Written by: Michael Den Boer on July 5th, 2011
BluRay released: June 28th, 2011
Approximate running time: 117 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
BluRay Release: Cult Epics
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $34.98
Synopsis: Marguerite is a promiscuous woman with a troubled past which has lead to her distrust of men. She lets her guard down after she meets a man named Armand who she fails in love with. Soon distrust and old habits push the two lovers apart. Will they be able to overcome the obstacles that have kept them apart before it is too late to reconcile?
Radley Metzger’s Camille 2000 is a fitting swan song o the 1960’s soft core erotica which would be usurped a few years later by hardcore films like Deep throat and The Devil in Miss Jones. I first go into the films of Radley Metzger via his later hardcore films like The Opening of Misty Beethoven and Barbara Broadcast. One thing that I have noticed with each of his pre-hardcore films when I watch them for the first time is just home much his style has always been there and that humor also has been an integral part of all of his films.
Visually Camille 2000 is a feast for the eyes with its grandiose sets that look designed and unlived in. The style of the film is very much a product of its tie with its vivid colors, bizarre costumes and frankness about multiple sexual encounters. The story is not as complex as its two lead characters Marguerite and Armand who come from two completely different worlds and yet couldn’t be more alike. One sub plot that plays an important part in the film is Marguerite’s drug addiction which helps to show her overall weak and fragile state of mind.
The film is filled with many great compositions like the scene with mirrors surrounding a bed. The acting in this film is very strong with Danièle Gaubert as Marguerite Gautier giving the film’s most memorable performance. Danièle Gaubert perfectly captures the essence of Marguerite Gautier tortured soul. The cast is filled with colorful and eccentric characters that come off feeling as though they were created for this counterfeit world so deliciously created by maverick filmmaker Radley Metzger. Soft-core erotic base cinema is often hit or miss and if you want to see one of the genres best examples then you will want to give Camille 2000 a spin.
The theatrical version of Camille 2000 comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 Progressive anamorphic widescreen.The video and audio for this release, looks and sounds identical to Cult Epic’s release of the extended version of Camille 2000.
All of the extras from Cult Epic’s extended version of Camille 2000 and they are as follow a trailer for the film (2 minutes 16 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), two behind the scenes segments, ‘On The Set of Camille 2000′ (30 minutes 36 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), ‘Restoration of Camille 2000 – a before and after comparison’ (6 minutes 28 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), an alternate scene ‘Cube Love Scene’ (1 minute 52 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), a segment titled ‘Sylviana’s Bare Striptease’ (2 minutes 47 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), and a audio commentary with director Radley Metzger and film historian Michael Bowen. The segment titled ‘On The Set of Camille 2000′ is an audio essay narrated by Radley Metzger, who touches upon the key scenes from the film. It should be noted that there is some overlapping information here, that also crops up during the audio commentary. Some topics discussed on the audio commentary include the Alexandre Dumas Fils novel which this film was adapted from, the cast, the advantages of filming in Europe verse the U.S, working with cinematographer Ennio Guarnieri, collaborating with screenwriter Michael DeForrest, product placement in films, how his experiences as an editor helped him later on as a director, various locations used in this film and the scenes that have been reinstated for the extended version of the film. Also included with this release are trailers for The Lickerish Quartet and The Score.
There are two areas in which this release differs from the aforementioned extended version, first off the twelve minutes of additional footage are included as an extra for this release. There are a total of five scenes and they are listed under the banner ‘Outtakes’. The first scene revolves centers around Armand’s family reunion with his sister, who reveals that she has been recently engaged. The second scene revolves around Armand and Gastion, who pick up a dancer while in traffic. A third scene takes place on a boat with Marguerite and her closet friend Prudence. The fourth scene revolves around an intimate moment in front of mirrors with Marguerite and Count De Varville, who gives an overview of her many faces. The fifth scene revolves around a confrontational moment between Armand and Count De Varville. The other where this this release differs from the aforementioned extended version, is that the audio commentary for these five scenes has not been carried over for this release. Overall the theatrical version of Camille 2000 gets a release that is on par with its extended version counterpart.
Note: Cult Epics is also releasing the extended version of Camille 2000 as a separate BluRay release. And both the theatrical cut and the extended version will be released on DVD.