Blu-ray Review: The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik Yak

The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik Yak is loosely based on the character “Sweet Gwendoline” that appeared in the bondage-themed comics Willie. The movie was written and directed by Just Jaeckin and stars Tawny Kitaen, Brent Huff, Zabou Breitman and Bernadette Lafont. The music is composed by Pierre Bachelet.

The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik Yak is based on the infamous S&M comic strip and bursting with perilous adventure, bountiful nudity, spectacular production design, eye-popping lesbian bondage.

This 1984 action-adventure comedy follows Gwendoline (Tawny Kitaen), a beautiful young woman who’s searching for her father who went missing while he was looking for a rare butterfly. She’s accompanied by her trusty maid / best friend Beth (Zabou Breitman) and when the two of them get in some hot water it’s up to Willard (Brent Huff) to rescue them. Willard isn’t really the hero-type and is normally in it for himself but Gwendoline finds a way to get the reluctant adventurer involved so they set out on a search and rescue mission that takes them to some exotic locations.

During their dangerous adventure, the trio encounters a tribe of cannibals called the Klops but they’re able to escape and even spot the elusive butterfly, but before than can capture it, they find themselves captured. Enter the all-women tribe that are descendents of the lost city of Pikaho that’s home to a rich diamond mine. Gwendoline does find out about her father’s fate but getting out of this deadly trap is the hard part for the trio. During this wild and crazy adventure, the once naive Gwendoline grows up fast and learns how to defend herself which turns on Willard even more. Together with her friends, they’re able to defeat this all-women tribe and their evil queen and ultimately escape this underground lair. Oh yeah, Willard also catches the rare butterfly for Gwendoline.

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 specs. The reverse sleeve features some alternate artwork so you have your pick of which side you’d like to use as the front cover. Check it out down below! This Severin release comes in a black keepcase which helps it stand out from the others. The Blu-ray disc features some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik Yak was scanned uncut in 4k from the original negative recently discovered in a Paris vault. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, I didn’t really have high expectations for Gwendoline but this obscure slice of cinema ended up being a really fun watch. Cheesy but fun! Just Jaeckin was known for his sexploitation style of cinema with X-rated movies like Emmanuelle and The Story of O and even though Gwendoline does have a heavy dose of sexploitation skinema to it, the movie also has a plot that actually makes sense and some interesting characters to go along with it. Hello Tawny Kitaen! The movie features lots of nudity, some impressive sets and costume designs and it all looked great. If you like action-packed fan favorite classics like the Indiana Jones movies, Romancing the Stone and King Solomon’s Mine, then this one deserves a chance because it fits right in with them. Sure, it’s not as good but Gwendoline is a really fun watch, and like I stated up top, this ambitious and sexy obscurity definitely exceeded my expectations. The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik Yak is now available on Blu-ray and is worth checking out. Severin Films has included two cuts of the movie (French and U.S.) on this Blu-ray.

Distributor: Severin Films

Run Time: 105 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.39:1) Region Free

Blu-ray Audio: English and French DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: The extras include two audio commentary tracks, interviews with some of the cast and crew, Blu-ray promos with the two lead actors and two trailers.

  • The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik Yak Alternate U.S. Version (88 Minutes)
  • Audio Commentary with Director Just Jaeckin
  • Audio Commentary with Stars Tawny Kitaen and Brent Huff
  • The Butterfly Effect: 2019 Interview with Director Just Jaeckin (13:44)
  • Bondage Paradise: Interviews with Costume & Concept Designers & Comic Book Artists François Schuiten and Claude Renard (33:56)
  • The Perils Of Production: Interview with Executive Producer Jean-Claude Fleury (19:08)
  • Gwendoline’s Travels: Interview with Production Designer Françoise Deleu (14:09)
  • Blu-Ray Promos with Tawny Kitaen & Brent Huff (06:26)
  • The Last Temptation Of Just: 2006 Interview with Director Just Jaeckin (24:22)
  • Dr. Kinsey Interview with John Willie, Creator of SWEET GWENDOLINE (43:20)
  • Revealing Tawny Kitaen Photospread for French LUI Magazine (00:25)
  • Trailers (01:34) (02:12)
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