Olivia (1981) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)

Olivia (1981) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)

Olivia (1981) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)

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Olivia (1981) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Ulli Lommel
Starring: Suzanna Love, Robert Walker Jr., Jeff Winchester
RATED: UR/REGION O/1:85/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 2
AVAILABLE FROM Vinegar Syndrome

When she was a child, Olivia (Suzanna Love) witnessed the horrifying and violent murder of her prostitute mother at the hands of an angry John. Now an adult, she’s married to an abusive and controlling factory worker, that is, until her mother appears to her and demands that Olivia avenge her death by seducing and then slaying men. While disposing of a body near the London Bridge, Olivia has a chance meeting with a friendly American named Mike (Robert Walker Jr) who reveals that he’s visiting England in order to dismantle and move the bridge to Arizona, setting off a series of increasingly strange events, and a lot more bloodshed…

Olivia’s mother was a prostitute. I know that’s a heck of a way to start a review, but that’s the main key to what holds this one together and that fact is what starts this one off and running. Olivia sees her mom welcome in a crazy man who ends up killing her and then 15 years later we watch Olivia start picking up her mom’s old profession but now she isn’t ending things with a happy ending, she’s killing the men and oftentimes before anything can really happen. She seems content with this but soon people get on her tracks and it becomes an issue of her doing it without being caught. Plus, we also have the strange events that the plot outline up top references and that alone is a good reason to give a movie like this a chance. I found it to be pretty fun and I think the movie will be something people who like stuff like Ms.45 and all of that could have a good time with.

This one also has some blood and violence to it and that is always a plus to me. Not only does it bring you in with an interesting plot that spirals out into other things, but every now and then you get a cool kill to make the watch all the more exciting. There are a few down portions of the movie and those slow moments might be the only real bad thing I can say about it. Outside those moments, the rest is pretty interesting stuff that offers some interesting moments, interesting characters, and some nice blood to go along with the erotic stuff. This one packs a good atmosphere and it looks pretty sharp here on Blu-ray! If you like what you could probably get away with calling “classy exploitation”, then Oliva is a movie you’ll want to check out and a Blu-ray purchase you’ll want to make.

Extras

  • Region Free Blu-ray/DVD combo
  • Newly scanned & restored in 4k from its 35mm original camera negative
  • “Becoming Olivia” – an interview with actress Suzanna Love
  • “Taking on Many Roles” – an interview with writer/asst. director John P. Marsh
  • “A Chance Meeting” – an interview with cinematographer Jon Kranhouse
  • “Learning From Ulli” – an interview with editor Terrell Tannen
  • Super 8mm behind-the-scenes footage shot and narrated by writer/a.d. John P. Marsh
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Reversible cover artwork
  • SDH English subtitles

Quality of Transfer: 96%

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