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Emanuelle around the World (XXX European Version) 
Written by: on April 4th, 2007

Theatrical Release Dates:
Italy, 1977
Directors: Joe D’Amato
Cast: Laura Gemser, Ivan Rassimov, George Eastman, Karen Schubert

DVD released: April 3rd, 2007
Approximate running time: 102 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: NR
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
DVD Release: Severin Films
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $29.95

Emanuelle meets a man named Dr. Malcolm Robertson (Ivan Rassimov) who opens her eyes to more then just sex. Reluctantly she accepts an assignment to go to India to interview a guru named Shanti (George Eastman) who claims he has perfected the ultimate orgasm. While in India Emanuelle meets a woman who reveals a white slave trade organization that is kidnapping and selling women. When this job proves to be too much for just one lady Emanuelle enlists the help of her reporter friend Cora Norman (Karin Schubert). The two women then globe trot around the world exposing these sex slave operations.

After the success of Emanuelle in Bangkok is only made sense to reunite most of its talent from that film including director Joe D’Amato and actress Laura Gemsar as Emaneulle and actor Ivan Rassimov as Emaneulles main love interest. In fact the cast is a virtual whose who of 1970’s exploitation which includes Craig Hill as a disfigured man and porn director/icon Paul Thomas as a truck driver. Other notable performances include that of George Eastman as a sex addicted capitalist who disguises himself as a cult leader and the lovely Karin Schubert getting equal time as Emanuelle’s sidekick. Overall the whole cast even down to the littlest bit player does a fantastic job.

Out of all the Black Emanuelle films that Joe D’Amato directed Emanuelle around the World is without a doubt the most ambitious of the lot. Even though there is plenty of graphic bits and moments of Degradation this film still doesn’t get the title as the most notorious of the series. That honor shall be bestowed to Emanuelle in America. Once again many beautiful locations are used and lots of naked women are on display.

One can’t help but fall in love with the score composed by Nico Fidenco for this or any of his Emanuelle score. He once again manages to capture the essence and mood of every moment. This is also another solid job from director Joe D’Amato who fills every moment of the film with picturesque imagery. The story is never dull and the journey we are taken on is often engaging and always entertaining.

The main differences between the unrated cut that appears in the Black Emanuelle box set and the XXX version of Emanuelle around the World which is sold separately is that most sex scenes now include hardcore footage and a scene involving a snake, a dog and a naked woman is shown in more explicit detail. None of the dialog appears to be cut and it just appears that this extra hard core footage which amounts to about vie minutes was added to the rest of the film.

The DVD:

Emanuelle around the World is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the films original aspect ratio. Outside of noticeable nicks and scratches this transfer looks detailed and colorful. Also the added hardcore content is on par quality wise which is cool since it never really then becomes distracting.

This release comes with two audio options English and Italian. Both are in Dolby Digital mono. Outside of some very minor hiss both audio mixes are more then serviceable and get the job done. Removable English subtitles that are easy to follow and understand have been included.

The XXX version of Emanuelle around the World is strictly a bare bones affair.

This version of the film actually plays out better then the shorter version included in the Black Emanuelle box set. While I am not a fan of inserted hardcore footage this time it actually works with in and furthers the story. Most fans will be happy enough with the version included in the Black Emanuelle box set and this release is really for fans who are obsessed with owning every version of a film.

For more information about The Black Emanuelle Films visit Severin Films here.

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