(aka "Collections privées" )

 

directed by Just Jaeckin, Shuji Terayama, Walerian Borowczyk
France/Japan 1979

Producer Pierre Braumberger brought three top directors of erotica known to the French (Just Jaeckin had directed EMANUELLE and STORY OF O, Borowczyk had done IMMORAL TALES and THE BEAST; and Shuji Terayama had directed producer Anatole Dauman's STORY OF O follow-up FRUITS OF PASSION) to produce the three short films that make up PRIVATE COLLECTIONS. Just Jaeckin's tale of a shipwrecked sailor encountering an island of beautiful, sensual women with unsual apetites is the weakest but sports stunning photography (Jaeckin makes Laura Gemser look even more gorgeous and golden than she does in Joe D'Amato's BLACK EMANUELLE films) and a score by Pierre Bachelet who scored the aforementioned Jaeckin films. Terayama's segment "The Glass Labyrinthe" is the longest and most aggressively erotic and horrific and worth the price of the disc alone. Borowczyk's story (the shortest) of an encounter between a man and a Folies Berger prostitute has the trademark Borowczyk gorgeous visuals, editing, and scoring but is ultimately a minor work. Borowczyk is better served by his other features as well as the anthologies IMMORAL TALES and IMMORAL WOMEN (the latter also released on DVD by Severin).

Eric Cotenas

Theatrical Release: 27 June 1979

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Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Review!

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Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:43:17
Video

1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.2 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio French/Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0 mono; English/French Dolby Digital 2.0 (mono)
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Severin

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.66:1

Edition Details:
• Island of Just - Just Jaeckin interview
• Theatrical Trailer
• Talent Bios

DVD Release Date: January 30, 2007
Amaray

Chapters 16

 

Comments:

A satisfying transfer from Severin of a film with very complex visual schemes. Jaeckin's soft focus and warm colors, Terayama's combination of near monochrome and bold color gels, and Borowczyk's soft-lit, powdery textures are all finely rendered (note the satisfyingly deep blacks). The last cap is of the title from the trailer as its more visually interesting than the title in the film's credits.

Regarding the audio, the English/French track only supplies English narration (by Alexandra Stewart of Truffaut's DAY FOR NIGHT and Ozon's UNDER THE SAND) for the Terayama offering. The other two are in French on both tracks.

 - Eric Cotenas

 



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