Blu-ray Review: EMANUELLE AND FRANCOISE

EMANUELLE AND FRANCOISE (aka Emanuelle’s Revenge, Demon Rage and Blood Vengeance) was produced and directed by Joe D’Amato from a screenplay he co-wrote with Bruno Mattei and stars Rosemarie Lindt, George Eastman, Patrizia Gori, Massimo Vanni and Annie Carol Edel. The music was composed by Gianni Marchetti.

Emanuelle is out to avenge her sister’s death, who committed suicide after escaping from Carlo, her sadistic lover. When a cold-hearted stud (George Eastman of ANTHROPOPHAGUS infamy) drives her sister to suicide, Emanuelle (Rosemarie Lindt of SALON KITTY and WHO SAW HER DIE?) plots a seduction that includes sodomy, torture, J&B, lesbianism, cannibalism, meat cleavers and a super-groovy ‘70s soundtrack.

Francoise (Patrizia Gori) loves her boyfriend Carlo (George Eastman) so much that she’s willing to do anything for him. He owes a lot of people money and decides to exploit his beautiful girlfriend to pay off his debt. There’s this innocence to Francoise who sadly ends up being the star of peep shows, she’s raped and humiliated, but when she catches Carlo cheating on her she decides to commit suicide. Through flashbacks the viewer gets to see exactly what kind of relationship these two had. This is where her older sister Emanuelle (Rosemarie Lindt) comes into the picture to investigate her sister’s death.

Emanuelle is a reporter who knows how to do her job very well so it doesn’t take her long to track down Carlo. She slowly lures him in with her skilled sexcapades and ends up setting a trap for the womanizer where she puts him through all kinds of mental abuse that includes sex orgies and even cannibalism. He’s locked up in a hidden room like a prisoner where he has to watch all of this go down. Emanuelle puts Carlo through hell with her tactics but when she gets to the final dose of punishment it ultimately backfires on her. Emanuelle ends up in a fight for her life against Carlo who’s turned into a deranged madman and he’s armed with a meat cleaver.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features some alternate artwork so you have your pick of which side you’d like to use as the front cover. You can see it down below. This Severin release comes in a black keepcase which helps it stand out from the others. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. Emanuelle and Francoise has been scanned from the original negative. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition upgrade were really good. I didn’t have any major issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Emanuelle and Francoise ended up being another first time watch for me and the third movie in the Emanuelle series that I’ve seen. This one is a revenge-thriller but the soft porn sexploitation element is definitely still present and accounted for just like the others. One thing about these movies is that the ones I’ve watched have all had some kind of plot to them. As far as the cast goes, I thought they did an okay job. I’m very familiar with sleeze king Joe D’Amato because I’ve watched and reviewed a number of his movies over the years. He also got a little help from Bruno Mattei who’s another Italian filmmaker I’m familiar with. This movie has a little bit of everything for cinephiles; from multiple sex scenes, to a bizarre cannibal feast, to a hidden room that serves as a prison, with the end result being a surprisingly entertaining watch. This 1975 erotic revenge-thriller will be available on Blu-ray for the first time ever in the U.S. on April 30th plus Severin Films is also offering Emanuelle and Francoise with a limited edition slipcover and you can check it out HERE.

Distributor: Severin Films

Run Time: 98 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 / English Dub DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Subtitles: English

Special Features: The extras include two new interviews, some deleted/alternate scenes and a German trailer.

  • Three Women and a Mirror: Interview With Actress Maria Rosaria Riuzzi (14:31)
  • The Other Side of the Mirror: Interview With Actor George Eastman (15:21)
  • Deleted/Alternate scenes (14:14)
  • German Trailer (03:28)
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