.

 


OVERALL – 2.25/5


Nathalie is a sleazy film for sure with horrible dubbing and a thin plot, yet still found it semi-tolerable with Patrizia Gori being easy on the eyes and at least Jacqueline Laurent was hilariously bad with her cackling… but also really frightening. Probably a pick-up for fans of these ‘sploitations’ flicks, others may find it to be dull.

 

 

 

 

Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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