Now THIS is exciting. Two more Jess Franco films are coming to DVD thanks to Blue Underground. First up is an assured upgrade of the great Eugenie De Sade. This is perhaps my favorite Franco/Miranda film and also nice to see is that our man Belinsky will be on the DVD cover. You can see roughs for that art at this post as well.
I’m looking forward to watching this film for what certainly is over the 10th time, and will dig in for a review as soon as possible. If I can point to any one Franco film you need to see, this one could very well be it.
It stuns me every time.
What is more interesting is a nice presentation of CECILIA. Now this Eurocine flick is one I’ve viewed on Nth Gen bootleg in the past and found quite good. However, I’ve long believed this is not a Jess Franco film-at least not completely. It stars Muriel Montosse (who was also good in Franco’s Sale jeu A Casablanca-which is out on DVD) and Antonio Mayans-another man synonymous with Franco’s work. Sounds good. And it is. BUT, it still didn’t feel like a Jess Franco flick.
With the exception of one rather long part, a crazy wild part at that. The copy I viewed seemed to drop substantially in this sequence and that sequence felt utterly like a Franco film. And indeed that sequence was all Jess, from a version produced a year earlier by J.E. Films.
But it gets BETTER!!
I must have seen the second version of the film, which incorporates scenes from the Franco film Aberraciones Sexuales de una mujer casada into another picture directed by “Claude Plaut.” Plaut is an alias for Olivier Mathot, which is really cool since I love that guy and always enjoy seeing him. Even niftier is when I found that Mathot’s real name is Claude Plaud. Plaut sounds a little more interesting I guess.
So, are we getting the 1981 Franco film here? I sure hope so, but I’d love to see a nice copy of the Mathot film as well. So, no matter what this is, it is a win win situation for me. The extras listed by Blue Underground include an interview titled Sexual Aberrations of Cecilia-so I’m looking forward to this disc with the utmost excitement. Truly rare no matter what is on the disc, this is the kind of film I love to see released.