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Review: The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Miss Osbourne

The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Miss Osbourne
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3.5 stars

Starring: Udo Kier, Marina Pierro, Patrick Magee

Directed: Walerian Borowczyk

Release Date: May 12, 2015

Run Time: 90 Minutes

Format: Blu-Ray

Audio:
French, English Subtitles: French, English

Distributor: Arrow Video / MVDvisual

“Potent and poetic, mischievous and macabre, Borowczyk’s film shows how many imaginative worlds the horror movie can open up when the right artist holds the keys” (Nigel Andrews, Financial Times)

It’s the engagement party for brilliant young Dr Henry Jekyll (Udo Kier) and his fiancée, the beautiful Fanny Osbourne (Marina Pierro), attended by various pillars of Victorian society, including the astonishing Patrick Magee in one of his final roles. But when people are found raped and murdered outside and ultimately inside the house, it becomes clear that a madman has broken in to disrupt the festivities – but who is he? And why does Dr Jekyll keep sneaking off to his laboratory?

We know the answer, of course, but Walerian Borowczyk’s visually stunning adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s much-filmed tale is crammed with wildly imaginative and outrageously perverse touches characteristic of the man who scandalised audiences with Immoral Tales and The Beast, not least the explicitly sexualised nature of Mr Hyde’s primal urges. – ArrowFilms

Audio/Video

Audio

Audio Language: French, English
Subtitles: French, English

The Sound is good with the french version a little more bassy then the English or maybe the English is a little thinner. Both are in Mono and sound good but not 5 star Great.

 

Rating:4 stars

 

Picture Quality

Disc Format: Blu-Ray

Overall the Film looks good, sharp but also Soft at times. The film also has its Original grain with no to Very little artifacts like damaged film or spots. Colors pop but I feel the Red on that Generals gear is too red and it looses its sharpness.

Rating:4 stars

Note: Equipment used to watch the film can be found below

Theatrical release Date: June 17, 1981 (France)
Blu-Ray Disc release Date: May 12, 2015 (USA)
Extras

 

  • Brand new 2K restoration, scanned from the original camera negative and supervised by cinematographer Noël Véry
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the film, released on both formats for the first time anywhere in the world
  • English and French soundtracks in LPCM 1.0
  • Optional English and English SDH subtitles
  • Introduction by critic and long-term Borowczyk fan Michael Brooke
  • Audio commentary featuring archival interviews with Walerian Borowczyk, Udo Kier, Marina Pierro and producer Robert Kuperberg, and new interviews with cinematographer Noël Véry, editor Khadicha Bariha, assistant Michael Levy and filmmaker Noël Simsolo, moderated by Daniel Bird
  • Interview with Marina Pierro
  • Himorogi (2012), a short film by Marina and Alessio Pierro, made in homage to Borowczyk
  • Interview with artist and filmmaker Alessio Pierro
  • Video essay by Adrian Martin and Cristina Alvarez Lopez
  • Eyes That Listen, a featurette on Borowczyk’s collaborations with electro-acoustic composer Bernard Parmegiani
  • Jouet Jouyeux (1979), a short film by Borowczyk based on Charles-Émile Reynaud’s praxinoscope
  • Introduction to Jouet Joyeux by production assistant Sarah Mallinson
  • Returning to Méliès: Borowczyk and Early Cinema, a featurette by Daniel Bird
  • Reversible sleeve with artwork based on Borowczyk’s own poster design
  • Booklet with new writing on the film by Daniel Bird and archive materials, illustrated with rare stills

 

 

My Thoughts

The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Miss Osbourne Opens up with a Little girl Being chased buy an Older Man, Trapped in an Alleyway, he then beats the shit out of her with his cane until she is dead. Proceeds to tear her cloths as if he was going to rape. What the Hell just Happened here lol, Pretty Crazy Opening I would say.

More Weird and Crazy pop ups during a dinner where flashes of violence pop up like flashbacks or flash-forwards randomly while everyone is talking, like someone getting stabbed and a Porn Like sex Scene hits out of no where. The film has a decent amount of Nudity in this Period Horror Slasher Film. The Acting is B rated and at times slow and Confusing.

Over all The film was a good watch but I can see where others may not like it. It’s just beyond weird and its Confusing, but I feel most will have it all worked out by the time the end hits. The Ending is just out there with Cool Cutting and camera work with a score that makes even more creepy

With that said I give The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Miss Osbourne a 3.5 out of 5. Check it out for its Weirdness and Porn Like Sex Clips.

Rating – 5 Star System

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3.5 stars

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Samsung (UN46C6900) 46-Inch 1080p LED HDTV

DVD/Blu-Ray Player

OPPO BDP – 103 (Highly Recommended)

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Stereo Receiver

Pioneer VSX-516-K 7.1-Channel

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Pioneer S-HF 11C

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(2) Front Speaker

KLH 9250B Floor – 350 watts

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KLH 100 watt Bookshelf

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Sony SA-W3000 180 Watt 12″ sub

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Note: I Know my speakers are way outdated. OPPO Blu-Ray Player is one of the best around and used in most home theaters. The Receiver is pretty good but on the line of out dated. Subwoofer is good with tons of bass but not the theater quality from a $400 Sub. Front speakers are fun with tons of power and are good for standalone’s but higher end sound (Hz) is lower quality. Overall I need to update on all speakers granted I do get decent sound out of them just the higher end falls short.

 

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