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Mike T
06-21-2011, 08:12 AM
Since I promised them to Ian, here's some screenshots from the Optimum BD. Obviously they're not going to be quite the same as the real thing, but just to be different I converted them all as PNG files (less compression). On average, these individual files are around 50% of the original BMP files - so we're closer this time around than the usual JPG conversions... ;)

If you want to see them full-size, click on the links under the formatted linked images...

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I was going to do a grab of the famous cigarette scene, but then I thought...nah... ;)

These should all give you (all) a decent idea/representation of what Optimum's BD looks like. Btw, Optimum's disc is coded for Regions A & B.

Ian Jane
06-21-2011, 08:48 AM
Thanks for that Mike, looks like the transfer is a good one.

Mike T
06-21-2011, 10:25 AM
Yes, it looks pretty damn good in motion I must say. Not forgetting that the film was low budget, and Richard Suzuki shot with a variety of lenses, focuses and filters. So it looks about as good as you'd expect a soft-porn classic from the seventies would on Blu-ray...maybe even just a bit better. However, where I used to love the film now I just like it. All the philosophical, psycho-sexual mumbo-jumbo in the last half hour is bit silly in hindsight and rounds out the film on a very vague note (the last shot actually suggests it might have all been a dream). :think:

Ian Jane
06-21-2011, 10:35 AM
I've always been of the opinion that what the movie inspired, that being the countless knock offs, was more interesting than the original movie itself.

Mike T
06-21-2011, 10:41 AM
In hindsight, and having just recently revisited the film, I'm going to have say that my train of thought has come around to the same set of tracks. I'd actually go so far as to say that a lot of Joe D'Amato's Black Emanuelle series were better, as well as a little more hedonistic. Even Ovidio Assonitis' Laure has its own strange charm...

And then, of course, there is Mr. Brass -- our fine purveyor of semi-hard soft-porn from Italy. On the other hand, the flood of crap that 9 & 1/2 Weeks inspired was the nadir of the genre... ;)

Ian Jane
06-21-2011, 12:07 PM
The Europeans, generally (and there are of course exceptions like Sarno and Metzger) tend to do softcore better than the Americans. I don't know why that is, but I find that more often than not that really is the case.

Mike T
06-21-2011, 12:18 PM
They actually do it better than most of us. Australia largely adopted the "snicker-snicker" approach of a lot of Britain's early sex-farces, so we've never really been known for it either. John Lamond's stuff was largely just flat-out slap & tickle exploitation, and there's nothing "erotic" about a cavalcade of boobs and some sniggering ponces. I guess it all comes down to one's definition of eroticism or "classy" soft-core pornography. I'm sure there's some folks out there who think Miley Cyrus in hotpants is prime boner material... :p

Ian Jane
06-21-2011, 12:31 PM
Subjectivity is key of course but I think there's something to be said for the artistic merit behind a lot of the Euro stuff that the American filmmaker's don't generally pay as much attention to. If we're talking hardcore, I think the US trumps everybody else (with the French coming in second) but the Italian and the French definitely up the artsy ante with the softer stuff in terms of composition and set design and lighting and wardrobe and all that fun stuff.

Ian Jane
12-06-2013, 11:11 AM
Emmanuelle 2 (http://www.diabolikdvd.com/category/Softcore/Emmanuelle-2-%28Blu%7ERay-All-Region%29.html) is now out on Blu-ray. Diabolik has it at the link. Emmanuelle 3 as well.

http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Emmanuelle-2-Blu-ray/81209/#Review

http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Emmanuelle-3-Blu-ray/81210/#Review

Ian Jane
02-21-2018, 09:34 AM
Umbrella is giving the first film a DVD release in March.

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Ian Jane
08-31-2018, 08:29 AM
Umbrella has Emmanuelle 1 & 2 slated for a double feature Blu-ray release in November.

https://www.umbrellaent.com.au/coming-soon/3954-emmanuelle-emmanuelle-2-blu-ray.html

mjeon
09-04-2018, 05:29 PM
I ordered this from Umbrella. It was less than 33 USD shipped to USA.