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27 April 2015

Arrow Video USA investigates THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MISS OSBOURNE (review)

Walerian Borowczyk's hardest-to-see THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MISS OSBOURNE (aka THE BLOOD OR DR. JEKYLL or DR. JEKYLL AND HIS WOMEN) hits Blu-ray and DVD simultaneously in the US and UK courtesy of Arrow Video.  Udo Kier plays Dr. Jekyll who discovers a drug that allows him to tap into his darker, bestial side in the form of Mr. Hyde.  When his theories are challenged and ridiculed, he decides to unleash Mr. Hyde upon the guests at his engagement party including his lovely bride-to-be Fanny (Marina Pierro).  Howard Vernon and Patrick Magee also star.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Video (US/UK) Region ALL Blu-ray/Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MISS OSBOURNE Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 widescreen
    • English and French LPCM 1.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.66:1 widescreen
    • English and French Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles for both audio tracks
  •  Audio Commentary featuring an archival interview with director Walerian Borowczyk and new interviews with cinematographer Noel Very, editor Khadicha Bariha, assistant Michael Levy, and filmmaker Noel Simsolo, moderated by Daniel Bird
  • Short Films:
    • "Happy Toy" (1979)
    • "Himorogi" (2012)
  • Interviews:
    • actor Udo Keir
    • actress Marina Pierro
    • Alessio Piero on "Himorogi"
    • assistant Sarah Mallinson on Walerian Borowczyk and Peter Foldes
  • Documentaries and Essays:
    • Appreciation by Michael Brooke
    • "Phantasmagoria of the Interior" by Adrian martin and Christina Alvarez Lopez
    • "Eyes That Listen" by composer Bernard Parmegiani
    • "Return to Méliès: Borowczyk and Early Cinema"
  • Theatrical Trailer with music in place of lost French soundtrack, with English voiceover from UK video trailer "The Bloodbath of Dr. Jekyll", or with optional commentary by editor Khadicha Bariha
  • Reversible sleeve with artwork based on Borowczyk's own poster design
  • A booklet with new writing on the film by Daniel Bird and archive materials, illustrated with rare stills

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