Written by: Michael Den Boer on June 1st, 2007
Theatrical Release Dates: Italy/France, 1976
Director: (anonymous) Louis-Jacques Rollet-Andriane
Cast: Al Cliver, Annie Belle, Emmanuelle Arsan, Marianne Afchain, Orso Maria Guerrini, Vicky Asprin, Homer Adams
DVD released: June 12th, 2007
Approximate running time: 91 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78.1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Severin Films
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $29.95
Synopsis: Laure (Annie Belle) a promiscuous young woman is asked to join a expedition deep into the heart of the jungle where the reclusive Mara tribe resides. Along then way she meets a photographer named Nicola (Al Cliver) who falls in love with her and they get married. Once in the jungle Laure discovers carnal pleasures unlike any that she has ever known before.
Laure is a trouble production that began with high hopes. The film was written by the same author who wrote the internationally acclaimed erotica novel Emmanuelle. Laure would also be directed by its creator author Louis-Jacques Rollet-Andriane who would ultimately ask to have his name removed form the film after clashing with the producers over the direction of the film. The structure of the film and lead character Laure bear a strong resemblance to Louis-Jacques Rollet-Andriane’s most famous creation Emmanuelle. Laure in its current form visually is a well crafted film that features many great set pieces like the scene where Laure swims or when she is in a house that is being dragged away onto the water while she is having sex.
Let’s face it these types of erotic films are not about great acting they are mostly populated by good looking performers who rely heavily on their looks and charisma. The most stunning performer in the film is the other worldly beautiful Anne Belle who in the film sports a short cropped bleached blonde hair style that further heightens her sex appeal by accentuating her pixy like features. With or without clothing Anne Belle looks drop dead gorgeous as Laure. Al Cliver is adequate as Laure’s love interest with most of his performance being passive and just saying how he just wants Laure to be happy. Franco Micalizzi provides a memorable score that is playful and catchy. Ultimately despite its Emmanuelle connects it is not a cheap knock off and the end result has plenty of T&A and sensual moments of lust.
Severin presents Laure in an anamorphic widescreen which preserves the films original aspect ratio. Once again another solid transfer from Severin that boats strong color reproduction and details look razor-sharp through out. There is no noticeable print damage.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. The audio mix sounds clean and outside of a few minor instances where volume needs to be adjusted to hear dialog the overall quality of this audio mix is more then adequate and free of major any audio defects.
Extras for this release include two interviews. The first interview titled “Emmanuelle Revealed” it is with the films producer Ovidio Assonitis and it is about sixteen minutes in length. Topics discussed by producer Ovidio Assonitis include the origins of “Laure”, working with the author of Emmanuelle, Annie Bell, Al Cliver, the firing of Linda Lovelace from the lead role and the true identity behind Laure and Emmanuelle. The second interview titled “Laure – A Love Story” it is with Al Cliver and Annie Belle it is about fourteen minutes in length. Al Cliver appears on camera while Annie Belle is only heard via audio. Both performers discuss their experiences while working on Laure and their off screen romance.
Laure is first rate erotica that finally gets its long overdue definitive release via Severin Films excellent DVD which comes with two informative interviews and solid audio/video presentation.