Written by: Michael Den Boer on December 7th, 2006
Theatrical Release Dates: Greece/West Germany , 1981
Director: Christian Anders
Cast: Laura Gemser, Sascha Borysenko, Simone Brahmann, Gabrielle Tinti, Christian Anders
DVD released: August 16th, 2005
Approximate running time: 99 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
DVD Release: Media Blasters/Exploitation Digital
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $29.95
A cult named “The Children of Light” who is lead by a woman simply known as the divine one targets the daughter of a rich senator in hopes that she will join their cult and bring her family fortune with her.
Divine Emanuelle Love Cult is the brainchild of German singer Christian Anders who not only stars in the film as Dorian he also directed the film, wrote the screenplay, wrote the films hypnotic score and produced this one of kind film. The film features prominently two songs written by Christian Anders and while they are both catchy by the end of the film they were there welcome thin. Part of the strangeness that make this film so endearing is that whenever a song starts playing the various cast members in the scene not only sing along they break into full blown dance numbers. The overall look and direction of the film is more then adequate and most of this is most likely due to cinematographer Vassilis Christomoglou and no the films director Christian Anders.
Once again here is another film featuring Laura Gemsar that refers to itself as an Emanuelle film and despite the title referring to Emanuelle Gemsar or no one else in the entire film is ever called Emanuelle. There is plenty of T&A and soft core sex in this film and several scenes feature the lovely Laura Gemsar. The films ending is oddly appropriate as it literally ends with a bang. Laura Gemsar as usual looks amazing and despite a non existent plot she stills makes every scene she is in enjoyable. There is some much wrong with this film like the plot and the lack of any good performances outside of Laura Gemsar. The plot at least what there is of it slightly resembles the final days of cult leader Jim Jones and his followers of Johnstown who committed mass suicide. If you can get past all of its numerous flaws Divine Emanuelle Love Cult is actually a really entertaining slice of cheesy cinema that epitomizes everything cult fans have come to love about bad cinema.
Divine Emanuelle Love Cult is presented in a full frame aspect ratio. The image never looks tight or cropped and it is most likely an open matte transfer. The box art says that the film is presented in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio and that it is anamorphic enhanced when the transfers is clearly a non anamorphic full frame ratio. Colors look strong and details are sharp and print damage is virtually non existent.
This release comes with one audio option an English language audio mix which is presented in a Dolby Digital mono. There are no problems with distortion or any other sound defects and dialog is easy to follow. This audio mix sounds fuller then I would have expected considering its mono limitations and the music really benefits from this audio mix.
Extras for this release include trailers for Divine Emanuelle Love Cult, Porno Holocaust, SS Experiment Love Camp, Emanuelle’s Daughter Queen of Sados and Yellow Emanuelle. Other extras include an extensive photo gallery that comes with seventy two stills. The main extra for this release is seven minutes of deleted scenes taken from the German VHS release for this film and thirty minutes of silent outtakes. The scenes from the German release are in German only and come with no English subtitles
Fans of bad cinema and Laura Gemsar will thoroughly enjoy Divine Emanuelle Love Cult and now via Media Blasters solid DVD release they can enjoy this trashy epic in all of its glory.
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