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Bizarre [DVD] [1969]

Better known as Secrets of Sex, this oddball mixture of suspense and softcore sex (narrated by a mummy, no less) gets an attractive North American DVD release from the folks at Synapse Films. While packaged as Bizarre, the print used for this edition still features the Secrets of Sex title card, and has been transferred to disc in letterboxed format at the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.66:1. The source print is in beautiful condition, and the transfer makes the most of the film's vivid color scheme. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono, and the results sound sharp and well defined. The dialogue is in English, with no multiple language options or subtitles included. Bonus materials include an onscreen interview with screenwriter and actor Elliott Stein; a commentary track from the film's executive producer Richard Gordon (who, prompted by writer and cult film historian Tom Weaver, delivers a dry but informative chat); the film's original trailer; an entertaining essay on the film from Chris Poggiali; and two experimental films from the film's director, Anthony Balch, Towers Open Fire and The Cut Ups, both of which were made in collaboration with underground literary icon William S. Burroughs. While this movie is hardly a masterpiece under any title, Synapse has certainly given it a great presentation on disc, which certainly plays to its campy strengths.

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    Special Features

    • Digitally remastered uncut version never before seen in the U.S.
    • Audio commentary with executive producer Richard Gordon and film historian and author Tom Weaver
    • Video interview with Bizarre writer Elliot Stein
    • Theatrical trailer
    • Liner notes


    Skin, shocks, and suspense are all on the menu in this arty sexploitation opus from Great Britain. A mummy who has risen from the grave (voice of Valentine Dyall) serves as our guide through a series of stories illustrating the ongoing conflict between men and women. A photographer (Dorothy Grumbar) working on a sadomasochistic photo spread goes to special lengths to see that her model (Anthony Rowlands) has just the right look. An elderly man (Kenneth Benda) dating a female scientist (Yvonne Quenet) is in for a surprise when they have a child. A strange young man (Elliott Stein) hires a call girl for the evening, but the lady in question (Sue Bond) objects when he makes a request that seems rather unusual...or is it? Female secret agent Lindy Leigh (Maria Frost) has a hard time keeping her clothes on as she sets out to capture an enemy military attaché. A cat burglar (Cathy Howard) finds an unusual way of avoiding arrest after she's caught in the act by her latest victim (Mike Briton). And an aging woman (Laurelle Streeter) demonstrates how she's kept in touch with her many lovers over the years. Originally released as Secrets of Sex, Bizarre also appeared in edited form as Tales of the Bizarre, with most of the sexual material and nudity removed; the film was also distributed as Secrets of Sex. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

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      Peter Carlisle - Colonel X
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      Kenneth Benda - Sacha Seramona
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      George Herbert - Steward
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      Cathy Howard - Burglar

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