Written by: Michael Den Boer on November 10th, 2007
Theatrical Release Dates: Italy, 1976/1977
Directors: Brunello Rondi (Black Emanuelle/White Emanuelle), Bitto Albertini (Black Emanuelle 2), Joe D’Amato (Emanuelle and the White Slave Trade)
Cast: Laura Gemser, Gabriele Tinti, Annie Belle, Al Cliver, Angelo Infanti, Sharon Lesley, Don Powell, Dagmar Lassander, Ely Galleani, Venantino Venantini.
DVD released: November 13th, 2007
Approximate running time: 276 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen (Black Emanuelle 2 – Emanuelle and the White Slave Trade), 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen (Black Emanuelle/White Emanuelle)
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono Italian and English with English subtitles (Black Emanuelle/White Emanuelle), Dolby Digital Mono English (Black Emanuelle 2 – Emanuelle and the White Slave Trade)
Subtitles: English (Black Emanuelle/White Emanuelle)
DVD Release: Severin Films
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $69.95
Black Emanulle/White Emanuelle which is also known as Emanulle in Egypt is a Emanuelle film in name only which pairs together to actresses Laura Gemser and Annie Belle who achieved fame playing characters inspired by Louis-Jacques Rollet-Andriane author of the famous erotic novel “Emmanuelle”. Black Emanulle/White Emanuelle was directed by Brunello Rondi a frequent collaborator of Federico Fellini.
The story is virtually non existent for Black Emanulle/White Emanuelle as the film is essentially just a series of locations shots and soft core scenes that are padded to make up for lack of plot and dialog. Visually the film does have a surreal dream like Fellini feel to it especially the films nest to last scene where things gets so out of control and bizarre describing what happens would be difficult. One of the films more disturbing aspects is the character of Carlo played by Gabriele Tinti. Carlo likes to photograph beautiful women next to dead animals and humans and has a mean streak to him.
The film features several lovely ladies like Susan Scott who still looks enchanting in one her later roles and Laura Gemser playing a character who also just happens to be named Laura. Performance wise Laura Gemser is merely adequate as she spends way to much screen time being beaten or depraved by the various men in her life. On the other hand actress Annie Belle looks absolutely stunning as Pina and for fans of Belle one would be hard pressed ot find a film where she looks better then she does her. The most entertaining performance in the film is without a doubt that of Al Cliver as Horatio a sinner disguised as a holy man. Ultimately Black Emanulle/White Emanuelle has several moments visually that are amazing looking unfortunately the film as a whole is a tedious affair that tries to hard to be something it is not.
Black Emanuelle 2: Emanuelle is placed in an asylum after she loses her memory and with the help of a doctor at the asylum they will try recover the lost fragments of her past.
Black Emanuelle 2 is directed by Bitto Albertini who also directed the first Black Emanuelle film which starred Laura Gemser who for what ever reason did not return for this sequel. Instead she is replaced by a first time actress named Sharon Lesley who film career consist only of this film. Visually the film is pretty standard and devoid of any great style. The only scene of any real merit is Emanuelle flashback scene which reveals her trauma.
The film is told in primarily in a series of Rashamon like flashbacks. The sex scenes are bland even by Emanuelle standards. The plot for Black Emanuelle is the weakest in any Black Emanuelle film that I have seen so far. Despite being highly billed Dagmar Lassander is nothing more then a secondary role used for window dressing. Sharon Lesley in her one and only film role does a good but not great job as Emanuelle. The Emanuelle she portrays is nothing like the one Laura Gemser would portray in so many films. Ultimately Black Emanuelle 2 is not only lackluster entry in the Black Emanuelle saga it is also a poorly made sexploitation film which is almost devoid of any real eroticism.
Emanuelle and the White Slave Trade: While on assignment Emanuelle uncovers and subsequently infiltrates a white slave trade organization that auctions off adducted young women into prostitution
Emanuelle and the White Slave Trade would mark the final Black Emanuelle collaboration between Laura Gemser and director Joe D’Amato. Story wise just like the Joe D’Amato directed Black Emanuelle’s we get to see Emanuelle go from one place to the next where she then finds another cause to champion. Visually director Joe D’Amato shows off his string visual style and unique eye for capture even the more mundane moments. Laura Gemser does a superb job as Emanuelle as she perfectly captures the playfulness of the character. Performance wise Laura Gemser always seems to excel when working with Joe D’Amato.
Emanuelle and the White Slave Trade is considered one of the rarest of the Black Emanuelle and while so of the content could have to do with it being rarely screened the overall content while provocative is not as depraved as it is in such films like Emanuelle in America or Emanuelle Around the World. Leave to Joe D’Amato who always seems to try to outdo himself with each new Black Emanuelle film and Emanuelle and the White Slave Trade is a fitting conclusion which features several great Joe D’Amato touches like a cross dressing transvestite bodyguard who knows martial arts. Ultimately Emanuelle and the White Slave Trade is a fun filled sexual romp which embodies all things that make the Black Emanuelle films so damn entertaining.
The Black Emanuelle box set volume 2 collects three distinctly different Black Emanuelle films. Emanuelle and the White Slave Trade is the trashiest and most delightful of the bunch while the other tow films Black Emanuelle/White Emanuelle and Black Emanuelle 2 are average attempts at exploitation at best.
All three films in the Black Emanuelle collection volume 2 (Black Emanuelle/White Emanuelle , Black Emanuelle 2 and Emanuelle & the White Slave Trade) are all presented in anamorphic widescreen transfers which preserve their original aspect ratios. Quality wise outside of some very minor print damage all three films have been cleaned up and look colorful and sharp through out.
Audio wise Black Emanuelle 2 sounds clean with no distortion issues and the music sounds robust while the dialog sounds tiny at times. Emanuelle & the White Slave Trade sound the best of the three with only a few instances of minor hiss. Dialog is clear and music sounds dynamic despite its limited mono source. Black Emanuelle/White Emanuelle is the only film in the collection that comes with two audio options Italian and English. Stick with the Italian track which sounds cleaner of the two. Also the film was never completely dubbed in English and there are moments where the audio switches to Italian during these moments English subtitles appear. Of note at least one scene while watching the English dubbed has no audio or subtitles to reveal what is being said while watching this mix.
Just like the previous Black Emanuelle box set this one comes with several enticing extras which consist of trailers for each film, three interviews Annie Belle, Al Cliver (18 Minutes), Dagmar Lassander (16 Minutes) and director Joe D’Amato (12 Minutes). The main extra included with this release is bonus CD with three complete Black Emanuelle scores all composed by Nico Fidenco. Those who pick up the first volume of Black Emanuelle films from Severin films will want to add this to their collection right away and if you are not familiar with the series I suggest you check out the first box set first since the three films included in it are stronger overall then the three included in Black Emanuelle box set volume 2.