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04 December 2019

Cult Epics rides the DUTCH SEX WAVE COLLECTION (review)

Before Paul Verhoeven's TURKISH DELIGHT and SPETTERS, the Dutch Sex Wave was kicked off by upstart filmmakers Pim de la Parra and Wim Verstappen who turned the stodgy Dutch filmmaking industry and its censors on their sides with a series of taboo-breaking low-budget mainstream dramas and thrillers.  In teh Hitchcockian OBSESSIONS, a young medical student discovers a peephole into the next door apartment and gets entangled in the strange goings-on involving sex, prostitution, and illicit drug use that turns deadly when the watcher becomes the watched. . In FRANK AND EVA, married couple Frank and Eva are "living together apart" in a one-sided open marriage upset by alcoholism, womanizing, betryal, and death.  In BLUE MOVIE, a young man gets out of prison after serving five years for a "social offense" and tries to live a respectable life only to find ennui and sexual distraction in his apartment block where he hits upon a profitable new line of work.  Finally, in MY NIGHTS WITH SUSAN, SANDRA, OLGA AND JULIE, a drifter gets a handyman job on a farm populated by a reclusive model and sex-starved and possibly murderous "family" of runaway girls and a peeping tom lover.

REVIEW LINK: Cult Epics (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

SCORPIO FILMS: THE DUTCH SEX WAVE COLLECTION Blu-ray specs:
  • Disc One - Obsessions:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 Pillarboxed Fullscreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono 
    • Introduction by director Pim de la Parra
    • Introduction by actor/producer Dieter Geissler
    • Interview with actor/producer Dieter Geissler
    • Interview with director Pim de la Parra
    • Scorpio Films featurette
    • Text interview with screenwriter Martin Scorsese conducted by Bor Beekman for Volkskrant
    • Original Script Notes by Martin Scorsese
    • Still Gallery
    • Theatrical Trailer
  • Disc Two - Frank and Eva:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 Pillarboxed Fullscreen
    • Dutch DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
    • Optional English Subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by director Pim de la Parra
    • Introduction by director Pim de la Parra
    • "Up Front & Naked: Sex in Dutch Films" video conversation with actress Willeke van Ammelrooy and filmmaker Eddy Terstall
    • Photo Gallery
    • Sylvia Kristel Film Poster Video Gallery
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • Bonus Trailer
  • Disc Three - Blue Movie:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 Pillarboxed Fullscreen
    • Dutch/German DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
    • Optional English Subtitles
    • 1971 interview with director Wim Verstappen
    • 2018 Cinémathèque Française introduction and interview with producer Pim de la Parra
    • 2018 interview with actor's son Hugo Metsers Jr.
    • Eye Film Institute featurette
    • Poster and Photo Gallery
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • Scorpio Trailers
  • Disc Four - My Nights with Susan, Sandra, Olga and Julie
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 Widescreen
    • Dutch and English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
    • Optional English Subtitles
    • Introduction by director Pim de a Parra
    • Scorpio Short Films:
      • "Heart Beat Fresco"
      • "Joop"
      • "Joop Strikes Again"
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • Scorpio Films Theatrical Trailers
    • Poster & Photo Video Gallery
  • 16-Page Booklet "Scorpio Films & The Dutch Sex Wave" with essay by journalist Guido Franken
  • Slipcover designed by Gilles Vranckx

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