The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Miss Osbourne [2 Discs] [Blu-ray] [Eng/Fre] [1981]

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Special Features

  • Appreciation by critic and long-term Brorwczyk fan Michael Brooke
  • Audio commentary featuring an archival interview with Walerian Borowczyk and new interviews with cinematographer Noël Véry, editor Khadicha Bariha, assistant Michael Levy and filmmaker Noël Simsolo, moderated by Daniel Bird
  • Brand new interviews with Udo Kier and Mariana Pierro
  • Himorogi (2012), a short film by Marina and Alessio Pierro, made in homage to Borowczyk
  • Interview with artist and and filmmaker Alessio Pierro
  • Phantasmagoria of the Interior, a video essay on Borwczyk's Dr Jekyll by Adrian Martin and Cristina Àlvarez López
  • Eyes That Listen, a featurette on Borowczyk's collaborations with electro-acousitc composer Bernard Parmegiani
  • Happy Toy (1979), a short film by Borowczyk inspired by Charles-Émile Reynaud's praxinoscope
  • Interview with Sarah Mallinson, former assistant to Borowczyk and fellow animator Peter Foldes
  • Return to Méliès: Borowczyk and Early Cinema, a featurette by Daniel Bird
  • Theatrical trailer with optional commentary by editor Khadicha Bariha

Synopsis

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Miss Osbourne
A bizarre Euro-kink variation on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic, this intriguing film from Polish director Walerian Borowczyk takes place almost exclusively in the palatial home of Dr. Henry Jekyll (Udo Kier), where the good doctor is being feted prior to his engagement to the austere Miss Fanny Osborne (Marina Pierro). The guest list -- comprised of various dignitaries, officials and symbols of bourgeois respectability -- could easily have strolled in from a Fellini film, complete with a closetful of perverse habits and barely-repressed sexual urges. At the onset of the festivities, it is learned that a young girl has been murdered on the streets that night -- an event somehow linked to Jekyll's insistence that his estate be willed to the yet-unseen Mr. Hyde. It comes as no surprise that Jekyll's infamous potion transforms him into a crazed sexual predator with desires so aggressive that his victims cannot survive... but the real twist comes when young Fanny joins Jekyll in his bath while he is transforming into Hyde, and the formula's malevolent effects are spread to her as well. Before long, the entire affair devolves into an orgy of sexual sadism and bloody violence as the evil is spread throughout the house. Borowczyk has imbued this quirky exercise with a doomed, nightmarish quality, contrasting the opulence of the festivities with dimly-lit, smoky rooms where the lecherous Hyde stalks his victims. Patrick Magee borrows a bit from his arch performance in Marat/Sade as the swaggering "General" who gets taken down a few notches at the end of a bullwhip. Released in the U.S. as Blood of Dr. Jekyll, then later on video as Bloodlust. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Udo Kier
    Udo Kier - Dr.Henry Jekyll
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    Marina Pierro - Miss Fanny Osborne
  • Howard Vernon
    Howard Vernon - Dr.Lanyon
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    Clement Harari - Reverend Donald Regan
  • Patrick Magee
    Patrick Magee - General

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