Barbarella: Queen of the Galaxy [DVD] [1968]

  • SKU: 3654566
  • Release Date: 06/22/1999
  • Rating: PG
In 1965 Jane Fonda married French director Roger Vadim, who had enjoyed spectacular success with his convention-breaking film And God Created Woman, which starred his then-wife Brigitte Bardot. Vadim cast Fonda as the title character in his colorful 1968 Panavision film Barbarella, Queen of the Galaxy, and the results shine on DVD. The film is presented in widescreen format which does the bizarre sets and landscapes justice. It also comes in Dolby Digital stereo and can be played in English or French. Also included are the standard interactive menus and scene selections, as well as the original theatrical trailer, which in and of itself is a great example of true kitsch from this bygone era. Unfortunately, the DVD does not include any information on the actors or director, or a history of the film's production. For such a bizarre and campy film, some sort of additional information would have been appreciated, especially for the uninitiated, who are probably wondering how on earth Jane Fonda came to make this film.
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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (16 out of 16)

Special Features


  • Widescreen version enhanced for 16x9
  • Dolby Digital: English mono; French mono
  • Interactive menus
  • Scene selection
  • Theatrical trailer

Synopsis


Barbarella
A voluptuous outer space agent travels to another galaxy in search of a missing inventor in this science fiction send-up. Barbarella (Jane Fonda), an interstellar representative of the united Earth government in the 41st century, is dispatched to locate scientist Durand Durand, whose positronic ray, if not recovered, could signal the end of humanity. Outfitted in an array of stunning Star Trek/Bond girl outfits and cruising around in a plush, psychedelic spaceship, Barbarella travels to the Tau Seti system and promptly crash-lands. She then spends the rest of the film discovering the joys of interstellar sex with a keeper of feral children (Ugo Tognazzi), a blind, beatific angel (John Phillip Law), and an inept revolutionary named Dildano (David Hemmings). Slowly but surely, she also finds her way to Durand Durand by moving from one exotic, Wizard of Oz-style locale to another. Along the way, she meets the kindly Professor Ping (a surprisingly verbal Marcel Marceau), a Eurotrash dominatrix named the Great Tyrant (Rolling Stones gal pal Anita Pallenberg), and the Concierge (Milo O'Shea), a strangely familiar lackey of the Great Tyrant who tries to destroy Barbarella with his great big organ of love. Jean-Claude Forest, who created the character Barbarella in 1962 for V-Magazine, served as visual advisor on the adaptation. The film's missing scientist character famously inspired the band name of '80s pop stars Duran Duran (who altered the spelling slightly). Almost two decades later, the film also inspired electronic act Matmos, which was named after the aqueous personification of evil unleashed by the Concierge at the movie's climax. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Jane Fonda
    Jane Fonda - Barbarella
  • John Phillip Law
    John Phillip Law - Pygar
  • Anita Pallenberg
    Anita Pallenberg - Black Queen
  • Milo O'Shea
    Milo O'Shea - Durand-Durand, The Concierge
  • David Hemmings
    David Hemmings - Dildano



Overall customer rating

4.4
100%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Cheese has a new name... BARBARELLA!!!

    Posted
    JakeInLivnColor
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    Yes, if you are lovers of anything cheese, made by the finest Hollywood cows, then you are in for a special treat! Even though this film is pretty bad, in a good way, but its also fairly influential, mainly through my constant viewings of the Austin Powers films, with some of the set design, look, feel and the Fembots seemingly being influenced by this film. Plot doesn't really matter here, something about this bounty hunter capturing a scientist cause he developed a death ray or something like that, but just sit back, relax and watch the Jane Fonda Cheese Factory produce some truly amazing dairy treats! Even though the film reeks, the PQ is actually quite good actually, with the picture offering a nice, fine layer of grain, detailed to a fault (Look at how crummy the sets and effects look in HD) and very pretty to look at. The AQ is surprisingly active with a DTS-HD mono track, filled with some nice special effects, music and dialogue all heard nice and clear. Unfortunately, the only extra is the trailer in HD, though Paramount could have really struck a home run with a commentary, a making-of documentary or retrospective or anything else of note. Still, its totally recommended just for the cheese factor itself, and very cheap to boot.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A fun vintage sci-fi movie

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    Vallo
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    I was pleasantly surprised with this movie. I didn't know what to expect going into it, but it was a fun campy sci-fi movie with great visuals. The transfer looks pretty great. There are a few scenes were it could be better, but that's just nit-picking. Lots of great visuals to be had here and they all look great. The audio is a mono track, but it has a pretty good range. The soundtrack sounds good and the sound levels are all mixed well. You don't have to worry about turning it up and down to hear dialogue, everything is leveled out. Extras wise all you get is a trailer, but it's a pretty cool trailer. Would have loved to of have more though. Overall, this release is loads of fun. The PQ/AQ are both great, only downside are the extras. Also, the slipcover is amazing!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Titytastic steelbook

    Posted
    Imbee
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    It’s a little dated but now it just adds to the charm if you have not seen this movie or even accidentally clicked on it buy it now it’s great

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Super Camp

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    ncmovieguy
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    One of the camp classics! The blu ray transfer is not bad. The audio could have been remixed from the mono soundtrack though. Unfortunately if you're looking for extras on the disc, you won't find any.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nostalgic movie

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    worrapsnivek
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    Ordered movie for a friend that was "coming of age" during the era of production. He enjoyed the movie when it came out and wanted to add it to his collection.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Gorgeous steelbook but..

    Posted
    Moviefan
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    ..still no special features on a iconic movie? Thats a let down

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great!

    Posted
    Dr1v3r1
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    Cool piece of classic science fiction. Fun to watch!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    absolutely hilarious storyline

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    Anonymous

    i could not find this movie anywhere and it was so simple to just order it and it was sent to me in a matter of a few days i had it.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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