Dec 142015
 

Marquis de Sade’s Justine is certainly an interesting erotic drama that is utterly, and presumably unintentionally, campy in terms of some of the acting not helped by some poor dubbing in combination with a deliciously over-the-top and expressive performance by Jack Palance who alone is worth the price of admission such as it is.

 

 

Marquis De Sade’s Justine
(1969)


REVIEW NAVIGATION

The Movie
| Special Features | Video Quality | Audio Quality | Overall

Genre(s): Drama, Erotic
Blue Underground | NR – 124 min. – $39.98 | December 15, 2015

MOVIE INFO:
Directed by:
Jess Franco
Writer(s): Peter Welbeck (screenplay)
Cast: Romina Power, Maria Rohm, Klaus Kinski, Mercedes McCambridge, Akim Tamiroff, Jack Palance
DISC INFO:
Features:
Interviews, Poster & Still Gallery, French Trailer, DVD Copy
Digital Copy: No
Number of Discs: 3
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 1.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.66
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Disc Size: 32.3 GB
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A


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PLOT SYNOPSIS

Justine (ROMINA POWER) is a nubile young virgin cast out of a French orphanage and thrust into a depraved world of prostitution, predatory lesbians, a fugitive murderess (MERCEDES MCCAMBRIDGE), bondage, branding, and one supremely sadistic monk (JACK PALANCE). It’s a twisted tale of strange desires, perverse pleasures and the ultimate corruption of innocence.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 2.5/5

This 3-disc set (BD, DVD, CD) comes housed in a clear HD Keep Case and with a 18-page booklet. There is also reversible cover artwork.

The Perils and Pleasures of Justine (19:58; HD) are a set of interviews with Director Jess Franco and Producer Harry Alan Towers as they discuss the story, characters and actors.

Stephen Thrower on Justine (17:32; HD) is an interview with the author of “Murderous Passions: The Delirious Cinema of Jesus Franco”.

French Trailer (3:46; HD)

Poster & Still Gallery

 


VIDEO – 3.5/5

Blue Underground releases Justine onto Blu-ray presented in its original 1.66 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition transfer. For an older film, going on 45+ years now, it doesn’t look too bad. There are some minor dust marks and scratches but nothing overabundant and colors does appear generally bright and natural. That said, it’s not the most brilliant looking transfer or anything but it is more than halfway decent.

 

AUDIO – 3.0/5

The movie comes with a fine but flawed DTS-HD Master Audio Mono track which sounds fine yet does tend to top out and there were numerous instances of hissing and noise. However, like the picture, it was relatively impressive considering the film’s age and dialogue levels at least were clear enough.

 



OVERALL – 2.25/5

Overall, Marquis de Sade’s Justine is certainly an interesting erotic drama that is utterly, and presumably unintentionally, campy in terms of some of the acting not helped by some poor dubbing in combination with a deliciously over-the-top and expressive performance by Jack Palance who alone is worth the price of admission such as it is. The Blu-ray released by Blue Underground isn’t half bad with OK video and audio and at least decent set of features and a nice booklet and reversible cover artwork.

 

Published: 12/14/2015

 

 

 

 

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

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