Black Venus

Overview

Private Screening Collection has turned out a solid if somewhat bare-bones disc with this edition of Black Venus. The disc uses a full-frame transfer, which is fine since the film was produced for television and designed to fit that visual ratio. The image isn't as clean as one might want, with detail occasionally getting a bit soft or grainy in spots, but the overall picture is never less than watchable. The audio is mono and the mix is solid, with clear dialogue and music levels and no noticeable distortion. ...
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Overview

Private Screening Collection has turned out a solid if somewhat bare-bones disc with this edition of Black Venus. The disc uses a full-frame transfer, which is fine since the film was produced for television and designed to fit that visual ratio. The image isn't as clean as one might want, with detail occasionally getting a bit soft or grainy in spots, but the overall picture is never less than watchable. The audio is mono and the mix is solid, with clear dialogue and music levels and no noticeable distortion. The one area where the disc really falls short is the extras: simply put, there are none. Since this film was produced for television, finding a trailer would have been unlikely, but an interview, a commentary, or at least some text biographies for the cast or crew would have been nice. Thus, viewers might feel this disc is a bit pricey for a film-only affair but dedicated collectors of softcore erotica will want to check it out.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Black Venus is a vintage example of the kind of smutty fare that filled the late night hours of pay cable channels during the early 1980s. Despite its basis in a story by Honore de Balzac, no one will confuse this for Masterpiece Theater fare: the story plays out in a ludicrously contrived manner, the acting is ripe and Claude Mulot's direction stays firmly focused on delivering a sex scene every reel. That said, Black Venus offers plenty of campy fun for a cult film fan in the right mood. The acting is bad enough to be genuinely entertaining, with starlet Josephine Jacqueline Jones indulging in the kind of melodramatic antics that would embarrass the average soap opera actor and Jose Antonio Ceinos giving a performance so wooden one fears they'll get splinters from watching it. Better yet, the script anchoring these performances piles on the melodrama and smut in equal measure and Mulot gives it a tight pace. In short, Black Venus is trash, but fans of exploitation cinema's sexier side will find it to be entertaining trash.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/31/2006
  • UPC: 891635001070
  • Original Release: 1983
  • Rating:

  • Source: Severin
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 65,954

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Josephine Jacqueline Jones Venus
Jose Antonio Ceinos Armand
Emiliano Redondo Jacques
Helga Liné Madame Jean
Florence Guerin Louise
Mandy Rice-Davies Madame Lili
Karin Schubert Marie
Monique Gabrielle
Technical Credits
Claude Mulot Director
Enrique Alarcon Art Director
Juan Alexander Producer
Jacques Assuerus Cinematographer
Julio Burgos Cinematographer
Andrés Vicente Gómez Producer
Antonio Ramirez Editor
Gregorio Garcia Segura Score Composer
Harry Alan Towers Executive Producer, Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Black Venus
1. The House of Madame Lili [6:25]
2. Venus [4:40]
3. Posing Nude [6:07]
4. The Artist at Work [6:05]
5. The New Model [7:10]
6. Exotic Beauty [4:22]
7. Companions [8:04]
8. Master of the House [5:00]
9. Country Gal [5:30]
10. Unveiling Black Venus [8:50]
11. Working Girls [7:13]
12. Diplomatic Privileges [3:49]
13. Out of the Past [7:23]
14. Venus and Louise [5:11]
15. Secret Admirer [4:04]
16. Armand's Return [5:16]
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