Written by: Cliff Wood on November 2nd, 2006
Theatrical Release Date: France / USA , 1984
Director: Gérard Kikoïne
Writers: Harry Alan Towers, Gérard Kikoïne
Cast: Sophie Favier, Jennifer Inch, Christopher Pearson
DVD released: October 31st, 2006
Approximate running time: 84 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Private Screening Collection
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $29.95
Synopsis: An aristocrat named Charles Beaumont while riding his horse in the country meets a young boy named Frank (Jennifer Inch) who has run away from home. Charles invites the boy to stay with him. One day the servants inform Charles that Frank has become a handful and won’t behalf. So he gets out his cane to teach the boy a lesson. Charles discovered at that moment that Frank was not a boy but actually a girl and he resolved not to tell anyone else about his findings until Frank was ready to tell him. After leaving on extended vacation Charles returns home to find Frank who is now ready to tell him the who truth including her real name is François. The two have strong attraction for each other and shortly there after they become secret lovers. As time goes by there love is tested when another man shows his affection for François. Will Charles be able to control his jealously or are there deeper issues that are waiting to break them apart around the corner?
Lady Libertine is based on the Victorian era novel Frank and I, which is credit to an anonymous author. The story about girl disguising herself as a boy to get away from her current guardians a madman who runs a brothel in which she takes in homeless young women and forces them into prostitution is interesting tell the very end. There is rarely a dull moment as the film covers so much ground in its brief eight three minute duration.
The acting ranges form average to really good with the bets performance being that of Christopher Pearson Charles Beaumont. His performance is subtle yet convincing as it makes up for Jennifer Inch’s blank performance. It was also painfully obvious Frank was a girl immediately since Jennifer Inch’s facial features are boldly feminine. This film also has gained some controversy since one of the actress’s French T.V. game show host Sophie Favier unsuccessfully tried to have this film removed from circulation by suing the producers of the production. The erotica in this film is well done and if anything it lacks enough S&M moments. Ultimately Lady Libertine is a quality soft-core that perfectly balances story and erotica.
The Private Screening Collection release of Lady Libertine presents the film in its original full frame aspect ratio. The source material used is in good shape and there is a few instances of frame damage, still nothing that ever becomes to distracting. Colors look nicely saturated. Black levels are strong as details look sharp through out.
This release comes with one audio option a English language track in Dolby Digital mono. There is no distortion or other sound defect issues outside of some minor instances of hiss. Dialog is crisp and easy to understand. Music and effects sound evenly balanced.
This is a barebones affair as there are no extras to speak of and besides the film this DVD comes with a basic menu that offers two options a play all or scene selection option. The Private Screening Collection is a brand new company that offers rarely seen soft-core features uncut and uncensored. Lady Libertine is one of their initial offers comes with a strong audio/video presentation. Unfortunately this release comes with no extra content and its step suggested retail price of $29.95 may be a tad to high for most casual buyers of these types of films.