Written by: Michael Den Boer on August 13th, 2004
Theatrical Release Date: Italy,January 5th, 1977
Director: Joe D’Amato
Writers: Ottavio Alessi, Maria Pia Fusco, Piero Vivarelli
Cast: Laura Gemser, Gabriele Tinti, Paola Senatore
DVD released: July 1st, 2003
Approximate running time: 100 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English, Dolby Digital Mono Italian, Dolby Digital Mono French
DVD Release: Blue Underground
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $29.95
Synopsis: Emanuelle (Laura Gemser), is a reporter/nude model photographer who travels the globe and ends up in several sexual encounters. Emanuelle is taken hostage at gunpoint by one of the girls she takes nude photos of. She quickly defuses the situation by seducing him in the front seat of her car. Through out the movie Emanuelle will infiltrate a tycoon’s private harem, has a ménage a trois with a kinky aristocrat couple, go undercover at a island resort that caters to rich women’s carnal desires and expose politicians involved in the snuff film trade.
Just Jaeckin’s Emmanuelle released in 1974 was a huge international hit that spawned sequels and countless imitators. Emmanuelle: The Joys of a Woman the book which Jaeckin’s movie is based on was written by Emmanuelle Arsan who played Maily in the Steve Mcqueen movie The Sand Pebbles under the name Marayat Andriane. Jaeckin’s 1974 version is the most known version of Emmanuelle, still five years before in 1969 Erika Blanc played Emmanuelle in A Man for Emmanuelle. Laura Gemser had the small part of a Masseuse in Emmanuelle 2 which starred Sylvia Kristel as Emmanuelle. Gemser is most remembered for her role as Black Emanuelle playing the Emanuelle about a dozen times.
Joe D’ Amato in Emanuelle in America mixes several genres’ hardcore/soft-core sex, graphic violence in the form of snuff scenes and a little bit of high adventure as Emanuelle travels from one place to the next. D’ Amato not only directed this film he was also the films Cinematographer. His photography is exquisite as he balances between beautifully designed shots and grotesque images that still manage to look stunning. Emanuelle in America plot is thin still for its 100 minute length it manages to keeps things moving and interesting. Laura Gemser is one Europe’s most stunning beauties and she steals every scene she is in. Even though there are Hardcore scenes in this film Gemser was never involved in more then a soft-core capacity. Nico Fidenco’s infectious score the best of his career perfectly fits this sleazy grind house classic like a glove. Everything is here in this edition of Emanuelle in America hardcore pornography, a horse named Pedro and some of the most realistically staged snuff scenes that are so brutal they almost feel out of place in this other wise lighthearted film.
Blue Underground’s presentation of Emanuelle in America is in its original 1:85:1 aspect ratio and the transfer have been anamorphic enhanced. The various locals come to life as this transfers lush colors are vibrant and full of life. The flesh tones look natural and grain is kept to a minimum. There are no noticeable artifacts or print defects and the overall look of this transfer is amazing considering this film was shot on a very small budget.
The DVD comes with three audio options English, Italian and French Dolby Digital Mono, unfortunately Blue Underground has neglected to include English subtitles for those of us who might want to watch the film in Italian or French. There is no hissing or distortion on any of the audio tracks as the dialog is easy to hear and follow. Nico Fidenco’s excellent score with “Celebrate Myself” and “Goodbye and Farewell”, has never sounded better on home video. Blue Underground has put a lot of hard work into the audio/video on this DVD providing fans of Emanuelle in America the best home video version of this film currently available.
Extras include a 13 minute interview “Joe D’Amato and the Black Emanuelles”, with the late Joe D’Amato in which D’Amato discusses his Emanuelle films and he talks about his long time collaborator Laura Gemser. Other extras include a poster and still gallery of Laura Gemser with a vintage interview recorded with Laura Gemser in Italian and it has English subtitles that play in the background. Round out the extras is a 22 page text essay on the history of the Emanuelle films written by David Flint and talent bios and selected filmographies for Massaccesi and Gemser.
Through the years Emanuelle in America has gained a notoriety that lifts this film a notch above your average exploitation film and it is definitely not a film for the faint of heart. Still if you are a fan of exploitation cinema then Emanuelle is essential viewing and I highly recommended this movie and Blue Underground’s DVD.