Written by: Cliff Wood on May 24th, 2009
Theatrical Release Date: France, 1974
Director: Jean-Marie Pallardy
Writers: Jean-Marie Pallardy, Sophie Verdaud
Cast: Willeke van Ammelrooy, Georges Guéret, Jacques Insermini, Jean-Marie Pallardy, Chantal Arondel, Frédérique Barral, Claudine Beccarie, Jerry Brouwer, Marie-Pierre Castel, Joëlle Coeur, Jean Luisi, Radivoy Maletin, Claude Sendron, Jean-Claude Strömme, Renate Wolfe
DVD Released: April 7th, 2009
Approximate Running Time: 94 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 Letterboxed Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Le Chat Qui Fum
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.95
Erotic Diary of a Lumberjack was co-written and directed by Jean-Marie Pallardy (Truck Stop, My Body Burns). He also has a prominent role in the film as Jean-Mark the son of the Noble Prize winner who starts a sex colony in the film. The screenplay for Erotic Diary of a Lumberjack was co-written by Sophie Verdaud. This appears to be her only credit as a screenwriter. The score for Erotic Diary of a Lumberjack was composed by Eddie Warner who also composed score for several other Jean-Marie Pallardy film’s including, Gunfight at OQ Corral, Lucky Lucky & The Datelines and Truck Stop.
Even though the plot for this film is straight forward enough it still kind of drags along. The premise of having a Noble Prize winner becoming essentially a pimp is an interesting one. Unfortunately the end results fall to live up to the films promising premise and titillating title “Erotic Diary of a Lumberjack”. The sex scenes are crudely assembled pieces of erotica that lack any sizzle. The only scene that has any lasting impact is a scene where four men and chasing two women who they then proceed to rape. Willeke van Ammelrooy who is cast as one of the women being victimized does a good job conveying the anguish her character is going throughout during this scene. The cast does feature a few recognizable faces Joëlle Coeur and Marie-Pierre Castel. Both actresses have appeared in a handful of films directed by Jean Rollin.
Erotic Diary of a Lumberjack is presented in a 1.66:1 letterboxed widescreen. The source materials used for this transfer are in better shape than the ones used for Truck Stop. While details are generally crisp, colors tend to fluctuate and flesh tones fare well. This transfer has been flagged for progressive playback.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. There is noticeable background noise that varies in degree and there are some issues with distortion. Overall despite these flaws dialog is easy enough to follow.
The bulk of the extras included for this release are also included of Le Chat Qui Fum’s DVD’s for Truck Stop and My Body Burns. These extras are as follows trailers for My Body Burns (2 minute 7 seconds – in French no English subtitles), Lucky Lucky & The Datelines (1 minute 40 seconds – in French no English subtitles), Gunfight at OK Corral (1 minute 38 seconds – in French no English subtitles), Erotic Diary of a Lumberjack (1 minute 9 seconds – in French no English subtitles) and Truck Stop (1 minute 39 seconds – in French no English subtitles). All five trailers are presented in a letterboxed widescreen. Other extras include an extensive image gallery that plays like a featurette (12 minutes 48 seconds). The main extra include with this release is a sixty one minute interview with director Jean-Marie Pallardy in French with English subtitles. This interview gives a well rounded overview of his career as a filmmaker. The only extra exclusive to this DVD are three deleted / extended sex scenes from the French version of the film (11 minutes 38 seconds – 1.66:1 letterboxed widescreen).
According to the text on the back of DVD, the director Jean-Marie Pallardy supplied the source materials used for this release. The flaws in the audio / video presentation could be attributed to that is most likely no better surviving elements for this film. Once again the most disappointing part of this release is that the original French language audio with English subtitles was not included. Overall Erotic Diary of a Lumberjack gets a well rounded DVD release from Le Chat Qui Fum.