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(aka "Joy et Joan" or "Joy and Joan" or "Joy 2" or "Joy: Chaper II" )

 

directed by Jacques Saurel
France 1985

 

Top model Joy (former adult film actress/Jean Rollin muse Brigitte Lahaie replacing the first film's Claudia Udy) is abandoned by her lover Marc (Jean-Marc Maurel) who jets off to Thailand. Rich friend Bruce (Pierre Londiche) - quite different from his character in the first film - offers Joy the world but she just asks him to take her to Thailand. Upon arrival, Bruce presents Joy with a diamond ring, her own personal slave Millarca (Maria Isabel Lopez), and the palace of a creepy prince (Jacques Bryland) fallen on hard times. Bruce celebrates Joy's birthday by drugging her and making her unwilling the centerpiece of an orgy. Joy flees Bruce and meets up with tour guide Joan (Isabelle Solar) and the two begin a passionate affair amidst the fleshpots of Thailand with creepy Cornelius in pursuit. The two women take off to a hotel in the Philippines run by Joan's ex-boyfriend but he arranges for them to be kidnapped and taken to a spa/brothel. When Joy and Joan make it back to France, their relationship is complicated by when Marc steps back into the picture - though not as expected - but ever-flexible Joy can scrounge up a happy ending. The Debbie Davis "Joy" theme song from the first film pops up early on and is quickly followed by the new "Joy and Joan" theme song (long before Joan is actually introduced) and while composer Francois Valery's instrumental of "You Need Love" is nicely employed throughout (recalling Pierree Bacahalet's themes for Just Jaeckin's GWENDOLINE more so than the locations ape Jaeckin's EMMANUELLE), the vocal version is a bit grating (the climax falls back on the original JOY theme as an instrumental). While Lahaie's inexpressive doll-like face made her a simultaneously chilling and sensual presence in her films for Jean Rollin as well in Jess Franco's FACELESS (as a more erotic equivalent to Alida Valli's character in what was essentially a sexed-up, slick rip-off of EYES WITHOUT A FACE), as Joy she is nice to look at but the inexpressiveness underlines her role as passive victim throughout. Solar fares better but her proclamations of "love at first sight" are more whiny than passionate. While not as interesting as the prior JOY film, JOY & JOAN has everything you want in softcore European erotica (exotic settings, Brigitte Lahaie, repetitious theme song - two in this case - pretty photography, and copious nudity).

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 12 June 1985 (France)

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Distribution

Severin Films

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:34:21
Video

1.62:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.63 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.

Bitrate

Audio French Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Severin Films

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.62:1

Edition Details:
• none

DVD Release Date: July 27th, 2010
Amaray

Chapters 16

 

Comments

As with JOY, JOY AND JOAN is presented here in its uncut French version (an English dubbed version was produced but seems to have had limited release) in a progressive, anamorphic, single-layer transfer in French with optional English subtitles..

 

Edge enhancement is evident but the image is generally pleasing throughout (likely a massive improvement over the previous versions although the R2 French DVD probably uses the same master). There are no extras.

  - Eric Cotenas

 



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