Written by: Michael Den Boer on January 26th, 2007
Theatrical Release Dates: France, 1979
Director: Walerian Borowczyk
Screenplay: Walerian Borowczyk
Cast: Marina Pierro, Gaëlle Legrand, Pascale Christophe, François Guétary, Jean-Claude Dreyfus
DVD released: January 30th, 2007
Approximate running time: 115 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English, Dolby Digital Mono French
DVD Release: Severin Films
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $29.95
Immoral Women is a film that is comprised of three tales about three sexually uninhabited women and their lustful desires. The first tale is about a woman named Margherita who toys with the affections of several men including a banker and an artist who has been commissioned by the church to paint a mural. The second story is about a young woman named Marceline who has developed a strange bond with her pet bunny rabbit named Pinky. The final adventure including in this anthology of carnal desires is about a married woman named Marie who is kidnapped and held prisoner by a blackmailer. She finds her freedom via one of the likeliest heroes the family’s dog and after it rescues her it becomes overly protective of her.
The three tales in this film are on par with some of director Walerian Borowczyk’s best work. Immoral Women possess beautiful photography mixed with a dark sense of humor and to top them off they all are blessed with extremely attractive women who let themselves go sexually. The score for this film adds class to this production with its lush arrangements and haunting motifs making this production something more than your standard soft core romp.
All three tales are equally entertaining and hold their own in their own right. My favorite of the three would be Marceline’s tale and the end payoff is the most satisfying of the three tales. The first story about Margherita is the lengthiest of the three and it is the only one that feels overlong. There are some wonderful moments like the contraption the artist makes to keep spying eyes out of his business and love life. The last story about the woman named Marie overall is the weakest of the three and if it weren’t for its unforgettable finale this short would be otherwise rather forgettable. Ultimately Immoral Women is another solid effort from filmmaker Walerian Borowczyk.
Severin Films presents Immoral Women in an anamorphic widescreen which retains the film’s original 1.66:1 aspect ratio. The quality of the image looks exceptional and faithful to the directors’ original intentions. Colors are strikingly bold and soft focus photography looks nicely reproduced with just the right amount of filtering. The source material used for this transfer is flawless and it is a safe bet to say this is the best this film has ever looked on home video.
This release comes with two audio options English and French. Both audio options are presented in a Dolby Digital mono. Both audio tracks are more than adequate and free of any major sound defects. The English dubbed is better the most of its ilk. For purists the French audio mix is the way to go and it comes with English subtitles.
Extras for this release consist of a short bio about director Walerian Borowczyk which was written by Richard Harland Smith and a trailer for the film which is dialog free as only music plays during its duration. Overall Immoral Woman is another classic tale of erotica from Walerian Borowczyk and now it can be appreciated in all of its glory via Severin Films exquisite DVD release.