Written by: Michael Den Boer on November 14th, 2005
Theatrical Release Date: France, February 17th, 1971
Director: Bruno Gantillon
Writer: Jaques Chaumelle
Cast: Dominique Delpierre, Mireille Saunin, Michele Perello, Regine Matte
DVD Released: August 30th, 2005
Approximate Running Time: 86 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
DVD Release: Mondo Macabro
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.95
Anna and Francoise are traveling through the French countryside while on vacation and they stop in a quaint local pub in the middle of nowhere. The locals stare at them and the bartender tells them to quickly leave this place before it is too late. After they leave the pub they decide to take a back road which becomes impossible to navigate and there are forced to pull over for the night when their car runs out of gas. The two girls take refuge in an abandon barn for the night and to keep war they make love. In the morning when Francoise wakes up she is unable to find her friend Anna and while she is looking for her friend she is confronted by the dwarf like man she saw in the pub the evening before. He tells Francoise that he can lead her to where her friend is and after chasing him through the woods he takes her to castle which is filled with beautiful women. Francoise is then introduce to Morgana Le Fay the lady of manor who ultimately gives her tow choices either eternal beauty or forever be enslaved in the castles dungeon where she will grow old and die.
Director Bruno Gantillon takes what is a pretty standard story and fills it with some of the most beautiful cinematography and of course women that you have ever seen. The plot while not the strongest around does have its peaks and valleys. Girl Slaves of Morgana le Fay tends to drag at times, but when it shines oh boy does it shine. The strongest moments in the film revolve around the various lesbian encounters the happen through out the film. The locations used in the film are eerie and they help add to the films overall dream like atmosphere.
All of the actresses in this film were chosen wisely and most likely for their stunning looks since very little acting is done in this film. Alfred Baillou the actor who played the deformed dwarf like servant Gurth is genuinely creepy as he leers and takes delight in all the naked ladies in his presence. This film like many French erotic horror films from this period is more or less erotic fantasies then your typical visceral horror film. Visually and structurally Girl Slaves of Morgana le Fay bears a strong resemblance to the cinema of Jean Rollin.
Overall Girl Slaves of Morgana le Fay overcomes is minor flaws and the end result is something truly unique and enchanting.
Mondo Macabro presents Girl Slaves of Morgana Le Fay in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the films original 1.66:1 aspect ratio. The colors are vividly robust and nicely saturated. Flesh tones and lots of flesh in on display look healthy through out. The blacks are solid and details look razor sharp in the back ground and fore ground. Overall this transfer is nearly flawless and one of the best I have seen from Mondo Macabro to date.
This release comes with only one audio option the films original French language track which is presented in a Dolby Digital mono. The dialog is crisp and clean. The music and effects sound perfectly balanced as they never drown out the other. There are no problems with hiss or distortion. Overall this mono sound mix sounds simple amazing. Removable English subtitles have been included that are easy to read and follow.
Extras for this release include the films original trailer, an essay about the film written by Pete Tombs, Bios for the main cast & crew members and a few still galleries. Three deleted scenes which run a total of about 1 ½ minutes have been included. These scenes were cut from the original French release and are presented for this release without dialog since none was ever recorded. The last deleted scene is taken from a VHS master and is in ruff shape. Other extras include an eleven minute interview with the films director Bruno Gantillon who talks extensively about Girl Slaves of Morgana Le Fay as well as his career before and after making this film. The now all too familiar Mondo Macabro preview trailer which includes clips from titles they have currently released or about to release is also included as an extra. Rounding out the extras is a short film titled “Un Couple D’artistes” which was also shot by Bruno Gantillon and it was in a sense his trial run at what would later become Girl Slaves of Morgana Le Fay. The short is beautifully shot and bears many similarities in its plot to Girl Slaves of Morgana Le Fay.
Mondo Macabro has giving Girl Slaves of Morgana Le Fay a first class release that not only sports a stunning audio/video presentation its comes with a wealth of interesting extras. The Girl Slaves of Morgana Le Fay is a hallucinatory fairy tale that is laced with erotic under tones and picturesque imagery.
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