Written by: Michael Den Boer on March 20th, 2006
Director: Irving Klaw, Jerald Intrator, Nico B.
Cast: Bettie Page
DVD released: February 22, 2006
Approximate running time: 255 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
DVD Release: Cult Epics
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $49.95
Cult Epics Bettie Page box set collects their three previously released DVD’s of the pin up Icon. The first DVD titled “Bettie Page Bondage Queen” and it includes twenty five short films that were directed by Irving Claw. This DVD is the best of the three include in this set as it features some of Bettie Page’s most memorable work as a bondage model. Also just the fact that were are able to watch these shorts is nothing short of amazing since many of Irving Claw’s short’s with Bettie Page were destroyed years ago.
The second DVD titled “Bettie Page Pin up Queen” segments form the burlesque films Striporama, Varietease and Teaserama that feature Bettie Page. While the inclusion of these scenes for this release is nice addition for Bettie Page completists it would have been cool if the full length versions of all three films had been included. The third and final DVD included in this collection is titled “100 Girls by Bunny Yeager” which is a collection of photos for various models who posed for Bunny Yeager through the years. Former pin up model turned photographer Bunny Yeager narrates this feature and even though Bettie Page is discussed it is for less then two minutes.
Before watching the various films include in this collection my knowledge about Bettie Page was limited too a documentary I saw years ago on cable. While it would have been nice to have some more background details on Bettie Page and her brief career before she disappeared from the spotlight. The films continued with in this collection give the viewer a good overview of Bettie Paige and her career as a pin up model. Overall the enjoyment of Cult Epics Bettie Page box set might just come down to how much of a Bettie Page you are and while watching her in the various shorts included for this collection one can’t help but be won over by her eternal Charisma.
All of the various films and shorts include in this collection are in their original full frame aspect ratio’s. Most of the footage was shot in 16mm except Striporama, Varietease and Teaserama were all filmed in 35mm. The quality of each of these titles varies with the Irving Claw bondage shorts looking at tad to soft and they have noticeable print damage through out. The segments from Striporama, Varietease and Teaserama fare best out of all the footage included for this box set.
Everything include in this box set is in English and is presented in a Dolby Digital mono. There is some minor hiss and distortion still it never becomes too distracting. Overall while the audio has seen better days it is more then adequate as it gets the job done.
Extras for this release include a bio for Bettie Page and a photo gallery. Other extras include two text extras the history of fetishism, and a list of the Top 100 Glamour Girls. Rounding out the extras is two text essay written by Bettie Page one for the Bettie Page Bondage Queen release and the other is included on the Bettie Page Pin up Queen. Overall the extras are pretty light and more background on Bettie Page is always welcome.
Cult Epics Bettie Page collection is an essential purchase not only for Bettie Page fans but also for fans of classic pin up models.
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