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Marquis de Sade's Justine [DVD] [1968]

  • SKU: 13638539
  • Release Date: 01/27/2004
  • Rating: NR
This typically florid (and atypically luxurious) adaptation of the Marquis de Sade's novel from Eurotrash auteur Jesús Franco gets a loving treatment on DVD from the genre enthusiasts at Blue Underground. Presented in its uncut 124-minute form, Justine has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.66:1, which has been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The transfer is superb, with the images looking rich, clear, and colorful from an exceptionally clean print, and it's doubtful the film ever looked this good in its grind-house engagements in the United States. The original monophonic audio mix for the film has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono, and it sounds enjoyably crisp, making the most of Bruno Nicolai's score. As usual, Blue Underground has added several bonus features for fans, including a short subject on the making of the film (featuring very entertaining interviews with Franco and producer Harry Alan Towers), the film's French trailer, a gallery of production photos and advertising artwork, and finally a text biography of the director. Blue Underground wasted little time in establishing itself as one of the most quality-conscious outfits releasing classic genre cinema on DVD, and this superb-looking disc is a fine example of what they do so well -- it's an absolute treat for Franco fans.

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    Special Features

    • "The Perils and Pleasures of Justine": Interviews with co-writer/director Jess Franco and producer Harry Alan Towers
    • French theatrical trailer
    • Poster and still gallery
    • Jess Franco bio
    • Liner notes by Video Watchdog's Tim Lucas


    One of cult director Jesus Franco's most popular films, this uneven adaptation of the Marquis de Sade's notorious Justine stars Romina Power, daughter of actor Tyrone Power, in the title role. Justine and her sister Juliet (Maria Rohm) are poor orphans in 1700s France forced to leave school and find a way to survive in Paris. Juliet soon becomes a prostitute, while Justine is employed as a maid by Scrooge-like innkeeper Mssr. de Harpin (Akim Tamiroff). Eventually, Justine is falsely arrested for stealing a brooch and sentenced to death. Escaping prison with the murderous Mme. Dubois (Mercedes McCambridge), Justine becomes a fugitive. In her efforts to hide from the law, Justine finds herself captured first by a perverse gay Marquis (Klaus Kinski), who subjects her to various tortures, then by a group of sadistic monks led by Brother Antonin (Jack Palance in an amazingly bizarre performance). Rosemary Dexter was originally intended to portray Justine, and might have done a better job than the wooden Power, but appears only briefly in a lesser role. Heavily censored, various prints run 120, 105, 93, and 90 minutes. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Romina Power
      Romina Power
    • Maria Rohm
      Maria Rohm
    • Akim Tamiroff
      Akim Tamiroff
    • Jack Palance
      Jack Palance
    • Sylva Koscina
      Sylva Koscina

    Customer rating

    Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

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

      one of the better franco films


      jesus franco has made hundreds of films since the mid-sixties that even he probably can't remember all the times. unfortunately, most of them aren't very good films & many could be construed as a complete waste of time. on the bright side, this is one of his best efforts & won't waste anyone's time. yes, justine is flawed & inconsistent as one might imagine but still worth a look. if you can imagine walt disney & marquis de sade comparing notes for ideas on possible screenplays, the results would be as uneven as justine but still likable nonetheless. the performances range from average to good & some of the dialogue is a bit embarassing at times. aside from that. justine is overall a great story if not a slightly bent coming of age story. justine ask the age old question that many have had to face in their lives. if the chips were down & you were struggling, would you rob someone else of everything they had to get ahead or would fall victim to scoiety and all of it's unruly inhabitants.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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