Written by: Cliff Wood on October 14th, 2007
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2007
Director: Tony Marsiglia
Cast: Misty Mundae (Erin Brown), Julian Wells, Darian Caine, Andrea Davis, Casey Jones, Julie Strain, Lizzy Strain, Louis G. Villaescusa
DVD released: November 13th, 2007
Approximate running time: 96 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Retro Seduction Cinema
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $29.95
Synopsis:A young woman named Chantal (Misty Mundae) goes to Hollywood to make it big as an actress only to find out quickly the darker and seedier side of Tinsel-town.Director Tony Marsiglia collaborates with his frequent leading Lady Misty Mundae in what is being billed as her final performance for Seduction Cinema. Also Chantal marks the end of an era as actress Erin Brown who is known to her legions of fans as Misty Mundae retires her alias and will continue to act now under her real name.
Having in the past seen several other films which Tony Marsiglia has directed I new what to expect and what he was capable of achieving as a filmmaker. The first difference between Nick Philips “Chantal” and Tony Marsiglia’s “Chantal” is the way they approach the story of Chantal and her misadventures in Hollywood. Phillips film is the ore erotic of the two while Marsiglia’s version is deeper psychologically and more depraved sexually. Marsiglia is constantly moving the camera which helps drive home for the viewers just disoriented Chantal is as her mind slowly and ultimately loses touch with all reality.
One of the films strong points is the supporting cast of that has been built up around the tour de force performance of Misty Mundae as Chantal. I must confess that most of the erotic films that Misty Mundae has done through the years have never really won me over especially acting wise. In more recent years in films like Sinful and Shock-O-Rama she has stepped up and shown that she is more then just a sex symbol. Also to her credit is how she draws the viewer in instantly with her performance thus making you care about Chantal and her subsequent downfall. The sexually oriented scenes in the film are more tastefully down and most importantly integral to the story then they used to be in previous Misty Mundae films. Ultimately Chantal is a riveting story of about a naive girl who loses her way while trying to achieve her dream.
Both version of Chantal the 2007 remake and the 1969 original version are both presented in their original aspect ratios. Both versions also looked like they were sourced from nearly flawless masters. The 1969 version of Chantal does show some minor wear and tear which is to be expected since the film is nearly forty years old; still the print damage never becomes distracting.
Both version of Chantal comes with one audio option each English language. The remakes audio mix sounds fuller and more dynamic then the 1969 version which at times sound a tad to tiny.
This release is a two disc set which comes with a bevy of extras spread over the two DVD’s. Extras for this release include a audio commentary with director Tony Marsiglia and producer Michael Raso, a audio commentary with director Tony Marsiglia and Actress Misty Mundae (Erin Brown), The Making of Chantal (11 minutes), preview trailer vault, Misty Mundae trailer vault, a bonus film – Nick Phillips 1969 version of “Chantal” (59 minutes, with audio commentary with director Nick Phillips and 42nd street Pete), interview with Nick Phillips (5 minutes), Nick Phillips trailer vault, a bonus featurette – “These Girls are Fools” (20 minutes) and a collectable booklet with liner notes by Ed Grant. All the extras include for this release are all worth checking out with Ed Grant’s excellent liner notes and the audio commentary with Tony Marsiglia and Actress Misty Mundae (Erin Brown) being my most favorite extras included. Seduction Cinema’s DVD release for Chantal is without a doubt their best release to date, highly recommended.