Emanuelle and Francoise (1975) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

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Emanuelle and Francoise (1975) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Joe D’Amato
STARRING: George Eastman, Rosemarie Lindt, Annie Carol Edel
RATED: UR/REGION O/1:78/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Severin Films

On the heels of the ‘official’ Sylvia Kristel sequel EMMANUELLE II and a year before his own first Laura Gemser/EMANUELLE film, EuroFilth maestro Joe D’Amato (BEYOND THE DARKNESS) took the entire formula to new depths of depravity: When a cold-hearted stud (George Eastman of ANTHROPOPHAGUS infamy) drives her sister to suicide, Emanuelle (Rosemarie Lindt of SALON KITTY and WHO SAW HER DIE?) plots a seduction that includes sodomy, torture, J&B, lesbianism, cannibalism, meat cleavers, and a super-groovy ’70s soundtrack. Maria Rosaria Riuzzi (IMAGES IN A CONVENT) and Massimo Vanni (ZOMBIE 3 & 4) co-star in this still-extreme sex sickie – also known as EMANUELLE’S REVENGE, DEMON RAGE and BLOOD VENGEANCE – co-written by D’Amato with fellow filth maven Bruno Mattei (SHOCKING DARK) and now featuring a 2k scan from the original negative.

Emanuelle And Francoise is another unofficial entry into the long lines of Emanuelle movies that came out around the same time. That being said, it has enough of an edge to it that I think I prefer the title Blood Vengeance more (and I reversed the cover to that side). It tells the very interesting story of a girl named Francoise who was driven to tossing herself in front of a train after she found out her lover, Carlo, wasn’t being loyal to her. Her extremely long suicide note is what prompts her sister Emanuelle to seek revenge on Carlo, all the while we see more and more of what a mofo he was to her sister in flashbacks. Emanuelle uses her womanly ways to seduce Carlo and get him head over heels for her. She then ties him up behind a two-way mirror and does even more erotic acts in front of him with others driving him mad. Soon after everything comes to a head in a movie that is probably way better than most people would expect it to be. When all things are considered and really laid out there, it might just be Joe D’Amato’s best film overall.

Starring the Anthropophagus himself, George Eastman, as the big and nasty Carlo, Emanuelle And Francoise find its way into being a movie that straddles genre lines and gives off a story that isn’t one you’ll see every day, even in Italian cinema. There’s violence, there’s sex, and there’s a very solid and interesting plot that keeps you watching just to see how it will all play out in the end. There’s a lot of dark things happening at times and it is a movie that does earn its alernate title of Emanuelle’s Revenge (a title I wish was actually on the cover of this one). On the technical side of things, Severin gives us a very strong looking transfer that is only made better by some of the locations the movie takes place in. It doesn’t always pop, but it pops enough and looks way better than I’m sure anyone has seen it look before. The extras offer up some deleted and alternate scenes. As well as an interview with George Eastman and another with Maria Rosaria Riuzzi. It all comes together for a very cool release of a better than expected movie.

Extras

– BRAND NEW 2K RESTORATION FROM THE ORIGINAL CAMERA NEGATIVE
– Three Women and a Mirror: Interview With Actress Maria Rosaria Riuzzi
– The Other Side of the Mirror: Interview With Actor George Eastman
– Deleted/Alternate scenes
– Trailer
– Reversible Cover
– Limited Edition Slipcover
– REGION-FREE

Quality of Transfer: 88%

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