Written by: Cliff Wood on November 1st, 2006
Theatrical Release Date: Spain / USA , 1983
Director: Claude Mulot
Writer: Honoré de Balzac, Harry Alan Towers
Cast: Monique Gabrielle, Helga Line, Mandy Rice-Davies, Florence Guerin, Josephine Jacqueline Jones
DVD released: October 31st, 2006
Approximate running time: 95 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Private Screening Collection
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $29.95
Synopsis: A penniless sculptor Armand fall’s head over hells for a beautiful seductress named Venus (Josephine Jacqueline Jones). At first every moment together is bliss as he makes a lifelike statue of her. Then one day the landlord comes around looking for the rent Armand owes him. Venus wanting to help out tells Armand about a job she was offered at a dress shop. He reluctantly agrees to let her work at the dress shop. Venus starts to come home late every night which only further pushes a wedge between her and Armand. Unable to control his jealously any longer he pushes her away. Venus soon finds comfort in the arms of another man. After a while apart from Venus Armand quickly realizes that he can live without her so he tracks her down. It he too late or will she take him back?
Black Venus has a compelling story that does fell padded at times. The erotic moments are far too short and by today’s standards they could pass as at least a Rated R or who knows may be even a PG-13. The middle of the film is told in flashback to fill in the details about Venus and Armand’s rocky love affair. This film is a costume drama and the sets and costumes look really good and that some care was put into this production. The acting while not fantastic is still very good for the most part.
The films main attraction would be of course Miss Bahamas Josephine Jacqueline Jones who could easily make any man fall her at first sight. The film starts off strong and ends with a bang during its tragic ending. Untimely Black Venus is an interesting curiosity at best that has some really good moments and some not so great moments that tend to overshadow the rest of the film.
The Private Screening Collection release of Black Venus presents the film in its original full frame aspect ratio. The source material used is in great shape and print damage is virtually non-existent. Colors look faithfully reproduced and details look clear and strong through out.
This release comes with one audio option a English language track in Dolby Digital mono. There is no distortion or other sound defect issues outside of some minor instances of hiss. Dialog is clear and always easy to follow. Music blends effortlessly with the rest of mix and never overpowers the dialog.
This is a barebones affair as there are no extras to speak of and besides the film this DVD comes with a basic menu that offers two options a play all or scene selection option. The Private Screening Collection is a brand new company that offers rarely seen soft-core features uncut and uncensored. Black Venus is one of their initial offers comes with a solid audio/video presentation. Unfortunately this release comes with no extra content and its step suggested retail price of $29.95 may be a tad to high for most casual buyers of these types of films.