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Joy 
Written by: on August 13th, 2010


Theatrical Release Date:
France, 1983
Director: Sergio Bergonzelli
Writers: Sergio Bergonzelli, Christian Charrière, Robert Geoffrion, Marie-Françoise Hans
Cast: Claudia Udy, Gérard-Antoine Huart, Agnès Torrent, Elisabeth Mortensen, Claire Nadeau, Danielle Godet, Michel Caron

DVD released: July 27th, 2010
Approximate running time: 110 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: NR
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono French
Subtitles: English
DVD Release: Severin Films
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $29.95


Synopsis:Abandoned by her father as a child, a promiscuous young woman tries to fill the void left by her absentee father.Joy was co-written and directed by Sergio Bergonzelli (Loves of a Nymphomaniac). The screenplay was adapted from an erotic novel that was written by a French author under the pen name Joy Laurey. The cinematographer on Joy was René Verzier, who’s other notable credits as a cinematographer include The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane, Rabid, Rituals and Death Ship.

Just like film Emmanuelle, this film which was also adapted from a French novel that was written by an author under a pseudonym. Unlike like the Aforementioned Emmanuelle which was rife with torrid sexcapdes of its protagonist, this film never fully lives up to its promise of equally risque sexual misadventures from its protagonist. This film plays off more like a melodrama  about a young woman who’s need for a strong male figure in her life. Leads to her sleeping around with just about man she meets. Sure there is plenty of flesh of display and the sex scenes are well constructed (even though they come off at times as to mechanical). Also at just two hours, there is plenty of down time where the film moves along at a snail’s pace. Fortunately all is not lost with this film since it does excel in two areas, its lush cinematography and the performance of its leading lady Claudia Udy, who finds the right balance of naiveté and seductress. Ultimately when all is said and done, Joy is a rather pedestrian affair that fizzles out long before its final revelation.

The DVD:

Severin Films presents Joy in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. This is a solid looking progressive flagged transfer that boasts nicely saturated and at times robust looking colors. Strong looking black levels and details look sharp throughout.

This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital mono mix in French. Removable English subtitles that are easy to follow and error free have been included. The audio is in great shape as everything sounds clear and balanced throughout.

Extras for this release are limited to a eleven minute interview with actress Claudia Udy, who discusses how she got cast, preparing for the role, director Sergio Bergonzelli and what she has been up to since Joy. Overall Joy gets a first rate DVD release from Severin Films.

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