Orgies of Edo (1969) (Blu-ray Review)

Orgies of Edo (1969) (Blu-ray Review)

Orgies of Edo (1969) (Blu-ray Review)

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Orgies of Edo (1969) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Teruo Ishii
Starring: Teruo Yoshida, Toyozô Yamamoto, Masumi Tachibana
Rated: UR/Region A/2:35/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Arrow Video

Legendary Toei director Teruo Ishii tells three stories of moral sickness set during Japan’s prosperous Genroku era in this bloody follow-up to his sexploitation classic Shogun’s Joy of Torture, and the fourth entry in Toei’s ‘abnormal love’ film series. Ishii’s politically incorrect moral lessons paint a trio of tales of tragic heroines caught up in violence, sadomasochism, incest, and torture. Told in anthology style by an impassive physician (Teruo Yoshida).

Orgies Of Edo is a strange and sort of artsy film. It comes from a very interesting director, Teruo Ishii. And I’d probably suggest you go back and watch all of his other films Arrow has released before you dive into this one. This is a strange movie in a lot of ways that deals with several different themes. The movie is broken down into several different stories and just might qualify for an anthology at the end of the day. We have sexual stuff, we have manipulation, and we have a guy having people killed for his own personal fun. You have things like a woman being turned on by disfigurement and women being forced to wear red so a bull will chase them. The results become a movie that won’t for everyone who stumbles across it but it is something you might want to see if you like to find the more obscure areas of foreign films that Arrow have graced us all with. I was a bit mixed on it overall but still found some things to really find interesting about it.

The visual side of things here might be the best of what this release has to offer. The movie takes place in several sets and locations that I find very visually appealing and those things all brought out very nicely here in the transfer. Some areas might get a little soft here and there but I still think the overall look shines and we have some nice color. This release doesn’t pack as many extras as most from Arrow, but the essay that comes in the case is a very good read and helps add to the overall insight of this odd film. Again, this isn’t one that will be for everyone but I can see fans of director Teruo Ishii still enjoying what looks like a transitional film from him.

Extras

– High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation
– Original uncompressed mono PCM audio
– Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
– The Orgies of Ishii – an exclusive, newly filmed interview with author Patrick Maccias
– Theatrical trailer
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matt Griffin
– FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by author Tom Mes

Quality of Transfer: 89%

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